Naomi grew up on a quarter acre block in Sydney, with one brother, one dog, two cats, four hens, nine ducks and a turtle. Her favourite place to sit was halfway up the Jacaranda tree. One day at school, a friend invited her to the ISCF group and she went along, hearing for the first time that there was a God who loved her and had forgiven her through the death of his own son, Jesus. It seemed astounding to her then and has continued to do so, ever since. At school, she also met her future husband, Darren, and they studied physiotherapy together and worked in Sydney hospitals before leaving Australia in 1993 to serve in Nepal, with the International Nepal Fellowship.
Six of the next thirteen years were spent in Nepal, with Darren working at the local regional hospital and Naomi at Green Pastures Leprosy Hospital. They both loved their local Nepali church community and during their third monsoon, their first son was born. By their second term, in 2003, Darren was training Nepali physiotherapists at Dhulikhel Medical Institute and Naomi was home-schooling their three sons on a Himalayan ridge. It was delightful to inspect red bugs and draw maps of the world, but there were also challenges to do with civil war, rain and curfews. At one point, fearing she might not make it through another 120 days of rain, Naomi began to write. The months of typing helped her to see God’s purposes through different seasons and, somewhat surprisingly, became her first book, ‘My Seventh Monsoon’. Back in Australia, ‘My Seventh Monsoon’ was warmly received and Naomi continued writing – firstly the sequel, ‘No Ordinary View’ (which won the ACBOY award, 2009) and ‘Over My Shoulder’ – a look at the impact of personality on cross-cultural mission.
Still enjoying first-person narrative, Naomi turned her love of words to the creation of Biblical monologues, using the voices of women. She relished the opportunity to present the gospel in a fresh and personal way. A year later, ‘The Promise’ was released and its audio version followed as a 7 CD set. Naomi now regularly performs these monologues in churches and larger conventions. In 2011, Naomi completed the third book in the original trilogy, ‘Heading Home’ as well as finished her Grad Cert Divinity (SMBC). In 2013, Naomi began running day conferences in the art of storytelling. Then in 2014, she developed, ‘The Zookeeper’ – a gospel presentation for all ages using story, music and puppets.
During 2013 and 2014, Naomi also worked on a book commissioned by Interserve, aiming to tell the best stories of faith and mission in Asia and the Arab world, over the last 25 year, through the voices of Interserve partners. The book, known as, ‘The Plum Tree in the Desert’ was released in June 2015, by Authentic Media.
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