Global Aware Bulletin April 2011
Welcome to the Easter edition of the Global Aware Bulletin. With the backdrop of the Japanese disaster and violence in Libya, to speak of new life might seem out of place. But Jesus brings hope and light to the very darkest of places and calls us to play our part in bringing fresh hope and a new start to those in the world who need it most. Please take time to read and act on this Bulletin.
1. Japan - Pray for all those who have lost loved ones and who are homeless as a result of the earthquake and subsequent Tsunami, as well as the nuclear contamination. Pray that the international community will continue to provide the help needed for people to rebuild, both physically and emotionally, and not withdraw help as soon as the media attention is diverted elsewhere. Pray too for the people of Myanmar (Burma) as they emerge from the effects of the recent earthquakes.
2. Libya - Pray for leaders in Libya and the UN that peaceful solutions may be found and the desire for peace and democracy in the country will overcome the ruling party's need to remain in power. Pray too for Egypt whose largely peaceful revolution is descending into violence and anarchy due to the power vacuum.
Give thanks for Fairtrade Fortnight
with hundreds of thousands of people taking part in events across the country. For information on photos on Fairtrade Fortnight in Bristol go to www.bristolfairtrade.org.uk
Give thanks that sales of Fairtrade products soared by 40% in 2010 to an estimated retail value of £1.17bn compared with £836m in 2009. Pray that UK shoppers will continue to embrace Fairtrade, and stay committed to their ethical values despite the tough economic times.
1. This Easter why not give a gift that makes a difference? If chocolate is demanded then make sure it's Fairtrade. The Co-op is offering a Fairtrade range this year, as well as Traidcraft and Oxfam shops.
Or consider giving a fresh start to others by donating to charity or buying alternative gifts. One of my favourites is to buy a toilet through www.toilettwinning.org.uk - it's fun, practical and can prevent disease for hundreds of people. - it's fun, practical and can prevent disease for hundreds of people. Or check out http://www.presentaid.org/ for food-related or other gifts that make a difference from only £7. for food-related or other gifts that make a difference from only £7. - it's fun, practical and can prevent disease for hundreds of people. Or check out for food-related or other gifts that make a difference from only £7.
2. Live Below the Line - Join thousands of people across the UK living off just £1 a day for food and drink from May 2-6, to get a better understanding of the challenges faced by people live in Extreme Poverty, and to raise funds for crucial anti-poverty initiatives.
1. World Changers, Saturday 2nd April, 10-4 Ladyfield Evangelical Church, Chippenham
The part you can play in world mission - a challenging day with speaker Peter Mead from Operation Mobilisation.
2. How Humankind can Thrive in the 21st Century, Friday 15th April 1-2pm Third Floor, Bush House. Bristol
An optimistic but challenging talk by Paul Gilding, ex-Director of Grenpeace International. He tells us how to fight - and win - what he calls The One Degree War to prevent catastrophic warming of the earth, and how to start today. Organized by Forum for the Future as part of the Festival of Ideas. To book a free place go to: http://www.ideasfestival.co.uk/?p=579#more-579
Wishing you all a very happy and inspiring Easter time.
Let us show the love and power of the Risen Christ in our lives and actions.