Last Friday the ACL office in Canberra had a visit from 90-something-year-old Jock.
He was in town for his granddaughter’s wedding. Daughter Lynn asked him if there was anything else he would like to do.
The famous Spring flower festival Floriade had just opened, there was the War Memorial, Parliament House, the National Museum and numerous other attractions.
But apart from the wedding, there was only one other thing Jock wanted to do and that was to visit the ACL national office.
So at afternoon tea time he shuffled in leaning on his walker and we served him a cup of tea and had a chat about the current political battles.
Jock was full of energy and good cheer. He reads all our material and most importantly prays regularly for us. He wanted to visualise the people and the office to help him when he prayed.
Elderly people, especially those who have followed Christ, are full of wisdom. In a youth-obsessed culture, even we Christians sometimes make the mistake of marginalising them.
As his visit came to an end Jock asked if he could pray for us. It was a poignant moment as this old man of God bowed his head and lifted us and our work before the Lord he obviously knows so well.
ACL is blessed with a professional team. But we know any success we might achieve is because of the prayers of faithful people like Jock.
ACL Managing Director
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