At Church | Published 2013/08/03

Removing barriers

By Zbigniew Jankiewicz
How we can help remove barriers

Right at the beginning of her speech Kerryn says that she is not a theologian, and therefore her sermon will not be a theological lecture. And in fact, it was not a theological lecture, but the message of the true gospel flowing from the heart. For the last 25 years Kerrynhas been involved in the work of the Asian Aid Organisation. It is an organisation of active charity for poor children in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. However, the AAO is not just another charity. In AAO’s actions the help given to the children, and not only children, is dictated and motivated by the famous words of Jesus in Matthew 25:31-40, ending with the famous phrase "in as much as you did it to one of the least these brothers of mine, you did it for me".


Asian Aid Organisation operates in Australia since 1966. Its mission is very simple and yet vey moving: "Believing that all children are precious to God, 'AAO gives hope by fostering permanent positive change in the lives of disadvantaged children and their communities'".
For disadvantaged financially, physically and morally children in those countries, life will be very brutal if they do not find someone who can help them remove the barriers they face. And it’s about removing these barriers that Kerryn’s sermon is all about. And there are many of them: overpopulation, illiteracy, physical impairment, hunger, homelessness, disease, sexual exploitation, etc., etc. Among the many dramatic examples from the lives of children, which make our skin crawl, we hear about the rays of hope, which is the work of the AAO. Asian Aid is actively helping 8,800 children in schools and other institutions, 243 children in schools for the deaf and blind, 407 orphans in seven orphanages, thousands of women suffering from uterine prolapse, families in the leper colony and many, many others.
One of the most shocking examples of work AAO is active involvement in partnership with Oasis, whose goal is to rescue children abducted, sold or otherwise pulled through the odious work in the sex industry.


Listening to Kerryn’s sermon a Christian begins to understand what he or she exists for. We encourage you to listen to the sermon, and if you want to know a bit more about the Asian Aid, and perhaps engage in activity that will give you a lot of satisfaction, go to:

Vimeo: Kerryn Patrick - Asian Aid - 2013.08.03
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