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Each of us has a mission. Not every one of us is commended by our church to full time service, either in our home country or off shore, however we can all be reminded of the Sunday school hymn which is as relevant today as it was when it was written by Susan Warner back in 1868.

Jesus bids us shine with a clear, pure light, Like a little candle burning in the night; In this world of darkness, we must shine,
You in your small corner, and I in mine.

Diane and I are both members of a Rotary club and many could see that as being "worldly". We see it as another place where
we can have fellowship, meet regularly with people with whom we would not otherwise have got to know and have the opportunity for our little candle to shine. I have the designation of Club Chaplain; along with being the treasurer... the chartered accountant seems to inherit that job.

A great book to read is the one written by Ian Hunter, "A Man for our Time", the biography of Robert Laidlaw (the founder of Farmers Trading Company) after whom Laidlaw College is named. Among the many aspects of life he was involved in, included being a member of Rotary in Auckland. Through this he contributed and used opportunities to share his life and faith. Amongst his many contributions was the small booklet he wrote for his sta entitled "The Reason Why". The initial printing in 1914 was 5000 copies which he thought would last a lifetime. At last count over 33 million copies have been printed with
numbers increasing. I have had occasions to use it.

 

Rotary has a four way test
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Recently a member of the Club died from a horrible debilitating disease where his keen mind struggled to acknowledge other people from within an uncooperative body. In this time of great need members rallied around to build goodwill and better
friendships which was bene cial to all.

So, in this world of darkness, we must shine ... and this set of ideals from the secular world gives an indication as to why Rotary has gifted millions of dollars and countless hours to working on the eradication of polio worldwide. At our Rotary
Club we have teamed up with Christian missions where there has been a need for sanitation in India and an eye clinic in Pakistan. We can think laterally and team up with others without compromising the clear message of the gospel. Let's work on how to make a difference... You in your small corner, and I in mine.

Graham Fletcher
GC3 Chairman

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