Hillsborough Baptist Church has recently joined the Tearfund Connected Church Programme. This is designed for churches and Christian groups that want to get involved in supporting a specific project through prayer and giving. The project we have chosen to support is in Ethiopia and involves Self Help Groups. The Kale Heywat Church run savings and self help groups working mainly with women from the poorest families in urban areas who are often unable to provide for their children. We have pledged to give £450 to the project and Ian Baillie will be our contact.
We will receive a certificate, some bookmarks and quarterly news updates. We will build up a relationship with the project and get to know what is going on in the community. Those supported by the project will be pleased and blessed to know that people many miles away are praying for them. We can send letters and photographs and pray regularly for the work but we cannot expect like for like communication in return. Some of the people we support will not speak English or be able to read or write but someone at the partner’s headquarters will respond on their behalf.
Tearfund inform us that we can go and visit the partner, get them praying for us and even invite them here – at our own expense. This project is commended to you for your support and prayers.
Facts & Figures:
• 68,000 people involved in 4,000 self help groups.
• 95% of those involved are women, transforming lives and improving family and community relationships.
• More than 200,000 children are well fed, clothed, have access to health care and are going to school.
• Over 100 local churches showing the love of Christ to those in need.
• £75,000 annually required for the project.
• Praise for the thousands of lives being transformed.
• Wisdom for those leading the project.
• Continued restoration of relationships.
Look out for updates on the Tearfund website or in thie magazine