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Breathing Room…

The start of 2022 hasn’t been the respite so many were hoping for. So little breathing room.

Commencing as Baptist Care SA CEO in January, I have travelled from Victoria, a state that has been battered around for two years by multiple waves and variants of COVID. All the while, services (those like Baptist Care SA’s) have continued to be there for the most vulnerable. During the challenges, personal and corporate resilience has been demonstrated again and again.

A shining light has been the innovation in service delivery, responding to challenges and difficulties, to fulfil a mission, often led by those on the front line. In the same way, Baptist Care SA teams have responded. Our clients and front-line staff, show the rest of us what can be done in times of difficulty. Our teams working across the services, from homelessness and disability through to our services with children and young people, take on the challenge, even when it is (very) hard.

We have been assisting in the public health response to COVID. Working with health officials, and other partners, providing resources and room for testing, and vaccination promotion, for many of our most vulnerable clients. This has been accompanied by supporting residents and clients who have been directly impacted by COVID.

I want to express my gratitude to each and every one of our staff who have been part of this effort.

Challenges, workload, COVID, complexity; how about some breathing room? During such haste, we so often forget to seek out the time, the space to take a breath. We think, as though we don’t have any breathing room. What can we do? May I encourage you with the words in Psalm 62:2, translated into language that makes sense to us in The Message.

“He’s solid rock under my feet, breathing room for my soul, an impregnable castle: I’m set for life.”

So, whenever we are busy, tired, distracted, overwhelmed, we can turn our minds to God’s character and person, and our position in Him. “A Breathing Room for our Soul” – an inner breath, irrespective of our outward circumstance.

Shane Austin
Chief Executive Officer

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