The Archbishop of Sydney's Anglican Aid has launched an appeal to allow immediate response to the devastating bushfires raging in NSW.
Parishes in Nambucca Valley, Wauchope, Wollondilly, and the Armidale Diocese have already begun to receive funding to reach out to their neighbours. With your donations, Anglican Aid has responded to immediate needs such as replacing food stores spoiled as a result of power cuts.
You have also enabled Anglican Aid to fund a number of initiatives including a scholarship program to meet school costs in 2020, assisting with water cartage and enabling burnt land to be cleared and infrastructure like fencing replaced.
Thanks to God and your generous support, communities affected by the bushfires will be bolstered with emergency relief. Importantly, the assistance that comes from Anglican Aid is distributed through local Anglican churches, ensuring that help comes with a personal face and pastoral care.
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Archbishop Glenn Davies has appealed for Anglicans and other Christians to pray.
Dr Davies has written a prayer, which reads:
A prayer for Our Country, in drought and fire.Our heavenly Father, creator of all things and especially the creator of this land and its original peoples, we call out to you in these desperate times as we see the first catastrophic fire warnings for New South Wales, as fires have already swept across several parts of our land.Our hearts cry out to you in desperation for those whose properties are affected by ravaging fires and whose very lives are in danger.Father we pray, in your mercy, restrain the forces of nature from creating catastrophic damage; in your mercy, protect human life.Guard those who selflessly step into the breach to fight these fires. Guide police and authorities who help evacuate and shelter those who are displaced. Bring comfort and healing to all who suffer loss.Remembering that long ago you extended your hand through your servant Moses to stop the waters and then to return the waters to their normal course, so we pray for rain.In your mercy, we pray for drenching rain.We pray that despite the forecasts, in your miraculous power you would bring forth rain to quench these fires and to bring life back into the earth, so that crops may grow and farmers may bring forth the harvest of the land again.We bring these requests before your throne, in the name of your Son, who died and rose again for our deliverance,Amen.
Dozens of lives and thousands of homes have already been lost, with weather predicted to worsen.
As volunteers and professionals put themselves on the line in the hope of saving life and property, the Archbishop of Sydney’s Anglican Aid wants to act quickly and wisely to share with those in need.
Please be in prayer and consider how you and your community will respond.
We can rejoice that there are established churches on the ground in the places most seriously affected, providing an existing network for the communication of needs and prayers.
Funds donated to the Archbishop of Sydney’s Anglican Aid appeal will be distributed through Anglican churches in the affected areas where specific applications are made, and aims to deliver help to people who may miss out on NSW government emergency assistance.
For up-to-date information on bushfires, visit NSW RFS.
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