It has been far too long since my last blog. This is due, in part, to the overwhelming demand placed on this Office by refugees seeking Sponsorship for family and friends. I had to meet an onrush of requests when Abdul was in Australia. This actually turned into a blessing in the sense that it became clear that the refugee component of the Office should be restructured to more effectively deal with some delicate matters.
The new procedures that have been put in place have come to look like this; I take the phone calls, arrange the appointments to listen to stories and requests, also showing the way that the Sponsorship process works in this Office. Conversations become an opportunity for consolation, as talk emerges about ‘God with us’, the infinite creativity of God’s Spirit, the value of suffering, and that the God who asks for our best does not demand the impossible. I show visitors just how limited the Office is in helping accommodate their requests, yet we readily...Read More