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That’s it. Week 3 over. My goodness, how fast the days go by and the opportunities with them!

We have had a wonderful couple of weeks to start the term and are looking forward to another very busy fortnight! As you will be able to see we are on our knees praying for (though some may be pleading with) our HSC students to be ready and able for their trials. We look forward to book week and our inaugural Grandparents Day mixed with our Commerce students putting knowledge into action. We also have National Science week and a basketball gala day in Port Macquarie thrown in there for good measure!

Last week we had our athletes go to the Zone Athletics Carnival in Coffs Harbour which saw a number of our students record PBs and make it to the State CSSA championships. Well done team RCC!

Added to this, we watched the finalists of RCC’s Got Talent and crowned our first ever winners. Well done Shaylee, Zoe and Emerson! A massive congratulations to all the students who performed and participated to make this awesome event possible. What talent we do have!

This week we have also had the honour of sharing our lovely school with Robert Mugga, pastor and pioneer of Splendour School in Kampala, Uganda. Mr Mugga has also started churches in Kampala and a school in remote Uganda in the small township of Kideria, in the  Buyende District, on the banks of the Nile. He has come to visit us to see how Aussies do Christian schooling and is excited about what he has seen and what he will take back. It is an honour and privilege for us to be able to contribute to Christian Schooling right across the world and we pray that God continues this partnership well into the future.

I wanted to encourage you this week based on the words he shared with the staff in devotions. Robert challenged us to be thankful for where we find ourselves by looking down. He said that it was very easy for him to become discouraged and hopeless for his home country when he arrived in Australia because when he looked up he saw everything he didn’t have. However, he said when he looked down he was able to see what he had that other’s did not have. He reminded us to look down more often and be reminded of what God has given us, not just materially but in opportunity and to be thankful for what God has done.

John challenges us in 1 John 3:16-17: that if we “see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear.”

I believe we have the means to help out our brothers and sisters in Christ in Uganda and pray that we will be faithful to show God’s love to them. The challenge though that rests with us in the meantime, is to make sure that we don’t just do this on special occasions to Africa, but in our day to day living to those around us.

Good Tidings!

Jonno

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