Since 1980 the number of people living on less than $2 a day has halved.
Through Lent Event, you have been part of that success story, taking action to help provide access to education, healthcare and income opportunities that have helped break the cycle of poverty.
COVID-19 and its economic impacts are now threatening those gains. The World Bank estimates that 150 million people are expected to slide back into extreme poverty by 2022.
The season of Lent is an opportunity to reflect on the life of Christ, and re-dedicate ourselves to following in his way of justice and compassion.
And it’s an opportunity to take action alongside the global church!
Join us for Lent Event 2021:
- Download our Global Neighbours Bible Study or order a hard copy booklet and read a chapter each week of Lent.
- Give up something in solidarity with those who have less, or take up a new spiritual discipline for forty days.
- Donate to our global neighbours in places of critical need.
You can also take up a 40-day challenge and create your own fundraising page! Click here to create a page for an individual or church.
What about churches?
We encourage you to use the Global Neighbour Bible studies with your congregation and small groups over Lent (they’re really great!). But due to COVID-19 we’ve not been able to visit our partners and those they care for to produce weekly stories of transformation during the six weeks of Lent. We’re sorry that we can’t resource you for Lent as much as we would like.
Instead, we want to invite you to something brand new.
UnitingWorld’s Seven Days of Solidarity invites you to celebrate the risen Christ with us and bear witness to how and where God is changing lives through our partners.
After Easter, for seven days starting on April 18, we’ll provide you and your congregation with videos, stories, prayer requests and action ideas to encourage you to lift up your eyes to see where God is at work in the world.
Each day, you’ll encounter the faithful Christian leaders who are training others, equipping people to make a living, working for peace, raising up women and girls, empowering people with disabilities and responding to disasters and a changing climate. Pray and take action as part of our global family of faith.
On April 25, come together with your congregation to celebrate God’s faithfulness and pledge yourselves anew to God’s global mission. We’ll show you the incredible gains the Church is making around the world in Christ’s name, and invite you to make a response in prayer and giving.
We believe this is the faith-fuel our Church needs right now, and I’m really excited by this new initiative! If you are too, please ask your minister and organise your church to take part in UnitingWorld’s Seven Days of Solidarity.
Here’s a video invitation you can show them:
Visit the website for more information: sevendaysofsolidarity.com.au