Wed 10, Feb 2021
PHILIPPINES ASSET-BASED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
“We hope that this COVID-19 crisis will end.”
This heart-felt wish comes from Margie and Joel. They are from a youth organisation which has teamed up with IFI-VIMROD, one of ABM’s Philippines partners, to combat the poverty that blights them and their families. They decided to build a convenience store to sell locally-harvested produce, as well as home-made snacks. COVID-19 has put a temporary stop to their activities, but they live in hope of resuming their work.
This story of initiative, set-backs and hope is common among the groups helped by ABM’s Asset-based Community Development Project.
“We are really determined to continue with our project as it gives us practical experiences and learning in managing a business,” says Joel.
The Philippines Asset-based Community Development project enables people living in poverty to learn how to work together to maximise their existing strengths.
Your donation towards this project will support people just like Margie and Joel to use their local assets and overcome poverty.
ST JOHN’S THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY ZAMBIA
St John’s is the only training college for Anglican clergy in Zambia. It provides theological education appropriate to the Zambian context, including how to deal pastorally with people living with HIV/AIDS which affects more than 11% of the population, and skills for leading communities to combat gender-based violence, a church priority.
With Covid-19 wreaking havoc world-wide, one of St John’s partners had to call two lecturers home in December. Funds to cover operating costs are needed to allow the seminary to continue to keep its doors open.
St John’s Seminary trains about 10 new students for ordination each year, and the good news is that the church has a strong retention rate of ordained priests. The main focus is on new ordinands, but St John’s also recognises the need for the church to provide ongoing training for clergy and laity.
Your generous donation to St John’s Seminary will contribute to a quality theological education for Anglican ordinands from all over Zambia.
ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER MISSION GRANTS
“When we have power over our destiny our children will flourish. They will walk in two worlds and their culture will be a gift to their country.” Statement from the Heart
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mission Grants support missional activities led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. With guidance from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Anglican Council (NATSIAC) ABM makes small grants available to projects which express the marks of mission and benefit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Last year the projects included chaplaincy in an Aboriginal school, musical instruments for a new ministry engaging young men in the Northern Territory, funding for an Aboriginal Anglican Leaders conference, help for the establishment of the new Torres Strait Regional Council for the Anglican Church, bible camps, breakfast programs and copies of Kriol prayer books for
Your support for the mission grants empowers NATSIAC to direct funding to initiatives which best represent the aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Anglicans.
In 2021 we continue our quest for the best by introducing our first online study, ‘God Was on Both Sides of the Beach’, an exploration of the 150th anniversary of the ‘Coming of the Light’ celebration.
On the 1st of July 1871, the London Missionary Society boats arrived in the Torres Strait and, in an amazing act of reciprocal kindness and courage, were welcomed by the local people. 150 years on, the Gospel has taken root in the Torres Strait and a powerful local church exists, largely unknown to the rest of the Anglican community. Presented online by ABM Education Missioner, Steve Daughtry, the studies will be available to interact with via Facebook, YouTube and Vimeo. Listen, learn – then pause the presentation to discuss the questions and share what you’ve discovered.
Online: You can make an online donation to the 2021 Lent Appeal by clicking on the DONATE NOW buttons above.
Mail: you can enclose a cheque/money order (made out to the Anglican Board of Mission - Australia. Please include the campaign name 2021 Lent Appeal with your donation) and send it to:
Anglican Board of Mission – Australia
Locked Bag Q4005
Queen Victoria Building NSW 1230
Telephone: Sydney 02 9264 1021, Local Call 1300 302 663
Gifts to ABM will be applied to the support of project(s) selected. In the unlikely event of the project being oversubscribed or not proceeding to completion, donations will be applied to a similar project to the one(s) selected.