The dedicated staff and volunteers of Baptist Care SA continue to work closely with, and on behalf of, SA’s Baptist churches to deliver services and supports that alleviate poverty and overcome functional barriers to life opportunities. As we Journey Together in Mission, we also strive to:
- Promote health and well-being,
- Prevent suffering,
- Find ways to alleviate distress and the adverse impacts of inter-generational social and economic disadvantage.
For that reason, we advocate on behalf of those who are vulnerable and who live their lives on the margins of our affluent society. That means seeking to shed the light of the gospel into the formation and ongoing review of our nation’s policies and seeking to make changes to social and economic systems that prevent people from experiencing the fullness of life that our Lord desires for them.
Matthew 9: 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Baptist Care SA is part of a national network of Baptist Care organisations called Baptist Care Australia. Part of our national work together is communicating with politicians and policy makers about how to improve the lives of the people we serve.
While we have a lot to be thankful for in Australia, we all know that there is still lots of room for improvement.
The next federal election is on its way and Baptist Care Australia is taking the opportunity to speak about some of the most urgent needs in our communities.
- Housing and homelessness
- Getting serious about poverty
- A future for aged care
- Next steps against domestic violence.
If you would like to see change in relation to these issues, Baptist Care Australia invites all members of the Baptist movement to raise your voice in the lead-up to federal election.
I invite you to take a moment to think about the Australia that people of faith would like to see in the coming years, and consider taking one small action to let decision-makers know how you’d like things to change.
What action will you take?
I encourage you to visit the Baptist Care Australia website for information about the issues outlined. There are step-by-step guides to help you do something to let people know that you’d like things to change, along with an option to let Baptist Care Australia know that you’ve taken action.
By taking small actions together, I believe we have an opportunity this federal election to raise our voices in harmony with others in our Baptist Care family from across the nation.
Reflection: May God bless His people for the words they speak and the actions they take to uphold the dignity and rights of those who may not be able to speak for themselves.