My ministry—Margaret River church

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The local church in Margaret River, WA, is only a small group but we are determined to touch lives in the community. For 18 years some faithful locals have served up wholesome vegan meals twice a week, feeding up to 150 people per night at what has affectionately become known as “the Soupie”.

While the food and atmosphere are great, I noticed that the people who needed to be there most were missing. With a number of individuals and families in the community battling to put food on the breakfast table, there was an opportunity to create an environment for people to come and be nourished. So with the support of the local community centre we are using the Soupie venue and, with the generosity of local businesses who donate bread, eggs and fresh produce, we add cereals, beans and juice and are able to serve up an enjoyable, healthy breakfast two mornings a week.

We have fed the homeless and displaced, hungry families, backpackers and folk just looking for some good company.

Though only in its infancy, the results are encouraging. We have fed the homeless and displaced, hungry families, backpackers and folk just looking for some good company. We pick up a family with three children who otherwise would go without, and drop them off at school afterwards. Relationships are developing, new contacts are being made and an ex-Adventist is coming back to church. With recent exposure in the local media, community goodwill and trust is developing strongly. Combined with other community programs such as a kids’ club and the church-run op shop, we are working to fulfil our vision of “transforming communities”. It’s also part of our plan to prepare good soil in preparation for outreach programs in the future.