The Bishop of St Albans’ Harvest Appeal 2022
‘For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.’ Psalm 9:18
This year, the Bishop of St Albans’ Harvest Appeal will help change the lives of people in Mozambique who have been traumatised and displaced by conflict. Having fled to safety, life still isn’t easy, and many are losing hope. Your support will help on-the-ground, local church partners to reach the most vulnerable; helping to change lives, transform communities and show God’s love where it is needed most.
Located in south-eastern Africa, Mozambique is a country with a population of around 31 million people (World Bank, 2020). Despite gaining independence from Portugal in 1975, Mozambique became caught up in a brutal civil war that only ended in 1992. The war destroyed lives and livelihoods, with more than 820,000 people having fled their homes and becoming internally displaced. More than 12 million people live below the poverty line.
Life is hard. Since 2017, northern Mozambique has been under the reign of terror of a military insurgence group, where it is estimated that more than 2,000 people have been killed and thousands more have had to flee their homes. The country has faced terrorist attacks, political unrest, food shortages, and an onslaught of natural disasters including droughts, monsoons, floods and cyclones. Families and communities have suffered greatly from this relentless conflict.
This is an urgent situation and we must do something today. As the tragedy continues to unfold in Mozambique, we cannot let it be forgotten.
This is an emergency; an urgent, unfolding crisis and we must do something today. We cannot let this crisis go unnoticed. We must not forget the people of Mozambique.
Your gift today could help local church partners in Mozambique reach more vulnerable people, like Ibrahimo and Viagem. Your support will provide people with the means to get back on their feet, shining a light of hope in the midst of this devastating, ongoing crisis. For example, a gift of £52 could provide a family forced to flee their home with an emergency food package; £135 could give five families a hygiene kit, including soap, face masks and sanitary pads.
Where possible, participating churches and schools should send their donations (including any reclaimed Gift Aid) by BACS transfer:
- Bank account no: 20776041
- Sort code no: 20-05-03
- Payment Ref: 4100101
If a BACS transfer is not possible, cheques can still be accepted. Cheques should be made payable to St Albans DBF and sent to ‘The Bishop of St Albans’ Harvest Appeal 2022’, c/o Holywell Lodge, 41 Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 1HE.
Individuals wishing to give to the Bishop’s Harvest Appeal can give online through Tearfund, our appeal partner, who will collect the Gift Aid on these donations.
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