It is with great pleasure that I present the Annual Report of the Anglican Board of Mission – Australia Ltd, for the Financial Year 2019/20.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our many donors and supporters for their unfailing generosity throughout the year.
For ABM, as for everyone, this has been a year unlike any other in recent memory. The first half of the year ended in a series of horrific bushfires across many parts of Australia. ABM was grateful to supporters from around the world who responded to our small appeal for support for bushfire survivors through our Church to Church Program. We were able to disburse funds to a number of the church’s recovery initiatives.
During this time also, our education team worked with international development expert and Anglican parishioner Russell Rollason to produce ’Climate for Change’, a set of study materials that urges people of faith and hope to become activists for a sustainable future.
Then COVID-19 dominated the last four months of the year. We kept in touch both with our staff working from home and our partners through technologies such as Microsoft Teams and WebEx.
ABM launched a special appeal to assist our partners during these unprecedented times. Thanks to support from our donors and the willingness of the Australian Government Aid Program to be flexible with their funding, we were able to respond in many parts of the world. ABM’s supporters responded with characteristic generosity.
With support from ABM, our partners have been able to respond to the pandemic within their own contexts in ways which embrace all God’s people. Many provided basic education about the virus and vital hygiene messages and handwashing equipment to remote communities. Some provided emergency food when lockdowns and travel restrictions prevented people going to market. These responses are ongoing, and I ask you to continue to keep our partners and their communities in your prayers.
COVID-19 has also provided unusual opportunities. Our Anglicans in Development team conducted online training with partners in the Pacific in areas such as community safeguarding, and participated in a partner conference in Myanmar via Skype.
We continued to strengthen our partnership with the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Anglican Council, and it was with great joy that I, with many others, watched during National Reconciliation Week a set of podcast interviews with four leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Anglicans sharing their perspectives on the meaning of Reconciliation. If you have not yet seen them, I urge you to do so on ABM’s YouTube channel:
ABM’s Marketing and Supporter Engagement strategies continued to develop, overseen by its newly formed Fundraising and Marketing Committee.
ABM was blessed during the year with several significant bequests which will help us to strengthen the work we do with partners, both in Australia and overseas.
As always, our work would not be possible without our staff, volunteers and partners, so I am thankful for their efforts. I commend the report and continue to ask for your prayers and support for ABM’s work.
Yours in Christ,
The Rev'd Dr John Deane
ABM Annual Report 2018 - 19
ABM Annual Report 2017 - 18
ABM Annual Report 2016 - 17
ABM Annual Report 2015 - 16
ABM Annual Report 2014 – 15
ABM Annual Report 2013 – 14
ABM Annual Report 2012 – 13
ABM Annual Report 2011 – 12
ABM Annual Report 2010 – 11
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ABM Annual Report 2008 – 09
ABM Annual Report 2007 – 08
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