Our stories – Eric and Mirabelle


Eric and Mirabel

Mirabel arrived in Australia alone and worked for a branch of the bank she worked for in Singapore. She later married and had three children. In 1998 she reluctantly accepted an invitation to church even though she’d rejected the Christian faith several times. But that day she believed in the truth of the Bible and with great joy became a Christian.

Westpac sponsored Eric, his wife and son, in 1987. He says it was a `miracle’ as the job was offered with a Permanent Residency sponsorship within two weeks, but he adds that the family did experience the migrant’s trauma of learning about cultural differences and things like knowing where to live.Eric is still grateful that God gave him the wisdom and courage to set up his own management consulting business.

After their respective spouses had passed away, Mirabel and Eric, who had been church friends for 18 years, were married in 2012.
The second verse of the lyrics of Advance Australia Fair holds special meaning for these former migrants. They say Australia is like the promised land of biblical times – a land of milk and honey!