From the director
Looking over the articles in this SU News fills me with genuine excitement and gratitude to God. In a year that has been deeply challenging for our world and for so many of us, SU ministry is flourishing. People want to be part of the Christian community that SU builds and through that, God is reaching young people. New ministries have been possible and with summer nearly upon us, we are blessed to be running our usual gospel-centred fun, community activities. This culminated when the desire of young people to go on our summer camps broke the internet (or at least our patch of it!) I hope that you are encouraged and excited too, at what God is doing in and through you and us.
Of course there are challenges too. Many people are still doing it tough from COVID, including among our church and SU family. Many of our churches are still feeling COVID impacts and our heart remains to work together with churches, strengthening each other and bringing the Kingdom of God across WA, but this isn’t easy. There is not yet any news on moving from Phase 4 COVID restrictions to Phase 5 and this would impact summer programs in November and January.
You, the volunteers, supporters and staff of our movement do so much, but we simply cannot meet the demand from families and schools for the programs and activities of SU. The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few! I’m grateful to each one of you and the part you play in this ministry of making God’s good news of Jesus known and I invite you to share the stories of what God is doing with others and invite them to be a part of it too.
In Acts 16, Paul is prevented from going to some places and led to others by the Spirit of Jesus and it is my prayer, as we seek to share the love of Jesus, that we would do the same – in strategic decisions about ministries and in the programs we run this summer. May we be deeply shaped and led by the Spirit in our work.
The proposed Nationalisation of SU across Australia moves towards decision point. We have journeyed this together and I look forward to our AGM to continue exploring this for SU WA, as we move to a vote early in 2021.
My heart goes out to Jill Cass, wife of Alan Cass who died recently, after a long health battle. Alan was a long term SU camping volunteer and Council member and we are thankful to God for his contribution over the years.
In Galatians, Paul rejoices in life in Jesus – saved, made new and full of purpose and joy. This is my prayer for you; that a tough 2020 and ongoing challenges would not steal from you a knowledge of the joy of Jesus and the heart and excitement to share that, this summer and beyond.
Blessings, Kent Morgan