Significant Change: Peace, because of Jesus
- by Lindsay Counsell
- December 16, 2022
As we remember the birth of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, this Christmas, remember too that his arrival was accompanied by a host of angels proclaiming “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.” (Luke 2:14)
In 2022, attacks in the North have generated unspeakable hardship, loss and trauma to thousands of Christians in Nigeria, many who have been displaced from their homes, villages and families for more than five years now. This has worsened already poor access to sufficient food supplies, medical care and safe shelter.
In God’s kindness, your generosity through Anglican Aid has provided emergency food relief to over 35 villages reaching 300 households and impacting 17,000 people.
One of the recipients of humanitarian assistance, from Kurmin Masara, was asked what assistance his village had received. He replied, “the only assistance we have received is the food from Jos, through our brother Hassan John.” When told that the assistance was through Anglican Aid he said. “oh… Lord, from all that distance?… Thank you so much. Thank you. The food is what we have been feeding on over two months now. Thank you.”
The Bishop of Zonkwa Diocese, the Rt. Rev Jacob Kwashi, who was also the lead team leader in the distribution of the food and roofing sheets to the villages in southern Kaduna said, “This is the only hope our people got from the grains and roofing sheets. No organisation, not even the government, provided any relief to the thousands of people that were displaced by these senseless attacks.”
The generosity of Australian Christians brings assurance to those with nothing; that our God is mighty, that his church is one body, that he walks with them in their suffering and that he will not forsake them. For some, like the grateful villager, it has been the only source of food for over two months. Thank you for sharing in this gospel work, showing Christ’s love so that his peace may reign.
This Christmas, please join us in supporting projects like this one which show and proclaim the overflowing joy, sincere love and perfect peace possible, because of Jesus. All donations to Anglican Aid’s Christmas Appeal are tax-deductible and go towards addressing critical needs like those in Nigeria.
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