We invite you to view a recording of this week's message – When Local Meets Global.
When we can learn to live and serve locally, we learn to become a greater ambassador for those globally. Our awareness for needs outside of our own circumstances can drive a desire to make a difference, small or large. We see a bigger picture and want to contribute what we have to the greater need.
Assistant Chaplain, Jo Morrow
This week, our focus is to understand more about the vulnerable among us and in New Zealand a group at risk can be our children. For reasons beyond comprehension, as a society we struggle to keep our youngest safe from the brutality of physical, sexual, verbal abuse and neglect. While New Zealand is classified as a first-world country, with high accessibility to modern resources and infrastructure, there is a growing number of people who experience real poverty.
Although perspectives may vary on first-world nations, in New Zealand we enjoy a freedom to live with higher levels of health, welfare and income support. Dividing nations on earth into three worlds may prevent us from understanding the fact that poverty can occur within a first-world nation. This can then become a blind spot for citizens who live with little or no understanding for those who suffer.
Learning to serve locally exposes us to situations beyond our own environment and allows us to recognise where needs can be met. When we can learn to live and serve locally, we learn to become a greater ambassador for those globally. Our awareness of needs outside our own circumstances can drive a desire to make a difference, small or large. We can then identify a bigger picture, so that we become more aware of those in need nationally and beyond in a global focus.
Each year St Andrew’s College participates in the World Vision Challenge and this year our Community Service Leaders, Lucy Cammock-Elliott and Kelly Ting (both Year 13), will be encouraging us to raise funds and support the valuable work of World Vision on the ground in Malawi.