Many of you will have chatted with Rev Paul Bartlett over the past few years, a faithful advocate for our work who encouraged people far and wide to pray for, support and learn about our church partners.
With a genuine heart and gift for mission, Paul has been a cherished part of our team. He has hung up his boots this December for the final time after having been coaxed out of retirement twice before! UnitingWorld and our partners are grateful for the love and service he’s offered over many years.
Reflecting on his work, Paul writes:
“My parents, Rev Dr Warren Bartlett (OAM) and Mrs Lorraine Bartlett (pictured in header image), grew up within the life of the Methodist Church in Victoria. They were deeply influenced by its central commitment to support overseas mission with ‘their prayers and their resources.’ The minister at their church in High St Preston in Melbourne during the 1940’s, the Rev Alfred Guy who served in Papua New Guinea, as well as the Rev Stan Weeks who served in India, kept alive their desire to make a difference with all that their Lord had given them. As a result, they decided to include a tithe or 10% of their estate to the mission work of the church.
Forty-five years ago, they let their three children know of their intention. Thirty years later my wife Janene and I decided that we too would leave a tithe of our estate to the wider work of the church, including to UnitingWorld, and we too have told our three children!
My parents hope that their example might inspire others to this life of sacrificial giving, keeping alive the vital work of UnitingWorld and bringing abundant life for all beside God’s global Church.”
Our gratitude to Paul for his faithful service encouraging so many to consider God’s call to generous prayer and giving, as well as to Warren, Lorraine and many other faithful supporters who choose to give in this way.
Your gifts can provide the foundation of ministry for years to come.
Please get in touch with Rick on 02 8267 4267 if you’d like information about leaving a bequest.