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2007 Pew Reflections – Fourth Quarter (Oct – Dec)

A priest in Alexandria, Egypt, visits a member of the community. (Image: ABM/Don Brice 2005)Making Christ Known ….

Hello, and welcome to the last quarter of ABM Reflections for 2007.  The Venerable Ruth Mathieson from the Diocese of Adelaide has written these reflections for us and challenges us toconsider how we might go about opening doors for others to make Christ known and the story of the Gospel everyone’s story.

Ruth was ordained deacon in 1997 and priest in 1998.  With her husband Neil, priest of the parish of Elizabeth in the Diocese of Adelaide, they both lead very busy ministry lives as well as raising their two children – Christina and Hamish. Most recently appointed Archdeacon of ‘The Para’, Ruth is also chaplain to St Columba College, an Anglican -Roman Catholic College in nearby Andrews Farm.  Here Ruth finds it a continual challenge to communicate the gospel with the people she meets each day especially students and staff.

In these reflections Ruth invite us to travel a personal and intimate path with God – to be challenged by the gospel and see the importance of mission in the everyday. ABM seeks to do that too – in the everyday we are supporting our partners as they go about the often hum-drum existence of daily ministry – yet they do so with enormous passion for those for whom they care, for those for whom lives are changed either by the means of the presence of food and access to clean water, or medicine, or through the hearing of the good news, or simply the opportunity to meet together to talk and pray.

ABM is enormously proud of the work of our Partners and thanks you for your ongoing support and prayers for all those – our brothers and sisters – so much in need of the help provided by people throughout the Anglican Church of Australia. ABM continues to looks forward to our ongoing ministry together both with you our supporters and our Partners here in Australia and overseas as we seek to be God’s people at mission here on earth.

Wishing you a Blessed Advent and a Holy Christmas

Debra Saffrey-Collins
Communications Program Co-ordinator


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