“Commitment for Life” is the world development programme of the United Reformed Church. We encourage participating churches to take action, pray and give for people across the world but especially in our four partner countries/region of Bangladesh, Central America(Honduras, Guatemala. Nicaragua and El Salvador, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory and Zimbabwe. We work in partnership with Christian Aid and The World Development Movement raising over half a million pounds a year from contributing churches.” (URC website)
As in the last few years, we continue to support the struggling people of Bangladesh.
Our giving will help a traditional handcraft business and support the activities of ‘Shushilan’, a Bengali name, which means ‘Endeavours for a better future.’ They are working with Christian Aid to promote and act on sustainable agricultural farming, environmental health and gender issues as well as responding to local disasters eg flooding. (CfL website)
The recent Commitment for Life newsletter had this interesting paragraph:
“Children, the world over, need space and time to play. In the UK there has been a move to encourage children to play outside more as this develops many useful skills and encourages care for their environment. In the countries we support so many children do not have freedom to play outside because of threats of violence, dangerous environments or the need to work to bring money into the home.
Christian Aid’s partners work hard to give children a childhood, respect their surroundings and find their full potential. We have often featured the Cultural Free Thought Association in Gaza who do just this, helping traumatised children to see a different way is possible. The future of Commitment for Life, and the support we give to our four dedicated regions, remains in our hands. In light of the multiple challenges the world currently faces, and the huge number of pressing needs we read about every day, it would be great to be able to significantly increase our giving to Commitment for Life. I would therefore like to ask you and your churches to seriously consider how you could increase your support”
If you would like to find out more about Commitment for Life, please go to: www.urc.org.uk/mission/commitment-for-life