You may find that there is a second collection in parishes soon. This is in response to one of the worst droughts to affect the African continent in 50 years, and SCIAF is working with its CARITAS sisters to ensure that emergency food reaches the most vulnerable as quickly as possible.
The Scottish Government will match every pound raised by SCIAF up to £70,000, in recognition of the strong bond between Malawi and Scotland. SCIAF is also reaching out to people in Ethiopia and South Sudan, where conditions are equally disastrous. People are going hungry because crops have completely failed.
You can see more information at
http://www.sciaf.org.uk/latest-news/scottish-government-double-donations-to-malawi.html and you can also donate on line at the SCIAF website if you happen to miss a collection.
Bishop Joe Toal, Bishop President of SCIAF, is asking us not just to give but to pray for our brothers and sisters in Africa.
If you have a prayer group like ours at St Margaret’s in Lochgilphead, you may want to use this prayer for food for all:
Loving Father, You grant us stewardship of the world and its resources. Help us to recognise that billions of us live in poverty and hunger. Save us from despair that so many are needing help. Grant us the wisdom to see that we cannot do everything. Strengthen us in the knowledge that what we can do iOS worthwhile. Inspire us to work to provide nourishment with dignity to your children.
We make this prayer through Christ our Lord, Amen (a prayer written by SCIF volunteer Andy Paterson).
Marian Pallister, SCIAF Ambassador for Argyll & the Isles