It pays to recognise where the battle needs to be fought.
Campaigns have been lost because generals sent troops to the wrong location, or did so at the wrong time.
When Howard Guinness came to Australia in 1930, seeking to disciple University students, he realised this could only happen effectively if he started in the schools. 86 years later, schools remain a critical frontline. If anything, some of the challenges have increased, as secular lobbying has sought to limit Christian ministry.
Praise God then that in 2016, Crusaders’ focus on ministry to the school students in the independent schools has grown so mightily, and that as a result boys and girls have deepened their faith in the Lord Jesus and contributed greatly to their school and local communities.
Crusader Council has invested in projects designed to bear fruit in the long term such as the establishment of the Howard Guinness Leadership Trust, the exploration of plans to realise the potential of Lake Mac and the appointment of our first Director of Ministries.
The foundational mission has not changed, yet transitions in personnel naturally occur. Philip Bell and Jennie Ford have stepped down from their positions of Chair and Deputy Chair of Crusader Council after combined decades of dedicated service, with Tim Wright being appointed the new Chair and Helen Burgess the new Deputy. New Council members were also appointed in Sarah Lancaster and Alex Koch.
As we reflect on this we are reminded both of God’s greatness and sufficiency (“the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.” Acts 17:24-25) and his gracious call to share in his Kingdom work (“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.” II Cor 5:20).
Thank you for the part you have played whether it has been through sharing expertise, giving financially, supporting prayerfully or resourcing practically. As you read stories of lives changed in 2016, praise God for the way that He has blended our gifts to produce great fruit!
Gary Hill, Executive Director & Tim Wright, Chairman