622 Items for the Anglicare Christmas Hamper Appeal

19 Nov

In just 2 weeks Church in the Bank (with the help of a few from the SNAC Morning Congregations) have collected 622 items for the Anglicare Christmas Hamper Appeal.

I think it’s fantastic.  Praise God for the generosity of his people.  As we’ve looked at the book of Acts recently at the Bank we were struck by this description of the early church.

44 Now all the believers were together and held all things in common.a 45 They sold their possessions and property and distributed the proceeds to all, as anyone had a need. 46 Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the •temple complex, and broke bread from house to house. They ate their food with a joyful and humble attitude, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And every day the Lord added to them those who were being saved.

Acts 2:44-47

Everywhere the gospel has gone throughout history and throughout the world Evangelical Christians have always done two things.

First and foremost we have, being compelled by the love of Christ for us (2 Cor 5:14), spoken of Jesus so that others might turn to Him in repentance and faith.  Like the persecuted and scattered early church in Acts 8 we have always talked about Jesus and will never stop talking about Jesus!

The second thing that Evangelical Christians have always done is establish structures to care for the poor, the marginalised and the excluded in our cities and towns.  Caring for orphans and widows and families and in fact anyone in their distress is simply what we do.  It’s the other way that people know that we are disciples of Jesus (1 John 4) i.e. that we love one another.  From Samuel Marsden (the second Chaplain to the Colony of NSW in the early 19th century to now Evangelicals have always established and built and funded schools, hospitals, places of refuge, homes to care for the elderly and many more institutions to help with the social needs of our city.  Anglicare  was established and is founded upon these principles.  Did you know that the government only became involved in social welfare post the Second World War.  Prior to this social welfare was the exclusive domain of charitable institutions and in particular the churches.

So where will these goods go?

This morning they are off to the Anglicare packing warehouse in Mt Druitt and in the next 3 weeks we’ll receive 20-30 boxes back from Anglicare to give to local families in need in our area.

Praying that God will use this to grow His Kingdom and to help families at Christmas.

Luther

P.S. Russell Gray was the closest with 610 and so a book from Phil Colgan is coming your way!

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