As we are now in this special time of advent preparing for the birth of our saviour why not use one of our CAFOD resources at home or in your parish . There is our advent calendar on the website which has reflections and prayers for each day.
If you are planning a fundraising event this advent we have poster featuring our World gift of an Emergency Shelter £40 which can be printed off and filled in .
We also have an advent service which can be used by a group or the whole parish and a variety of advent prayers.
Come Lord, come again
Come Lord, your wounded world is yearning
for you to come again.
Come Lord, your weary world is crying out
for you to lift us up
out of our despair, our hunger,
our thirst for something better,
our need for the food that will last.
Come Lord, come again,
we need to begin again.
Gift of worms
Stuck for Christmas present ideas, fed up with giving the usual Christmas socks or bubble bath why not give a life-changing gift instead! Each CAFOD World Gift has been chosen for the real and lasting difference it makes to families living in developing countries . There is something for every budget from Happy Queen Bee at £4 to Help a Refugee Child at £46.
This year we have a new gift of Wonderful Worms only £10 . By buying these worms you can help a farmer grow good quality tasty vegetables to feed their family. Razia from Bangladesh told us ” The worm-produced compost reduced my hardship and now I can feed my family three meals a day.”
Razia from Bangladesh
Razia lives in Lebutala, Bangladesh. She has a small plot of land where she grows vegetables to feed her family. She used to struggle to grow enough food to feed her family even two meals a day. The soil quality was very poor and made worse by using chemical fertilisers. Razia knew that if she didn’t do something soon to increase the amount she grew, the family would not have enough to eat from their land and could struggle with health problems.
Razia’s life was transformed by some amazing squirming worms. CAFOD gave her a kilogram of earthworms and trained her how to make rich compost for her land with them. Despite doubts from her family and neighbours, Razia grew an abundance of beautiful veg thanks to her wonderful worms and their compost.
Today, Razia grows more than enough to feed her family and sells the extra vegetables at the market. And the worms have been so productive, she also sells the extra they make to local farmers!
So this Christmas change lives around the world by giving World Gifts !
Rajida from Myanmar arriving in Bangladesh
I would like to wish everyone a joyful Christmas and a happy New Year, and to thank you for all your support to help bring about a fairer and more just world. I hope that we can continue to work together in 2018 and I look forward to seeing you at our Lent fast day briefings.
Best wishes Jo
A message from Lynda-
“Have a lovely Christmas CAFOD Portsmouth family! I wish you were all here with me in sunny Oz! I don’t miss the British weather but I do miss all of you! Love to you all and your families – Lynda xxxx’