Based in Melbourne, this team reaches out to refugees and immigrant communities.
Almost a quarter of Victoria’s population was born overseas, and the city is home to residents from 180 countries, who speak over 233 languages and dialects and follow 116 religious faiths. Melbourne has the second largest Asian population in Australia, which includes the largest Indian and Sri Lankan communities in the country.
Reaching out to families who are newly arrived in Melbourne, helping practically, teaching english, and a host of other activities, this team connects with a wide range of people who come from many nations. Some of these communities have come from traumatic situations and have tragic stories to tell, finding shelter and refuge in Australia. They are invited relationally into the the households of these new communities.
It is with these people that the team are able to minister the love of God, pray for them and share the gospel. Making disciples is the core of their activity.
We have been intentionally developing relationship with an Iraqi family in the community. It is amazing to observe the high value that Iraqi's place on community. We were invited to an extended family celebration meal where there were around 100 "family", two of us and perhaps three others who were non-family. The colourfully elaborate clothing and...Read More
Teaching spoken English has been a tool God has used to connect us with refugee families and households of men living in share accommodation. Hearing their stories, getting alongside them in practical ways, reading/retelling/discussing stories from the bible and praying with them has been an incredible privilege. Two opportunities that have arisen ...Read More
Christmas, New Year, Easter and other term holidays have given us many opportunities to connect with (whom we lovingly call) “our Nepalese girls”…. It is quite natural to have conversations about faith, “gods”, Jesus, and to open the bible and read it together. Karen hosted a Christmas celebration where the ladies read the Christmas story...Read More