Welcome to a big year for the ACL Northern Territory family. Happy New Year! Amanda and I had a great break of about four weeks, and we are back on deck for what promises to be a significant year in the Territory and the nation.

This year is an exciting year for me as I take over from Wendy Francis as ACL's NT Director. I hope we can all catch up soon in a Zoom meeting. I am really looking forward to coming to the Territory later this year. Amanda and I both love it.

Politically the Federal Election will be upon us very soon, probably in May. Amid the many COVID management issues that are around us like a mist, there are other key issues like the National Curriculum and the Religious Discrimination Bill. We must also continue to resist attempts to spread the virus of assisted suicide to the Territory. We must work to ensure that Federal Parliament does not change the NT Self Government Act to give the NT Government power to pass assisted suicide laws.

What an irony that while we fight to save lives from COVID, the NT Parliament voted to allow abortion to birth, and many want to bring in state assisted killing of the vulnerable. “When men stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing, they believe in anything” (attributed to GK Chesterton).

May 2022 be a year in which we all learn together to drink freely of the indwelling water of life of the Spirit of God to meet all our needs. As the Book of Revelation says “And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price” (Revelation 22:17).