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This author Bill Crews has created 16 entries.

Rev. Bill Crews' Christmas

My Christmas

As you can imagine, Christmas Day is really important to me. It’s both meaningful and spiritual and it makes me reflect on my own life. I have been giving Christmas lunches to the lonely and needy for 49 years. These people often feel left out, excluded and pushed to the fringes of society. But when they come to my big marquee in Ashfield on Christmas Day there’s a welcoming family waiting. It’s deeply moving not just for them, but for me...

The Exodus Foundation Christmas Appeal 2018.

Christmas miracles really do happen!

As I write this I’m sending you the warmest of Christmas blessings. You are part of my big extended family. A family of the rich and the poor. Of the extraordinary and the ordinary. A family of sharing, compassion and of loving kindness. When this family pulls together miracles happen – like our wonderful Christmas Day lunch for the homeless and needy. This year thousands of people will be there. The poor, the lonely and the destitute will come from everywhere....

Help rough sleepers get healthy and well

It’s spring time and I want to tell you about my determination to grow hope. It’s a determination that drives everything we do at The Exodus Foundation. Crucially it focuses our attention on improving the health of our needy guests. I’m talking about rough sleepers like Terry who was frail and suffered many of the illnesses common to the homeless – including diabetes and heart disease. Terry’s home was a suburban bus shelter and he came to us for hot...

Miracles of ​loving kindness .

Miracles of ​loving kindness

Sometimes it’s the little things that make all the difference at my Exodus Foundation. A kind word or a comforting touch lets our homeless and needy guests know that they are not alone – that we are here to help. When I sit in our Loaves & Fishes Free Restaurant during the lunch time meal service I often witness some of the most impressive acts of kindness. The other day I watched a frail, homeless guest shuffle in. I could see that...

The homeless don't need to be cold and alone.

My Winter Appeal

It’s seven o’clock on a chilly morning as I write this blog. The homeless are already queuing outside my Exodus Foundation, seeking refuge after another night on the streets. As winter sets in their plight will become even more desperate, but thanks to your support they don’t need to be cold and alone. Together we’re making their future better. We’ve got hot meals, healthcare and support services. In fact my amazing staff and volunteers often perform miracles – you can see...

The hope easter brings

The hope easter brings

Easter is a special time of year. To me it’s all about hope for a better future. I share that hope with all the homeless and needy guests who come to my Exodus Foundation. It is also a holy time of year and I think the work that my team and I do among the homeless makes it especially meaningful. I often wonder where Jesus would be at Easter, in a splendid church or helping the poor? We’re giving help and hope...

I've got a story of hope.

This Easter we’re giving fresh hope

The timeless message of Easter is about hope. It’s about new life springing out of darkness and despair. Here at my Exodus Foundation we believe in doing hope, not just talking about it. Every day we see lives changed by caring acts of service performed by our wonderful staff and volunteers. Sometimes it’s giving a free meal to a hungry homeless person in our Loaves & Fishes Free Restaurant, but often it’s much more than that. Often it’s life...

Christmas is our happiest day of the year

Christmas is our happiest day of the year

Christmas Day is a time for family, and that’s what makes it so special at The Exodus Foundation. We become the family that thousands of needy, poor and homeless Sydneysiders don’t have. It truly is one of the happiest days of the year. Our guests arrive early and before long the queue for Christmas lunch stretches down Liverpool Road. This year marks the 32nd anniversary of our free Christmas Day lunch for the poor and homeless. “It’s a testament to the...

Make Christmas for the homeless.

We can be their family at Christmas

Christmas is a special time for families. It’s a time when we hold our loved ones close. I’m sure you know what I mean – that sense of belonging and the feeling of being loved. That’s why I want to thank you especially. Your support at Christmas means my Exodus Foundation becomes a loving family for thousands of desperately needy Sydneysiders. Without you, they’d have nothing. This Christmas we’ll serve up to 3,000 hot lunches with all the trimmings to the...