Bishop Justin likes to say that Anglicans are people who do stuff! In the last couple of weeks I have been privileged to see the truth of that. From all across our Diocese, from Whanganui, the Rangitikei, Manawatu, Wairarapa, Horowhenua, Kapiti, Porirua, Hutt Valley and Wellington, from all of these areas contributions were gathered to set homes for the Syrian refugees who are arriving in Wellington this week. The generosity and care displayed in the provision of the household goods required to provide these new arrivals with a home has been phenomenal. Well done everyone! I know that many of you did not have the opportunity to contribute to this effort. Please be assured that you will have a chance to contribute as the year continues. This has been a wonderful beginning but there is much more to do. Thank you again for your generosity.
Archdeacon Stephen King
Below is text from an article from The New Zealand Herald online:
Wellington churches have had an overwhelming response to requests for household items to welcome Syrian refugees to the capital. Household essentials, such as kitchenware, bathroom appliances and linen were gathered by churches and Islamic centres to fill 25 households for 95 Syrian refugees settling into the capital later this month. The goods were delivered yesterday and are being housed in the Loaves and Fishes Hall, part of the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul. A video of an interview with Bishop Justin is available here.