The main thanksgiving event took place in calm conditions with the briefest of showers, and we all remained outside under a largely blue sky. It was probably the most settled thanksgiving weekend we have seen in eight years. The Yolngu seemed unperturbed by the cyclone predictions and enjoyed fellowship into the evenings. With no planes to fly, we were able to take part and enjoy the exuberance and joy of the celebrations. There were many testimonies of how Yolngu felt called to follow Jesus at a deeper level.
Tropical cyclone Gillian made a third appearance to batter Christmas Island before rising to a category 2 system off the coast of Western Australia. The search for the Malaysian Airlines aircraft was suspended for 24 hours as result and high winds continued to hamper the search for debris.