Serving curries to international students

Wellspring Anglican Church seeks to be a church for Tasmania, making disciples of Jesus.

In this lock down season, this has meant reaching out to international students.

Wellspring Church has so far raised $25,000 to provide for international students who’ve run out of money to buy food.

Twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, students line the footpath in Sandy Bay to receive a curry meal and a box of food.

Our aim is to put rice in their bowls and food on their tables for the rest of the week.

We were initially serving meals from outside Chillies restaurant in Sandy Bay. We have now working from the Wellspring building and on average we serve 200 meals a night. One night we had 265 students come to our church property!

As the need has grown others have offered to partner with us. Many from St Mark’s Anglican, Bellerive, have kindly opened their wallets. Grants from Anglicare, as well as Anglican Health and Welfare, have made a positive impact.

The Hobart City Council, the State Government, and The Lions Club have all supported the Show Hope Campaign.

‘Loaves & Fishes’, a Christian organisation, contribute fresh fruit and vegetables and The Food Bank provide non-perishable food. This enables students to take home a box of food every week.

By God’s grace, the GoFundMe fundraising campaign, called – Show Hope – raised $8000 in the first week online!

Bishop Richard and Helen Condie serving curries

Many international students have been greatly touched by all this generosity. They appreciated Bishop Richard meeting them personally and praying with them.

Some Hindus have even begun joining in Wellspring’s evening church service on Zoom!

May our good works continue to commend the good news of Jesus.

The need is great. We have so far raised $22,000, our target is $75,000.

If you are able to make a donation please go to: www.gofundme.com/f/Show-Hope

Revd Sam Gough, University Pastor, Wellspring Anglican Church, Sandy Bay

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