Monday, November 16, 2009

Op 58

a Biblical thought...
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

a Book thought...
Many young workers quit jobs not because there is a compelling reason to leave but because there is no compelling reason to stay. (p144)
a Dave thought...
On Saturday night I headed out to the Operation 58 gathering at Healesville and was fortunate to hear Wilma Gallet speak on the subject of suicide prevention. Eastern Victoria DYS Envoy Grant Whitehead has done a great job this year establishing this innovative fundraising campaign which originated in South Australia. Since its inception the results have been amazing...100 kids + 2 years + 100 pigs = $30,000 and built 1 orphanage.

Operation 58 is a self-denial program that runs all year round. It finances the creation of orphanages in Cambodia through the Cambodian Hope Organisation in partnership with Be a Hero Australia. At an operation 58 night you covenant to go without something, Coke for instance, so that you can put the money that you would’ve spent in your op58 pig. Once a term we gather together to empty our pigs. It is inspired by Isaiah 58 where the Lord declares that he wants “fasting that feeds the poor.” The lord wants self-denial that doesn’t just result in personal piety but meets the needs of vulnerable people. We think that there is something powerful in a justice initiative that is based in self-denial; that God doesn’t just want action and he doesn’t just want our money but he also wants our hearts.

Just a thought.

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