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Into the wilderness

10 February – 27 March 2016

This Lent, we invite you to join us on a journey of discipleship as we explore how we can bring Scripture to life.

Walking closer with Jesus through the disciplines of prayer, simplicity and generosity, we can be part of God’s plan to build the Kingdom, transforming ourselves, our communities and our world.

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Ash Wednesday, 10 February

A watered garden

‘The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.’
Isaiah 58:11

Today, consider your spiritual needs and how the Lord can strengthen you during this journey with Christ. What are your bold ambitions from now until Easter? Where is there room for growth?

Sabitri lives in Bangladesh and is benefitting from a project that’s helping families adapt to climate change. She’s received a boat, a fishing net and seeds to grow watermelon, pumpkins and aubergines.

Sabitri lives in Bangladesh and is benefitting from a project that’s helping families adapt to climate change. She’s received a boat, a fishing net and seeds to grow watermelon, pumpkins and aubergines.
Photo: Christian Aid/Ashish Peter Gomes

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Thursday 11 February

Neighbours in need

How can we strengthen and transform the communities we live in? Reaching out to neighbours in need is a powerful way to bear witness. What meets the need of your local hungry? A foodbank? A shelter for the homeless? These places need your generosity, so root around your cupboards today for a food donation. Churches and many supermarkets will accept donations for foodbanks. Tinned food is the most useful.

Christian Aid supporters in Tunbridge Wells fundraise by hosting a soup-lunch event. This is just one of the ways UK churches reach out to their communities to support people overseas.

Christian Aid supporters in Tunbridge Wells fundraise by hosting a soup-lunch event. This is just one of the ways UK churches reach out to their communities to support people overseas.
Photo: Christian Aid/M Gonzalez-Noda

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Friday 12 February

His creation sustains us

All people around the world share our common home. We are called to care for the Earth and one another with joy, recognising that the creation sustains us all. Today, let’s look outwards to our global neighbours. Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated and disaster-prone countries in the world. Disasters push poor and vulnerable communities further into poverty. Pray for those in disaster-prone countries trying to build resilience in a changing climate.

In Bangladesh, a child makes his journey to school along an eroded track. Christian Aid works through local partners to help communities affected by climate change.

In Bangladesh, a child makes his journey to school along an eroded track. Christian Aid works through local partners to help communities affected by climate change.
Photo: Christian Aid/Ashish Peter Gomes

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Saturday 13 February

Embrace sacrificial love

‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.’
John 3:16

Tomorrow, on Valentine’s Day, let’s go beyond cards and flowers. Cultivate a heart for giving, and share the unconditional, sacrificial love God bestowed upon us by devoting quality time to a friend or family member.

Christian Aid climate change campaigners get ready to hand in 10,000 Christian Aid campaigning cards to 10 Downing Street. Across the UK and throughout the year, supporters make their voices heard on a range of topics.

Christian Aid climate change campaigners get ready to hand in 10,000 Christian Aid campaigning cards to 10 Downing Street. Across the UK and throughout the year, supporters make their voices heard on a range of topics.
Photo: Christian Aid/Tom Price

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Sunday 14 February

For those seeking refuge

‘You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.”’
Psalm 91:1-2

At church this weekend, join with your sisters and brothers to pray for those seeking refuge – that they may know the peace of God’s love – as well as for those fleeing violence and conflict who have found a safe place to sleep.

Refugees walking on the Macedonia-Serbia border, on a journey to Croatia. Carrying few possessions, Christian Aid partners are able to give them essential items such as wellington boots, coats for children, socks, baby food, nappies and snacks.

Refugees walking on the Macedonia-Serbia border, on a journey to Croatia. Carrying few possessions, Christian Aid partners are able to give them essential items such as wellington boots, coats for children, socks, baby food, nappies and snacks.
Photo: Andrew Testa

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Monday 15 February

Use your spiritual gifts

‘I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.’
Psalm 139:14

We are all unique children of God, blessed with our own precious gifts. Do you recognise and give thanks to God for your talents and skills? Do you share them fully and freely to bring joy to others?

Supporters at Catford Church, London, use their musical talents to raise vital funds for Christian Aid.

Supporters at Catford Church, London, use their musical talents to raise vital funds for Christian Aid.
Photo: Christian Aid/Elaine Duigenan

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Tuesday 16 February

A generous heart

Think about the last time an unexpected gift or kind gesture made your day. It could have been something as simple as a smile or a compliment.

Cultivate a generous heart today and surprise someone you haven’t connected with in a while. Reach out to them, by giving them a call or having a cup of tea together. Really listen, ask questions and learn about their life. Can you pray for something they’re struggling with?

After serious flooding in Malawi, many communities lost their crops. Christian Aid is providing them with sweet potato vines. Julita says: ‘I will plant the vines I’ve been given so that I can harvest enough food to feed my children.’ This support has helped communities bounce back from the disaster.

After serious flooding in Malawi, many communities lost their crops. Christian Aid is providing them with sweet potato vines. Julita says: ‘I will plant the vines I’ve been given so that I can harvest enough food to feed my children.’ This support has helped communities bounce back from the disaster.
Photo: Christian Aid/Nicky Milne

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Wednesday 17 February

Share your gratitude

Think about someone in your church community who has a quality or talent that you really admire. How does it manifest itself for the benefit of others? Tell them the difference they’re making! Share your gratitude and let the light of others shine.

Christian Aid works with partners to reduce levels of violence within communities in El Salvador. Oscar and Juaquin encourage gang members to take part in sport to fulfil their potential.

Christian Aid works with partners to reduce levels of violence within communities in El Salvador. Oscar and Juaquin encourage gang members to take part in sport to fulfil their potential.
Photo: Christian Aid/E Wigley

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Thursday 18 February

Where is your treasure?

‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on Earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’
Matthew 6:19-21

What can you give away for the benefit of your community? Today, challenge yourself to sort out those drawers and delve under the bed! Fill at least one bag with things to take to the charity shop. Do you have a hunch that you just don’t need so much stuff?

Alternatively, give the gift of time by volunteering for a local cause.

Children share precious time together playing football at sunset, in Angola.

Children share precious time together playing football at sunset, in Angola.
Photo: Christian Aid/Karen Hedges

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Friday 19 February

Reach beyond your church

‘Just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.’
1 Corinthians 12:12

With so much conflict and division in the world, how can we embrace the diverse experiences, beliefs and languages within our communities, recognising each as a manifestation of the Word? Challenge yourself to reach out to another church or denomination and host a community get together.

Christian Aid supporters pictured at St Mary le Bow church before starting Circle the City, a sponsored walk through the City of London.

Christian Aid supporters pictured at St Mary le Bow church before starting Circle the City, a sponsored walk through the City of London.
Photo: Christian Aid

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Saturday 20 February

Life in precarious circumstances

Christian Aid was born out of a conviction that the injustice of the world was far from what God intended. This weekend, take time to pray for the leaders of countries where poverty is prevalent and injustice is rife. Our partners in Bangladesh are training poor communities to better prepare themselves to live with the constant threat of losing their homes and possessions because of river erosion. Their crops are frequently destroyed, trapping farmers in poverty. Pray for Bangladeshi farmers and their families as they adapt to life in these precarious circumstances.

Morsheda works in the fields as a labourer, in Bangladesh. All over the world, Christian Aid supports poor communities who are dependent on agriculture as their main source of income.

Morsheda works in the fields as a labourer, in Bangladesh. All over the world, Christian Aid supports poor communities who are dependent on agriculture as their main source of income.
Photo: Christian Aid/G M B Akash/Panos Pictures

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Sunday 21 February

Put your heart in the headlines

As you start the week, turn on the news or look up the day’s headlines to see what’s going on across the globe. Share this with your family. Together, hold your global neighbours in your hearts and lift them to the Lord.

Vestina reads the paper while her sister Beatrice sleeps. Both their parents died of HIV-related illnesses and Vestina is herself HIV positive. Christian Aid helped Vestina get vital nutritional supplements, along with her antiretroviral medication, to keep her healthy and happy.

Vestina reads the paper while her sister Beatrice sleeps. Both their parents died of HIV-related illnesses and Vestina is herself HIV positive. Christian Aid helped Vestina get vital nutritional supplements, along with her antiretroviral medication, to keep her healthy and happy.
Photo: Christian Aid/Sarah Filbey

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Monday 22 February

Fruits of the Spirit

‘But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.’
Galatians 5:22-23

Time for a detox! This week, be disciplined in how you spend your time. Be mindful of the time you spend using technology. Take more time out from social media and the internet. Instead, be present and consider how you can reconnect with the depth and stillness of God’s infinite love.

A candlelit vigil held to remember those who lost their lives in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which swept through the Philippines in 2014. Christian Aid works through partner organisations all over the world to respond when disaster strikes.

A candlelit vigil held to remember those who lost their lives in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which swept through the Philippines in 2014. Christian Aid works through partner organisations all over the world to respond when disaster strikes.
Photo: Christian Aid/Melanie Hargreaves

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Tuesday 23 February

Eat ethically

The meat industry is harming the planet, so today challenge yourself (or better still your household) to go meat-free. Feel good about your ethical endeavours. If you’re already a vegetarian, challenge yourself to go further by giving up dairy products too, or sacrifice a favourite exotic food.

An abundance of vegetables, grown on a home plot by a family in Bangladesh. Christian Aid’s project gives poor communities cattle, poultry and training to grow vegetables.

An abundance of vegetables, grown on a home plot by a family in Bangladesh. Christian Aid’s project gives poor communities cattle, poultry and training to grow vegetables.
Photo: Christian Aid/G M B Akash/Panos Pictures

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Wednesday 24 February

Seek him in the morning

Throughout the Church’s history, men and women have risen early in the morning to seek God in prayer. Tomorrow, plan to set your alarm an hour earlier. What will you do with this time? Is it easier to hear God when your home is quiet?

Lake Malawi at dawn. Christian Aid works with communities in Malawi to strengthen healthcare systems and build resilience to climate change.

Lake Malawi at dawn. Christian Aid works with communities in Malawi to strengthen healthcare systems and build resilience to climate change.
Photo: Christian Aid/Tom Pilston

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Thursday 25 February

Make time for others

Sometimes the busyness of life takes over and we don’t stop to acknowledge those around us. Today, reach out to a stranger: let someone go in front of you in a queue or start up a conversation while you are waiting.

After a difficult pregnancy and birth, Fridah and her husband Gerald have been brought closer together through a support group for parents, in Kenya.

After a difficult pregnancy and birth, Fridah and her husband Gerald have been brought closer together through a support group for parents, in Kenya.
Photo: Christian Aid/Elizabeth Dalziel

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Friday 26 February

Put pen to paper

Reflect on the power of the written word. Set some time aside today to put pen to paper and write a letter. It could be to someone you know overseas or to a friend or family needing support with their mission locally. Include a verse or passage from the Bible that encourages and strengthens you.

Children draw pictures in the classroom in Las Camelias humanitarian zone in Curvarado, Colombia. Many living here have lost parents or relatives when they were thrown off their land by the army and paramilitary forces. Christian Aid offers psychological support to victims of armed conflict, legal support so victims can get justice, and workshops to tell people about their rights.

Children draw pictures in the classroom in Las Camelias humanitarian zone in Curvarado, Colombia. Many living here have lost parents or relatives when they were thrown off their land by the army and paramilitary forces. Christian Aid offers psychological support to victims of armed conflict, legal support so victims can get justice, and workshops to tell people about their rights.
Photo: Christian Aid/M Gonzalez-Noda

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Saturday 27 February

Connect to the world

At the beginning of the week, you considered how you use technology. How did you find it?

Though many of us may spend too much time on the internet, it has radically altered how people can form communities and share information. Today, go online and find a world map. Count the countries you feel connected to – maybe you’ve got friends or family there, or just a passion for it. With friends, pray for one of those countries today, giving thanks and praise for the way technology brings us closer to communities all over the world.

Electricity shortages in Tajikistan can severely limit the opportunities some students have to access the internet and to study. Christian Aid has supported the use of solar panels to increase electricity access for students like Shahzoda (pictured).

Electricity shortages in Tajikistan can severely limit the opportunities some students have to access the internet and to study. Christian Aid has supported the use of solar panels to increase electricity access for students like Shahzoda (pictured).
Photo: Christian Aid/Amanda Farrant

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Sunday 28 February

All under the cloud

‘I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ.’
1 Corinthians 10:1-4

In Corinthians, Paul reminds us of our connection to those who came before us – a community of believers. Today, take time to speak to older members of your church. Find out about their experience of faith and how it has enriched and challenged them throughout their lives.

Abigael and her grandmother outside their home in Narok County, Kenya. Christian Aid’s partner supports mothers there, providing ambulances so that expectant mothers can travel safely to hospital when they go into labour.

Abigael and her grandmother outside their home in Narok County, Kenya. Christian Aid’s partner supports mothers there, providing ambulances so that expectant mothers can travel safely to hospital when they go into labour.
Photo: Christian Aid/Jimmy Obuya

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Monday 29 February

An appetite for fairness

Fairtrade Fortnight begins this week. How about starting the week by opening up your fridge and cupboards to investigate where their contents came from? How many of these items are available as fairtrade products?

Christian Aid partner, the Mali Folkecenter, installed an electricity generator in Guaralo village two years ago. Restaurant owner Tigida can now keep food and drinks cold in a fridge, making her business much more effective. Christian Aid supports entrepreneurs like Tigida in poor communities all over the world.

Christian Aid partner, the Mali Folkecenter, installed an electricity generator in Guaralo village two years ago. Restaurant owner Tigida can now keep food and drinks cold in a fridge, making her business much more effective. Christian Aid supports entrepreneurs like Tigida in poor communities all over the world.
Photo: Christian Aid/Rachel Stevens

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Tuesday 1 March

The power of prayer

Equipped with your knowledge from yesterday, challenge yourself to take action by buying a fairtrade product. Why not organise a coffee morning with your small group and together pray for the producers?

Food shared as part of a coffee ceremony in Ethiopia. Christian Aid’s local partner works with women to form self-help groups and micro-credit schemes, so that they become self-sufficient and economically independent.

Food shared as part of a coffee ceremony in Ethiopia. Christian Aid’s local partner works with women to form self-help groups and micro-credit schemes, so that they become self-sufficient and economically independent.
Photo: Christian Aid/M Gonzalez-Noda

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Wednesday 2 March

Love your neighbour

‘“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind” and, “Love your neighbour as yourself.”’
Luke 10:27

Do you love your neighbour as yourself? Visit someone who lives nearby and take time to understand how you could serve them in your day-to-day life.

Three years ago, bombing in Aleppo, Syria, forced Navene’s family to flee to Iraq. She greets Hero from Christian Aid’s partner REACH, in Iraqi Kurdistan. REACH has provided networking programmes for women and children, including sewing and singing lessons.

Three years ago, bombing in Aleppo, Syria, forced Navene’s family to flee to Iraq. She greets Hero from Christian Aid’s partner REACH, in Iraqi Kurdistan. REACH has provided networking programmes for women and children, including sewing and singing lessons.
Photo: Christian Aid/Jo Rogers

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Thursday 3 March

Step out in faith

Today, step out in faith by reaching out to the people who work in your community. Take time to speak to people who serve in your shops. Connect with them – they rely on you and vice versa. If you know them already, give them a thank-you note for what they do.

In the wake of Cyclone Aila in Bangladesh, Lolita took out a loan from Christian Aid’s partner so that she could start a shop, earn money and support her family.

In the wake of Cyclone Aila in Bangladesh, Lolita took out a loan from Christian Aid’s partner so that she could start a shop, earn money and support her family.
Photo: Christian Aid/Ashish Peter Gomes

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Friday 4 March

A heart for justice

Christian Aid has a heart for justice. Jesus showed us that changing the world starts with our own actions. We can all influence our laws and policies.

Campaigners prepare for 9,000 members of the public to lobby their MPs at Westminster to back action on climate change.

Campaigners prepare for 9,000 members of the public to lobby their MPs at Westminster to back action on climate change.
Photo: John Phillips/Getty Images, for Climate Coalition

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Saturday 5 March

Show radical love

Consider the power of community. Research a church in your local area that you do not already know and contact them. Is there a way you can serve your neighbourhood together, showing Jesus’ radical love to those who live around you?

Birmingham’s Town Hall Gospel Choir, fundraising for Christian Aid by hosting A Gospel Christmas Concert.

Birmingham’s Town Hall Gospel Choir, fundraising for Christian Aid by hosting A Gospel Christmas Concert.
Photo: Christian Aid/Lilly Peel

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Mothering Sunday, 6 March

Give thanks for mothers

‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.’
Luke 15:31

This Mothering Sunday, give thanks to God for all mothers who share their treasures to secure brighter futures for their children. Julekha (pictured) lives in an area of Bangladesh that is prone to flooding. She has big dreams for her future: ‘I like school. I enjoy learning. I wish to be a doctor so that I can serve people and heal their sufferings and sickness.’ Julekha’s mother has invested in a solar powered light so Julekha can study in the evenings – helping her work towards building a financially secure future.

For young people like Julekha, in Bangladesh, providing something as simple as a light can make the difference between a bright future and a life of poverty.

For young people like Julekha, in Bangladesh, providing something as simple as a light can make the difference between a bright future and a life of poverty.
Photo: Christian Aid/G M B Akash/Panos Pictures

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Monday 7 March

Women in God’s kingdom

O God,
who makes us female and male in your image,
show us how to live with one another
with profound respect,
in joyful celebration and for shared justice,
so that all your people,
in every home and in every place,
may rejoice that we are
of the same flesh.
In the name of Jesus,
the first one of a new humankind.
Amen.

Which women in the Bible inspire you? Work with others in your small group to prepare a session in which to share stories from scripture that enrich your understanding of the role women have in bringing God’s kingdom closer.

In Bangladesh, after Cyclone Aila destroyed Asha’s pond and house, she received training from Christian Aid in how to rear and sell crabs.

In Bangladesh, after Cyclone Aila destroyed Asha’s pond and house, she received training from Christian Aid in how to rear and sell crabs.
Photo: Christian Aid/Tom Pilston

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Tuesday 8 March

Seek nourishment

Today is International Women’s Day. Think of the women in your church community and hold them in your heart this week. Pray that the Lord will strengthen them to spread his love in their families, their communities and in all who seek nourishment from them.

A mother who is HIV positive smiles in joy at her daughter who has not contracted the virus. Christian Aid gives support to HIV positive women in Ethiopia, teaching them how to prevent HIV transmission to their babies.

A mother who is HIV positive smiles in joy at her daughter who has not contracted the virus. Christian Aid gives support to HIV positive women in Ethiopia, teaching them how to prevent HIV transmission to their babies.
Photo: Christian Aid/M Gonzalez-Noda

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Wednesday 9 March

Benefit beyond income

In many countries, including Bangladesh, Christian Aid works tirelessly to show God’s love to women who have previously been left out of decision making or denied the chance to earn a living. Our partner has supported women to learn new skills, such as making wicker stools, wall hangings, quilts and gift boxes. Not only do women earn an income from selling their goods, they benefit from a sense of community and develop their creativity and self-expression.

Using skills handed down over generations, women in Bangladesh weave wicker stools known as ‘Mora’. Thanks to support from Christian Aid, women now have a market for their handicrafts and are earning vital income.

Using skills handed down over generations, women in Bangladesh weave wicker stools known as ‘Mora’. Thanks to support from Christian Aid, women now have a market for their handicrafts and are earning vital income.
Photo: Sonia Farjana

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Thursday 10 March

Showcase your talents

What are the creative talents within your family or church community? Why not organise a fundraising event to showcase them? It’s a great way to bring people together, have fun and raise money to support poor communities around the world.

Proceeds from a fundraising coffee morning in Trefor, north Wales. We’re so grateful to all the churches across England, Scotland and Wales that show their support for Christian Aid during Lent and throughout the year.

Proceeds from a fundraising coffee morning in Trefor, north Wales. We’re so grateful to all the churches across England, Scotland and Wales that show their support for Christian Aid during Lent and throughout the year.
Photo: Christian Aid/Jane Widdowson

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Friday 11 March

Commit to God’s care

‘This one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.’
Philippians 3:13-14

The path to the Kingdom is long and challenging. Are you doing all you can to care for yourself physically? Think about how you can strengthen and cleanse your body, and how you can commit body and mind to God’s care.

Paulina (at the front) dances and sings during a service at the Sitoka Africa Gospel Church in the Maasai village of Sitoka, Narok County, Kenya.

Paulina (at the front) dances and sings during a service at the Sitoka Africa Gospel Church in the Maasai village of Sitoka, Narok County, Kenya.
Photo: Christian Aid/Elizabeth Dalziel

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Saturday 12 March

Celebrate God’s creation

Today, share your inspiration by reaching out to a friend or relative and encourage them to join you in some exercise. It could be that you go for a walk, a jog or a swim. Perhaps you could join a local running club? Celebrate God's creation by nurturing and strengthening yourself with others.

Children play on the river Padma near Ramkrisnapur, Bangladesh.

Children play on the river Padma near Ramkrisnapur, Bangladesh.
Photo: Christian Aid/Elaine Duigenan

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Sunday 13 March

A way in the wilderness

‘Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.’
Isaiah 43:18-19

Today, think deeply about how, in a flawed and damaged world, we can keep moving forward to bring God’s kingdom closer. Tomorrow, take time to share with others at church how your faith motivates and inspires you in the face of challenges. Ask what keeps them going too!

Reverend Elineide Ferreira Oliveira’s church in Ariquemes, Brazil. Christian Aid partners are running safehouses for women on the frontline tackling gender-based violence in Brazil.

Reverend Elineide Ferreira Oliveira’s church in Ariquemes, Brazil. Christian Aid partners are running safehouses for women on the frontline tackling gender-based violence in Brazil.
Photo: Christian Aid/Tom Price

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Monday 14 March

Say grace

‘For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God – not the result of works, so that no one may boast.’
Ephesians 2:8-9

Grace is God’s undeserved blessing, and today it’s time to think about those undeserved blessings all around you. In addition to saying grace before meals this week, why not say grace before, or during, an activity you enjoy?

Christian Aid partners continue to work with Ebola-affected communities in Sierra Leone. The Rev Johnson (pictured) said his church had found ways to improvise so that worship could continue throughout the epidemic.

Christian Aid partners continue to work with Ebola-affected communities in Sierra Leone. The Rev Johnson (pictured) said his church had found ways to improvise so that worship could continue throughout the epidemic.
Photo: Christian Aid/Aureli Marrier d’Unienville

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Tuesday 15 March

Spread God’s love

Today, make a list of three people you are thankful for and why. Let them know how much you value them, and ask them to do the same for three others. Spread God’s love throughout your community so that all will feel his grace. Why not send a thank-you card anonymously to a friend, relative or neighbour?

A member of the mother-to-mother group in Sitoka village, Kenya, notes membership contributions. The group has been set up by our partner to help women learn about nutrition, health and hygiene, and the importance of antenatal check-ups and giving birth in a health centre.

A member of the mother-to-mother group in Sitoka village, Kenya, notes membership contributions. The group has been set up by our partner to help women learn about nutrition, health and hygiene, and the importance of antenatal check-ups and giving birth in a health centre.
Photo: Christian Aid/Jimmy Obuya

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Wednesday 16 March

Break bread

This week, add an extra item to your shopping list – whether it’s a loaf of bread or the ingredients to bake one. In a spirit of generosity and fellowship, take bread into work or invite friends to your home to share it with you. Break bread and give thanks to God for the bountiful food we enjoy.

Nyipock’s commitment to his community and his family is plain. Rising at 6am he bakes 600 pieces of bread every day, filling the stomachs of the community who welcomed him back to South Sudan. With cash support from Christian Aid’s partner, he built his oven and says he would work 24 hours a day if he didn’t have to sleep!

Nyipock’s commitment to his community and his family is plain. Rising at 6am he bakes 600 pieces of bread every day, filling the stomachs of the community who welcomed him back to South Sudan. With cash support from Christian Aid’s partner, he built his oven and says he would work 24 hours a day if he didn’t have to sleep!
Photo: Christian Aid/Andrew Testa/Panos

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Thursday 17 March

Enjoy home comforts

Today, give thanks for your home and the love, peace and refreshment you enjoy there. Take time to do a job you wouldn’t normally do to support the people you live with. Take out the rubbish, do the washing up or sweep up outside. Give your time in a spirit of grace to keep your home environment clean and restful for all who live there.

In Banagram village, Bangladesh, arsenic contamination of the groundwater left it safe to take water from only two out of 50 wells. With support from Christian Aid, villagers lobbied the local government to get new wells installed.

In Banagram village, Bangladesh, arsenic contamination of the groundwater left it safe to take water from only two out of 50 wells. With support from Christian Aid, villagers lobbied the local government to get new wells installed.
Photo: Christian Aid/Steven Buckley

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Friday 18 March

Protect our planet

In the countries where Christian Aid works, many communities depend on farming to earn a living. But our changing climate is putting their livelihoods at risk. We all have a part to play in tackling climate change to protect the planet we share.

When Cyclone Aila flooded Gabura Island in Bangladesh, homes and farms were destroyed and nothing could grow on the land. People headed to the forest – home of the tiger – to collect honey to sell, and many were killed. Christian Aid works with communities to find solutions in desperate circumstances.

When Cyclone Aila flooded Gabura Island in Bangladesh, homes and farms were destroyed and nothing could grow on the land. People headed to the forest – home of the tiger – to collect honey to sell, and many were killed. Christian Aid works with communities to find solutions in desperate circumstances.
Photo: Christian Aid/Tom Pilston

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Saturday 19 March

Walk in your community

This weekend, invite friends to join you on a prayer walk. As you walk in your community, notice the blessings all around – safe homes, green spaces, places of worship. Open your heart and your mind to communities all over the world who yearn for safety and peace.

This oil field in South Sudan was damaged during fighting between the Justice & Equality Movement (JEM) and the opposition. The oil has been leaking and in some places, burning since then. It leaks into the local water supply, polluting drinking water for thousands of people. Christian Aid works to support communities who have lost their homes, income or possessions due to conflict.

This oil field in South Sudan was damaged during fighting between the Justice & Equality Movement (JEM) and the opposition. The oil has been leaking and in some places, burning since then. It leaks into the local water supply, polluting drinking water for thousands of people. Christian Aid works to support communities who have lost their homes, income or possessions due to conflict.
Photo: Christian Aid/Andreea Campeanu

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Palm Sunday, 20 March

Holy week begins

‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!’
Luke 19:38

At the start of Holy Week, let’s think about Jesus. Find your favourite story involving Jesus, read it and consider what strikes you about Jesus’ character. Challenge yourself to live out these qualities during Holy Week.

A Bible written in Maasai, belonging to the Sitoka Africa Gospel Church in the Maasai village of Sitoka, Narok County, Kenya. Christian Aid partners with churches all over the world, supporting communities to grow stronger.

A Bible written in Maasai, belonging to the Sitoka Africa Gospel Church in the Maasai village of Sitoka, Narok County, Kenya. Christian Aid partners with churches all over the world, supporting communities to grow stronger.
Photo: Christian Aid/Elizabeth Dalziel

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Monday 21 March

A reflective journey

‘Now during those days he went out to the mountain to pray; and he spent the night in prayer to God. And when day came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles.’
Luke 6:12-14

As we start the week, make time for stillness and quiet. Reflect on the challenges you’ve undertaken since starting this journey and consider the journey the disciples undertook.

Candles in the church at Tabgha, Israel, where Jesus was said to have fed the 5,000.

Candles in the church at Tabgha, Israel, where Jesus was said to have fed the 5,000.
Photo: Christian Aid/Charlotte Marshall

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Tuesday 22 March

The next generation

In countries with a high level of natural disasters, such as Bangladesh, people face many challenges and disruptions to their day-to-day lives. Schools are sometimes used as shelters, disrupting learning. Today, spend time with a young person you know and pray for them; that their future hopes and dreams will be achieved through God’s grace.

Nipa received a grant from a Christian Aid partner in Bangladesh to complete her education. Together, we can equip young people to change the world.

Nipa received a grant from a Christian Aid partner in Bangladesh to complete her education. Together, we can equip young people to change the world.
Photo: Christian Aid/Tom Pilston

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Wednesday 23 March

Grow in faith

Through God’s enduring love for us, our wounds are mercifully healed as we keep growing in his image. Today, make a list of actions you are prepared to take after Easter to support others and increase your own spiritual development.

Liudimila and Ana support female victims of violence in their community in El Salvador, helping women access the rights they’re entitled to and lobby local government to take action. With training from Christian Aid’s partner, women can get their voices heard and live a life free from fear and violence.

Liudimila and Ana support female victims of violence in their community in El Salvador, helping women access the rights they’re entitled to and lobby local government to take action. With training from Christian Aid’s partner, women can get their voices heard and live a life free from fear and violence.
Photo: Christian Aid

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Maundy Thursday, 24 March

Show humility

Today, as we remember Jesus sharing food with friends and washing his disciples’ feet, in a spirit of humility, offer your time to a friend in need. Pray with them, support them and help them see God’s unfaltering love towards all who are suffering.

In Zimbabwe, our partner runs groups that not only teach members about health, hygiene and sanitation, but also encourage them to help each other with their crops. Here community members come together to harvest watermelons.

In Zimbabwe, our partner runs groups that not only teach members about health, hygiene and sanitation, but also encourage them to help each other with their crops. Here community members come together to harvest watermelons.
Photo: Christian Aid/Susan Barry

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Good Friday, 25 March

The significance of sacrifice

Jesus gave his life on the cross, the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Today, as we think about the life and death of Jesus, challenge yourself to clear your mind and connect with him on a deeper spiritual level. You may wish to spend extra time in prayer, meditating on the cross and the significance it holds for Christians all over the world, in times of war, struggle and peace.

Crosses at the mass grave for Typhoon Haiyan victims in Tacloban City, the Philippines. When natural disasters strike, Christian Aid responds to people’s immediate needs and then helps them to rebuild their lives.

Crosses at the mass grave for Typhoon Haiyan victims in Tacloban City, the Philippines. When natural disasters strike, Christian Aid responds to people’s immediate needs and then helps them to rebuild their lives.
Photo: Christian Aid/Melanie Hargreaves

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Holy Saturday, 26 March

Living with uncertainty

Think of the disciples and the uncertainty they faced during this time. We know what happens next but the disciples didn’t. Spend some time in the dark this evening, reflecting on how they might have felt. Open your heart to embrace those living with constant uncertainty caused by political instability, climate change or lack of a reliable income.

A memorial service for families killed defending their land in Colombia. Indigenous communities are sometimes forcibly evicted from their land by others who want its profitable resources. Christian Aid works to get justice for these people.

A memorial service for families killed defending their land in Colombia. Indigenous communities are sometimes forcibly evicted from their land by others who want its profitable resources. Christian Aid works to get justice for these people.
Photo: Christian Aid/Mauricio Morales

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Easter Sunday, 27 March

He is risen!

‘Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live.”’
John 11:25

He is risen! Praise God for the power and hope that Easter demonstrates. Thank God for the reassurance that, with God on our side, we will succeed in the fight against injustice. This Easter, give thanks for transformed lives.

A woman prays in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem.

A woman prays in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem.
Photo: Christian Aid/Tom Pilston

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