If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk; and if you spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, your light will rise in the darkness and your night will become like the noonday. Isaiah 58
CCV sent a mission trip team to New Zealand for the first time this year to partner with Addington Community - a community development initiative to serve the needs in the community. They have a farm, a coffee shop, and housing for those who need it.
"On behalf of our Addington community, we would like to say a massive thank you to your church! We are so incredibly blown away by your generosity and kindness.
We are so incredibly grateful to the wonderful team who came over. They poured so much time, effort and care into painting the urban farm's house. Despite our weather dumping rain and hail, they just bought some gumboots and rain jackets and kept on going. The house looks 200% better than when they began! It transforms the space so much. Beyond that, getting to know them and spending time together, we feel like we have a new bunch of friends from Phoenix. It was such an immense blessing having them here, and they are forever woven into the fabric of our urban farm and our community. Our homes are very much open to them anytime!
As well, thank you so much for the incredibly generous donation that your church has made. We were just so blown away with that. Your support will mean so much in being able to physically transform the space into something much more usable. Which we hope this will culminate in both flourishing vegetables and flourishing relationships.
Our hope is that this urban farm is a place in or community where people can feel a sense of belonging, experience some warm hospitality, learn some new skills, and be able to provide cost-effective veges for people. But more than that, we hope it's a place in which people encounter the love of Jesus. That this wee urban farm is a glimpse of the kingdom in this place.
That your church choose to support our wee urban farm with finances and the most dedicated people-power means so much. Our community is incredibly grateful and has been very blessed by the time your lovely people spent with us. I reckon God was very much on the move as we shared and learnt from each other. "