Andrew Hillier

By CEO Andrew Hillier

As parts of our world experiences the terrors of war, and our own community grapples with the ongoing trauma of tragic local events, my heart is drawn to the Bible's promise, "Love never fails."

Paul, who experienced a massive spiritual transformation, wrote these words in 1 Corinthians 13, a popular passage read at weddings and which details the real meaning and outworking of love.

He writes: "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not rejoice in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails," 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NIV.

This the type of love our chaplains and mentors seek to exhibit to those in their care in the midst of great pressure, disappointment, obstacles and pain. Champion chaplains such as Sam Jordan, who works across three primary schools, and trainee Jerome Tkalac, who benefits from workplace mentoring, can attest to the power of this kind of selfless commitment.

'You don't need a psychology degree, you just have to care.'

You don't need a degree in psychology to be kind, patient, encouraging, selfless and honoring. You just have to be reliable, stable, present and authentic.

We've posted a series of quotes to remind us that children and youth respond to models rather than critics, often fail to do what we say, but almost always imitate what we do.

Every child and young person is one caring adult from being a success story.

Research from Harvard's National Scientific Council on the Developing Child says "Children who do well despite serious hardship have had at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive adult. These relationships buffer children from developmental disruption and help develop resilience or the set of skills needed to respond to adversity and thrive." (Harvard Scientific Council on the Developing Child working paper 13, 2015.)

Our children and youth have been disrupted and buffeted more in the past few years than perhaps any other time since World War II. The toll is recorded in worsening mental health as our young people seek to make sense of an increasingly uncertain world and domestic issues including family breakdown, financial stress and school pressures.

We may not be able to fix the problem or stop the pain, but we can love so fiercely that hope remains.

I invite you to join us in supporting us financially and/or becoming a volunteer chaplain, student, learner-driver or workplace mentor.

Contact us 6417 3175 or email us to start your mentoring or chaplaincy journey.