Helping those in isolation
When we think about the differences between country and suburban living they are stark. We often envy the sense of community that’s so strong in the bush, it seems everyone knows your name. You can’t walk down the street without having a chat with the locals; they celebrate your successes, and also share your pain.
The community of Mannahill, SA know this all too well when they were recently struck by tragedy – that of a farmer and his wife in what appears to be a murder/suicide. To date his wife still hasn’t been found and now their 2 young children will grow up without parents to care for them.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that grief swept over the town of Mannahill like a powerful dark wave. It was another sudden and devastating loss leaving many community members wondering if they could have done more for the young family.Fortunately, the people of Mannahill were not alone. Our Pastor Paul Glazbrook and Reverend Jenny Swanbury knew people living in the Mannahill district would be hurting and quickly arrived to help.
We thank God for our Bush Chaplains. Pastor Paul has really showed the value of our Bush Chaplaincy by giving amazing support when it was needed most. We are so touched by the generosity of spirit of Paul who immediately went to help the community.
While we may complain about city traffic or long queues, we generally have easy access to the medical and support services we need. We even have a choice over which service providers we use. Our farming families and rural communities don’t have this luxury. Very often, all they have are our Bush Chaplains for support. Frontier Services is needed more today than it has ever been.
Providing a basic salary, rent, and a 4x4 car with maintenance and fuel costs about $120,000 a year for each community. We know we need more Bush Chaplains on the ground so we can help other communities and provide post support for when times are really tough.
Can you able to help us this Christmas?
Your gift – no matter how big or how small – could help entire communities cope with life’s
saddest events by offering chaplaincy and support services where there are none.
Christmas is a time to celebrate God’s love for us and to spend time with our family and friends. We hope you have a joyous and safe Christmas and we thank you for your support and prayers throughout the year.