With 2021 commencing, expectations seem to focus on new beginnings, the hope of returning to some level of normality and moving on.
As I embark on another year, there is hope that draws me closer to God with a thankful heart as I know that the Lord of the Harvest is at work.
It was a privilege on Sunday 13 December for a packed but suitably distanced Camden Baptist Church to commission the Haydon family. David, Susie, Anushka and Kyran have been cleared to travel to Malawi on Friday 15 January and commence their culture and language learning. I look forward to seeing how God will use them amongst the Yawo as they begin their intercultural journey and settle into Mangochi. Please pray for them as they make new beginnings and become immersed in the community. This is a significant development for the Baptist movement in South Australia and Northern Territory. God has done great things through our SA Baptist Churches and the BCSA community. Thank you for your support, generosity and prayers that have made this possible.
This year sees Global Interaction commence its four-year Strategic Roadmap, after hundreds of people from across our movement shared in the discernment process, as we sought the Spirit’s leading for our future. At the heart of the Roadmap is the vision of ‘vibrant faith communities following Jesus in their own distinctive ways’. We pursue this compelling vision in Asia, Africa, and Outback Australia, celebrating our privilege of participating in God’s mission. We do this together, in partnership with churches and supporters from across our movement. The Roadmap will ensure a sustainable future as we practice good stewardship with the resources entrusted to us. More will be shared in coming months.
The State office has a new beginning. Staffing changes have occurred to align with the Roadmap, including Jane Norman concluding her role as the Executive Assistant in the State office and beginning a new role in the national office in a job share position as National Administration and Collaboration Co-ordinator, based in Adelaide. I would like to thank Jane for her wonderful contribution, her unending creativity, efficiency, faithfulness, and enthusiasm.
Your prayers are vital as we face these new beginnings. May you know God’s presence in your life in whatever you face this year.
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