Cheryl Williams, Rev Anna Jane Evans, Mari McNeill, Dwyryd Williams and Rev Catrin Roberts.
A cheque for £203,000 was presented to Christian Aid in an event in Wrexham this week. The Presbyterian Church of Wales’s generosity was the fruit of their year-long Typhoon of Love Appeal towards CA’s work in the Philippines.
In a short ceremony during the denomination’s General Assembly in Wrexham, Dolgellau elder Dwyryd Williams presented the cheque to Mari McNeill, Deputy Head of Christian Aid Wales. Also present via Skype was Christian Aid’s country manager for the Philippines, Maria Alexandra Pura.
Christian Aid Regional Coordinator for north Wales, Reverend Anna Jane Evans led the skype link discussion with Alexandra about the challenges facing the work in the Philippines and what is now possible thanks to this gift from the denomination. Alexandra expressed her thanks to the General Assembly: ‘Thank you very much, Presbyterian Church of Wales, for the support and know that this will go a long way.’
Climate change threats
Alexandra explained how important Christian Aid’s work is in her country: ‘We observe immediate threats to life, security and dignity of the most vulnerable women, men and children coming from climate and disaster risks as well as state violence.
‘The Philippines ranks 3rd in the 2017 World Risk Index and 5th in the long-term climate risk index. Climate projections suggest continuous warming in the future, extreme rainfall events but also rainfall reduction in some areas … the sea level has risen by nearly double the global average rate of sea level rise. These will affect sensitive ecosystems, human settlements, food security and livelihoods, health, and way of life.’
Keep acting and praying
Mari McNeill also emphasized the challenges of climate change as she addressed the Assembly, drawing attention to Christian Aid’s Big Shift campaign on the issue. She encouraged the congregation to continue standing with the people of the Philippines through acting and praying about the climate change challenge they face. In particular, she drew attention to the Harvest Appeal prayer and action card, available to order at https://www.christianaid.org.uk/harvest-appeal/harvest-resources, and also the exhibition on Christian Aid’s work with internally displaced people available to display in chapels or the local community.
‘Thank you so much for your faithfulness towards Christian Aid’s work,’ said Mari. ‘Your partnership with us is crucial and we thank God for it.’
Closing the ceremony in prayer was Cheryl Williams, who takes over from Reverend Catrin Roberts as the Presbyterian Church of Wales representative on the Christian Aid National Committee in Wales. Cheryl also thanked Catrin for all she had done during this and so many other Christian Aid appeals over the years.
The cheque was presented during the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Wales