I was hungry…I was thirsty: Ash Wednesday

Wendy S. Robins, Diocesan Director of Communications and Bishop’s Press Officer writes:

main-posterThis year’s theme for the Bishop’s Lent Call is “I was hungry… I was thirsty”.  Our focus is mainly on our Link Dioceses in Zimbabwe and the difficulty that they have had there recently because of drought.

Much of the information which we have received from our partners in Zimbabwe has been about drought and the impact that this has had on food security and the consequences that this has for health and schooling. Ironically, just as the Lent Call resource packs were about to go to print it rained in Zimbabwe and it has been raining on and off ever since!

But, whilst it is always right to give thanks to God for the gift of rain, the amount that has fallen in some parts of Zimbabwe and the short amount of time in which it has fallen has brought with it its own challenges.   The rain around this church fell in under thirty minutes and gives a fair picture of the fact that the ground had become so hard and dry that it could not absorb the amount of water that came in the short space of time.

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At the very beginning of February the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun; the Dean of Southwark, the Very Revd Andrew Nunn and the Archdeacon of Southwark, the Venerable Jane Steen,  visited all five Dioceses in Zimbabwe.   I was privileged to go with them to record the journey and to gather information to enhance the materials which we are offering for Lent this year.

So in the weeks of Lent we will be blogging about the visit and the people we meet and the places that we were able to see.  We hope that this will enrich your Lenten journey of prayer and support for Zimbabwe and the projects in this Diocese which the Bishop’s Lent Call will also support.

These projects, which will feature in the last week in Lent are: Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation, Faith in Action Merton Homelessness Project and Deptford Reach and we will have short videos about these projects in the same way as we will about Zimbabwe.

Pleased pray for all those supported by the Lent Call and give generously to it.  Why not use some of the Fundraising ideas contained in the Lent Call resources pack or come up with some of your own?  And don’t forget to share what you do with us for this blog and for the Diocesan newspaper the Bridge.

As we begin Lent today here is a message from Bishop Christopher which he recorded earlier in the week.

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