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MOUSEY MOMENT … HOPE IN TIMES OF CRISIS

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We have all seen the news of the devastating war in Ukraine. We’ve heard heart-breaking stories of people fleeing violence, not knowing when they’ll see their loved ones again.

In Zimbabwe, another crisis – the climate crisis – is causing aching hunger for families. Even though it’s 7,000 miles away, the war in Ukraine will drive up food prices in Zimbabwe and around the globe. Ukraine and Russia produce large amounts of the world’s fertiliser and food, like wheat and cooking oil. Without them, vulnerable families will be pushed even deeper into hunger.

This year’s Christian Aid week (15th – 21st May) reminds us that hope does not disappoint. Hope lives in you. Every prayer, every gift, every action brings hope to people facing disaster, from conflict to climate chaos. Join us this Christian Aid Week as we celebrate and share hope with our sisters and brothers facing crisis around the world, from Ukraine to Zimbabwe.

Are you hungry? What’s for dinner tonight? Maybe you’re looking forward to fish and chips, pasta, or your favourite family meal around the table.

Jessica Mwedzi, a loving mum in Zimbabwe, fears her family won’t eat tonight. When food is scarce, she can only give her children one bowl of porridge a day. For Jessica, drought means every day is a struggle for survival. Like many women in Zimbabwe, she toils on her farm, but no food can grow on her ashen dry land. It’s unjust that drought robs Jessica of the power to provide for her family. Women like Jessica are at the mercy of climate change and hunger. Jessica is hungry. Hungry for a good meal. Hungry to earn a decent living. Hungry to provide a more hopeful future for her family. We can help this loving mum turn hunger into hope. Your gift this Christian Aid Week could help Jessica grow seeds that thrive in the drought. In the months to come, she’ll turn these seeds into fresh food like tomatoes, beans and cucumbers to sell and feed her family. She’ll have the joy of seeing her children grow up happy and healthy. Jessica’s love for her family gives her courage to stand strong against the threat of drought. This Christian Aid Week, as you sit down to eat your favourite family meal around the table, please pray for Jessica and her family. Your gifts and prayers could fill families like hers with hope.

What makes you smile? For Janet Zirugo, 70, it’s seeing her grandchildren’s faces light up as she hugs them tight. Janet has a big heart. Many of the children in her family are orphans, and she is their sole provider. In her village in Zimbabwe, Janet has seen how drought pushed her family into desperate hunger. With faith, hope and love, Janet has brought her family through this painful time. Thanks to kind people like you, she was given drought-resistant seeds that can grow in this harsh climate. You’ll be happy to know her farm is now bursting with life. With all her strength, she works on her farm so her family never again go hungry. She has built a storeroom to keep her harvest safe and secure, to help her bounce back in future droughts. She knows when changes are coming and can adapt before crisis hits. As she reflects on how her life has changed because of Christian Aid, Janet sings with joy. We rejoice with her.

Globally, half of all deaths in children under the age of five are due to undernutrition. This translates into the loss of about 3 million young lives a year.

Food insecurity is the condition of not having access to sufficient food, or food of an adequate quality, to meet one’s basic needs. Sadly, this is a reality for many families and individuals.

Acts 2:42-47 “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

I want to ask you, “What are you hungry for”?

What would be your answer? Would it be …

1. I don’t know?

Most Christians aren’t sure what they are hungry for. The Early Church didn’t have a fancy building. They didn’t have electricity. They didn’t have the religious freedoms in their towns & cities that we enjoy. What they did have was a hunger and thirst for righteousness.

The Apostles had just been a part of seeing over 3,000 people saved in 1 day. They were meeting every day in the temple courts and eating together in their homes. They did whatever it took to grow closer to God, to one another, and to see people saved.

Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”

Or is your response to my question…

2. It doesn’t matter?

If you are just going through your life trying to survive, this may be your answer. The Early Church did whatever they had to do to see the Kingdom of God grow. Their personal possessions and provisions were secondary. They used their money and possessions for God’s glory. They worked together as a channel for providing for one another. God has given us jobs, possessions, talents, and spiritual gifts with which we, too, can make God’s Kingdom grow. When we have a hunger and thirst for righteousness, each moment that we are here on this earth matters.

What is it that we need to be doing when we meet together? Who is hungry to see one another strengthened in Christ? Who is hungry to see people saved?

Everything we do should be about our hunger and thirst for righteousness. We should desire what was happening in the Early Church.

“And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

Singing the Faith 411 “May the God of Hope” is a song of blessing, justice and peace.

Verse 1 of “May the God of Hope” echoes the words of blessing offered by St Paul in his letter to the Romans: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15 v13)

‘May the God of hope go with us every day, Filling all our lives with love and joy and peace.

May the God of justice speed us on our way, Bringing light and hope to every land and race.

Praying, let us work for peace; Singing, share our joy with all;

Working for a world that’s new, Faithful when we hear Christ’s call.