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              An excursion to the Blue Mountains for refugees, run by St Andrew's Anglican Church, Lakemba  
           
          

         
      
       
    

  


      In early 2017, ADM was privileged to award over $50,000 in small grants to eight churches in the greater-Sydney region for ministries to welcome and support arriving Syrian and Iraqi refugees.     The grants were provided as part of the Syrian Iraqi Refugee Response led by Anglicare, in collaboration with five Anglican agencies, including ADM.    Around 1,200 refugees have been served this year by ministries funded through ADM grants. Churches have used the ADM grants – ranging from $1,300 to $16,000 – to create programs including welcome BBQs, homework clubs, ESL classes, playgroups, day trips, women’s dinners and employment support.      Now, reports have come back from some of the churches and we share a selection of their encouraging stories. God has certainly been at work!       Bankstown Anglican Church  received a grant of $4,000 to fund an English conversation class and to provide employment support to refugees and asylum seekers looking for jobs. The grant enabled connection with over 150 Syrian and Iraqi refugees.  Former Assistant Minister Rev. Grant de Villiers shared this encouraging story:   Majd* and his wife came to Australia with their young son. Majd is in his early thirties and is very eager to make a new life in Australia. When I met Majd and his family, he had been in Australia about two weeks. I asked,“   Majd, how can our church help you?”      He said, “I am a forklift driver. I need to get a license to work in Australia but it is very expensive”.     With the ADM grant, Majd was able to pay for the license and undertake the course. Not long after he messaged me and wrote, “Good evening Priest. I am so happy I passed writing test and verbal test. I got through forklift license. Thanks Jesus and thank you a lot”.    Soon after, Majd found a job locally and started full-time work. It has made many things possible. He has bought a car, found a better unit to rent and Majd’s English is improving all the time because no one speaks Arabic at work. In January, their family welcomed the arrival of a baby boy.    Majd and his family are Syrian Orthodox, yet they became some of the familiar faces at our Bible meeting and community dinners. The ADM grant made all of this possible.    *Name changed for privacy reasons             Gymea Anglican Church  received a grant of $4,100, which allowed them to renovate a church house in order to accommodate a refugee family. The refurbishing of the house was done (where possible) by church volunteers, with the grant helping to cover hiring a plumber and electrician.  Coordinator of the project, church warden Stephen Leitch, shared:  “This project brought the volunteers together – all were enthusiastic and worked well. All the family living in the house have now connected with the church and attend our services on Sunday, and also Bible study.”               Hoxton Park Anglican Church  received a grant of $16,000, which funded a range of activities and ministries. These activities met people’s practical needs for food, clothing, heating, and assistance in organising accommodation.  Hoxton Park has an Arabic language service, and Senior Minister Rev. David Clarke reported this wonderful story:   M is from Bagdad, Iraq, and came to Australia as a refugee. He came from a committed Muslim family. But over several years he had three dreams of Jesus, where Jesus reached out and pulled him out of the pit of mud that he was stuck in.     Once he got to Australia, he was curious about church but did not know what to do or where to go. An acquaintance invited him to the Arabic church service at Hoxton Park. He came and heard the gospel preached in his own language, and he put his faith in Jesus.     M now comes to church every week and rejoices in what God has done for him. He was baptised at the Arabic church conference in January, along with six other people. Join us in praying for the rest of M’s family, that they also come to know Jesus as Lord and Saviour.                

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
              St Andrew's Anglican Church, Lakemba used their grant to reach almost 200 new migrants and refugees through programs and excursions, including this one to Palm Beach.  
           
          

         
      
       
    

  


     At  St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Lakemba,  a grant of $16,000 funded a variety of programs and opportunities to reach almost 200 new migrants and refugees! The church ran excursions for refugees to beaches and the mountains, a spring market, various community picnics and barbecues, and a Christmas dinner for approximately 80 women and their children.  Margaret Powell, cross-cultural worker, shared this exciting news:   “S has been part of our community with her husband and children for four years. They came via boat and Christmas Island, and continue to wait for news about their status in Australia. They hear stories of Jesus and take part in discussions about him regularly. At the women’s Christmas dinner, I told the story of Jesus’ birth from Matthew 1. S has heard this many times before and so, at this time, on this night, the light turned on and S realised that Jesus was special and she needs to follow him. She and her family were baptised last month!”                  Find out more about  ADM's Mercy & Justice work

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Helping churches support refugees

In early 2017, ADM was privileged to award over $50,000 in small grants to eight churches in the greater-Sydney region for ministries to welcome and support arriving Syrian and Iraqi refugees. Now, reports have come back from some of the churches and we share a selection of their encouraging stories…

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      ADM celebrates successful completion of refugee grant programs      In early 2017, ADM was privileged to award over $50,000 in small grants to eight churches across greater Sydney and Wollongong, for ministries of welcome and support to arriving Syrian and Iraqi refugees.  The grants were provided as part of the Syrian Iraqi Refugee Response, a consortia group of five Anglican agencies led by Anglicare.  We were thrilled to see how the grants were used to resource and expand a range of ministries including a homework club, welcome dinners, employment support, ESL classes, playgroups, hospitality, and Arabic language church gatherings.  One year later, the grant-funded activities have come to completion. Earlier this week, representatives of grant recipient churches gathered at ADM to share stories of encouragement, to discuss lessons learned, and brainstorm ideas for furthering ministry to refugees throughout greater Sydney. New connections were made and opportunities for future collaboration discussed.  It was a privilege for ADM to host these ministry leaders in a brief time out of their demanding ministry lives. It was an inspiration to hear of the many ways these churches are reaching out to refugees, and others new to greater Sydney, with the good news of Jesus in word and deed.     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Present were (L-R in photo):    Margo Leach, Director, Mercy & Justice Ministries, ADM    Pastor Sami Youkhana, Jesus Light of the World Arabic Church, Hoxton Park    Ian Moore, Regional Manager Community Services Western Region, Anglicare    Sue Radkovic, ESL Coordinator, St Michael’s Anglican Church, Wollongong    Rev Grant De Villiers, Assistant Minister, St Paul’s Anglican Church, Bankstown    Rev David Clarke, Senior Minister, Hoxton Park Anglican Church    Rev Margaret Powell, Cross Cultural Worker, St Andrews Anglican Church, Lakemba    Keep an eye out for further information on everything achieved by the grant recipients!

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ADM celebrates successful completion of refugee grant programs

In early 2017, ADM was privileged to award over $50,000 in small grants to eight churches across greater Sydney and Wollongong, for ministries of welcome and support to arriving Syrian and Iraqi refugees. Here's the latest update on these grants…

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      Mercy & Justice In Action: A Practical Workshop  The recent Mercy & Justice workshop was a great success, with many people taking up the opportunity to connect with ministries that are serving refugees and the homeless, writes Margo Leach, ADM Director of Mercy & Justice Ministries.     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
              Margo Leach, Director of Mercy & Justice Ministries at ADM (left) and Helen Kim, Executive Director of Hope For Sydney.  
           
          

         
      
       
    

  


     ADM was delighted to co-host, with Hope For Sydney, a Mercy & Justice in Action workshop at the ADM offices on 18 May. The workshop sought to connect lay Christian volunteers with tangible service opportunities in Christian organisations and ministries that serve refugees and the homeless.  The 60 people attending were challenged by speaker Dr Karin Sowada, who explored the biblical foundations for Christian involvement in acts of mercy and justice. Karin also shared her own experience of God leading her to serve in many ways, but particularly through her voluntary service with Australian Racing Christian Chaplaincy.    A highlight of the evening was an interactive Q&A session with two ministry panels – one on refugee ministry and the other on homelessness. Representatives of ministries already serving in these sectors were interviewed by Helen Kim, Executive Director of Hope For Sydney, and Margo Leach, ADM’s Director of Mercy & Justice Ministries. They shared some of the joys and challenges of establishing and growing their ministries, and responded to an interesting range of questions from the floor. Participants on the refugee panel were drawn from churches that recently received grants from ADM under the Anglican Agencies Syrian Iraqi Refugee Response. These grants are enabling churches to serve a diverse range of Syrian, Iraqi and other refugees arriving in the greater Sydney area.     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Workshop participants were invited to connect with the 13 ministries that were represented at the ministry expo. Ministries serving refugees and the homeless showcased their work, answered questions, and provided connection points for interested workshop participants to explore further options for service.  This was the first Mercy & Justice workshop of its kind hosted at ADM. It was inspiring to hear how a diverse range of Christian ministries are seeking to holistically meet the needs of refugees and the homeless, and in so doing, extend God’s grace and mercy to them. It was a great privilege to connect with mercy ministries new to ADM, to meet with likeminded Christian volunteers who are seeking to serve God with their time and talents, and to provide ADM’s ‘garden in the city’ as a place to facilitate connections that will enable people to flourish – both those in need, and Christians seeking to serve them.   We are excited to release information about ADM’s core strategy for our growing Mercy & Justice Ministries.    Click here    for more information, and make sure you sign up to receive updates about our Mercy & Justice Ministries.

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Mercy & Justice In Action: A Practical Workshop

ADM’s recent Mercy & Justice in Action workshop, co-hosted with Hope for Sydney, provided many opportunities to learn from and connect with ministries that serve refugees and the homeless …

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      ADM Awards $50,000 For Refugee Support     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
               Grant recipients at Hoxton Park Anglican Church – Rev David Clarke, Senior Minister, with wife Janine and their children, and Pastor Sami Youkhana, Pastor of the Arabic congregation, with his wife Sarah and their children.   
           
          

         
      
       
    

  


     ADM is delighted to announce the recipients of over $50,000 in small grants for programs to support refugees in their local communities.  Grants have been awarded to eight Anglican churches in the greater Sydney Diocese, with sums ranging from $1,300 to $16,000. The grants form part of the Syrian Iraqi Refugee Response, led by Anglicare in collaboration with four other Anglican agencies, including ADM. Churches will use the grants to help run English classes and playgroups, provide accommodation and employment support, and even to help run an Arabic church service.  Margo Leach, Director of Mercy & Justice Ministries at ADM, said: “We are thrilled to provide funding to these churches, enabling them to help meet the needs of refugees in their communities. Through these grants, we hope these churches will lead the way in welcoming, supporting and demonstrating the love of Christ to refugees who have fled Syria, Iraq and other nations in conflict.”  To find out details about grant recipients and their refugee support programs, head to  deaconessministries.org.au/mercy-justice

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ADM Awards $50,000 For Refugee Support

ADM is delighted to announce the recipients of over $50,000 in small grants for programs to support refugees in their local communities.

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