Our All Saints whānau in Palmerston North have taken on the project of providing all the necessary household items for a Rohingya family soon to arrive in the city.
On the 10th of February, the parish hosted guest speakers from the New Zealand Red Cross Refugee Resettlement team who talked about the plight of refugees and the process of resettlement in Palmerston North. “It is a wonderful privilege to be able to make them feel welcome in our city,” said the Red Cross Team Leader, Kevin Morris.
Within the week, parishioners had purchased and donated a huge amount of goods. Says Kevin: “I came in my ute to pick up the collection, but the parishioners’ generosity was so much that I had to go get the truck. We now have enough items to set up several homes for incoming former refugees.” He goes on: “These families have never slept in a bed with clean sheets. Partnering with All Saints on this project has far exceeded our expectations.”
The Associate Minister at All Saints, Rev Andy Hickman, says that this is one of several ongoing initiatives of “Acts of Courageous Compassion” that the parish is committed to this year. “It’s about demonstrating God’s expansive love by collaborating with other community service providers in making redemptive and holistic contributions to our immediate community,” he says. “This gives everyone an opportunity to get involved with our movement’s mission to reach out to the last, the lost and the least.”
The Rohingya family and other new arrivals will be welcomed to the city with a pōwhiri on the 1st of March.