May is not only the month of two Bank Holidays, the FA cup final and gathering nuts. If you live in Kings Langley you will have a visit from a representative of one of our local churches this month. May is when Christian Aid Week happens. For the past sixty years the house to house collection has given hope, life, food, shelter, medicine and more to some of the world’s poorest people – no matter their race, faith or belief. It also gives you and I the chance to make a small difference across the world without leaving the comfort of our homes.
There is much more to Christian Aid that this – and much more to our churches too.
Religion is not always good of course. Then sometimes it is blamed for the actions of people who abuse, corrupt and misrepresent it. That religion is the root of all evil and the cause of most wars is also a popular, if minority, view. Clearly you do not have to be Christian or religious to do good, be kind or indeed unkind yet Christians are actually responsible for a whole lot of good in our world.
This is not because we are trying to work our way into heaven or God’s good books.
I do not know any Christian who is perfect or anything like it but I do know many who have experienced the love of God and can now love others in a new and deeper way. Not only the world’s poor but also their husbands, wives, partners, parents, children and friends. We are not especially religious in our churches and most of us don’t want to be. Rather we believe it is possible to know and be known by God. And in the words of the Bible; we are able to love now more than we were before because we have experienced and know His love in our lives.
Christian Aid Prayers:
Please pray for the ‘God of creation, God of justice, God of the poor’ conference taking place at Lee Abbey, Devon, this week. Pray for Christian Aid staff Ashley Leighton Plom and Christine Allen who will speak at the event.
Pray for all who speak on behalf of Christian Aid across the UK and Ireland, that they will encourage, inspire and challenge all who hear to live out the gospel imperative of ending extreme poverty.
Lord of Heaven and Earth, in who we live, and move and have our being. Help us to be your representatives at work in the world, speaking with clarity and bringing hope of another possible
Christian Aid Week House to House: Final Totals
We are very pleased to announce that with the bulk of the envelopes now in the total is £4,768.44, compared with £4,622.67 last year, an increase of 3.15%. We collected 872 envelopes, and 56% of the money raised was gift aided. We are so grateful to everyone who helped with this throughout our churches. We give thanks to God for his blessing on this week and pray now for those who have the responsibility to decide how best to use it to support the poor in our world.
Read the April 2017 Campaign Update from our Christian Aid Committee.
The Kings Langley Christian Aid Annual Report for 2016 is available for download.