Gift Day 2022
Each June we have a Gift Day, which is an opportunity to support ministry and mission outside our parish. In 2022 we focused on three charities that work internationally, which gave an opportunity to respond financially to ministries further afield. We raised a magnificent total of just over £28,000, which was split evenly to support them in specific ways:
The Leprosy Mission (TLM) - supporting its Greater Heights Appeal, which is raising funds to rebuild the crumbling Anandaban Research Centre in Nepal so that it can be used to continue pioneering work to end leprosy
FEBA (formerly Far East Broadcasting Associates) - supporting radio stations in Ukraine, which are reaching fearful hearts and changing lives through the gospel
Open Doors - supporting its See Change campaign, helping Christian women across the world who are persecuted for their faith and their gender, and whose suffering is often hidden, complex and violent.
The Leprosy Mission (TLM)
is a global Christian organisation leading the fight against leprosy. Following Jesus Christ, it seeks to bring about transformation, breaking the chains of leprosy and empowering people to attain healing, dignity and life in all its fullness. It works with people of all faiths and none in 28 countries, but with a focus on ten countries in Africa and Asia - Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Sudan, which have high rates of leprosy or lack the services or opportunities needed by people affected.
The Anandaban Research Centre in Nepal has been at the forefront of developing pioneering treatments for leprosy, but is now at risk of having to close as damage brought about by an earthquake means it will not pass the upcoming Nepali Government Inspection.
FEBA is a Christian media mission agency that works with partners rooted in the communities they serve, speaking the language of their people. Among other things it broadcasts hope and encouragement to persecuted Christian believers, provides radio communications as a critical resource for disaster affected communities and shares key health education messages, thereby enabling partners to use life–giving media for transformation across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
FEBA's Hope in the face of conflict campaign is specifically supporting radio stations in Ukraine. Currently there are six stations in Ukraine, one recently opened in Kyiv. These can also beam into Russia and Belarus, but with the escalation of violence within Ukraine also offer support and counselling to listeners, prayer, phone messages, visits, psychological support and contact with new and long-standing Christians.
is an international ministry working in over 60 countries, serving persecuted Christians and churches worldwide. It supplies Bibles so that persecuted believers can be nourished with God's Word, trains church leaders so that they can stand strong for Jesus, provides practical support and emergency relief so that people can live independent, fulfilled lives, and supports Christians who suffer for their faith so that their voices can be heard. It also seeks to mobilise the church in the UK and Ireland to serve Christians living under religious persecution. You can find out more here.
Millions of Christian women across the world are persecuted for their faith and their gender. Last year there was a 31% increase in violence against Christian women and girls compared to the previous year, be that sexual, physical or psychological, with the latter two seeing the biggest increase in incidents. Open Doors’ vision is that Christian women and girls are seen, valued and empowered to reach their God-given potential.