Those who have any responsibility in our deaconess work must be very thankful to God for his continued mercies to us as we enter the new year. Money has come in without any special effort on our part, with the exception of our annual sale, which was a record this year. But we must keep in mind that our deaconess work stands for spirituality. It is not enough to have a good financial position. We must seek to be true witnesses of our Master — we must win souls for God, we must care for the wayward, the weak, the tempted; we must teach the great truths of the inspired Word of God; we must ever go forth with the spirit of self-sacrifice and loving service for others.
— 'The Deaconess' newspaper, 23 January, 1918

From our early days, ADM has been dedicated to Christian service and giving, a testament to God’s provision of grace, and consequently to our founders’ vision for nurturing a spirit of generosity. Long before the term ‘philanthropic partners’ appeared in corporate language, ADM’s early leaders and deaconesses established an ethos of generous partnerships and fundraising for women involved in ministry. books, flower pots, fowls, grapes, melons and squash. Others report financial donations “large and small”: interest from investments, estate bequests and church offerings. Some people gave 1000 pounds each, others two. Every gift was received with gratitude. 

Some of our records from the early 1900’s report generous ‘in-kind’ giving such as: two dozen eggs, three quilts, seven pillow cases, ten boxes of  books, flower pots, fowls, grapes, melons and squash. Others report financial donations “large and small”: interest from investments, estate bequests and church offerings. Some people gave 1000 pounds each, others two. Every gift was received with gratitude. 

Deaconess Mary Andrews visits a family in Erskineville

Deaconess Mary Andrews visits a family in Erskineville

Such giving has continued for over a century. Whether gathering support for hospitals, palliative care homes or even Deaconess House, ADM’s pioneers prayed and asked God for funding, and then invited others to join them by investing whatever they could in the ministry. 

In that same spirit, ADM prayerfully continues these pioneering partnerships, trusting that we can do even more in the future as God provides. We acknowledge that because of the great privilege we currently have to fund Christian women for fellowships, specific projects or new ministries each year, it might be easy to forget the fund is relatively small in the broader Australian context. 

While we’re no longer expecting donors to give linen or grapes, we invite you to consider how God might be leading you to partner with us. Perhaps you could consider a bequest to MAC or a designated gift to ADM in your financial planning? We would count it a privilege to talk with you about such giving, and to include you in our future as we draw from our past, “going forth with the spirit of self-sacrifice and loving service for others.” 

Partner with us in supporting Christian women for God’s Kingdom. 

I know of no other organisation like ADM anywhere, so it’s worth coming halfway around the world to be here!
— Rev. Canon Dr Alison Milbank
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