Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me. – Matthew 25:40
For many of us, the needs of the world seem overwhelming. Our sisters and brothers around the world are hungry, lack access to clean water and good health care, and live in deep poverty. Disasters ravage communities. Rapidly changing weather patterns threaten farming, which is critical for access to healthy and nutritious food as well as livelihoods. What can you and I do to respond to such daunting needs?
Episcopal Relief & Development is The Episcopal Church’s compassionate response to human suffering in the world. Hearing God’s call to seek and serve Christ in all persons and to respect the dignity of every human being, Episcopal Relief & Development serves to bring together the generosity of Episcopalians and others with the needs of the world.
Episcopal Relief & Development’s global development work focuses on three priorities: Women, Children, and Climate. We also respond to and rebuild after disasters around the world and in the U.S. Our integrated strategies are developed in collaboration with local partners and communities to help ensure the results we generate are sustained over the long-term.
Each of us can participate in this life-changing work by shopping! Purchasing a gift from Gifts for Life empowers transformation in communities worldwide. Choose a gift that will resonate with someone you want to honor by making a real difference. Will you choose drought-resistant seeds to cultivate a sustainable food supply? A bicycle to help community volunteers visit more families to deliver malaria nets and support for children? A goat to provide milk, cheese, and manure for farming? A complete care package to empower a community? Click here or stop in the lobby after the 10:45 a.m. service on December 1 to purchase a gift and change a life!
Josephine Hicks, St. Peter’s Parishioner and Vice President for Episcopal Church Programs, Episcopal Relief & Development