We, here at Salisbury URC, have been praying for rain in Zambia for many weeks. We have also been praying for the people affected by the severe drought and food shortages currently impacting the country.
Here is our opportunity to put our money where our mouth is.
The Wessex Synod, led by the World Church Group of which our minister, Revd Ana Gobledale is convener, has put out a Zambia Appeal. Donations will be collected at the 14 March Synod Day.
Zambia Appeal Flash…
The Lusaka Presbytery of the United Church of Zambia is the partner church of Wessex Synod and a few days ago Bishop Chomba wrote to the Synod World Church Group, saying:
“The news here is really devastating. We have not had rains in some parts of the country which has resulted in hunger in most parts of southern and western Zambia.
The church has been deeply involved. Towards the end of last year, we were involved in a relief food program. We organised food, clothing and and delivered to Southern Province where the drought hit most. We pray that God will bring partners on board, who will help us drive this relief program. Right now the UCZ is distributing food stuffs in Western and Southern Province of Zambia.
Kindly remember us in prayer about the drought situation and we are heading for elections as a country therefore, praying for peaceful elections and calm in the country would be appreciated.”
We have the opportunity, as a Synod to support our partner church by prayer and practical action.
At our Synod Meeting in March we will take up an offering for the work of the United Church of Zambia. Can your church make a contribution?
We hope that Wessex Trust will be able to match fund the amount donated by our churches, and when our Moderator goes out to Zambia at the beginning of April (as part of her Sabbatical), she will be able to deliver our gift in person.
Meanwhile, let’s remember our sisters and brothers in Zambia in our prayers.