Bree Elam is an Aussie who is wife to Tim and mother of 5 kiddos aged 7-15. She grew up on the south coast of Australia, met and married Tim on a ministry trip to the USA (after working with him on ministry in New Zealand). She moved to USA in 2016 and is working toward dual citizenship. Bree and her family started coming to Harvest mid 2020 after becoming tired of the fear and lockdowns of that year after meeting some other members who invited them along. Bree is passionate about serving people, loving on children and her baking and now painting business! She loves to work alongside Tim who loves the renovations but hates to paint 🤣
Who is your hero and why? My hero other than Jesus is Tim who serves people without question. He never hesitated to help a friend in need, volunteers for the ambulance association and drives all over the countryside managing and running children’s ministry events with Giant Cow Kids Ministry, all the while loving on his family and elderly parents. I’d like to be just like him when I grow up 😉
Also, my baby sister Cassie is my current hero as she fights kidney disease while still smiling, loving Jesus, her 3 boys, hubby and family and friends while living on the other side of the country from my other sister and parents. She is so strong and even while on dialysis, still makes time to encourage and serve people.
What one event in your childhood had the greatest affect on your life? I think the one thing in my life that made an impact on my life, other than salvation, was being taken out of school to homeschool. Even though I really disliked it, I know that it helped to produce a better heart in me. It led me to read more, study missionaries, serve people, realise my greater spiritual potential and had a lot to do with our decision to keep our kids out of school which then allows us to do ministry together all year round if necessary and travel back and forth to Australia.
What “lesson from mom” do you still live by today? I can’t honestly say that I remember a particular lesson from my mum that has stuck with me, but she encouraged me to be tidy/organised because it’s a reflection of what is going on inside our hearts, she encouraged me to experiment with food whenever I wanted and to be a peace maker and keeper and not to take peace from a situation with my reactions or attitudes…I hope that I am passing that onto my own kiddos.