Global Aware Bulletin, July 2011
As we enter a time of holidays and relaxation, let's use the time to allow God to speak to us about how our lifestyles can best reflect the Kingdom values of justice and peace. I hope some of the ideas below will inspire you to make a real difference - in your homes and in your churches.
1. Give thanks that GAVI (the Global immunisation body) received a total of £2.6b in pledges from world leaders, well in excess of the £2.3b that they were aiming for. This is a clear response to the voice and prayers of campaigners such as ourselves and means that 4 million children will not die from preventable diseases over the next few years.
2. Pray for new republic of Southern Sudan as it declares itself a democracy on 9th July. Pray that this will bring a new era of peace between the north and south, particularly in South Kordofan, where thousands of ethnic Nubans are being forced out of their homes by continued violence.
3. Pray for rain to come to drought-stricken Somalia and Ethiopia. Thousands of Somalis are fleeing conflict and starvation and ending up in vastly overcrowded refugee camps in Kenya. Pray for the aid agencies trying to support so many refugees, and pray that they will be able to reach those in southern Somalia currently cut off by violence.
1. Support the global campaign to make Aid more transparent, enabling governments to be held to account, reducing corruption and ensuring Aid is much more effective, without the need to increase budgets. To see the campaign details and sign the petition, go to:
2. Join the Big Sing for Water Aid on Saturday 9th July from 2.30pm at the Amphitheatre, Bristol Harbourside. You can join as an individual or as a choir - for more details. visit www.singforwaterwest.org. If you prefer not to sing, go along to listen and to learn about Water Aid projects, bringing the most basic of resources to the remotest and poorest areas in the world.
3. Support the campaign to stop the changes to Brazilian law that will allow deforestation of the Amazon on a massive scale. Avaaz, Greenpeace and other environmental charities are all running campaigns to put pressure on the Brazilian President to veto the law passed by the lower House, as well as protect local environmental campaigners who are being assasinated by logging companies.
1. Oxfam Water Week, 11th-17th July
An opportunity to learn about and educate others about global issues. Resources are ideal for use with children and young people in churches, youth groups, scouts and brownie groups and schools. For ideas and resources visit : http://www.oxfam.org.uk/Waterweek
2. Zero Carbon Britain Day of Action, 16th July
Can your church mark this day by taking a step towards low carbon living? Use this opportunity to raise the issues - see here for ideas : http://www.campaigncc.org/zcbday
3. Green Gathering Festival, 28th-31st July, Chepstow Racecourse
Solar powered music and arts combined with environmental showcasing and lots of ideas and inspiration for green living. Family friendly and ethical marketplace and activities.www.greengathering2011.com/
Please share these ideas with your churches and other groups.
Wishing you a warm, restful and inspiring summer time.