Dear Friends in Mission,
It is with great pleasure that I present to you the ABM Project Book for 2019.
All the projects in this book have been initiated and designed by ABM’s partners here in Australia or overseas. Consequently, all the activities are a high priority for the partners concerned, who well understand and appreciate the value of the resources which the Anglican Church of Australia commits through the work of ABM.
All ABM projects arise within the framework of a strong partnering relationship which encourages trust and opportunities for continuous mutual learning. While band-aids are sometimes necessary in the short term, it is always the root causes of physical and spiritual poverty which need to be the main focus of our collective work. Increasingly, ABM has worked with partners to develop approaches to problems which build upon local strengths and assets, rather than focusing on need and on capacities which communities may lack. As our regular monitoring and evaluation reveals, this substantially improves the sustainability of programs and the effectiveness of eliminating the root causes.
It is simply not possible to feature every project which ABM is committed to, and so the Project Book highlights activities which are new and those existing projects which need extra support. This does not mean that our other projects do not require support. However, many of these have access to other sources of funding, which is generally not available to ones in the Project Book. Please also fell free to continue supporting your project from last year, if it is still being implemented.
The apostle Paul regularly reminded the earliest Christian communities of their connection to each
other and their need to support each other in their commitment to mission. I would like personally to
thank you, whether individually or collectively through your parish, for continuing to honour and facilitate this commitment to mutual relationship and growth.
Finally, I hope that you will be challenged as you read about the featured projects, and at the same time
that you will rejoice at how God’s Spirit is calling God’s people to make the gospel known in many of the most marginal places throughout the world. Please pray for our Partners, ABM and our work together and, if you are able to, support us financially in the coming year.
May you have a blessed and prosperous 2019.
Yours in Christ,
ABM Executive Director
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