We used Margaret Mead’s quotation that it only takes a small group of committed people to change the world, as one of our reflections at our Feed the World event, two weeks ago. We may not have changed the world, but a very small group of committed people at Aireys Inlet managed to pull of a highly successful event and I cannot thank them enough.
There were about 130 people in attendance, including many who would not normally join us for worship on a Sunday morning.
Our guest speaker, Dr Paul Woods from World Vision, challenged the audience with some interesting statistics about our progress towards reducing the number of starving people in the world. Our own Rev Helen spoke from the heart about a Christian approach to poverty and suffering. Representatives from eight locally supported aid organisations showed how much is already being done by people in our region to alleviate the suffering of people in developing countries. The Andean band provided wonderful mood music and had some of the audience itching to break out some Latin dancing. We learned more about the “super food” quinoa and had the chance to taste some dishes, including the quinoa soup prepared for lunch.
Thank you also to everyone in our Surf Coast churches who contributed food and supported us in various ways and to Presbytery’s Simpson Bequest for covering our costs. The event was not intended to be a fund-raiser, but we have been able to forward $506.20 collected in donations to World Vision.
Mary Bremner (Convenor, Outreach Team)