The Zacchaeus Project
Building Relationships with the Community
Many people in Jericho knew Zacchaeus, but not many liked him. Zacchaeus was a tax collector. He collected money from Jews for the Roman government. The Bible says Zacchaeus was rich. Tax collectors often collected more money than necessary and kept the surplus for themselves. His greed and dishonesty led Zacchaeus to being looked down upon as a “sinner,” but Zacchaeus didn’t seem to mind. He treasured his wealth more than his reputation. He wanted money more than he wanted friends.
Zacchaeus probably never imagined that his entire life would change in a single day. When Jesus came through Jericho, Zacchaeus wanted to see him. He couldn’t see over the crowds, so he climbed a sycamore tree and watched Jesus from a distance.
Imagine the crowd’s surprise when Jesus approached the tree and called out to Zacchaeus, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down because today I must stay at your house.”
Of all the people in Jericho, Jesus chose to visit Zacchaeus! The other people complained. What was Jesus thinking, going to stay with a sinner like Zacchaeus?
The story reveals that Zacchaeus’s encounter with Jesus changed him. He offered to give half of his possessions to the poor and to pay back four times what he had cheated from others. Zacchaeus no longer treasured his wealth. He realized that Jesus offered something so much better. Jesus confirmed this evidence of a changed heart: “Today salvation has come to this house.
People who encounter Jesus do not walk away unchanged. Pray that the people you encounter would encounter the real Jesus, the One who came into the world because we needed Him. Jesus came to seek and save the lost—people like Zacchaeus and people like us. “I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:17). When we repent and trust in Jesus, He changes us
You can tell people about Jesus, and they’ll walk away knowing about Jesus. But being a Christian isn’t about knowing facts about a person; it’s about knowing and loving a Person. As Christians, we desire people we encounter to see Jesus in a personal way. Think of Jesus like a multi-faceted diamond. Hold Him up each time and explore a different part of Him. Lead people to behold His beauty.
We could ask people
What kinds of things do people treasure?
What do you treasure most?
To be able to help people answer these and maybe many other questions we will use any and all avenues of reaching out to the local people with a local mission. We have called this the ‘Zacchaeus Project’
Some avenues we will explore are:
Helping people with food needs by availing them of our food outlet ministry
People who like to be busy with their hands by pointing them to the craft morning that is held every Tuesday
Availing Christian Counsellors of the rooms downstairs
Establishing a Coffee House where people can come in have a chat, enjoy a good coffee or sit down and read some material out of our library
If you are one of those who can and wish to help, you can do so in many ways.
1. Pray for the work here at CrossWords
2. Help out by volunteering to work at the CrossWords Ministry Centre or the Café when it’s up and running.
3. Help us with advice and with materials we might need.
4. Become a donor and make a once off donation toward the Zacchaeus Project
We would love for you to be one of the sponsors and commit to a regular payment to support this very important mission amongst Australians here in Armadale WA
If you would like to make a once off donation or become a regular sponsor to support the Zacchaeus Project,
please transfer your funds to
Crosswords Church Inc.
BSB – 066 156
ACC – 00901232
please reference the payment
LOCATED IN THE SOUTHERN SUBURBS, PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Within The City Of Armadale
PINDARI RESTORATION HOUSE FOR MEN (PRH) IS OPERATED BY PINDARI MINISTRIES (INC), A NOT-FOR-PROFIT AUSTRALIAN CHARITY COMMITTED TO TRANSFORMING MEN IN NEED, INTO CONFIDENT, SELF-SUFFICIENT LEADERS AND MEMBERS OF THEIR FAMILY AND SOCIETY.
We typically help men who themselves are ready and determined to end their endless cycles of addiction, homelessness, poverty, chronic anxiety and other dysfunctional behaviours. We understand that these men, like all of us, need guidance and support in order to fully realise their potential.
Through our program these men will be equipped with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviours necessary to lead fulfilling lives in our communities and with their families.
Providing Love and Care For Orphans and Widows
Yangon, Myanmar is a very poor city. Forty percent of the population lives in extreme poverty. Proper sanitation does not exist for much of the population and hazardous living conditions abound, leaving its citizens vulnerable to disease. Homes are not built well, and many families are left open to the elements. The typical home is a bamboo shack built on stilts due to flooding from the volatile river nearby. Most families cannot care for their children. A lot of these children end up in an orphanage or on the streets.
One of the most impoverished groups in Yangon are the widows. Women do not have the opportunity that men do. Many widows are left without aid or any means to earn an income for themselves. But in this scenario of daily struggle and survival lies a bright promise, a hope, and a beautiful ray of God's love for many - the Mustard Seed Orphanage.