Two weeks ago I was invited to attend the Geelong launch of The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal for 2014.
The keynote speaker was Major Brendan Nottle who came to share the work of ‘The Salvation Army Melbourne 614’ team. This dedicated group of people work with many marginalised people who are homeless or disadvantaged on the streets of Melbourne. Sadly, Major Nottle shared a most moving story of an 11-year-old homeless boy, which challenged everyone in the room.
Hearing examples of the work and outreach provided by The Salvation Army was a tremendous reminder of God's desire for us to love our neighbour and to care for one another.
‘Do to others as you would have them do to you.’- Luke 6:31 (NIV)
Last weekend 77 Christian College students from our Senior and Middle campuses volunteered to support this year’s Red Shield Appeal by door-knocking in the Highton area. 45 students from the Bellarine Campus collected donations in Drysdale as well.
I am most grateful to these young people and the staff and families who supported the students throughout the day. The Red Shield Appeal is a wonderful opportunity to serve others and to reach out in support to people in need of our love.