Our church, one1seven in Redfern, Sydney, sets aside a Sunday each year for ‘Denarius Day.’ This year’s was today. A denarius was a day’s wage when Jesus walked on earth, and so each church member is encouraged to give a day’s wage on this particular Sunday. The money collected then goes to a special designated cause.
We choose a different project to give to each year. Last year we supported the Anglican Aid East Africa Famine Appeal and the year before we supported a ministry to the homeless in a neighbouring suburb.
This year we are supporting a project of one of our missionaries, Viorica. Viorica works with a team called Nea Zoi, reaching out to women and men who have been enslaved in prostitution in Athens. The team is reaching out to women working in brothels, helping women get out, helping them find alternative employment and above all, sharing God’s love in Jesus with them.
The team is planning to set up a short-term shelter space. Viorica shared this need with me several months ago, saying that having the space will “mean that when a girl wants to come out, day or night-time – we can have her stay in that room for 2–3 days until she feels safe and secure, calms down and decide what she wants to do next”. The team will then help her go to a long-term shelter, or help repatriate her to her family.
As Missions Coordinator at church, I’ve had the privilege of sharing about this vital project with our church. I’m thankful for the way our church has supported Viorica and her ministry in Athens today. I’m looking forward to seeing the transformed space and praying God might use it for his glory.
We’re blessed to be a blessing to others.