Asylum Seeker Project
The Ashburton Baptist Church and the Ashburton churches collectively have had a long tradition of welcoming refugees to our local area.
This concern has been reawakened in different ways but especially with the visit of guest speaker Tri Nguyen to our Men’s Breakfast in October and as our guest preacher at the Combined Churches Advent Service in late November.
In addition to raising money for Tri’s work on both these occasions, Maurice Robson and Bernie Pigdon have been asking, “Is there more that we can do than take up an offering?” “Is there anything we might do on an ongoing basis here in our area?”
Living in the Gap
Can Australia ever close the gap on indigenous disadvantage? When only two of the six targets set by the Australian government to end disadvantage are on track to be met, what's it like to experience this in your daily working life? Rhys Parry has lived and worked for 6 years in Australia's remote areas to improve the health of aboriginal children. Rhys has over 20 years' experience as a medical practitioner in paediatrics and has encountered the best and the worst in indigenous health, seeing indigenous programs that really make a difference and giving evidence at the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry.
Join us at our first Breakfast for Ashburton Men for 2015 when Rhys Parry will tell us about his encounters with aboriginal children and families across the Kimberley, in Darwin and Mt Isa and now in Victoria, why aboriginal health is such an intractable problem, and how Australia can help close the gap on indigenous disadvantage.
8.00 to 10.00am Saturday 21 February at the ABC café. All men, of whatever age, are welcome. Feel free to invite your friends. Come and meet Rhys and enjoy a great breakfast.
To help with catering, please rsvp here. Enquiries to Bernie Pigdon (0411 283377) or Jerry Hooper (0425 725888).
Robyn Hughes Jan 2015
Robyn Hughes gives us news of the recent devastating floods in Malawi, progress with adult literacy classes for the Yawo people and prayer needs for health and other concerns. Read Robyn's newsletter.
Youth and Young Adults Vision and Strategy
Where are we going with our ABC Youth and Young Adults ministries and how will we get there? There are some good foundations to build upon, but there is a need for seeing their Sundays connect to their Mondays. Through a strong discipleship and bible‐based program, with mentoring, 1‐2‐1 contact and peer accountability, we can do our part to aid this.
Following the success of the first forum on the Youth and Young Adults Strategy, a second one is scheduled for 11:30am on Sunday 1st February.
Click on the link to read the revised Vision and Strategy for ABC Youth and Young Adults and the Response from the November forum.
More details available from Lucy.