Adventist ministry helps to connect mothers in Australia and New Zealand.
Mums At The Table, an initiative of Adventist Media, has launched 11 new online groups in Australia and New Zealand in response to increasing requests by mothers to meet up with someone in their local area.
The groups are part of two new ways to connect with mothers in the local community. Both new ways utilize Facebook, one via Messenger chat groups and the other as local meet-up groups.
“We did a poll, and about one in seven in our group of 7,000 mothers said they wanted to make new mom friends and meet in person,” Melody Tan, project manager of Mums At The Table, said of the outreach effort. “That’s 1,000 mothers spread out across Australia and New Zealand calling out for connection and community. As Christians, it’s our duty to respond to cries for help, and, with these mothers, it’s in the simplest way possible: being a friend.”
One of the groups, the Adelaide Facebook meet-up group, attracted nearly 60 new members in less than a week, with some of the mothers organizing a meet-up just two days after it was launched.
Lianne Zilm is a member of the Birdwood Seventh-day Adventist Church in South Australia and, as a volunteer moderator of the Adelaide group, organized one of the first meetings, attended by five other mums.
“There is such a need in the community for encouragement and connection, particularly for mothers. While meeting new people can be a bit out of my comfort zone, I think it’s good to rise to a challenge and connect with a diverse group of people from within the community. I also feel that God has put me in a suitable position as a stay-at-home mum, so I have the flexibility to attend meet-ups during the week,” Zilm, a mother of three young children and a part-time student, said about her volunteering.