A great privilege to attend the annual meeting of the Australian Presbyterian World Mission today.
From around the nation, many of those present have personally engaged in cross cultural work, representing decades of wisdom gained from practical experience.
This is required, for while technology and living standards have made the world a seemingly much more accessible place, the action of going to other nations in a responsible and accountable fashion is increasingly complex.
The APWM seeks to support both those who are called to serve and those who seek to support the work by providing an administrative and pastoral framework that frees them to do what they want to do, while we provide what they need in order for it to happen well.
Legal requirements in Australia, along with seemingly myriad and changing legal requirements and cultural considerations in so many different countries and regions call for a depth of insight and an agility of thinking and problem solving.
Our national church is well served by this body, and particularly by our National Director Kevin, his assistant Sheryl, our treasurer Peter, and the committee chair Alex.