State Mission Fellowship

Report of meeting held 26th May 2015

State Mission Fellowship met at Scots for their usual monthly gathering on 26th May. Jill Polkinghorne was the leader.

Ann Rogers reported for Frontier Services, and showed a photograph celebrating Volunteer Week, Volunteer Week Posterpublished in the Frontier Services Staff Newsletter “The Billy”, and featuring Outback Links and other volunteers. These included Bill and Val Edwards, John Duval, and Bob and Jenny Macintosh. There was also an article in “The Billy” about Frontier Services Team Members, Rod and Sandy Fraser, who worship at Mt Barker UC. They recently drove to Mt Isa to donate resources for the Remote Area Families Service (RAFS) girls to distribute to children they visit. These were donated by Fellowship Groups in South Australia, and South Australian Patrol Ministers have also been given these articles for children of all ages, such items as art activity packs, coloured pencils, jewellery, cars, books, stationery, toys and a variety of other items, to families they visit.

We were told about the huge effort the local people in Vanuatu have made in cleaning up after devastation left by the recent Cyclone Pam. The Scripture Union Campsite suffered extensive damage and a team of architects from Australia and New Zealand are developing a “master plan” for the reconstruction of the site.

Rev Brian Polkinghorne and his wife Jill announced they were seeking sponsors, as for one week (during Refugee Week) they were going to live on the same rations as refugees live on in the Thai/Burma border.

The speaker was the UC International Mission Officer, Adrian Nippress. He recently returned from visits to The Philippines and Southern Africa. He said he has been getting an understanding of what has been done in the past, and feels it is time for change. That doesn't mean that what has been done in the past was wrong, but he feels that the six mission partnerships of the Uniting Church SA which we actively support need to be reviewed. He outlined Development Goals as a Strategic Plan – to develop a global partnership, eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, ensure environment sustainability, promote gender equality, combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, improve maternal health, and reduce child mortality.

He is very positive about his recent visits, and says that with the support we have given we have made a difference in supporting people to change their lives. Jill Polkinghorne, in thanking Adrian, said she thought International Mission was in good hands, and I am sure we were all challenged by what he had shared with us, and agreed with her.

State Mission Fellowship is held on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10.00am in McGregor hall at Scots Church Adelaide and is always an interesting meeting. Greeting Cards for every occasion are available for sale, as well as Frontier Services souvenirs and gifts. $5 will give you morning tea and a light lunch after the meeting. An invitation is extended to all who may be interested.

Mary Thomas

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