Over recent times I’ve been deeply moved by the generosity of our College community and the gratitude of others for the gifts we have given.
On Saturday I was invited to a Gratitude and Celebration event for COSMOS Healthcare. COSMOS is a charity that sets up mobile clinics, primarily in New Guinea and Zimbabwe, to meet immediate medical needs. Our College has helped them continually throughout the year and this an ongoing partnership. Our most outstanding event was the beard and head shave earlier in the year.
The most memorable part for me were the Year 9 boys PC and Year 9 girls PC cake stalls, set up to raise money for the charity. Across both Campuses, we raised over two thousand dollars and therefore, as promised, “Mr. Bean” made an appearance and gave an award-winning performance to our Primary students.
Right now, we are running a care bag initiative across the College. These bags are for children who have been taken from their homes and familiarity at a time of crisis, many of whom only have the clothes on their back. The bags provide emergency clothing, toiletries and a soft toy. Our initial goal was 28 bags, which we quickly surpassed; by the time we’d put together 55 bags I was immensely proud; at 100 bags, I’m deeply humbled.
Generosity isn’t a side issue. It is central to our lives. Thank you to parents for your wonderful example to your sons and daughters, to staff for your support, and to our College community for who we are together.
Our society is increasingly characterised by consumerism and the rise of self. Our MCC community is not. I cannot begin to imagine the effect our actions, through this initiative, will have on the lives of others. By the simple act of giving a child a care bag during a profoundly unsettling and fearful time of their lives, they can find healing and relief from suffering. It’s the thought of knowing that there is someone out there who cares and wants to help. That is powerful.
Generosity is important and I believe God is very interested in how we help others. It matters how we care for those who are disadvantaged. We are rich in every element of contemporary comparison. Giving makes us richer.
It is central to us as a College that we are a generous community. I believe we are, and the young lives around us see it…You cannot become what you do not see.
“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 (ESV)