28 May, 2018

One Friday morning in April, I enjoyed a beach sunrise with one of my daughters as part of a school activity. It was an experience I have filed away in my precious memories.

Once the activity concluded and the parents were excused, I took the opportunity to enjoy a quick surf. Even though it was well into autumn, the water was warm and clear, the sun was shining and the waves… well, they were just about right for an ageing surfer.

I paddled out a little south of the other surfers and with space around me began a conversation with God – at times out loud and at times silently. My prayer started seeking safety, health and salvation for my family and friends before focusing on my work with ADRA.

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A morning surf gave Paul Rubessa a light bulb moment.

I asked for wisdom to confront the challenges; courage to take the opportunities; and that our collective endeavours will make a real difference in the lives of those we serve. It was then I had a ‘light bulb’ moment that I should have had many months before.

I realised I had been spending more time praying for ADRA and our work than the people we work for. Both are important but the people are more important.

Now intentionally praying for the people, I found myself becoming increasingly aware of all the blessings and luxuries in my life. My stomach was full (maybe too full), I had a home to live in and a comfortable place to sleep, I belonged in my country, my security was not under threat and my income was steady.

The penny was dropping quickly now and the words from Luke 12:48 (NIV) were on repeat in my mind: “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”

Even though there are many who have so much more than me, I am someone who has been given much. The Lord has blessed me with time, experiences and an income – all of which give me an opportunity to be generous and help others.

In this edition of ADRA News, you will see the impact of your generosity on the lives of people overseas and here in Australia, and we want to pause and say “thank you” for making that possible.

Our aim is to multiply your generosity so that those we help can express their gratitude by helping others.

Your gift before June 30 will help women and children rise from poverty.

Paul Rubessa is CEO of ADRA Australia

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