[Homelessness Week] The youth of Heartbeat Church serving the homeless community in Sydney

Pastor Joshua Choi leads Heartbeat Church which has served free dinner to homeless communities of Sydney on every Sunday in the last three years.

Pastor Joshua Choi is a renowned figure amongst the Korean Christian community around Sydney. He has established many English Ministries within the ethnic Christian community and founded Heartbeat Church Sydney in 2014. Heartbeat Church is a multicultural and English speaking church, and most of the members are young university students and young professions in their 20s.

In the last three years, the church has been serving Sydney’s homeless community by providing with a free dinner every Sunday at the Central Station. Around ten people prepare the meal and hand over the food to the people in need at the Central station. Approximately ten teams rotate the service every week.

Pastor Choi tells SBS Korean program it is critical for Christians to follow footsteps of Jesus coming for the lowest, the last and the least and that is what the homeless ministry means to the church community.

“Churches seldom to hear “thank you” from outsiders but when we are with the homeless community, many people come to us and express their appreciation and starts to look at us differently,” he says.

Pastor Choi whose church members are mainly young Christians with Korean background in their late teens and early twenties believes our youth generation has a high potential.

“Korean community tends to think the second generation of Korean migrants grew up in Australia are just youth who need to be protected all the time, but the children grew up already, and they became the generation who can help others.”

“The second generation of Korean in Australia has given a lot of benefits in this society while they were growing up, I hope they go out to the community and show others how to be salt and light of the world.”

The full interview with the Pastor Joshua Choi is available on the podcast above.