Rev Dr Gordon Moyes The Superintendent Writes
A weekly column by Rev Dr Gordon Moyes, Superintendent of Wesley Mission.
6th Feburary, 2000

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1999 Superintendent Writes
Sunday, January 30th, 2000

During our holidays Beverley and I drove 1,200 kms to visit some of the towns where our new Wesley activity centres will be established. Wesley Mission has just purchased three large houses for new caring centres for work among profoundly disabled children. We are looking for an additional property in the Grandville area. During the month, we opened a new Mental Health Clinic: The Wesley-Mayo Unit in Taree. We have also become involved in a new centre for disabled people in West Wyalong in association with the Uniting Church there. We are looking at two new health and residential centres for disabled and mentally ill people on the Central Coast.

This month we have a big fund-raising program on the Gold Coast, for a new ministry to street youth in conjunction with the Robina Uniting Church and Wesley Mission Brisbane. I have eight Uniting Churches that have approached us to help them develop their ministries through joint programs. Then, of course, we have the big work party to Rotuma in May and our own wonderful evangelistic outreach during the Olympics. We are currently looking for four new additions to our Pastoral Staff and would appreciate any suggestions of good ministers you may know. I would appreciate a confidential note from you. We have had staff driving thousands of kilometres this month interviewing over 850 applicants for jobs with Wesley Mission in our 69 new employment centres. This month we have leased 45 new sites for our offices throughout NSW, purchased 400 additional computers and 41 additional vehicles.

This week I addressed, along with other senior staff, eight Area Managers, just appointed. They will have oversight of the additional 260 staff who have been appointed in January, stretching from Albury to Kyogle to Dubbo. These staff will be working with over 10,000 intensive assistance clients. They are people who are long-term unemployed and who face many barriers to employment. We are committed to finding jobs for 18,000 unemployed people in the next three years. We are making a $5 million capital investment to develop these new centres with more than double that in our two new nursing homes for frail aged people.

We have also won a contract to train over 1,900 'Work for the Dole' clients from Newcastle to Wollongong. We have also become the sole organization contracted by the Government to help 4,000 'Return to Work' participants in NSW. Our budget over the next three years will exceed $350 million. Please pray that we will be good administrators and stewards of God’s blessings.