Members of the Melbourne Church of Christ journeyed from their usual location for church on a Sunday morning at Glen Eira College. Food and gifts were donated by church members with a financial contribution from HOPE worldwide. The Dandenong local government area has the greatest number of people nationwide arriving into the area from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and Sri Lanka - often poor, isolated and even traumatised from past events related to war and conflict. Hope welcomes them to a new start in Australia!
Zahra (Asylum Seeker) – “People were really friendly. I am very grateful for the lunch, the community and the presents for my daughter!”
Sofia (3 year old Asylum seeker) – “I really loved the presents. I wanted more!”
Carol from Mordialloc Rotary club was one of those serving food: “I enjoyed the opportunity to meet people with such diverse backgrounds and such gorgeous smiles and gratitude.”
Geomer Manalasta (Teen) - “ Yeah, the giving was good. I saw most kids get two presents which was great to see, especially at Christmas”
Phil Tutt (Church member) – “ I was inspired from hearing the stories of despair turning into hope for a new life. I enjoyed the soccer game. It was great that two groups of people with completely different backgrounds, language and culture could compete and share a few laughs.”