Close to my Heart…
It is said that ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’ and that ‘transitions lead us to reflect’.
Indeed, my heart has been churning and my mind has been reflecting upon the missional resolve of the dedicated Baptist Care SA team and upon the courage and endurance of the people we seek to serve.
Over the last 4 years, Baptist Care SA has actively sustained an endeavour that spans well over 100 years… to support people as they forge their own unique ‘Transition Pathways from Adversity to Opportunity’.
Does your heart quiver like mine when I think of children, young people and adults who are vulnerable, disadvantaged and all too often, left floundering at the margins of our fast-moving, complex society? Surely this is not acceptable?
As supporters of Baptist Care SA, I want you to know that we continue to work closely with many other quality organisations. By working together, we can put more ‘stepping stones’ into the ‘pathways’ of the people we work with to ‘make healthy choices easier choices’.
In my last few weeks as CEO, I take this opportunity to thank you all, our loyal supporters and donors, and to commend the ongoing work of Baptist Care SA to you.
I recognise this dynamic organisation is a ‘community of contributors’ which values the efforts of a wide range of stakeholders. Together, we can build upon the strong faithful heritage of those who have gone before us. Together, we can demonstrate a deep and enduring resolve to make a positive difference in the lives of thousands of South Australians every year.
Also close to my heart… is the need for our nation to achieve healing and reconciliation with our first nation’s Aboriginal people.
If you haven’t already, I encourage you to read the ‘Uluru Statement from the Heart’. In just 439 words, this gracious text invites us all on a journey of healing toward respect, reconciliation and nationhood.
May our Lord Jesus Christ bless you as you continue to respond to the needs and aspirations of the meek and vulnerable people, who he dearly loves.
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25: 40
Blessings to you as you step forward together… along Transition Pathways!
Chief Executive Officer