Acts 435 Giving to anyone who has need

Wishing you a very Happy Christmas.

As the final candle of Advent is lit to represent Christ, let's not forget He came to proclaim good news to the poor and free the oppressed (Luke 4:18).

We finish our Christmas campaign then with two final poverty stories:

Poverty Story #9

Angela was working but when she split up with her partner, he walked off with all the assets even though they had joint tenancy. The debts started to spiral as Angela tried to provide for her teenage children. Her cooker suddenly blew up and she had no cash or credit to replace it. As such she struggles to feed the family using a slow cooker.

Acts 435 can provide a real lifeline for people like Angela. All she wants this Christmas is a cooker.

Poverty Story #10

Sam, just 19 years old, suddenly arrived at the Foodbank distressed and not knowing where to turn. She had recently had her 3 year old daughter removed by Social Services due to mental health problems and as a result of this her child benefit had stopped and she was no longer entitled to Income Support. Housing Benefit would not meet the rent on her 2 bedroomed home as she was now a single person. She had applied for Job Seekers Allowance and this was being processed.

Sam had therefore moved out of her home and into a bedsit on the other side of the city. When she arrived at the church where the Foodbank was, she had no money, no food and what little furniture she had was still in her old home because she couldn't afford a removal van.

The church sprung into action and contacted the local Citizenship Award Scheme, getting Sam crucial help for provide much needed furniture as well as collect the stuff she had to leave behind. Sam had walked into church that morning with little or no hope, a young girl with a huge burden to carry. She left with a little of that burden lifted.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

Fifth Advent Candle