Development charities find common ground to help churches
Two national overseas development charities have worked together to produce a new resource to challenge and encourage churches to support some of the world's poorest people.
Established in 1985, Harvest Help provides practical support to rural communities in southern Africa, helping them to improve their livelihoods through sustainable farming and increased self-reliance. The charity enjoys significant support from churches from across the denominations.
The Methodist Relief and Development Fund is an independent charity rooted in the Methodist Church in Britain. It works to promote the rights and opportunities of marginalised people, challenge injustice and fight poverty, enabling people to live with dignity. MRDF also produces development education and campaigning resources.
The new study pack which is a joint initiative between the two organisations, offers resources to encourage learning, praying, giving and practical action in support of some of the world's poorest people.
Kevin Fray, from MRDF, explained why the two charities were working together: "Harvest Help and MRDF work closely together in Africa, jointly supporting a number of projects and sharing common aims and objectives. We felt we should also model this in our work in the UK, celebrating our common ground in this pack".