Christian Aid Week 13th-19th May 2018

The focus of Christian Aid this year:

Rebuilding Homes in Haiti

Hit by the devastating earthquake of 2010, Haiti was then struck again by Hurricane Matthew in 2016. It is one of the poorest countries in the world and seven years on from the earthquake, an estimated 38,000 people are still displaced. A shocking number of Haitians live in precarious homes; people like Marcel and his three teenage daughters who lost everything in Hurricane Matthew. One year on and they are forced to live in a 2x2m concrete block. They are survivors and they are fighters, but they are unlikely to survive another storm without help.

Christian Aid’s partner organisation, KORAL, could help, as it helped Vilia who lost her mother and her home in the earthquake. She was forced to move to the south of the country but with seven children to look after, life was a huge struggle. KORAL built Vilia a new home, strong enough to stand up to natural disasters. When Hurricane Matthew raged, Vilia’s house provided a safe shelter for 54 of her neighbours! Many homes in the area were completely destroyed. There are many families, like Marcel’s, who need a safe home in which to live and Christian Aid is there to help.

Prospery Raymond of Christian Aid, Haiti, says, “We are all connected. We are all human beings. We are all sons and daughters of God. We are one.” So, how can we, blessed to live here in Cuckfield, help our brothers and sisters in Haiti this Christian Aid Week?

Please support Christian Aid Week in any way you can:

  • Pray for all in Haiti struggling to rebuild their lives. Pray for the work of Christian Aid and its partner organisations as they give support to do this.
  • Take an 11 day devotional, “God’s Kingdom is Stronger Than Storms,” from the back of the church for a journey of daily prayer and reflection. Feel connected with thousands of others across the country, taking the same journey each day.
  • Volunteer to give a little time during Christian Aid Week. There are lots of different things you can do. Give Hilary a ring and find out how your time can directly help those in Haiti. (400087)
    • One way would be to join the Red Team in its house-to-house collection. Every year this team raises an incredible £1,000 for Christian Aid Week
    • The more streets we can cover, the more people can be helped.
  • Return your Christian Aid envelope either to the Church Office, or by putting it in the giving plate at services , or leave in the donations box at the back of the church.
  • Come and join us at the Big Brekkie, a big church family breakfast 8.45 a.m., Sunday, 20th May, in the Tudor Hall. Perfect if you are at the 8.00 a.m. service or heading for the 9.45 a.m. Donations to Christian Aid Week Appeal. A great way to start the day!

Whatever you do, however small, know that it makes a huge difference to the lives of those who have so little. Thank you.

O Lord, open my eyes that I may see the needs of others,
Open my ears so that I may hear their cries,
Open my heart so that they may not be without succour.
Open my eyes and ears so that I may, this coming day,
Be able to do some work of peace for you.

Alan Paton – abridged

Join the Red Team! …. We have a great team who walk in solidarity with those Christian Aid are supporting. Last year this team raised an incredible £1,025.49 by posting and collecting envelopes to homes in Cuckfield. The more streets we cover, the more people like Marcel Christian Aid is able to help and it’s a great way to witness our faith (phone Hilary 400087 for more information).