Well, after almost 5 years, this will be my last article written as State Director SA/NT with Global Interaction. I’d like to pass on a few final thoughts here, but before I do that could I simply say ‘thankyou’ for the opportunity I have had to work with so many wonderful people and churches that are faithfully working to see the Good News of Jesus shared with the world – including the least-reached people of the world. It has been a real privilege to partner with you in this on behalf of Global Interaction.
Here are a few things I have learned (and re-learned) these past 5 years.
Firstly, God is big. Just look at the world in all its beauty and diversity, but also in its brokenness and despair: It takes a really big God to be Lord of all. And it takes a really big God to be God not just of one culture, but of all cultures. Simply amazing.
Secondly, God is gracious. The history of Christian mission is the story of people stepping out in faith, trusting, succeeding, failing, and learning as they go. Somehow by His Spirit, God graciously draws on all of that to lead people to Himself.
Thirdly, God provides. I have heard it said recently that ‘faith begins where human power ends’. It can be hard recognising the limitations of our human power, but when we find ourselves in that place, we have no choice but to trust in God’s power and provision. And He provides time and time again.
Fourthly, God’s people – the church – are incredibly generous and inspiring. This is a reflection on what I have witnessed often as I have travelled around the Baptist Churches of South Australia and the Northern Territory. It has been a joy to see what people and churches do, the values and beliefs you hold that cause you to do those things, the faith you possess to trust yourselves to something other than yourself, and the character you have that allows you to give as you give, and serve as you serve. Thankyou.
There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God (1 Samuel 2:2).
State Director SA/NT