School children in Australia - Next GenerationDear family & friends in Christ,

A few different people have asked me to forward to our network the following email from ACCESS Ministries.

I am doing so because I love the next generation of our nation and I fully support the Christian Chaplaincy Program introduced by the Howard Government.

However, I personally prefer not acting after the horse has bolted, nor do I want to see an ambulance at the bottom of the mountain when I can prevent it by having a fence on the top. I hope you get the drift of what I am getting at.

When you vote, you just don’t vote a PM, but the whole party. Unfortunately, what we sow is what we reap.
Please read the following email prayerfully, act promptly by writing or contacting your MP ASAP, and let’s vote Godly men and women into Parliament.

Blessings/ Pr Daniel NalliahDear Friends,

With the election now announced we need to make our voices heard and ensure that the funding of chaplaincy continues.

We presently receive funding from the Federal Government of $20,000 per chaplain for a basic salary. In November 2009, the then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd gave a commitment to continue the funding until the 31st December, 2011. The review of the program is presently taking place. Whether the School Chaplaincy program remains after the election and beyond is uncertain.

Kevin Rudd was a great advocate of chaplaincy however his view was not shared by all his colleagues.

It is important that we encourage both parties to support the continuation of chaplaincy and its expansion whilst retaining the present Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) guidelines. Our concern is that the program could be modified going forward.

• The current government has not indicated whether the program will continue but if it does, indications are that it may be securlarised.

• The Greens Party has indicated that it prefers a secular service model.

In other words, the unique holistic and spiritual dimension of chaplaincy will be lost.

• The Liberal Opposition has stated that the program will continue under their leadership, however it will not expand the number of school chaplains.

All parties need to hear the voices of those who value the unique role of chaplains and to hear of the magnificent impact on the lives of our children and young people and the school communities they represent.

Please – for our children and our communities – contact your local MP, the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition and tell them why chaplaincy should continue and be extended to all schools.

Can you share with them stories of how chaplains are supporting children?  Will you encourage others concerned about chaplaincy to do the same (your church, your committees, your friends, your school)?

PLEASE – VOTE FOR CHAPLAINCY

Go to http://support.schoolchaplaincy.org.au/  to inform your local MP of why they should support our chaplains.

Entering your postcode at this site will deliver the contact details for your local MP.  From there you just need to add a short, simple story about why school chaplaincy must be continued.

Finally, please pray that God in His grace will overrule and this vital ministry to children will be preserved and will flourish.
 
Yours sincerely,

Canon Dr Evonne Paddison
CEO
ACCESS ministries
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Sent by ACCESS ministries, Level 2, 695 Burke Road,
CAMBERWELL VIC 3124


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