Commitment for Life
The Cause for the Month in October is our regular ‘Commitment For Life’ offering. Until 1992, this was called the ‘1% Appeal’ which asked local congregations to give a penny in the pound towards development work.
“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)
Money donated to Commitment for life is shared equally between the 4 partner areas. However, each URC church is linked through Christian Aid to one of the partner regions listed above, with the aim that each individual URC takes an interest in that area. Here at Ipswich Road, we are linked to Bangladesh
The latest news from CforL about Bangladesh says:
It just kept raining
After three months villagers are slowly returning to a village in Satkhira district south west Bangladesh, following floods in which three people died. During that time, many families have been camping out on embankments beside the busy road.
The village is reached from the main road by an uneven and slippery brick path. Carts, pulled by the male villagers, carry goods along the path which looks out over vast areas of water. The shrimp farm ponds, taking valuable crop lands, are getting back to business with the night watchman’s huts occupied. Those still paddy fields have yet to be replanted. People wash their shoes and plates in the flood water as there is no access to clean water from the village pump. Luckily the school was on higher ground and seemed to have come through with only minor damage. A rickety bamboo bridge leads to the main part of the village.
Jowser Ali Sarder’s home used to be at the end of the village but that is still completely under water. He used to work as a daily labourer but at present he is busy building a new home for himself and his wife. His two grown up children live away from this area now. He has not been able to take anything from his old home yet, but hopes he will find some things that are salvageable.
“It just kept on raining,” he said. With the waters rising to between 2-3 feet he received emergency rations from Shushilan, which were a life saver. The months on the embankment have not been kind to Jowser, with very little food he is painfully thin. As the weeks progress, Sushilan, new to the area, will organise the villagers into a forum and help them with ways to minimise the effects of disasters as they have done in other areas. A little help goes a long way.
If you would like to find out more about Commitment for Life, please go to: www.urc.org.uk/mission/commitment-for-life