Moravian Messenger May 2018
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MAY 2018
moravian messenger
Christian Aid Week 2018
This year Christian Aid Week will take place from 13th to 19th May 2018. As they have done for more than 60 years, supporters, including many Moravians from congregations across Great Britain and Northern Ireland, will be taking part in a variety of activities to promote and raise funds for the work of Christian Aid throughout the world. Some of those activities will be the traditional house to house and church collections, while others will be innovative and zany, such as Big Brekkies and sponsored abseils.
The Moravian Church was one of those which helped establish Christian Aid to support refugees and displaced people in the aftermath of the Second World War and remains one of its 'sponsoring churches' today. So as we prepare for Christian Aid week it is perhaps worth reminding ourselves that Christian Aid is not 'just another charity'. It is in fact the official relief and development agency of some 41 Christian denominations throughout Britain and seven in Ireland and has a deep and accountable relationship with those sponsoring churches. From its foundation Christian Aid has been and remains motivated by faith in Jesus Christ and a deeply held conviction that each and every person on earth is a treasured child of God, and each is of equal and infinite worth. The organisation works with partners across the globe to strive for the profound changes which can eradicate poverty and promote equality and dignity for all. In doing so it supports those most in need,
whoever they may be, people of all faiths and of none, reflecting God's unconditional love and great mercy.
Haiti: the focus for Christian Aid Week 2018
In Christian Aid Week 2018 the focus will be upon Haiti, a nation bordering the Dominican Republic on an island in the Caribbean. It is a beautiful place with strong tenacious people, but they have had to repeatedly face some of the worst natural disasters on earth. Those disasters have resulted in thousands being forced to flee from their homes, often being unable to return for many years. Seven years on from the devastating earthquake in Port-au-Prince in 2010, an estimated 38,000 people were still displaced. Many tried to resettle in the Dominican Republic but after facing systematic discrimination there, they had to return to Haiti but unfortunately had no homes to which to return.
In November 2016, Hurricane Matthew slammed into the southern coast of the country, killing 546 people and destroying homes, businesses and infrastructure. In some areas up to 90% were destroyed. The hurricane was the fiercest the Caribbean has seen in nearly a decade. Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world and its extreme poverty makes it harder for its people to cope with and recover from the relentless earthquakes, storms and hurricanes they have to endure.
Marcelin's story
Marcelin is typical of many Haitians. He has been hit by earthquake and by hurricane after hurricane. Over time he has lost everything: his livestock, his house, and his few pieces of furniture. He still hasn't recovered from Hurricane Matthew in 2016. He has become poorer and more vulnerable and although he is, like most Haitians, resilient he has begun to feel that if he is knocked down again he will not get back up. Just looking at Marcelin's current home shows how vulnerable he is. He lives in a 2 x 2m block of concrete: about the size of a four
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Care Home Visiting
(page 52)
Ministry to Fathers
(page 54)
UNICEF Mite Scheme
Saving lives with 5ps
(page 56)
Marcelin © Christian Aid
Visitation to South Asia
(page 57)

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