Julie Bayl, born in 1950, grew up in Sydney, Australia. Upon leaving school, she was torn between a career in architecture or social work, being offered a four-year scholarship for a cadetship with a renowned Sydney architectural firm or another option involving her love for people. She chose missionary work.
In 1971 she married Charles Bayl, whose family had emigrated from Holland to Australia in 1953 seeking a better life. She and Charles moved to Cowra, Central New South Wales, in 1974 and later had three children, Anita, Paul and David. They now have two delightful grandsons, Lennon and Banjo.
Soon after her marriage to Charles, her mother-in-law Marlene (Em) shared experiences the family had during the Occupation of Holland in World War II, which really intrigued Julie. Sadly in 1972 Ben passed away suddenly. So with Marlene’s approval, she began to write this exciting and heart-warming story about ordinary people doing extraordinary things—a story that needs to be told. Marlene passed away in 1998.