Like you I have pleaded with God to be compassionate on the many who, in the midst of COVID-19, are like sheep without a shepherd. Many are searching for answers and help. Part of God’s answer to this prayer are the many churches and ministries known to me that have made significant—even massive—adjustments to how they “do” their ministry. In this, more than a few have testified to God’s grace which has both sustained them and taken their ministries in gospel directions they would not have otherwise considered.

Yet, we have realized again the preciousness of face-to-face time with people: that the forgiveness and life promised in the gospel are known and experienced in relationship with God and other people. Word ministry is  Christ-centred and people-focused: “For what we preach is not ourselves  but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’s sake” (4:5).

By God’s grace, our students continued to be equipped throughout this recent semester. One unit that I thought would struggle in an online mode of  learning was our preaching unit which I am co-teaching this semester. As classes resumed after restrictions were introduced, we realised that we already knew each other; the strangeness diminished and we started enjoying learning together. As students now preach their sermons and are
receiving feedback, I am so encouraged.

We have a wonderful batch of gospel proclaimers ready to be launched into the churches and ministry contexts of Perth, WA, and beyond. Praise God!

Thank you for your prayers for the College in these last months—and for your financial support and encouragement. Pray that we will spur one another on towards love and good deeds as another generation of men
and women is readied to serve the Lord Jesus and the gospel, which is so needed in our world.

With every blessing in Christ,

Don West

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)