Anglican Board of Mission (ABM) is marking the season of Lent again this year with its annual Lent Appeal with the theme that we ‘travel together as one’.
COVID-19 continues to challenge us all, and ABM’s partners around the globe continue to respond in ways appropriate to their contexts.
These include ongoing health and hygiene education in communities and provision of emergency food for those affected by the ongoing restrictions.
The vaccine is a light on the horizon, but in the meantime ABM’s partners are using their ingenuity to keep the projects going.
This year ABM’s Lent appeal will raise funds for Asset-based Community Development work in the Philippines, St John’s Theological Seminary in Zambia, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mission Grants in Australia.
Margie and Joel are part of a youth group living in a poor area of the Philippines who have joined ABM’s Asset-based development project to raise funds for their families. With a small grant, they built a convenience shop, and, until lockdowns started, were gathering wild watercress and making barbecued bananas to sell. Once the restrictions end, they hope to resume their small local business. Donations to this project can assist other youth groups to join the program.
Donations to St John’s Seminary will support ordinands from all over Zambia, especially those from poor families, to have a quality theological education.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mission Grants assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Anglicans to engage in missional activities under the guidance of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Council (NATSIAC). Donations to this project can help to facilitate exciting new ventures in our Church. In the past ABM’s mission grants have enabled chaplaincy in an Aboriginal school, musical instruments for a new ministry to engage with young men in the Northern Territory, help for the establishment of the new Torres Strait Regional Council for the Anglican Church, and copies of Kriol prayer books for Aboriginal churches.
There is also a ground-breaking interactive online Lent Study, ‘God was on Both Sides of the Beach’, celebrating 150 years of the ‘Coming of the Light’ to the Torres Strait. This study features talks by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Anglican leaders who will help us understand the history, the present and the future of the Indigenous church in a unique way. You can pause the presentations at any time to discuss, interact and share what you’ve learnt.
The study can be accessed online, from the start of Lent.
ABM is also pleased to invite all supporters to its first ever national online Lent Appeal Launch to be hosted by the Dean of Grafton Cathedral, The Very Rev’d Dr Greg Jenks.
Date: Thursday 18 February
Time: 7pm AEST
RSVP by: Tuesday 16 February to firstname.lastname@example.org
This Lent, ABM asks you to consider donating to one or more of the projects featured in ABM’s 2021 Lent Appeal.Jump to next article