This Lent we’re sharing the story of Michael, who had to flee his home when soldiers raided his village in South Sudan. Thanks to generous churches and people like you, we helped him get back on his feet and gave him hope for the future. 

Please journey with your global neighbours like Michael this Lent by following our Count Your Blessings Lent calendar 2017. And why not hold a Lent Lunch or a Shrove Tuesday event? Every pound you raise will transform lives and bring closer a world where everybody has a safe place to call home. 

Michael’s story

When soldiers started murdering and looting in his village, Michael had to flee to the swamps with his family. That would be frightening for anybody, but for Michael it was even more traumatic – because his eyesight is very poor, he had to be guided through the water to safety.

When Michael returned home, he found that everything he owned had been stolen or destroyed. But our local partner organisation was there. We gave Michael new fishing hooks so he could feed his family. Now he’s teaching them how to catch fish, so that if the worst of times comes again, they’ll have skills to support themselves.

Michael’s got more rebuilding to do, but we’ve given him the helping hand he needs to thrive, not just survive, in the years to come.

Count Your Blessings

Thousands of people count their blessings with us each Lent. Will you join us this year?  

Based on the beautiful hymn ‘When I needed a neighbour, were you there?’, our Lent calendar Count Your Blessings guides you through to Easter with daily ways to give thanks for life’s blessings.

You’ll find inspiring opportunities to give, act and pray for your global neighbours - people like Michael in South Sudan. 

Order or download your copy of Count Your Blessings below – and don’t forget to get enough for everyone in church! Please note: the children’s calendar is now out of stock, but you can download it here

Order Count Your Blessings
Download Count Your Blessings resources
Adult Count Your Blessings Lent calendar 2017
Download and print your copy of our Lent calendar
Count Your Blessings in Welsh
Download and print your copy of our Lent calendar in Welsh
Count Your Blessings children's Lent Calendar 2017
Get the whole family involved with our special children’s version
A still of Michael, whose story is the focus of Christian Aid's 2017 Lent/Easter Appeal
Show our slideshow while you sing ‘When I Needed A Neighbour’ in church.

Lent Lunch resources

Hold a Lent Lunch for Christian Aid! Bring everyone together and raise vital money for your global neighbours like Michael. 

You’ll find everything you need below. Get top tips for your event in our ‘How To…’ guide, and bring in the crowds with posters and invitations. Don’t forget to use our handy placemat to decorate your tables and to share more about the wonderful Christian Aid work you’re supporting.

Download Lent Lunch resources
Lent lunch how to guide
Your guide to organising a fundraising lunch
Lent lunch poster
Add your own details to this printable poster
Lent lunch invitations
Add your own details to these printable invitations
Lent lunch 2017 donation form
Make every pound go further with these printable donation forms
Lent 2017 placemat
Set the table with these inspiring placemats

What does your Shrove Tuesday look like? 

Make Pause with Pancakes your new Shrove Tuesday tradition. Gather your church, school or youth group in fellowship, reflect on the Lent journey to Easter, and raise funds for the world’s poorest people.  

It’s really simple – download the pack below for inspiring ideas for a fun and educational pancake event. Inside, you’ll also find a helpful list of ingredients you might need. By joining us this Shrove Tuesday you’ll be bringing your community together and raising awareness about the difficult journeys many across the world must take as they flee danger.


Download Pause with Pancakes resources
shrove tuesday poster image
Add your own details to this editable poster
shrove tuesday pack image
Your guide to organising your Shrove Tuesday event

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