This July we're raising money to support our friends in Kenya. COVID-19 restrictions are a real challenge in locations, like Meru County in Kenya. They've just experienced devastating droughts, large scale flooding and swarms of locusts, ruining their crops. This pandemic could not have come at a worse time.
"This evening, there will be many families who do not know what they will eat tonight, forget even about tomorrow...the only thing that you can do is look for ways in which you are able to sustain them. Otherwise, they will not be dying of COVID, they will be dying because of starvation."
- Edward Buria,
Lead Pastor, Kambakia Christian Centre, Kenya
Please join us in supporting our friends Edward & Fridah Buria. The majority of the funds raised in this gift day will go to Edfri International, Edward & Fridah's charity, feeding and caring for the families that need it most.
As well as caring for those in need in Kenya, we're also preparing to support our local community. There's uncertainty ahead and many people in our community are facing, or will face, difficult times in the coming weeks, months and years.Some of the money raised in this gift day, will be invested into these areas...
The King's Money Advice service helps people to take control of their money and find a way out of debt. Pre-COVID mean household financial debt rose to £9,400 in the UK. With many taking a 20% pay-cut or losing their job altogether, our debt may be around a lot longer than the pandemic.This service has diligently served thousands in Mid-Sussex, overcoming the shame of debt and helping with budgeting, bills and benefits.
KAR exists to help those who have an essential need for a car but, because of financial hardship, are unable to afford to buy or maintain their vehicle.
KAR currently have seven cars loaned out or donated to those in financial need. Their loan cars are currently getting children to school and people to work in cases where there is no viable public transport option. As one grateful recipient says, "Without Kings Auto Repairs my children would have missed out on the last few weeks of the school term so it has made a massive difference."
Hope Into Action believe everyone has the right to a home and churches have the power to meet the tragedy of homelessness in their community. They provide homes for the most vulnerable in society in partnership with local churches.As a church we are in the exciting stage of finishing renovating a house, that we own, and fully furnishing it, so that we can join with Hope Into Action, to provide the homeless another home.
"One of the good things about this pandemic is that 15,000 rough sleepers have been taken off the streets, due to government funding. All these homeless people that have been in emergency accommodation are now going to be moved out to who knows where. To have a house, ready to go, just at that moment is brilliant. We expect to be filling the house up soon."
Executive Director, Hope Into action Mid-Sussex
We'll use some of the funds raised in the gift day to finish furnishing the house, so that we can have it available for use as soon as possible.