It’s amazing how a gift of groceries paves a way to meet both a practical need and a connection point. This is Paul’s story:
Our Street Teams met Paul earlier this year, when we took food hampers to a Housing refuge. The refuge in Melbourne houses residents who are vulnerable to long term homelessness.
Paul, who was once a faith-filled Christian believer as a young man, said life happened and he drew away from actively practicing his faith for about 28 years.
In the last few years Paul began seeking to revisit his faith and tried a few churches he attended in the past, but didn’t feel like he belonged. So every Sunday he would watch Christian programs including Hillsong TV.
“I kept praying and asking God where do I go?” said Paul, “When the CityCare team came to drop off the food hampers that Saturday morning and said they were from Hillsong Church, I decided to go check it out.
“I felt at home from that very first Sunday and enjoyed the messages we received each week that I would go share them with my friends at the refuge.
“One of my friends who works at the refuge became curious and decided to come along with me one Sunday, where he made a decision to become a Christian too.
“The food hamper was the conduit that connected me to church. If there had been no CityCare outreach with the Hamper deliveries, I probably will still be watching Hillsong TV on Sunday mornings.”
Paul is now one of our awesome volunteers, helping out with logistics and production at our Melbourne City Campus. His story is an example of how a simple act of kindness can impact a life in more ways then we can imagine.
Stuff the Bus presents us all with a great opportunity to impact many lives like Paul’s in our very own backyard with gifts of Christmas food hampers.
This is our last weekend before Christmas to collect much needed food hamper items, so please bring in your Stuff the Bus bags or you can purchase “Shout A Roast” cards, or individual and family hampers online at stuffthebus.org.au
Thank you for your generosity!