What do drum kits, lemons, stamps and a food van have in common?

Jul 25, 2023

A bountiful crop of lemons in Adelaide has been turned into home-made lemon butter and marmalade which is now being sold at the St Peter’s Cathedral shop in support of the WASH Myanmar Project. Other Cathedral parishioners have made jams and conserves. The Jam stall is open whenever the Cathedral is with visitors and parishioners alike enjoying the home-made goodies. The Rev’d Sally Sandford-Morgan is coordinating the stall with the Cathedral shop staff and volunteers and is pleased that sales have exceeded their expectations.

Food is also the theme of the recent fundraising event hosted by St Saviours Parish, Glen Osmond, in Adelaide Diocese. A member of the 8am congregation, Shanka owns a food van, the Ceylon Hut, making Sri Lankan feasts. Originally from Sri Lanka, he catered for a dinner at St Saviours which was raising funds for AID’s Sri Lanka Women and Children Resilience project. Making and sharing delicious Sri Lankan food is a passion for Shanka and his family and the 90 guests enjoyed the food and learning how they are supporting women and children in rural communities in Sri Lanka. The Rev’d Paul Devenport, Rector at St Saviours, thanked Shanka, his family and another parishioner, Sue Lewis for leading the team of volunteers who worked hard to bring it all together.

God uses all kinds of talents to further the work of God’s church. When he’s not spending his time being Rector of Holy Innocents, Belair (also in Adelaide Diocese) or ABM’s Education Missioner, the Rev’d Steve Daughtry loves to restore drum kits. When they are sold, he donates part proceeds from the sale to ABM and AID projects. The people buying them love that their drum kit will help communities lift themselves out of poverty and empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

And it’s not just in Adelaide that God’s talented people are hard at work. The Rev Norm Hart has been collecting, sorting, trimming and selling stamps for God’s mission for over 30 years, in Ballarat, Tasmania, Rockhampton and now Wangaratta diocese. He sells mostly to dealers in the UK or the USA. He also collects and sells postcards, coins and banknotes, old photographs , old letters and old documents with stamps paying the relevant tax due (stamp duty, cattle duty, swine duty, wages tax etc). Every Diocese has a collection point for ABM stamps, mostly at the diocesan office and cathedrals.

These people all certainly know how to put the FUN into FUNdraising by doing something they enjoy and blessing so many others with their efforts. ABM would like to congratulate them all for what they have achieved.

We’d love to hear more stories from our supporters about how God is using their gifts, hobbies and talents to raise awareness of and funds for the work of ABM and AID. Please email info@abmission.org.au with your story and we’ll get in contact with you.