A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend a three day workshop run by Lifeline Community Care Queensland entitled “Financial Literacy Education”. Jim Gustafson, Errit Petrusma and Sylivia Michalak also attended. We were given invaluable tips on budgeting and money management. If you would like some information on what we learned then please speak to one of us.
There are two organisations in our area that have people qualified to give financial counselling. One is Lifeline and the other is Christians against Poverty. An appointment is necessary to access these people.The most interesting thing for me was to learn how many people struggle with forming a budget and keeping to it. An interesting thought was shared that one should keep a note book handy and record every dollar or cent spent, to learn just where one spends their money. Sounds simple—why not try it for a month. You could get many surprises.
An average of three family's a week calls on our church for assistance needing a food parcel.We are happy to help them because we realise many people are doing it tough, with retrenchment or unforseen illness causing lack of ability to work. Others are suffering with rising rental costs and increased cost of living. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to those who buy one or two extra grocery items and bring them to church on Sunday or drop them into the church office. We are only looking for basic items like breakfast cereal, long life milk,sugar, tea coffee, spreads for sandwiches, things for children's lunches, pasta and past sauces, tinned fruit and tinned vegetables, soup, baked beans or spaghetti, tinned fish and meats. We purchase mince each week to go with the pasta and vegetables to make up a meal. If you know of a family who are doing it tough, why not bless them with a food parcel from our cupboard.
Reaching out to people in their time of need can be a great blessing to them and I am sure God will bless you in return.
The CARE team is aware of a single mum with three children under six who needs transport to attend church. We are thinking a roster of four people with a spare for unforeseen circumstances would be the best way to handle this. Baby car seats are available. Please speak to June Verwayen or Beverly Heazlewood if you can help in this matter.
There is also another family that is in need of a car for a two week period. If you can help please contact me.
"If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not lovewith words or tongue but with actions and in truth."
1 John 3:17-18