Kia ora koutou katoa (greetings, hello to you all),
Hope you all had a lovely, restful weekend, particularly after the wonderful efforts of all our students at the RCS Cross Country! Thank you to all the parental support, both on the day and also behind the scenes; our students are so fortunate to have your encouragement!
In other exciting news, we have the 40 Hour Famine coming up on the 8-10th June. This year the fundraiser is seeking to help the children of South Sudan. I had the privilege of attending the 40 Hour Famine Leadership Conference with three RCS students. One of the speakers spoke about how good leadership requires:
These characteristics of leadership are regularly displayed within the Gospel. Jesus himself, showed us the possibilities of who we could become by witnessing to the power of God. We read of the trials Jesus faced here on earth, and the continual effort he put into people, even towards the most sceptical or criticising. Jesus was always courageous and loving in the face of adversity.
It is wonderful how we can empower others through these leadership characteristics. The most successful leaders are often those who courageously choose to humble themselves and seek advice from those they are leading. As I reflected with my team recently, the concept of being pruned by God (John 15:2), can at times be confusing! And yet, it is at times when I listen and seek new direction that I ultimately become the most fruitful.
As sponsorship collection continues, please consider encouraging your child to participate in the 40 Hour Famine. Younger children could give up something for 20 hours; technology, their favourite toy, or speaking – the options are endless! Older students could aim for the full 40 hours. Your childâ€™s efforts will ultimately provide the catalyst our world needs for young, inspired leadership willing to step up and make a difference. Let your child reflect on the wonder which comes from leading with their heart, and the amazing way they can show Godâ€™s light through their service.