Working with vulnerable people often leads me to reflect upon the scripture reminding us that: “…faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” Hebrews 11:1-3 (NIV)
My mind connects this text with the African saying that ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ and leads me to contemplate what it takes to raise vulnerable people out of poverty.
In reality, we just do not see all the connections and moments of significance that impact on the lives of others. Whilst often invisible to the onlooker, most of us can all recall wise and affirming words spoken into critical moments in our lives.
People struggling to endure anxiety, grief, loss or hardship in their lives – and their children’s – also value these pivot points that inspire hope and affirm dignity, whilst developing capacity and resilience.
I hope you are encouraged to know that each day Baptist Care SA has over 1000 staff and volunteers who are establishing and maintaining supportive relationships and inspiring hope with thousands of vulnerable children, disengaged youth and parents struggling to raise their children whilst living under layers of adversity.
We appreciate your ongoing prayerful, practical, and financial support as we seek to raise people up from the depths of adversity toward a life of opportunity and connection to trusted people and faithful communities.
I was recently delighted to meet with a group of about 60 women of all ages who have been faithful supporters of Baptist Care SA’s transformational services at the WestCare Centre.
This event yielded a unique opportunity for our Board Chair (Julie Lawrie), Senior Advisor – Aboriginal Service Development (Debra Francis) and long-term donor/supporters to ‘lift the veil’ and to gain insights into things often unseen, but deeply significant to fragile lives.
I extend sincere thanks to all those who continue to uphold the restorative work of Baptist Care SA in their prayers and with their time and financial capacity.
Together, inspired by the servant heart of Jesus Christ, we shine beams of light into the darkness of despair. There is room for all in the Lord’s village!
Yours in Christ.
Chief Executive Officer