Happy birthday! This edition of The Real Australian marks 100 years since the formation of The Bush Church Aid Society and as a treasured supporter and partner in mission you are part of that milestone.

Every day is an opportunity to serve the Lord and bless others but birthdays have their own unique character. Every birthday is a time to remember. As BCA marks its century you may like to recall how God has blessed you through its work. Perhaps you’ve lived in a location served by BCA Field Staff. Maybe you were inspired by a BCA deputation. Has God widened your horizons as you read and prayed for His work in far-away places? If so, why not give thanks to God and write or email us so we can share your story with others.

Every birthday is a time to invite. We want even more Australian Christians to engage in God’s mission down under. Perhaps you could purchase a copy of our Centenary book for a friend or colleague (see our shop page). You could also use our BCA Centenary video resources with your Bible study or church (downloadable here).

Every birthday is a time to gift. God has been tremendously gracious to us in so many ways over the past 100 years. He has raised up men and women for the field, He has sustained them in challenging times and He has changed lives for eternity through their faithful witness. Making a donation to our Centenary Appeal is a great way to express your gratitude for the past and your confidence in what God will do in the future.

This will be my last editorial for The Real Australian before I finish my time as National Director. The first day of each month will continue to be special for Monica and me because it is on this day that we have been blessed to know thousands of people were praying for us and the rest of the National Office. Thank you so much. We were BCA supporters long before my current role and, God willing, we hope to be so for many years to come. We anticipate peering over your shoulders and marvelling with you at what God does in the century to come.

Happy Birthday!

By Mark Short - National Director Bush Church Aid 2011-2019