British Methodists encouraged to continue assistance to Sri Lanka

By staff writers
May 22, 2009

Methodists in Britain are working with local churches in Sri Lanka to deliver immediate aid and relief after the bloody war there, using the Church’s Fund for World Mission to help in rebuilding and in alleviating human suffering.

A £15,000 grant from the Fund for World Mission is being sent to Sri Lankan Church leaders to assist victims and build peace. The gift follows an earlier £20,000 grant made in October 2008 after around 200,000 residents in the Wanni region in the north of the country became trapped by heavy shelling and aerial bombing.

The Rev Ebenezer Joseph, President of the Methodist Church in Sri Lanka, said: “The willingness of the Methodist people in the UK really strengthens us. The demands are increasing as the number of refugees rises. Our needs for the next six months may be something around Rs 20 million (£113,000) at least."

He added: “Please continue to pray specially for the people who are caught in between. It’s God grace alone that enables us to continue with what could be done without just giving up.”

Stephen Poxon, President of Methodist Conference in Britain, wrote to Church leaders in Sri Lanka last week.

“We pray for an end to violence and hatred, for healing and reconciliation to come and that lasting peace which is born out of there being justice for all. We continue to stand alongside you and seek to respond to your growing needs as we are able,” he declared.

David Bennett, Methodist Fundraising Coordinator, said: “People’s generous giving over the years has enabled the Fund for World Mission to respond immediately to the crisis in Sri Lanka with support totalling £35,000.”

“This, however, is just the start. Donations are still needed by our partner churches to continue this vital work and we now need to top up our reserves so that we can respond just as quickly to similar situations," he added.

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