Stuff the Bus & Say “Welcome”

20 November 2016

On Tuesday night we are gathering to celebrate our annual Sisterhood United Night and the launch of the Colour season for 2017!

As a company of everyday women, united in friendship and cause, the Colour Sisterhood desires to make a difference and make the world a better place. On Tuesday night we continue that tradition through partnering with Hillsong CityCare STUFF THE BUS Christmas Campaign.

At all of our locations across Australia, we will be receiving your donations of non-perishable food items and gifts to prepare hampers that will bring joy to families who have arrived in our nation as asylum seekers and refugees.

You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colours…Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.  Matthew 5:14-16 (The Message)

We are partnering with agencies who support a smooth transition for families arriving in Australia as asylum seekers and refugees. It can be a challenging and potentially overwhelming time for families and we can help make a difference for them. It doesn’t take much to say WE CARE and YOU ARE WELCOME!

We are working with the Life Without Barrier’s Refugee and Asylum Seeker Service along with other long term partners such as SSI and AMES. Your contribution will help families like Mohammad and Fatma’s.

After suffering torture at the hands of government officials in Iraq, Mohammad knew he needed to flee Iraq with his wife Fatma and their 4 children. They made the challenging journey to Australia by boat and after being released from immigration detention into the community, are trying to adapt to the new culture in Australia whilst also dealing with the trauma they have experienced. It is a difficult and isolated time without the support of their extended family who remain in Iraq. The tough financial circumstances make it hard for the children to participate in school activities as Mohammad is often faced with the decision to pay for school activities or put food on his family’s table.

Treat the foreigner the same as a native. Love him like one of your own. Remember that you were once foreigners in Egypt. I am God, your God.

Leviticus 19:34 (The Message)

On Tuesday, as a Sisterhood we will make room in our lives for others, bringing in items that will say “welcome” and be a blessing to families who have arrived in Australia.

Bring along one or more of the items on the Stuff the Bus shopping list PLUS one or more of the following items: rice, lentils, chickpeas, long-life milk, canned tuna.

You can also contribute to the Stuff The Bus Christmas Appeal online here.

We don’t take for granted the opportunity to gather together in freedom and safety and celebrate as a Sisterhood and with friends and family over the holiday season. As we gather for Sisterhood United Night, we think of the families fleeing violence and those displaced in camps. We will continue praying for them (#middaybabymidday) and for our hearts to always be responsive to the needs in our world.