Greg Harris - National Director
I couldn’t believe it when I was first told, so I had to ask again and check. Sadly I heard it correctly the first time. I was told by senior clergy that a western NSW parish was more than likely going to be serviced by another parish 30 minutes away. Although this is a common occurrence throughout rural Australia, for this parish it was the first time and it was due to one reason – the drought!
I have known of this parish for many years and it has always been viable. To my knowledge the number of people attending is still good and they have always been generous. The issue is that virtually all of the parish members rely on farming. The longevity of this drought means for many in this parish, it will be another year without a crop and without income; income from which they tithe. So devastating is this drought that once viable parishes are now struggling.
The prophet Isaiah using the very familiar language of drought speaks of the grace of the Lord that will be poured out. For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. Isaiah 44:3 Isaiah spoke of the hope we now know as Jesus. For over 100 years BCA has shared that message in what has always been a dry and dusty land but it is even more so now with this current drought.
Would you please prayerfully consider giving generously to our Christmas Appeal today to ensure that we can continue to spread the good news of Jesus to a physical and spiritually thirsty land. Thank you for your prayers and your generosity.