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60 youh parnr wih Angicar o suppor indignous communiis

A message of hope and care : KYCK attendees sport Take Love clothing, including the Indigenous “Abundant Love” artwork inspired by 1 John 4:19.

Hannah Thiem It’s exciting when the next they could get behind, taking the difference in so many people’s

generation of believers take Jesus’ commands seriously to care for the weak and vulnerable in our midst. This was the inspiration for Take Love – an Anglicare initiative begun almost a decade ago specifically to encourage and facilitate youth in their service of others. “We realised we had a problem connecting young people with the work of Anglicare,” says Asheigh Lee-Joe, Anglicare’s communications manager of engagement and partnerships. “We knew that we needed to speak to young people in a way that resonated with them, with a look and feel and message that 12

love of Jesus to their community” Miss Lee-Joe adds that while younger people may not have much money, they do have time. What Take Love can do is connect these individuals, youth groups and schools with practical ways to support the work Anglicare does – such as helping to alleviate poverty, and caring for the aged, the mentally ill and people fleeing domestic abuse. Nat, a Year 10 student from St Andrew’s, Roseville, is one of the hundreds of teens who have volunteered with Take Love. over the years, saying: “It was an amazing experience to work behind the scenes and make a

lives.” Since its inception, Take Love’s focal mission verse has been 1 John 4:19: “We love because he first loved us”. The group offers training modules in mental health issues for youth leaders, a “virtual” visiting program between schoolkids and the elderly, fundraising ideas and a range of resources such as Bible studies to equip youth or their leaders. Take Love’s most recent initiative is a range of merchandise that celebrates the history and culture of Indigenous Australians, which was launched during KYCK last month.

Each of the items includes the artwork “Abundant Love” by Brisbane-based Indigenous artist Stevie O’Chin, who is pa ssionate about creating traditional artworks that convey the message of God’s word. Appropriately, in this case she used the 1 John verse as her inspiration. The artwork’s white concentric circles represent the eternal nature of God’s love. The white lines connecting the circles represent our love for each other, while the pink dots are another representation of the fervent love shared between us. Stevie O’Chin gave her life to Jesus when she was a young girl and says, “Being Indigenous SouthernCross

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