Good Neighbours – Pay It Forward at Pallara Central Park

Good Neighbours team did a Pay-it-Forward BBQ at Pallara Central Park on Sunday, 21st July 2019. It has been an awesome weekend with the neighbours – a beautiful day to be out in the sun, with the BBQ happening and seeing both the adults and the children having fun. Boxes of teas and bubble tubes were given out on that day, and seeing the smiles on people’s faces made it all worth it.
We had more than 60 adults and 70 kids from all ages and cultural background who have attended the event. There were people who have never heard about us or attended our previous event, so it was a great time connecting with new faces.
Last but not least, a massive THANK YOU to the volunteers who have supported us in this event and to the 4 volunteers who braved the heat to do the letter-dropping in the neighbourhood. Without them, this event would have been hard to pull off. 
We look forward to more engagements with our neighbours and hope to have more people from the neighbourhood signing up as Street Connectors, so they too would be empowered to run similar gatherings as such.

English Class Program – Starts from a seed of passion!






It all started with a burden to bless and reach out to the Vietnamese and other migrant communities in Inala, a suburb close to Unidus Community Centre in Willawong. After months of planning and discussion with Hands of Hope Coordinator, it came to fruition in January 2017 in Peter and Ruth Truong’s dining room. There she was, looking nervous and excited at the same time – our very first Vietnamese student attending our very first English class!

Fast forward to January 2019, Hands of Hope now has 6 English classes running at the same time on the second and fourth Monday nights of every month. Our students comprise mainly Vietnamese, Chinese and Korean nationals.

We started a beginners’ class for Mandarin speakers in 2018. The students comprised people over 40 years of age from China and included teacher aides from the same age group. It progressed very well, with some students attending Sunday services and other social activities organised by Hope Church Brisbane.

Our children’s class (5 – 12 year olds) grew further in 2018, with parents delighted that their children were being taught while they studied English. We now even have parents with babies coming to class. Our English classes have a distinct family feel to it!

We also started helping some of our academic English students with their resumes and interview skills. In 2019, God willing we hope to continue helping people who are looking for jobs and need help writing their resumes as well as improving their interview skills.

We are grateful to witness the students, teachers, interpreters and teacher aides who have now become fast friends with each other. We have parties several times a year to get to know each other better and just enjoy each others’ company. As a result of this ministry, a Vietnamese life group has begun this year, with all our students being invited to come and learn about the gospel. In response to requests from our students, we may begin an English club soon for them to practise listening and speaking skills as well as make more friends.


Written by

Maureen Yeow

Project Team Leader

Hands of Hope English Class Program