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    Light up their Christmas

    The Chaplaincy at Melbourne Airport | Salvation Army

    Melbourne Airport Management (APAM) have patnered with The Salvation Army to provide and maintain the chaplaincy service.

    Chaplaincy is designed to provide holistic emotional and spiritual support to both staff and passengers.

    The service is independent, impartial and absolutely confidential.

    For passengers, travelling isn't always for fun for people going to and from funerals, escaping volotile situations at home or experiencing a stressful business, the Chaplaincy aims to assit passengers through these stressful times at the airport.

    The chaplaincy team is privileged every day to come alongside staff and passengers, listen to stories and to be there to encourage people in their emotional and spiritual journey through life.  Sometimes this is through practical assistance but mainly it is because we make the time to stop and listen to a story and we pray help people to feel valued.

    A passenger in need

    Thanks to the care and concern of an airline ground staff member it was brought to our attention the plight of a lady who had been in the airport for several days after arriving from Europe.  She resided in another state but due to her deep anxiety had thought her family had told her to wait in Melbourne as they were all going to go to Canada and a ticket would be sent to her to join them.

    After coming alongside this lady there was a sad story of childhood neglect and after locating and contacting her family, finding out she had been estranged from them for many years.  Her father told her over the phone he did not have a daughter by her name and did not know her.

    She did not know where to turn.  She had no job or housing especially here in Melbourne and now had no family she could turn to for assistance.

    She did have limited financial resources and so we were able to assist her in making a decision to fly back to Europe where she did have some family and a small opportunity to get work to support herself.

    Light up their Christmas by giving a donation to the Salvation Army.

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