For many years we were known as the church with the blue cross, the church with the boat out the back, or the church across the road from the show ground. These were understandable as they are easily identifiable physical markers.
People seemed to be able to identify where we were, but not who we were, or even more importantly what we are about as a church. I am so grateful that this changed over time. It is not uncommon for me to get a call during any given week from people who do not know where we are, but they have heard something about us. They have heard about our generosity.
This reputation has been forged as we have given away meals through Martha’s Kitchen and financial assistance through the Fellowship Fund. Over $33,000 has been given away over the last few years, to provide assistance in a variety of ways whether it be paying back rent, providing food cards, helping out with car registration, electricity bills or school fees, for example. There is no shortage of need and because of the generous giving of so many at Mosaic we are in a position to continue to meet needs as we become aware.
If there is a common thread in what we do, both through Martha’s Kitchen and the Fellowship Fund is that they are focussed on relief. We do not cover the gap between someone’s weekly or monthly expenditure, nor do we provide food week in and week out to someone who is chronically wasting resources so that they do not have enough for food. It is not that we don’t care, it is that we want to help alleviate poverty, not feed it. Relief is recognising that at times people get stuck, whether it be an unexpected bill, a loss of income, or they are in a difficult place and need help.
When people find themselves in these circumstances it is great to be able to demonstrate that God loves them in very practical ways.
Thank you again for your generosity, it reflects the heart of our generous God.