Rev Dr Gordon Moyes The Superintendent Writes
A weekly column by Rev Dr Gordon Moyes, Superintendent of Wesley Mission.
July 21st, 2002

In May 2002, Wesley Mission released a magnificent 28 page report entitled “Waru-Gabuwa: Making Healthy Communities”. The International Year of the Outback illustrates the growing mission and ministry of Wesley Mission Sydney in remote and rural Australia. This report tells the story of our work with individuals who have been marginalized, disadvantaged and forced to live on the fringes of society. Its a great story but it is no longer an inner city or suburban story.

Through this report Wesley Mission presents to you a story of an amazing ministry which stretches into rural and outback communities. We have chosen to name this report “Waru - Gabuwa...and are indebted to the Gumbaynggirr Peoples (pronounced gom-bung-girr), for this word, and for its concept that backburning fires protect, enabling us to build healthy, sustainable communities. The Gumbaynggirr people come from the mid-North Coast of New South Wales. Our people work alongside their people, as we do in Pacific Island, Asian and in European communities within Australia, and together, we are making healthy communities. 

National Tree Day will be celebrated next Sunday July 28th. It would be wonderful if you could arrange a tree planting on Tree Day before or after church on Sunday. Last year Wesley Mission planted over 20,000 trees as part of our commitment to a green Australia. We also trained hundreds of people in gaining their Land-Care Certificates as part of the Work For the Dole program, and others in our Vocational and Community Education programs, now part of Wesley Institute.

Organised by Planet Ark and Toyota, National Tree Day is an ideal way for church and community groups to make a difference by taking responsibility for the environment where they live.

Involving children in the event to 'Green Up Australia' would help them to learn that caring for the environment is part of Christian stewardship. Last year 110,000 volunteers joined together on National Tree Day to plant 1.2 million native trees and shrubs at 1,800 locations around Australia.