published in Hope Spots 2024Refugees on March 21, 2024

Hope Spot 11 – What’s Cooking?

An old family recipe reminds Jonathan of a special proverb about you!

The other night I was looking for a recipe to do baked chops.


The one I normally use is this one, from a recipe book my church from 40 years ago put together as a fundraiser.


I add a bunch more stuff (cinnamon, ginger, mustard etc) …


… but what I like about this recipe is what’s at the bottom of the page:


It’s when we forget ourselves
that we do things
that are remembered.


That makes me think of people like you!


You don’t get any headlines. No one hails you as a hero. You just get on with the job and make things happen.


I saw this on Saturday night. ALWS had an Asante Event (‘thank you’ in Swahili) in the Adelaide Hills, and 120 people came along. They enjoyed an evening of singing and stories and a ripper roast dinner.


Before everyone came, a bunch of volunteers set tables, hung decorations, arranged flowers, chopped cucumbers and lettuce…


… and after everyone left, a bunch of volunteers chased vacuum cleaners, washed dishes, unhung decorations and packed away tables and chairs.


No one saw them.


(Except me, from the top of a ladder where I dangled, disentangling a balloon Asante sign.)


What I saw was people working hard, with a clear purpose in mind …


… and smiling as they did it.


Service with a smile.


That seems old-fashioned these days, but it’s what you do through ALWS.


And it’s what the teams you support in places like the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, do too, as they deliver your ALWS aid.


Whether that’s tools and seeds for climate-smart farming for $86:



… or poultry (chickens or pigeons) to start a little business $199:




… or providing Cash for Work for refugees to clean drains ($27 for 10 metres) to protect the community from diseases like malaria, and diarrhoea that can be deadly to children:



Your ALWS action is hands-on, humble, hard work.




Far from headlines.


You forget yourself …


… so that those who are forgotten will be remembered. A blessing ALWayS. Thank you!


PS: You TRIPLE your impact for people in the refugee camp thanks to our ALWS partnership with churches from the Czech Republic. DONATE TRIPLE NOW




How your donation is used wisely

♥ You help with practical care

You help with practical care: Your donation is matched with a $307,692 AUS contribution from Diaconia Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren. Your donation will be used to help Rohingya children of war, and their families, who were forced to flee to Bangladesh, and who now face being forgotten by the world. ALWS aims to raise $150,000 by 30 June 2024. Should more money be raised than required for this project, any excess will be used in ALWS-supported projects to help children of war in other countries. Information in this communication is based on data correct at time of writing, and may change. Funds and other resources designated for the purpose of aid and development will be used only for those purposes and will not be used to promote a particular religious adherence or to support a political party, or to promote a candidate or organisation affiliated to a particular party, or to support welfare activities as defined by DFAT. For more information, call: 1300 763 407

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