Introduction to Praise Evangelical Free Church of Australia (PEFCA)
In October 1998, the mother Church , the Evangelical Free Church of Australia, was considering church planting. In the process of gathering information, it was found that there was no Chinese churches in the Eastern suburbs despite the large Chinese population, coupled with thousands of Hong Kong students studying in the nearby famous university - the University of New South Wales every year. The harvest was plentiful, yet there wasn’t any Chinese church set foot in this area.
Seeing the need and having received a vision from God, after careful consideration and prayers, a decision was finally made to set up a branch church in the Eastern suburbs. Pastor Sam Lui was appointed to lead in this church planting project. At that time there were only three families from the mother church living in the area. Together two other families in the Southern District (about twenty minutes drive from the East) were also willing to assist. Thus, on the 8th August 1999, the Evangelical Free Church of Australia Eastern Suburbs Branch was established. The number of the congregation was less than 30.
In the beginning, we hired the Randwick School assembly hall for Sunday worship. After a year the facilities of the small hall were found to be insufficient and a decision was made to look for another venue. Thanks be to God, in less than a week, the Maroubra PCYC (Police and Community Youth Club) agreed to lease us their indoor basketball court for worship on Sunday mornings plus another room for children's Sunday School. Further to that, we were able to save substantially in rent. Through this we could surely see God's timeless provisions in every possible way.
Since September 2006, the church has been renting a property from the Anglican Church where there is more room for development, in the hope that more local Chinese and overseas students can hear the Gospel of Christ.