Building peace, beating poverty: Lent Event 2020

UnitingWorld’s Lent Event is your chance to join others who are pledging to live simply during the 40 days of Lent. You can sign up as an individual or with a team to raise funds for and learn about projects that are building peace between Muslims and Christians as they beat poverty together. Lent Event will be held from Wednesday 26 February to Friday 10 April 2020.

This year’s feature project is in Ambon, Indonesia, where unthinkable violence in 1999 left 5 000 dead and 70 000 homeless. UnitingWorld’s partner, the Protestant Church of Maluku, is running projects that bring people together for peacebuilding workshops and livelihood projects. The aim is to create bonds of friendship between Muslims and Christians while generating desperately needed income in a province where most people live on less than $1 a day.

How can you be involved?

  1. As part of a team or as an individual, take up the challenge to live simply for 40 days. The new Lent Event website allows you to easily create a personal challenge- forty days of prayer; forty days on one meal a day? Share your goal via Facebook or email with friends and family to help raise money for some of the poorest people in our global neighbourhood. Track your progress, create a blog post, engage your children and young people.
  2. Be inspired by stories of peace building and transformed lives, told through our weekly video series, Bible studies, prayers and reflections.  You can download these directly in the one simple package here, including an inspiring promotional trailer to use with small groups and congregations.

All funds raised support Uniting Church partners in Ambon and beyond to fight poverty, raise up women and girls, build the capacity of leaders and run peacebuilding activities.

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