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Cover: Christina Mng’ong’o, a lay catechist trained with support from Us, hoes her land in Peluhanda, Tanzania. (Us/Leah Gordon) We are a Christian charity working in partnership with local Anglican churches around the world. Together, we work with local communities to improve health, put children in school, tackle discrimination, give a voice to women, and much more. Us in Britain Us., Harling House, 47-51 Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 0BS 020 7921 2200 info@weareUs.org.uk www.weareUs.org.uk Registered charity number 234518 Us in Ireland Us Ireland, Egan House, St Michan’s Church, Church Street, Dublin 7 +353 (0)86 858 6337 Us@ireland.anglican.org www.weareUs.ie Registered number 438966 / CHY7998 Transmission is the magazine for supporters of Us. The views expressed here may not always represent the official position of Us. ISSN 0967-926X Edited by Mike Brooks Designed by Monika Ciapala Printed by Grange Transmission is sent free of charge, although donations to cover the cost of publication are appreciated.
Working together to tackle hunger
unger is the greatest scandal and the greatest challenge facing our generation. That’s why over 150 leading charities – including Us – are backing the IF campaign (www.enoughfoodif.org). Our vision is to make 2013 the beginning of the end of the global hunger crisis. We believe in a God of abundance who has provided enough food for all people on this earth. To this end we are speaking out on behalf of our world church partners and calling for justice. In particular, we are standing up for small-scale farmers across the world as they battle unfair markets and climate change. We want our government to maintain its international aid and development budget, and to do more to ensure that aid money gets where it is most needed. To this end, Us has an important role to play in ensuring that the voices of our partners are heard in the corridors of power. Raising the voice and the profile of the world church is vital. Unlike government and non-government agencies, the church is playing a central role in people’s everyday lives. The church is at the heart of both urban and rural communities – often in places spurned by aid organisations. It is therefore through the church – and organisations like Us – that many communities are able to have a voice, and reach for a full life. Janette O’Neill, Chief Executive, Us
Bishop Todd McGregor
Above: Receiving cooking utensils from the church are (from left) Ms Gilberte, Ms Kaely, Ms Fabieny and Ms Lioni.
Church reaches out after cyclone hits Madagascar The Anglican Church in Madagascar is reaching out to communities and rebuilding homes, with support from Us, after a cyclone hit the island in February. Dozens were injured and over 17,000 residents were affected in the area of Toliara, where torrential rainfall caused a dam to burst. Us responded by sending an emergency grant from our Rapid Response Fund, which was used to buy food, cooking utensils and other essential equipment. Bishop Todd McGegregor, in the recently-established Diocese of Toliara, said a number of churches had been damaged in the storm. In Andranovory, where crops were ruined, Bishop Todd felt moved by the plight of a local resident: ‘An older woman, name
Florine, came running into the church and knelt down. She started weeping and asked for a blessing from me. She then began to share her story about how the cyclone had destroyed her home. ‘Florine said she huddled in a corner of the house to survive, staying there for hours and praying the house would not fall on her. I asked if she was scared and she said she wasn't because she trusted in the Lord God to protect her. ‘I saw Florine’s house and the destruction done. What little faith I have and what great faith she has. My heart went out to her.’ There were other signs of hope amid the devastation. Bishop Todd explained: ‘The Anglican church has pulled together. I saw homeless people taking refuge with our clergy or other church friends. I
also saw church members repairing church properties. This brought me tremendous joy to see the maturity of this new diocese, working together as the body of Christ. ‘Another bright spot was that people were generally upbeat and happy. They were thanking God that they were still alive. Praise the Lord, we will get through this and God will be glorified.’ • Please make a donation to our Rapid Response Fund, which is a fund we use to make emergency grants to support churches as they reach out during times of natural disaster. Visit www. weareUs.org.uk/donate or phone 020 7921 2200.
Us worldwide Fundraiser Hannah goes barefoot during Holy Week
experience. She commented: ‘When my feet hurt, I felt tempted
to take the easy path – to walk on the grass rather than on the gravel. But I thought this would be missing the point. Many people around the world don’t have an option to take the easy route.’ Now her Lent challenge is over, Hannah is not putting her feet up. She said: ‘I now think more carefully about whether what I need is essential, and whether I can buy what I want in a way that will benefit someone less fortunate than me, such as at a charity shop or by fair trade.’ •
Hannah Phillips (pictured), from Cuddesdon, near Oxford, raised money for Us by being sponsored to go barefoot from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. She told Us: ‘It was painful at times, but I knew it would be. I persisted because I wanted to try and experience what life might be like for people who are just like me – like us – but whose life situation is very different, who lack some of life’s basic necessities, like shoes.’ Hannah said she also drew spiritual lessons from the
Livingstone’s message continues to transform lives
This year is the 200th anniversary of David Livingstone’s birth (1813–1873), the famous missionary and explorer who played a crucial role in our history. The connection between Livingstone and Us dates back to 1857, when Livingstone gave lectures at Oxford and Cambridge Universities urging the Church of England to take ‘commerce and Christianity’ to Central Africa and to help end the slave trade. The lectures led to the foundation of the Universities’ Mission to Central Africa (UMCA), one of the historic societies that are part of Us. The first UMCA missionaries left Britain in 1860. This was an era when malaria and other tropical diseases were difficult to fight, meaning that missionaries to Africa were literally putting their lives on the line for the gospel. UMCA played its part in ending
Sister Perpetua at a HIV outreach clinic, St Francis Hospital, Kwa Mkono, Tanzania.
slavery and in helping to establish Anglican Churches in Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Us continues to work in these countries today. In Tanzania, for
example, we continue to support Anglican-run hospitals and clinics as they promote preventative healthcare and explore better ways to work with communities. •
Holy Land pilgrims encounter the Separation Wall What is a wall for? The question was asked by participants on our third Us Pilgrimage to the Holy Land when they encountered the Separation Wall that divides Israeli and Palestinian territories. Mary Ashwin, one of the pilgrims, reflected: ‘There are many walls in the Holy Land, not just the physical wall. It occurred to me that the wall has been put up by Israel to keep out many enemies – memories, trauma and suffering, as well as the Palestinians.’
Maurice Burgess commented: ‘The wall keeps people out. It is something to hide behind. It prevents conversation, which could lead to understanding and forgiveness. The wall prevents relationships and stops peace.’ Maureen Burgess added: ‘Jesus could walk through walls.’ During the visit to the Holy Land last November, the pilgrims visited the Anglican-run and Us-supported St Luke’s Hospital in Nablus, on the West Bank.
The hospital provides a vital health service to a local Palestinian community facing many hardships. On occasion, hospital staff have worked during Israeli military attacks – with doctors carrying out surgery during power cuts, while guns were being fired outside. However, the hospital does not discriminate. All patients are accepted, regardless of nationality or religion. Indeed, the hospital's open door policy is helping to break down the walls that divide. •
• Many of our readers will know Michael Hart and will want to join Us in wishing him well as he retires after 29 years. Michael joined USPG, as we were known, in April 1984 and retired in March this year. He filled various roles over the years, largely overseeing financial and
administrative matters – and he did so with a wonderful warmth and good humour. He said: ‘It has been a great privilege to serve Us/USPG over so many years. I am grateful to everyone who has supported me. I have valued the opportunity to meet so many inspiring people.’
• Us would like to extend a very warm welcome to the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, as he takes up his appointment. Justin is very much a part of the Us team because, in taking on the role of archbishop, he becomes our new President. 5
A biblical approach to development that’s as simple as ABCD Floyd P Lalwet, Provincial Secretary of the Episcopal Church of the Philippines, reports on an approach to development that focuses on what a community already has, rather than on what it lacks.
he small community of Pangao, on Luzon island, in the Philippines, has a very unusual story to tell. The community withdrew an application for money to develop a local water project because the people realised they already had the skills and resources to do it themselves. They learned this lesson through taking part in an Ussupported church-run programme that encourages communities to focus what is already present in a community, rather than on those things that are lacking. Pangao is a small community of around 100 people who migrated to this mountainous area in search of land on which to build their homes and grow food. About three years ago, they built a water system using rubber hoses to draw water from a creek. The system worked, but it was crude. So when they heard that a neighboring community had built a water scheme with funding from the Episcopal Church in the Philippines, the people of Pangao also applied for church funding. But rather than sign a cheque, the church instead offered to train the community in ABCD (AssetBased Community Development), an approach to development that works with communities so they can identify their own strengths 6
When Jesus faced the challenge of feeding the 5,000, his first question was: What have we got? Floyd P Lalwet
and resources, rather than asking for help from people outside the community. ABCD showed the people of Pangao that, while financially poor, they are rich in talent and enthusiasm. And so, after consideration, the community realised they could upgrade the water system themselves. They worked out a plan to do this by replacing the rubber hoses with pipes, and by building two small reservoirs. As a consequence, the community was happy to withdraw its application for church funding.
Snowball effect ABCD tends to have a snowball effect. Having set to work on improving their water system, the people of Pangao are campaigning →
Two approaches to development Traditional approach
Focuses on what the needs are in a community.
Focuses on resources already in a community.
Relies on resources and expertise from outside the community.
Relies on resources and expertise from inside the community.
The community can start to feel dependant on outsiders and powerless.
The community feels empowered and able make changes themselves.
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Garden nursery run by the community of Pangao, North Central Philippines. 7
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to stop the pollution of local water by logging companies, and they are starting to re-plant ruined forest areas. And, in time, they will meet with neighbouring communities to share their experiences and show what is possible. ABCD is a complete departure from the familiar ‘needs-based’ approach to development. The needs-based approach focuses on a community’s deficiencies and needs – then attempts to address those needs using resources and expertise brought in from outside the community. If this process is repeated often enough, it can create a sense of dependency in communities, and leave people feeling unskilled and powerless. By contrast, the ABCD approach enables people to identify and use resources already within a community, so the people themselves can devise their own development solutions – which means the people feel empowered rather than dependent on others. In this way, ABCD creates a new and optimistic way of looking at the world. 8
But a word of caution. For many communities, the concept of ABCD is so new – so different – that time and patience is needed before they come to understand the advantages of ABCD over the more familiar pattern of ‘aid from outside’. ABCD focuses on God’s abundance – on the assets and resources that already exist within a community. It is a biblical approach to development. When
Jesus faced the challenge of feeding the 5,000, his first question was ‘What have we got?’ This is the ABCD approach. •
Our Harvest appeal and church resources for 2013 will focus on our work in the Philippines. See back page for more details.
How ABCD works
The ABCD (Asset-Based Community Development) process encourages communities to identify gifts and resources so they can devise their own development solutions. 1. Community volunteers who are church members are trained, partfunded by Us. 2. Volunteers run bible studies in the community to show how God calls us to share what we have, work together and support each other. People feel inspired. 3. The wider community identifies skills and resources, such as tools, skills in plumbing, etc. People feel liberated and thankful as they realise they are not powerless. 4. Communities are now equipped to begin development projects, with the ongoing facilitation of the volunteers.
We need a complete overhaul of the way we do development. We have to become givers not receivers. The Holy Spirit is saying we already have more than enough! If we keep looking to others, we will not see what we already have. Jesus showed us that gifts and capacities are abundant even in the least likely of people. He urges us to appreciate our talents and capacities, and to connect with our neighbours, so that together communities can move forward.
Floyd P Lalwet Provincial Secretary of the Episcopal Church of the Philippines 9
Giving women a voice in Zambia Report by Grace Mazala, National Programmes Director for the Anglican Church in Zambia.
he Anglican Church in Zambia is taking the issues of genderbased violence and women’s empowerment seriously. On February 11, the Anglican Churches in central Africa held a seminar in Lusaka, Zambia, to discuss gender, among other issues. One outcome was a renewed determination to tackle genderbased violence. The levels of violence in Zambia are astounding. A survey found that last year in Chipata, Eastern Zambia, within a three-month period, more than 50 women were raped and 1,000 women battered. In addition, there were more than 100 cases of child abuse. And, in total, 12 people died as a result of these attacks. Faced with this stark reality, Anglicans in Zambia have decided to prioritise gender issues, and are developing measures to help alleviate, if not eradicate, genderbased violence. One of our programmes is aimed at empowering women so they can increase their income which will mean they are less dependent on men, making gender abuse less likely. At present, we have a situation in which many women are so reliant on their husbands as breadwinners that they dare not speak out against violence for fear that their husbands might be imprisoned, leaving them without any income to feed themselves and their children. One example of this type of financial empowerment happened 10
may be more able to avoid abuse. Perhaps not surprisingly, these initiatives have met a lot of resistance from men who are unwilling to question traditional gender roles. As a consequence, we have had to carry out a lot of awareness-raising in the villages to try and address people’s concerns.
It's gratifying to see women playing a greater part in decisionmaking and leadership. Grace Mazala
in the village of Kafue, where a group of women showed a talent for making necklaces and brooches and for tailoring. The church helped them obtain a grant to buy a sewing machine, and they started to make tie-dye garments. They had a yearning for empowerment and they grew together. In fact, they recently embarked upon a poultry project. I have seen this multiplier effect many times. Once women realise they can do it themselves, there is no stopping them. They feel wonderful! Our role is to stand on the sidelines and encourage them. The church is also working to improve levels of literacy and health in women. A healthy woman who is able to read and write is more assertive and confident, and
Attitudes changing Thankfully, attitudes are starting to change. For example, now when we set up women’s groups, the men see the women learning new things and having fun, and they often want to join in! This is ideal. What better way for women and men to come to a new understanding of gender than by working and learning together? Of course, there are many challenges. For example, women still struggle to own property. In most instances, when women acquire property, men take it from them – which is something permitted by culture and tradition and needs addressing urgently. But we are certainly moving in the right direction. This year, the fight against gender violence has gained momentum. And it’s gratifying to see women playing a greater part in decision-making and leadership – both in the church and throughout society. As a result, the church and society can grow. Us is working with the Anglican Church in Zambia to develop its programme to combat genderbased violence.
Cattle herding in Zambia, where the church is helping women to develop income generation skills. 11
Keeping the church doors open Levi Santana, from High Wycombe, is due to be ordained this June. He reports on three weeks spent in Brazil through our Journey with Us programme.
hough I was born in Brazil, I feel British. I came to England 11 years ago when I was 17 to learn the language, and I remained. I live here with my wife and two-year-old son, and I have become a British citizen. But despite citizenship, I still feel different. I have slight a accent and I am dark-skinned. My ancestors were Jewish; they fled to Brazil to escape persecution in Portugal. My great great grandfather was a slave, who won his freedom after fighting for Brazil in a war against Paraguay. So my placement in Brazil with Us – part of my ordination training – was a chance to explore my sense of displacement and homelessness. Where do I belong? What struck me most in Brazil was the church’s concern for their neighbours. At the Cristo Rei church in the City of God, a suburb of Rio de Janeiro, the small congregation is reaching out despite having limited resources. The church’s doors are open every day, offering people a space to find refuge. As a community centre, the church offers many free services, including music lessons for children, and skills training in hairdressing and cookery. But what made the greatest impression on me was the pastoral care offered to the dying and the bereaved. Before coming to the City of God, I had never before served communion to someone in their final hours. It was a privilege 12
Many people are in desperate need of Jesus and the hope he offers. Levi Santana to share such intimate moments, and to see the church providing such loving and sensitive care.
Chequered Past Building on the City of God started in 1960, with a plan to house 3,500 people from 65 favelas (shanty towns). However, the community was left to its own devices, forgotten by local government, and the population grew to nearly 40,000, with drug lords in charge. In 2008, the police introduced a policy of pacification. Now people can walk the streets knowing they will not be caught in shoot-outs. Drug dealing still goes on, but boys are no longer employed by drug lords to stand guard with rifles at
every street corner. Visting a day centre for the elderly had a huge impact on me. One woman recalled how her house was once invaded by a drug dealer fleeing from the police. The woman was not at home. The police killed the man inside the house, leaving her to clean up the blood. These people have been through a lot. I realised that these elderly people – many of them, like me, the descendants of slaves – could barely read or write. Unlike me, they’d had very few opportunities in life. And yet, despite many hardships, they did not complain, but rather they thanked God for giving them health, loving families and a long life. I was humbled by their plight and positive attitude. From my experience in Brazil, I realise that many of us are displaced. I was also reminded that many people are in desperate need of Jesus and the hope he offers. I don’t want to forget for a minute that these realities exist. So, while I concluded that Britain is the place for my ministry at the moment, I know that in the future I only want to serve in places where God calls me and where I feel I am needed. • Journey with Us offers short-term placements for ministry development. For more information, visit www. weareUs.org.uk/journey
Communities in the City of God are battling to overcome hardships. 13
Good health is a lasting legacy Leaving a gift to Us in your will can ensure good health for future generations.
oor health prevents people from experiencing fullness of life. This is why our church partners regularly identify health issues – malnutrition, malaria, HIV and diarrhoea, to name a few – among their priority concerns for their communities. And this is why health is such a vital part of the work of Us. But rather than encouraging an even greater dependence on doctors, hospitals and medicines, we are working with our church partners to develop preventative healthcare. With your support, we are working in communities to reduce dependency on medical institutions and outside agencies by encouraging people to understand they can do a great deal themselves to ensure good health – now and for generations to come. In the village of Chande, on the shores of Lake Malawi, our health programme is helping to bring
together the local church and the local hospital.
Tackling malnutrition Representatives from St Anne’s Hospital visited the community where parents explained they were concerned about their children’s health. This led to an invitation for the local hospital to provide lessons in how to cook nutritious food. Now children in the village are being served a specially-enriched porridge three mornings a week (pictured above). Amid a jubilant atmosphere, community volunteers cook and serve different flavours of porridge to 95 children, including 20 orphans. We trust that St Anne’s will see fewer cases of malnutrition thanks to this community initiative. It is an example of what can happen when people start talking, which is the philosophy at the heart of how we work. And furthermore, communities
talk to each other, so lessons learned in one village will quickly be taken up by their neighbours. Your support for Us means attitudes are changing. Rather than seeking hand-outs and funding from external agencies, communities are learning to find their own solutions to their problems. We are working closely with churches to help communities to thrive. Ultimately we want to make sure that every person in every community experiences a full life. One way to make this happen is by leaving a gift to Us in your will. •
To find out more about how to support people and communities by leaving a gift to Us in your will, please call Katharine Hamilton on 020 7921 2217 or visit www. weareUs.org.uk/legacies
Brave Steps Us Annual Conference 2013
Monday 24 – Wednesday 26 June 2013 High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Herts Come and hear how our global church partners are helping communities to take brave steps towards embracing the full life that Jesus promises. Plus workshops, activities and ideas to take back to your parish. Guest speakers • Floyd P Lalwet, Provincial Secretary of the Episcopal Church of the Philippines. • The Revd Fedis Nyagah, Church and Community Mobilisation Process Facilitator, working throughout Africa and with Us in Zimbabwe.
Cost • Cost for three-day conference (24–26 June, teatime Monday 24 to lunchtime Wednesday 26) is £140 (not sharing), £70 (sharing). • Cost for Tuesday Day Conference is £25 (includes lunch). • FREE for those in training for ordained ministry.
Starts 4pm on Monday 24 June; ends lunchtime on Wednesday 26. Or come for our special Day Conference on Tuesday 25 June.
To find out more or book a place, email Lyn Samms on lyns@weareUs.org.uk or phone 020 7921 2203.
Bring what you have
What does it mean to be created in the image of God? What gifts and talents can you discover in yourself and others? What could you bring to your church and community this Harvest?
This Harvest discover what you have and what you can bring – the abilities you can use to support your church community, your local area, and your global family. We invite you to draw inspiration from people in the Philippines who are discovering their strengths and using them for the good of their community. And it all starts with a bible study...
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Bring what you have Harvest pack, including: • Bible studies as used in the Philippines • Harvest service – including sermon notes • School assembly guide • Fundraising toolkit
Poster to advertise your Harvest services and events
Collection envelopes and boxes
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Resources will be available from July at www.weareUs.org.uk/harvest
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A short film of our work in the Philippines will be available on our website from 1 August.
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