Lent Appeal 2019
Modern Slavery – Hidden in Plain Sight
This year at All Saints’, in both the school and church, we are asking for your generosity to fight Modern Slavery as part of the Diocese of London’s Lent Appeal.
Modern Day Slavery is a very real problem both nationally, and locally in London, and I have recently discovered it affects even in our own area here in Whetstone and Friern Barnet. Often those are enslaved go about their lives, slaves in our very midst.
Our new bishop, Sarah Mullally writes:
We are asking all our parishes to prayerfully consider how we as a Diocese can join together and raise awareness of an issue that is ‘Hidden in plain sight. Our Capital is faced with an immense challenge of Modern Day Slavery.
How can we help?
A central theme in the Bible, is a call to seek after justice, to be generous and to be kind. The prophet Micah writes that God
“has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Jesus tells us that to love God is to love our neighbour. The two commandments are inseparable.
We are asking whether you could give generously to support the work of a number of respected charities fighting to release slaves held captive in our city. These charities are:
- Ella’s Home
- Love 146
- The Rise Project (The Children’s Society)
All do equally incredible work, and we have been asked prayerfully to consider how we can join together and raise awareness of an issue that is ‘hidden in plain sight’, and by raising funds, support our partner charities to continue to help those trapped by Modern Day Slavery.
All the money that you give will have an immediate impact on people who currently live in fear, as powerless neighbours. With your help, we can help them find their freedom. Please pray for all those caught up in this hideous reality, that they may be enjoy again the freedom for which God created them.