Outlook Issue 27 Spring 2019
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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Every little helps!
Christian Aid is an aid agency operating worldwide, attempting to alleviate poverty and injustice. Wherever possible, it works through local people and agencies. Typically, it tries to help people help themselves by providing seeds or a goat or a sewing machine, to kickstart self-employment. But when disaster strikes, like the recent Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Christian Aid will soon be there, working alongside other aid agencies, trying to satisfy basic needs. During Christian Aid Week 12-18 May, Churches Together try to cover every letterbox in the parishes of Woodbridge and Melton with a house-to-house collection for Christian Aid. We don't quite achieve our objective. (With your help, maybe we could! If interested, ring me on 386786.) However, thanks to your generosity, we do usually raise a bit over £5,000. As an experiment this year in some streets we may deliver only, with a slip explaining how to give online, or by text, or where you may deliver your envelope. Most, though not all, collectors and aid workers are Christians. The aid goes to people in need irrespective of class, colour or religion. Please support CHRISTIAN AID WEEK. Tony Waller Support Kagera – and make a difference! Life can be tough if you live in Kagera, which has one of the lowest levels of literacy in Tanzania. Children struggle to get an education, while subsistence farmers have been hit hard by the impact of climate change. That’s why this year’s Kagera Lent Challenge, fronted by our own Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, has had a special focus on education (pictured: children at Ngara Anglican Primary School, Kagera). The Challenge, which covers the whole of Lent from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, has offered practical ways to help on a daily basis. Give for every room in your house, for the number of books you read last month, and for every toothbrush in your house. These are just some of the suggestions in a bright leaflet which offers practical connections between people in this diocese with those in the Diocese of Kagera. ‘Together we can make a huge and lasting impact’, says Bishop Mike of a link between the two dioceses, which this year celebrate 25 years of working together. Learn more at cofesuffolk.org/bishops/kagera-lentappeal. NC