Alive: 47 Days of Lent, Day 38

Alive: Help and hope

Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?

Isaiah 58:6 NIV

Florence is a farmer who has been unable to farm. Her small plot of land in Zimbabwe is now a barren, sun-scorched place. “The last time I went to till my land was in early 2018… all my crops died because of this drought,” Florence says.

We know that creation is groaning. We know that we haven’t treated creation with the care that such a gift deserves. And it’s people like Florence – people living in poverty – who are paying the price. 

But together, we can help. Across the world, local churches are working together to offer Bible-based courses that give practical tips on how to be more self-reliant. Florence was trained in how to extend her business into chicken farming, making her less dependent on crops.

Yet life is still fragile for Florence and countless others like her. They need the practical help and spiritual hope that the church can offer.

Lord Jesus,

Thank you for your everlasting hope and your life-changing love. Help us all to bring that hope and love to people in need. Amen.

Author: Earnest Maswera, Tearfund

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