St Matthias Global Mission Sunday – June 25th
June 22, 2017
It is the tradition of many churches to have a ‘Global Mission Sunday’; a time where parishioners are especially encouraged to give ‘above and beyond’ to their usual contributions to the work of the Church in the world.
I would like to declare this upcoming Sunday as our very own St. Matthias Global Mission Sunday!
The timing couldn’t be better.
As many of you are aware, there is a devastating famine in Africa and the Middle East. The Canadian Government has announced that they will match every dollar given to PWRDF’s famine appeal until June 30. I would like us to set a goal of $3500 to give to the fund, which, of course, means that $7000 will be given toward famine relief.
PWRDF is the Canadian Anglican agency for emergency relief, refugees, development and justice. In the case of the famine appeal, they work with groups such as ACT alliance and Canadian Foodgrains Banks to reach the areas that are hardest hit, including Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.
There is much work to do! Accordingly, we will be taking a special mission offering at our worship, and also accepting donations throughout the week that goes toward the fund.
I am aware that we are a small congregation, and I don’t expect people to give beyond their means. Having said that, I would like to stress the importance of this life-saving action – and do ask you to prayerfully consider what you might be able to give at this time. Cheques should be made out to PWRDF.
On a personal note, the work of PWRDF has touched our family profoundly. Rob served as the national PWRDF youth initiative coordinator (justgeneration.ca) for several years and visited Mexico with the fund in 2008. After my time working in the Philippines, I watched PWRDF respond to the various crises there; both natural and political – and actively participated in fundraising in 2012 in response to the flooding.
Of course, there are many forms of mission; both local and international. In the years to come, I pray that we will explore ways to respond in multiple ways to the needs which surround us.
This Sunday, we will pray and respond with our hearts to the famine situation in Africa and the Middle East. May God’s love for the world shine in and through us.
In Christian Love
The Rev. Meagan Crosby-Shearer
Incumbent, St. Matthias Anglican Church