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12 January 2017
Our recent Christmas appeal raised a wonderful total of £23,568!
This is divided 50:50 between ‘home’ and ‘away’ needs. The ‘away’ part is going to Heart for Lebanon, a Tearfund partner, (Above Bar Church is a Tearfund Connected Church, and we have supported Tearfund’s work in Haiti for the last few years). Most of the ‘home’ part is going to Basics Bank, with some going to provide Christmas hampers for clients of our CAP debt centre.
Heart for Lebanon
Heart for Lebanon serves the marginalized, rejected and under-resourced people in Lebanon. This includes the increasing number of Syrian and Iraqi refugees. Syrian refugees now make up one quarter of Lebanon’s population.
Heart for Lebanon builds relationships with families and cares for orphans. It runs schools near the refugee camps, where it provides basic education in English and teaches about Jesus, and it distributes food and hygiene packages to families each month. Heart for Lebanon also care for spiritual needs with regular Bible studies and other gatherings. During the winter, they give essentials such as clothing and heaters to refugees new to the area.
David Bloomfield of Tearfund received our gift of £11,784 on behalf of Heart for Lebanon. This is enough to provide 40 families with food, hygiene packs and visits for a year.
Basics Bank (Southampton City Mission)
Basics Bank helps
- people who have lost their jobs and need a hand until the benefits system kicks in
- families who can’t make ends meet
- mothers and children fleeing domestic violence
- individuals struggling with mental health
The bereaved, the bewildered, and the broken are welcomed, respected, loved and fed. Every Monday, Basics Bank operates out of our basement at Above Bar Church. We are pleased to support it with faithful volunteers and generous donations of food and clothes. Basics Bank helps us to look outward, encourages other outreach ministries to develop, and opens our doors to the lost that bit wider. During 2016 Basics Bank distributed 5 days' worth of food over 8,000 times and clothed 1,800 people in need.
Duncan House, manager of Southampton City Mission, received their gift of £10,284. This is enough to
- pay the utilities costs of the warehouse for a year
- pay for diesel for the van for a year
- reimburse all volunteer expenses for a year
- feed 350 families for five days
Christians Against Poverty
We opened our Christians Against Poverty debt centre in October 2014. £1500 from our Christmas appeal enabled us to give food hampers to the 75 clients with whom we’ve worked since the centre opened. So many of our clients are living on very tight budgets. Giving these Christmas hampers is a wonderful opportunity to show our love and care for them in a very practical way.
Former Transform worker Alfred Jennings, who is now training in the CAP Leadership programme in Bradford, was back in Southampton for the weekend, and received the cheque on behalf of Ros Briggs, our Debt Centre mananger.
Thank you so much for giving so generously to our 2016 Christmas appeal. Pray that the Lord will use these gifts to meet people’s practical needs and grow his kingdom here in Southampton and in Lebanon.