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HarvestThe Bishop's Harvest Appeal 2019

As in previous years the Fellside Team will be supporting the Bishop Harvest Appeal. This year the two projects it is raising money for are:

Friends of Mulnaje Orphans (FOMO)  works in the Mulanje district of Malawi which looks after thousands of children in 14 centres across 90 villages in the district.

The centres provide healthcare, activities and food (1.2 million meals last year). FOMO also helped in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai  providing emergency food, blankets and clothing, and continues to work with communities as they rebuild.

Christian Aid’sBreaking the Barriers’ in Honduras is working to help some of the poorest  communities cope with the impact of climate change, of drought and unpredictable seasons. It works predominantly with women through micro-finance to develop community led energy projects such as solar driers for maze, coffee and cacao. These allow communities to produce and sell better quality product to help them survive in an increasingly harsh climate.

There will be leaflets in our churches giving more details and explaining how to support the Bishop’s Harvest Appeal.

Dear Friends,

The moment when we acknowledge the presence and reality of God – that he is the creator and we are his beloved creation – we open up a whole new set of questions: If God is God, then what does that mean for me? How do I live in relationship with God? What is God’s will for me? Of course, these are questions not easily answered.

A good number of years ago a friend of mine was wondering whether God might be calling him to ordained ministry, and asked me what I thought? My reply was twofold. Firstly, to pray for the idea to go away – if it was of God, then it wouldn’t go away, whereas if it was of him it would soon pass. Second, he that was too good a Christian to be wasted on ordained ministry – there would be much more important things for him to do for the Kingdom of God.

As it turned out, the idea went away and instead he went to the US to do post-graduate studies. Now he’s a professor of theology in a US university where he teaches hundreds of students each year to think about the God questions in the complexities of the modern world – a much more important role for the Kingdom of God than being a Vicar!

So what might the will of God be for you? for me? A couple of years ago we did a course called ‘Life on the Frontline’. The premise of the course was that everyone is on the frontline of the Kingdom of God, whether at home, down the pub, at work, with the children or grand-children, at the gym, with our friends, or wherever. First and foremost, where we are is where we’re called to be the Body of Christ, his presence in the world. Though it may change as we journey with God, where we are now is where God is calling us to be his people, on the frontline of the Kingdom of God – for now this is his will for us, each one of us.

It is tempting to put the idea of special ministries on a pedestal, vicars and the like, as something to be looked up to. The truth of the matter is that our first calling, above all others, is to be a Christian, a follower of Jesus. Living that out is always the will of god for us.

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