Mission of the month

Christian Aid

For more than 70 years Christian Aid has been working to change the lives of people, of all faiths and none, living in poverty around the world.  This year the Christian Aid Week appeal focuses on providing secure homes for families displaced through natural disasters in Haiti.

Marcelin and his three teenage daughters still haven’t recovered from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew.  They lost their home, livestock and possessions in the storm and more than a year later are still living in a disused shower block, a 2x2m windowless concrete building.  Marcelin doesn’t expect them to survive if another hurricane hits.

Vilia Odino lost her home in the earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010, but Christian Aid’s partner KORAL built her a new disaster-resistant home.  Vilia sheltered 54 people in her home when Hurricane Matthew hit because her house was the strongest in the area.

Please support Christian Aid as they help to build homes that will withstand the storms and provide security for families.  Just £210 can pay for a local builder in Haiti to be trained to build safe homes for people like Marcelin.

A red Christian Aid envelope will be posted though your letter-box and collected by an authorised collector during Christian Aid week which begins on 13th May.  There will be collectors at Shortlands Station during the week, and the local Scout and Guide groups are also collecting money to support the appeal.  You can also donate online at www.christianaid.org.uk.

The start of Christian Aid Week will be marked at the 10.30am service at St Mary’s on Sunday 13th May when the preacher will be Martin Birch, a Director of Christian Aid.  All are very welcome.   More information will be on the board at the back of church.