When Only God is Enough

Katoomba Easter Convention 2019 | Interview with Phoebe Hathway

Updated November 2019

Since St James Jesus Club opened at the start of 2019, God has been steadily growing its membership, adding one new member per term, just as Phoebe knew He would! From the lone member at the start of the year, four now come regularly every fortnight. Thank you to all who have been supporting this ministry in their prayers. 

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Phoebe Hathway is our coordinator at St James Croydon’s Jesus Club. She is also a disability support worker. She came to the journey of starting a Jesus Club when she began to feel frustrated that the help she was giving to her clients - adults with intellectual disabilities, was only a bandaid solution to a much bigger problem. While her clients face many complex needs and struggles in their daily lives, Phoebe knew those issues were only superficial in comparison to their real need, which was to know Jesus Christ and to trust Him as their Lord and Saviour.

"She knew the help she was giving to her clients - adults with intellectual disabilities, was only a bandaid solution to a much bigger problem."

Her frustration moved her to begin thinking about starting a disability ministry at her church, and after a few meetings and six months later, St James opened their own Jesus Club. However, her journey was not without challenges. After the initial conversations, Phoebe held an information night to present the ministry idea to recruit leaders and four out of six leaders signed up on the first night. But three months pass and many attempts at persuasion by Phoebe later, still no leaders came forth and one even pulled out from the ministry.

Then out of the blue, Phoebe received an email from a couple who came to that information night many months ago. In the email, they said, ‘We are In! We have Safe Ministry training and we have Working with Children Check. We are ready!’ Just as things were looking desperate, and Phoebe was feeling like she was elbowing people into helping, God came through triumphantly and provided the exact help they needed at the time.

When other people might have felt disheartened at starting a ministry with only one member, Phoebe was only encouraged. She cited the Newtown club, which she learnt has also began with only one member, but has grown over time. 'God would provide,' she knew. 

Phoebe is now anticipating another member to join her club next term. ‘A 200% growth!’ she said with a big smile on her face. ’She is going to feel very well loved!’

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