'The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.' Matt 23:11-12
Our C3 Cares team across Sydney is doing incredible things in the lives of others. Arun Raj, from C3 Silverwater campus, shares on the joy and fruit of being the hands and feet of Jesus.
It is late afternoon as our team wanders the streets of Auburn. The diverse demographic of this one small suburb in the heart of western Sydney is spectacular. There is an Asian grocer next to a halal butcher, a Korean bbq place next to a Salvos office, people in traditional Sudanese attire and young men and women in high top sneakers.
The team starts setting up the venue for the evening. Volunteers set abundant food on tables; street teams hand out flyers about a free dinner, grocery hampers and a message of hope. Families with children, youth, the elderly, those have been isolated the whole week, recent refugees, all come in. They are seeking kindness, friendship and a sense of belonging perhaps. During the evening, while sharing a meal and a message of hope together, they share of their losses, families left behind overseas, struggles with finding work, issues of integrating into the community, issues at school, broken relationships and loneliness.
C3 Cares has been established to reach out to Sydney, to those who are lonely and isolated, struggling with financial and relational issues, single mums struggling to bring up young kids, new migrants and refugees and others on the fringe waiting for the love and compassion of Christ to touch them in a tangible and practical way. Teams of volunteers and staff organise regular outreaches at different venues in the communities of Silverwater, Auburn, Merrylands, Parramatta, Penrith, Mt Druitt and Narrabeen. They serve hot meals, followed by a message of hope in Christ and then spend time interacting with those who visit. They build relationships and follow up with prayer and practical assistance such as free grocery hampers, free debt counselling and provision of clothing and home wares etc.
Many of the regular visitors to these outreach services would never enter a mainstream church service. But in the warm, gentle and welcoming environment of their local neighbourhood care centre, they are free to express themselves and feel part of an encouraging and hopeful community. Several of our current volunteers first came to the care centres as visitors, curious or just needing a warm meal and a friendly face to talk to. To now see them serving others, growing in the Word of God and being Jesus like ambassadors to those in need is a testament of the transforming power of Christ in Sydney – one local suburb at a time…
C3 Cares exists to help people in need, crisis or isolation. If you or someone you know could do with a helping hand, email us. Alternatively, you can call Oxford Falls reception on (02) 9972 8688 and they will direct your call.
If you want to roll up your sleeves and get involved in this incredible service to the community, email us and tell us a bit about yourself!
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