One of the unintended consequences of the pandemic and lockdown is our involvement with other local Soup Kitchens.

We never intended to get involved with any others as we were quite happy focusing on The Gathering's own outreach.

However it has been a joy and a privilege to be able to serve and build a relationship with two local Soup Kitchens being run by two amazing ladies in Macassar.

I've always believed that one of the key strengths of the church has been the ability to share our blessings with others, regardless of their denomination or even their faith. I firmly believe that when we share our blessings we honour God and even more blessings flow, and we're certainly seeing this with Beatty and Mercia's home run Soup Kitchens.

Between them these two ladies with the help of their friends are feeding hundreds of kids and adults in their communities, to the point of it being quite humbling to watch them in action.

This afternoon I was excited to hear Beatty's plans for Mandela Day on 18 July. She plans to feed several hundred kids and run a competition for them in which they have to draw a picture of Mandela with the best three winning a prize. Apparently her Soup Kitchen have been doing this on Mandela Day for a few years now and it's a very popular event, so this year The Gathering will be providing one of the prizes for her.

Beatty & Mercia are true heroes of the faith.


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