10 October, 2018

GMP Sulawesi Emergency Appeal

GMP have launched an appeal for the disasters that have befallen the people of Sulawesi. The death toll has risen to 2,010 people and with the Indonesian government moving into ‘recovery’ mode on Thursday, then the suspected 4-5,000 people listed as missing will no doubt be added to the death toll. Although the initial disasters occurred on Sept 28, this is an ongoing disaster as rescuers move into more remote areas.

You can find the appeal at https://www.gmp.org.au/what-we-do/projects/indonesia/sulawesi, All giving above $2 is tax deductible.

The devastating earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Sulawesi on September 28 has deeply impacted people. In response, GMP has launched a Churches of Christ Overseas Aid (COCOA) emergency appeal – in partnership with Act Alliance – to raise critical support for the 70,000 displaced people. Your support is needed to help those who have been affected by this disaster.

GMP funds will be directed through ACT Alliance, which has member agencies based in Indonesia. ACT Alliance members on the ground have reported that items such as tarpaulins, blankets, tents and food as well as health services are in short supply for the increasing number of displaced people. Vulnerable groups like the elderly, children, people with disabilities, and pregnant women, are in particular need help as the rainy season draws closer.

As of October 10, the death toll is over 2000 people and is expected to rise over the coming days. The impact is being felt by about two million people.

Hery Susanto, Academic Dean of GMP partner, Christian Church Theological School of Indonesia (CCTSI) says:

“News from Sulawesi is terrible. People in Palu have been evacuated, and many have gone to stay with relatives. Government agencies, organisations, churches and volunteers are working together to help with the emergency. It is a traumatic and sad situation. People have lost family members, property and their hopes.”

We understand many of our supporters already contribute financially to the work of GMP, and for that we are truly grateful. We know you care about helping others in their time of need, so ask if you are also able to partner with us in this emergency response, we and the people of Sulawesi, would be deeply thankful.

This is an ongoing disaster, with the likelihood that the news from Sulawesi will only get worse in the coming weeks. We commend the people of Sulawesi to your prayers.

In the unlikely event that funds raised exceed the amount needed for this appeal, excess funds will be used to support work in other communities around the world affected by conflict and disaster.

8 October, 2018

MarionLIFE Hunger Walk


Many people walk into MarionLIFE Community Services hungry.

Some haven’t eaten for a day, others for longer.

Some people have families to feed, others just need a little food for themselves.

The MarionLIFE Hunger Walk is an annual event to raise awareness about those experiencing hunger and raise money to support the work of MarionLIFE Community Services providing food, care and support to individuals and families in need.

Saturday 3 November 2018 at 9:00am

Register today and get involved https://www.trybooking.com/426602


Parking will be available on site at the rear (Enter off Alawoona Ave)

Arrive from 8.15am ready to start at 9am on 4 November at MarionLIFE Community Services, 887 Marion Road, Mitchell Park. The walk will conclude with a special breakfast.

If you feel that you may not be able to walk the entire 4km, we will be providing a bus at the halfway point to take those who need it back to MarionLIFE. Please click ‘Yes’ to this option when you register to give us an indication of numbers but you don’t have to use the bus if you don’t need to!

This event will also feature stalls from local community organisations.

First Aid on the day will be provided by St John Ambulance.

This event catered for by Marion Church of Christ’s Side Gate Café, Lions Club of Edwardstown and Foodbank SA.


MarionLIFE Community Services | 887 Marion Rd, Mitchell Park, South Australia 5043

Collect pantry supplies

- Collect some pantry staples like milk, pasta and cereals to build up our stores

- You can bring them in on the day and put them in our specially marked boxes

Fundraise for us

- Why not make an extra donation or commit to raising enough for a $30 Emergency Pack, $70 for 30 men to have a hot breakfast or $160 for 50 people to have a two course dinner?

- Can’t attend the walk, but would still like to make a donation? Donate online here www.givenow.com.au/marionlife

Register for the 2018 MarionLIFE Hunger Walk https://www.trybooking.com/426602

The inaugural MarionLIFE Hunger Walk was held in 2017. Watch the recap video below.

We had a fantastic time in 2017 with 91 people joining us on the day. Money raised will allow us to cover the costs of our Community Meal for six months, which equals 600+ meals served! Thank you!

1 September, 2018

Safe Water September GMP Embody


One Month. Just Water. Raise Funds. Change Lives.


Poverty is a lack of choice.

For one month, experience that lack of choice.

Safe Water September is a challenge to drink nothing but water for the entire month of September, to raise funds for safe water projects in rural Zimbabwe. Yes, you can still eat food, but no coffee, tea, soft drink or milkshakes! For every $20 you raise, one person gains access to life-changing safe water. This means kids are back in school, child and maternal deaths are dropping and communities are being transformed!

Globally, 650 million people don't have access to safe water – we want to change this.

Join us – sign up to take the challenge now!


Safe Water September is the annual fundraising campaign of embody; embody is an initiative of Global Mission Partners.

embody is a national community of young Australians passionate about and participating in global mission through fundraising, advocacy, prayer, lifestyle change, volunteering and going overseas. embody exists to help connect and empower this community as we participate in God’s mission globally.


Global Mission Partners (GMP) is the Churches of Christ overseas mission, aid and development agency. GMP works to support aid and development work, the growth and health of churches around the world, and Indigenous ministries in Australia. Churches of Christ Overseas Aid (COCOA) is the aid and development arm of GMP.



All money raised from Safe Water September will be distributed through COCOA to our partner organisation in Zimbabwe, Showers of Blessing. The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), the peak Council for Australian not-for-profit aid and development organisations working to eradicate extreme poverty, accredits COCOA.

Showers of Blessing is an incredible Zimbabwean organisation initiated by and managed by Zimbabweans drilling boreholes in rural areas around Bulawayo. Showers of Blessing gets local communities involved right from the beginning to ensure the project is sustainable long after they leave. Learn more about Showers of Blessing:



Any donation over $2 is tax deductible. Once you make a donation, you will receive a receipt which states that your donation is tax deductible.