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.
What is Commitment for Life?
CfL is the United Reformed Church’s global justice programme. The scheme enables local congregations to pray, advocate and take action for the most vulnerable people. By linking with the poorest regions, you can make a real difference.Participating churches are encouraged 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 Zimbabwe
“Zimbabwe Political instability is an ongoing concern in Zimbabwe. Most Zimbabweans face socio-economic crises and every year. Millions rely on food aid. Drought, floods and erratic rainfall patterns are costly. Ruined infrastructure and a broken economy means many cannot grow enough food. Church partners focus on food security, nutrition, HIV, health and gender equality.”
If you would like to find out more about Commitment for Life, please go to the Commitment for Life website page, from which the above information is extracted.