It was last year when Belle asked me if my husband CJ and I would be willing to organise the Hope Gold Coast annual ‘Justice Day’ fundraising event for 2019. At that point in time, we both enthusiastically agreed to take it on and really wanted to give it our best with whatever time and resources we had. Yet little did we know, soon after we would find out that we were expecting a little blessing ourselves (our first child!), and that several other unexpected situations would arise in the planning process. All of which we now look back on and smile, as God had a plan and He was trying to show us we could trust Him and would need to surrender our own control in order for it to become the successful day that it was.

We put together the event proposal and our original fundraising goal was $3000 as we wanted the funds to be dispersed between both the A21 Campaign, as well as to help build a Hope DREAM school in Africa. Belle encouraged us to be bold and courageous in our goal that God could help to meet it. It costs about $5000 to plant a school from the ground up, so with that and the A21 campaign in mind, our target was raised to $6000. We were feeling a little unsure at the time on how we would be able to raise that amount, as most of the stalls would only be requiring small donations to purchase items, such as cupcakes or smoothies. Our confidence also became a bit shaken as only a couple of days before the event, Belle became very ill and with that many of the bigger ticket items such as framed artworks that were going to be shipped over to help raise the funds, were unable to arrive on time. As panic momentarily set in, CJ and I sat together wracking our brains trying to figure out if our goal was still possible. With entry fees, and the small amounts added together for each stall, we calculated that $2000 may be more realistic. We prayed about it and knew that it would take a miracle to achieve our original goal. Only God could be the One to work on the hearts that would overflow with generosity, or to give us wisdom on how to manage our time and what needed to be done.

On the day itself, we ended up raising $7,500 as a church and through unexpected online donations, have since surpassed $10,000. This has beyond exceeded our dreams or expectations from what could come from such a small congregation, and we are just so thankful that we serve a God who is able to do the impossible with the ‘five loaves and two fish’ we offer to Him. God is good!

Chelsea Wang
Primary School Teacher
Hope Church Gold Coast