Archive for January, 2017

8 people

dollar-1362244_1280Earlier this week, it was reported that just eight people control the same wealth as the half of the world’s population. Between them, these eight men are worth £350 billion, equivalent to the world’s poorest 3.6 billion people. The implications of this – the rampant inequality between the richest and the poorest – are appalling. It’s clear that the economic system is failing the poor and vulnerable. So what can be done about this? We suggest three positive steps:

  1. Model God’s love for the world’s poor. Speak and act in a way that demonstrates God’s mercy to those who most need it. And yes, this includes giving generously to causes which address the root issues behind poverty. If you want to give to BCT, fantastic. If you’d rather support Oxfam or other similar charities, that’s great too – they’re doing some extraordinary work. But please give to someone!
  2. Campaign for change. Urge your MP to support legislation which addresses poverty and to lobby for an increase in the UK’s overseas aid budget. Find out more about how you can do that, here.
  3. Pray. It might sound glib, but prayer changes things. Our God is good, He hears our prayers and He is loving enough and strong enough to change even the bleakest situations. Let’s pray together for an end to injustice and inequality.
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A round tuit

The start of a new year is the perfect time to reflect on priorities. We all have things we’ve been putting off; things we meant to do but never managed. It might be a home gym gathering dust, a spare room in dire need of redecorating or a half-finished novel in a desk drawer. Or it might be something more significant – perhaps taking action on a big issue in your community or even overseas.

I suspect each of us can think of something we’ve been meaning to do but we didn’t, because we never got around to it.

Well, we are pleased to present you with a round tuit!

The Bible strikes a more serious note: ‘Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.’ (James 4:17). Let’s make 2017 the year when we take that first step in doing the good we know we ought to do.

2016 was a disturbing year. Politics in the West has lurched towards extremism, with many people articulating a destructive racist narrative. The situation in Syria and Yemen seems almost beyond redemption. And the plight of the countless refugees around the world is heart-breaking. 2017 can be different, but only if we’re willing to act to make it different.

This year, will you take a specific step to make a specific situation better? Your prayers are powerful. Your money can make a huge difference to a struggling community. Your voice will be heard if you add it to the others crying out for change.

As for BCT, we will certainly act. As long as there are issues and attitudes which keep children on the margins, suffering and exploited, we will be committed to bringing change.

If you want to be part of this change, join us.

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