2021/22 Annual Report
As our partners here in Australia and around the world begin to recover from COVID-19, its longer- term effects remain.
Food shortages, extreme weather conditions (some of our partners are battling prolonged drought while others face frequent storms and floods), outbreaks of disease, and the ongoing war in Ukraine are all contributing to a delayed recovery to the pandemic, both socially and economically.
But ABM and AID are always heartened by the resilience, creativity, and faith in God that our partners continue to show. Examples here in Australia include the activities of Wontulp-Bi-Buya and Nungalinya colleges, and the exciting ministry and church-building that is taking place in the Torres Strait.
Overseas we are inspired by the work of the church in Papua New Guinea in bringing literacy and clean water to people in remote villages, and the continuing vital community development and humanitarian work of our partners in south-east Asia, the Pacific, Zambia, Kenya and the Middle East.
This year was the first full year of operation of ABM’s daughter company, Anglicans in Development (AID), of which you can read more from page 20 onwards. I particularly thank the staff and the Boards of both ABM and AID for their hard work and flexibility as we all adapted to the new structures. The change has made for a stronger organisation, more able to meet the needs of the churches and communities that ABM and AID respectively seek to serve.
We are delighted to have a new website which better showcases the depth and variety of our work and that of our partners, as well as providing for the needs of our supporters and donors.
The creation of the Key Relationships Manager role has enabled a more frequent and direct mutual engagement with increasing numbers of our supporters, which I hope will continue to grow.
I would ask you to continue to pray for all our partners as they face new challenges in bringing the good news of God’s love, hope and justice to those well away from the centres of power and privilege.
And finally, I want to express my gratitude to those who have supported ABM and AID throughout the year. I continue to be humbled by the level of support shown, and I pray that God will richly bless you.
Yours in Christ,
The Rev Dr John Deane