Last week, the English Department hosted Grant and Janna Lock, missionaries who spent 24 years in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Grant, who has just written his second book based on his time there, and Janna spoke to our students about their journey from cattle farmers in Adelaide to supporting widows and overseeing an eye clinic in Afghanistan. They spoke of hearing God’s call on their lives to move continents and cultures, and their unquestionable faith in responding to Him.
What impacted me most was not their willingness to go (although such perseverance, trust and commitment to move themselves and three young children into a culture so removed from their own is inspiring!), rather it was their genuine and passionate love for Jesus which was shown in both their words and actions. Grant and Janna's graciousness and compassion for all God’s people was distinctive as they spoke and their understanding of His great love for us was evident.
1 John 4 reminds us that...
7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
My prayer is that we too can be people who not only tell of God’s infinite grace, but also show this great love wherever we are, in whatever context or season we find ourselves.
Mrs Jo Lapointe
Faculty Head English