‘We are sent into the world, to love, to serve, to teach.’
The Bula Feeding Ministry started on Main St, just across Blacktown train station in 2018 when Suguta ‘Sue’ Rogoimuri noticed that there was a need to help people in the community. From ordering an extra coffee for someone in need each morning, in hopes to keep them a little warm before she went off to work, Sue and her matamasumasu (bible study/home group) from Leigh Fijian, Parramatta Mission decided to pool what resources they had and provide a meal, some clothes, and company to those in the community who needed it.
As they continued to meet once a week, the service they were providing was being seen by others who in turned shared what they could, whether it was their time to volunteer, donating clothes and other necessities, or donating food and drinks. Local bakeries to Woolworths, family and friends to workers from businesses and the hospital in the area, the Bula Feeding Ministry was bringing many people together for their community.
Since its humble beginnings on the streets across from the station, Blacktown council now provides access at Alpha Park Hall for this Ministry. This allowed the community gathering to continue through wet weather and cold winters, and for a better space to sit and eat together.
The service has expanded to include free haircuts once a month for those who need it, communion service lead by Talatala Clive Pearson, and more recently a new initiative The Bula Friendship that welcomes all for conversations, games, knitting and more.
Even during COVID, the team continue to provide packed food and supplies as they understand that this is the most important time to help out in the community, ensuring that everything is done as safe as it can be and according to Government regulations.
Recently, a Bula Feeding team member had her kids come on Tuesday, 2 in high school and 3 in primary school. Usually when kids come along, they play with the other kids in the community or help where they can. On this night, a regular guest that attends Bula Feeding, Nicky, was in tears sharing her story. Little did the team know, the kids were listening to her story. When they got in the car at the end of the night, they turned to their mum and told her that they needed to go look for her, give her warm blankets, a hot water bag and hot coffee. So that’s just what they did. The kids put on the kettle, filled the hot water bag, grabbed a sleeping bag, small rug, pillow and blanket. When all was packed and ready, they went with their mum to look for Nicky, and eventually they found her. There is no age limit when it comes to doing good and sharing in God’s love to help others.Sue shares an amazing story of the impact of Bula Feeding
As the team goes into the community with God’s mission to love and serve and teach, those around them experience this and continue forward this mission. It is Sue and the teams hope that more people go into the world and serve where you can.
Bula Feeding Ministry provides free meals every Tuesday at Alpha Park, Blacktown from 5:30pm-7pm. Every meal is without cost to those in need and all are welcome without question.
Ofa Foiakau is the Field Officer (Central/West), and Youth/High School ministry leader as a part of the PULSE team.