|Über uns||We collect donations of clothes, shoes, linens, sheets, towels, bags,toys and tools to export to developing countries. We help Aussies and the environment.|
Church 4 Life Clothing Collectors
A Brief History by Pastor Richard Nash
Being raised in Africa and visiting countries like Sri Lanka, India and the Philippines made me acutely aware of the abject poverty that multiple millions of people live in without any possible hope of a helping hand.
In 1991 I was burdened to send clothes to Mozambique. Within a 15 year period the country had faced three serious military conflicts and a devastating drought followed by a hurricane. I learned that people were dressing themselves in tree bark because there was nothing else. I prayed to God for help and brain-stormed with family, friends and church colleagues.
During a season of prayer and fasting in January 1991, I was in the Charlestown Office of World Vision and shared my heart with the manager. He had just returned from Zimbabwe and said the Australian High Commissioner had AU$20,000 for humanitarian aid to Zimbabwe and Mozambique. I applied, and the funds were granted in January 1992!
I was widely known in the Christian Community. Many congregations caught the vision and the clothes started flowing in. In weeks we had sufficient to fill a shipping container, and within months the clothes had been distributed to around 8,500 people. A contact in the fabric industry valued the clothes at AU$200,000. About two years later we enjoyed a repeat event.
Around the year 2000 my wife Lesley started a free regular weekly community meal in Windale. Beginning with a handful of men it grew to feeding anything up to 120 people at Christmas. It was called ‘Pete’s Kitchen’ after the name of the person Lesley asked to cook the meals.
In 2011 the Second Pete’s Kitchen was opened in Tanilba Bay led by Church 4 Life with the support of all the Churches in the Tilligerry Peninsula. A three course meal is shared every Thursday (except School Holidays) from 6-7pm hosted at the Baptist Church Hall. Most weeks 30-75 patrons attend.
In 2014 the Third P