Disciple: A Season for Acts of Love
Diocese of NC is taking part in ONE THOUSAND DAYS OF LOVE
We know that Jesus was God incarnate, “God in man made manifest,” as the hymn says. We know he grew up to be a miracle worker. A savior. He was all of those things. But he was also a baby and then a little boy. He was just like all the children in our lives. He got hungry. He got sick. He played with other children. He learned and grew. His family took care of him and provided for him until he was old enough to take care of himself.
A HEALTHY START
- Mothers get prenatal health care, babies are weighed and measured each month to ensure they are reaching the appropriate health and development milestones, and children are vaccinated. Caregivers are connected with local health clinics to address healthcare needs.
- Families have mosquito nets to protect them from malaria.
- Families participate in nutrition classes, learning how to make nutritious meals from readily available foods in the community.
- Caregivers learn the importance of sanitation and how to access clean water.
- Caregivers participate in peer-to-peer parenting groups to share best practices and support each other.
- Families are given seeds for a garden that allows them to generate income from sales of produce as well as to feed the children nutritional food.
- Children ages 3-5 are enrolled in play groups, where they socialize with other children, learn letters and numbers, and eventually learn to read and do basic math so they are prepared when they start school.
- Women have access to savings and loan groups, called Savings with Education, where they learn the benefits of saving, have access to loans on terms set by the group, and earn a profit from their savings by sharing the interest earned on the loans at the end of the year. Our research shows that participants typically use their earnings to expand small businesses and to cover health, nutrition and education expenses for their children.
Sue Guptill, a member of Diocesan Council for the Diocese of North Carolina and a person with a career focus on child health and development, wanted to ensure that Episcopal Relief & Development’s approach to its work with children was “both evidence-based and culturally appropriate.” After learning how the program was designed and is implemented, she remarked, “I was particularly impressed there was a strong emphasis on recognizing and supporting the strengths that already existed in the community and that participants had a leadership role in determining the direction of the work done.”
Our Diocesan Goal : $198,000
In a world full of division, we want to help spread some of God’s love. The Diocese of North Carolina has joined Episcopal Relief and Development’s “ONE THOUSAND DAYS OF LOVE” campaign by pledging to raise $198,000 by the end of Epiphany to nurture and nourish more than 13,000 children and their communities in meaningful, sustainable and culturally respectful ways.To reach our pledge, we are asking our churches for a pledge of $15 per member. This will help thousands of children, their families and larger communities in the form of mosquito nets, bicycles, nutrition and parenting programs for young families, economic assistance, and assistance with care for newborns and their mothers.It may not seem like much, but in the right hands $15 changes and saves a lot of lives. Please join us in sowing some seeds of grace in a needy world!
ONE THOUSAND DAYS OF LOVE
Thank you for engaging in this season for acts of love, and thank you in advance for participating in the campaign—giving of your time and treasure to transform lives and communities. Together, we can ensure lasting change.
The easiest way to take part is to donate $15 directly to the campaign. You can do this in two ways:
- Online: Visit bit.ly/1000DaysofLove to make your contribution.
- By check: Send to Episcopal Relief and Development, P.O. Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058. On the memo line, write the name of your church and the city and state in which it is located so your church will receive credit for the donation
TRACK OUR DIOCESAN PROGRESS
The information is available at https://www.episdionc.org/1000-days-of-love/.
Enjoy the resources from Episcopal Relief & Development:
- Learn about the campaign at https://www.episcopalrelief.org/1000DaysofLove/.
- Download worship resources for the campaign at https://www.episcopalrelief.org/1000daysoflove/wor....
Josephine H. Hicks is the vice president of Episcopal Church programs for Episcopal Relief & Development.
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