It is gone – all of it.
 
What am I talking about? My facial hair – of course!
 
I do believe that for the almost 8 years I have been here serving as pastor in Ipswich, that I have not been clean shaven – until Wednesday.
 
Wednesday – it all changed. For how long? I guess we will find that out together (it is hard to hide).
 
If you still wanted to donate – there is opportunity over the next few days to still do so, and you can do that here: Lose The Moustache (mycause.com.au)
 
But why? Well – as many of you are aware – I am quite passionate about sharing ‘Messages of Hope’, and in a world that is struggling in more ways than ever (and not just because of the global pandemic), it is very important that we share hope and the Gospel message to the many people in need.
 
One way that is done across Australia and New Zealand (through over 800 radio stations) is by Lutheran Media, but a great way for it to continue is for each of us individually, and together to share that same message of hope and Gospel to those people around us.
 
We don’t have to lead people to baptism in the space of a 30 minute coffee catch-up, but we are called to give reason for the hope that we have, and it is a case of constant relationship with others that open up doors and avenues for the Holy Spirit to work in us and through us to inspire faith in others.
 
My encouragement to you as you share hope and Gospel with others is to not give up. But also love the person for who they are.
 
Sometimes we fall into the trap of loving people only because we want to share Jesus, but these are real people, so just love them for who they are, not who you want them to become.
 
We also sometimes give up to easily because we don’t see results. But this work takes time, because relationships take time.
 
So let’s seek to build on the work of Lutheran Media in following the call of Jesus to bring the Gospel to light within our community.
 
May God bless you in this task,
Pastor Ben

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