2015 was another busy year for Anglicare in which we were once more able to reach out and provide Christian care to thousands of families and individuals across the Anglican Diocese of Sydney. This was only possible thanks to the generous and ongoing support of our donors and supporters.
2016 is looking to be an even busier year for Anglicare. Added to the work we already do with the vulnerable and the marginalised, in February, we will also be launching a new program aimed at providing assistance to Syrian refugees who will be resettling in Australia. This is in response to the Archbishop’s call to action in September in which he said:
I have called upon Sydney Anglicans in parishes all across our diocese, not only to pray for these victims of persecution, but to step up and be prepared to do whatever is within their power to provide a warm and generous welcome, coupled with practical assistance, to ensure that those who come to find safety in Australia are afforded the best possible chance to make a new start and benefit as fully as possible from the peace, freedom and opportunity that far too often we take for granted.
This year, the 12,000 families who will be reaching our shores from Syria will have come from a place of devastation and many have lost everything including their family members. As a Christian care organisation, we will be doing everything in our power to extend Christ’s love and compassion to these devastated people.
Anglicare has been tasked with leading this response for the Diocese. In the coming weeks we will be updating you on our plans to care for them and will be relying on your grace and support to help with this.
Finally, let me take this opportunity to thank you once again for your support in 2015. I hope that you and your family have had a blessed and meaningful Christmas and that this time of reflection was one where you could ponder anew the awesome reality that the God of the universe dwelt amongst us as a man, and how that man’s perfect life, his undeserved death and his marvellous resurrection are the means by which we can be reconciled with God.
Grant Millard, Anglicare CEO