2014 will prove to be a challenging year for many people. At the time of writing this piece, I was greeted by the news that Australia’s unemployment rate had jumped to 6%, which is the worst it has been in more than a decade. The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates that 3,700 jobs alone were lost in January, meaning that our jobless rate is the worst it has been since mid-2003. This is even worse than during the peak of the Global Financial Crisis in June 2009.
This is not good news. At a time when we have undergone crises that have included bushfires and droughts, we have also faced widening rifts in our communities that have given rise to some of the most shocking crimes reported in years. Nevertheless, ANGLICARE will seek to do what we have always done – love and serve people in Jesus’ name, reaching out to those who, for whatever reason, have found themselves on the ragged edges of our society. Your partnership in this vital ministry is essential and highly valued.
Consequently, when I look back over the months since Christmas, I also want to sound a note of thanks to God for the support we have been able to give thousands of families. I am deeply thankful that with the challenges God also gives us the strength. It is my heartfelt prayer this year that we continue to find the strength and resources to keep serving faithfully and effectively.
Thank you for being a partner in our work – for being a part of the community that shows love to its neighbours, whether through your direct giving, your prayers or your volunteer support. Please continue to stand with us throughout 2014.