Global Aware Bulletin May 2011
I hope that Easter was a time of inspiration and refreshment for you. Let us use the hope and new life offered to us by the risen Christ to reach out to people for whom life is a daily struggle or worse, spreading light and hope into the darkest corners of our world.
1. As violence intensifies in Libya, pray for a swift and peaceful resolution to the political crisis. Pray for all those who have lost family and friends, and for medical staff completely overwhelmed in some areas. Pray too for Syria and Yemen, that violence will be replaced by peaceful political solutions.
2. Pray for the people of Japan - as the stories disappear from news bulletins, 150,000 are left homeless, with thousands of families bereaved, and hundreds of thousands living in fear of nuclear contamination. The cost of rebuilding has been estimated at £190bn. Pray for hope for people whose lives have been completely devastated; pray that communities can be rebuilt and the land made safe again.
3. Global Food Crisis - recent food riots in Uganda are only the tip of the iceburg. Tear Fund reports that cereal prices have risen by 60% this year, meaning millions more people have been pushed towards starvation. Pray that world food and fuel prices will stabilise, and that world governments will prioritise providing the poorest people with a chance to survive through fairer trade rules and other interventions.
1. Christian Aid Week
15th-21st May - an opportunity for Christians across Greater Bristol to raise awareness, fundraise and pray for those living in poverty around the world. Go to http://www.caweek.org
for fundraising ideas, prayers and activities for children. Many groups are looking with help for door to door collecting and there will be a collection at Bristol Temple Meads station; if anyone would like to volunteer please get in touch with Gillian Alexander, Regional Coordinator : galexander a_t christian-aid d_o_t org
01454 415 923
2. Great Big Tea Party
- Open Doors is inviting Christians in the UK to hold a tea party to transform the lives of the 30 million Christian children who are suffering persecution around the world - either directly or by witnessing their parents being attacked, arrested or killed. For resources and more info: http://www.opendoorsuk.org/events/teaparty/teaparty.php
3. CNN Freedom from Slavery Project
- join this international campaign to raise awareness and bring an end to modern day slavery. Take a stand, recommend on Facebook, and spread the word - http://thecnnfreedomproject.blogs.cnn.com/
1. Christian Aid / Fair Trade Fair, Saturday May 21st 12-4pm, Holy Trinity Church Hotwells (bottom of Clifton Vale)
Fashion Show at 2pm - Traidcraft and Bishopston Trading Co, fair trade stalls and refreshments.
2. Putting Global Warming into Perspective, Tues 31st May 6.30-8.30pm, At-Bristol
A presentation and debate with Bjorn Lomborg, a hugely influential author and filmaker who presents smart solutions to climate change and other world problems.
3. Shared Interest Information Day, Friday 3rd June 10am-1pm Broadmead Baptist Church Bristol
An opportunity to find out about this Fairtrade investment company which invests and recycles your money to help fair trade producers to expand and make better business. Free event with refreshments, open to all.
Don't forget to share these ideas with your church. If every Christian in Bristol took one new action this month to make the world a fairer place, what a huge impact we could have!