Father’s Day Stall – TBC
29: CANCELLED Working Bee
30: Book Week
1: CANCELLED Father’s Day Breakfast
3: Father’s Day Stall – TBC
8: Year 3 Excursion – TBC
9: GAT Exam
The Value for Week 7 is:
Encouragement is the action of giving someone support, confidence or hope.
We all need encouragement – we all should give encouragement.
“A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.” William Hazlitt
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11
In 1997 Guo Gantang’s little boy was just outside the front of the family home when a couple kidnapped him and took him to the neighbouring province where he was sold. In China it has been estimated that 20,000 children are abducted and sold each year.
I can’t begin to understand the trauma experienced by parents who suffer this kind of loss and how difficult it must be to cope. Mr Guo’s response was to identify that nobody was going to bring his son back and so his only rational alternative was to go out looking for him.
Jumping on his motorbike, with a flag-like banner showing a picture of his son, Mr Guo travelled around his neighbourhood and then he began to expand his search area to cover more and more of the country. Over the years the hunt continued and Mr Guo travelled to over 20 provinces, and sometimes he would receive a lead that would send his hopes flying high, only to be disappointed with the outcome.
As he travelled over 500,000 kilometres Mr Guo not only wore out 10 motor bikes, he had accidents, broken bones, and was robbed. There were times he slept under bridges because he spent a small fortune looking for his son.
After 18 years Mr Guo’s search for his son eventually led to a movie (Lost and Love) and while he helped a number of other parents find their stolen children, his own son seemed to have just disappeared.
Mr Guo continued his search for another six years and finally just last month – Guo Xihzhen was found! With the help of DNA technology, it was confirmed that his lost son had been found, the search was over and the family was reunited for the first time in 24 years! The emotional reunion can be seen here: https://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/07/14/guo-gangtang-son-lost-and-love-lon-orig-na.cnn
This reminds me of a story that Jesus told in Luke 15 where a father who is constantly looking for his prodigal son, finally comes back home. In this story the son, has wasted his part of the family inheritance, but he is forgiven when he comes back to the family property.
Jesus told the story to illustrate how much God cares for you, regardless of where you’ve been and what you’ve done. It shows the forgiving nature of God so well and we all struggle to appreciate how compassionate He is. As has been stated before: “If God had a fridge, your face would be on it.” Alternatively, if God had a motor bike, He would be on it – looking for you.
It’s worth a thought.
Mark B Vodéll
Starting in Term 4 our canteen will be open an additional day to include FRIDAYS. Students will be able to order lunch on a Tuesday, Thursday and also Friday.
We welcome a new member to our Gilson College Mernda school family. Hamish John MacLean, born 6/8/21 weighing 4.4kg (9pd 8oz). Congratulations to our Foundation teacher- Lucy & her husband Callum. 57cm tall at birth, Hamish is set to be a fine basketballer and we look forward to him joining a Gilson team in the future.