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Features Gold Coast nurse-paramedic and Christian Helen Zahos in Moldova in July 2022 Features

To Moldova with love

“The local Moldovans were Christians from different denominations. Their willingness to risk their lives for fellow Moldovans and Ukrainian refugees set a new bar for servant leadership. I was also inspired by how they banded together despite their theological or liturgical differences to focus on what was important – caring for others,” says Gold Coast nurse-paramedic and Christian Helen Zahos

"When seeking to identify the reforms your congregation or ministry will advocate for, first identify "what issue is widely and deeply felt” among your faith community" (Michelle McDonald)
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How to lobby politicians: community organising tips for effectively mobilising volunteers

“Organising constituents, such as members of a congregation or ministry, to lobby their elected representative can be a highly effective advocacy strategy. In order for community organising endeavours to be successful, a strategic, persistent, flexible and patient approach is needed,” says Michelle McDonald from the Parishes and other Mission Agencies Commission

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Two good friends, one long story

“Her shift, she says, came from encountering people of different backgrounds at university around the same time she gave her life to Jesus. For her, getting to know people of diverse religious, cultural and linguistic backgrounds and hearing the stories of former refugees, while being immersed in Jesus’ ‘Love your neighbour’ teachings, opened both her mind and her heart,” says the Justice Unit’s Peter Branjerdporn

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“I want Australian Anglicans to know about West Papua”

“Human rights abuses of West Papuans by the Indonesian Government have gone on for so long that many people who were born since the Indonesian takeover are now grandparents. That’s why West Papuan Australians like me need to speak up in support of the Pacific Elders and others who stand up for the rights of my people to live in peace, freedom and safety,” says a former West Papuan refugee