Saturday, 17 May 2014

Christian Aid

This week is Christian Aid week. Christian Aid is the official relief and development agency of 41 British and Irish churches. It works with 570 local partner organisations in 45 countries.  Christian Aid has a vision – an end to poverty – and it believes that vision can become a reality.

This costs money. Its budget of £105 million sounds huge, but it represents less than £2 per UK citizen and is trivial compared with even a small multinational company. The “Christian Aid Week,” which we are now in, is its major fundraising activity. There is a collection at the Oadby Sainsbury’s tomorrow (18th), other collections, sponsorship activities including a walk and individuals’ and churches’ donations.

As Christians, we believe that we in the West are in a privileged position and should use what God has given us to help others. There will also be many who contribute who do not share our faith; we thank them for their humanity.

A special Christian Aid service took place at St Paul’s at the beginning of the week, last Sunday evening, organised by Churches Together in Oadby, when 50 people gathered. Ian Wedd, a volunteer from the East Midlands Christian Aid team, spoke of the feasibility of lifting a country out of poverty and gave South Korea as an example.

If you are invited to contribute, do please help. 

Visit the Christian Aid website