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Where do you find courage in a fearful world? Lent Event 2019
By Cath Taylor
Posted in Faith,Culture
One of the Uniting Church’s most powerful people movements, Lent Event, has raised over $3.2million and inspired thousands to consider the simple, serving life of Christ in the lead up to Easter.
With the 2019 theme “Courage in a Fearful World”, Lent Event aims to encourage people to live simply and be inspired during Lent (March 6 - April 18). Including a call to give up something from daily life in solidarity with people who have less, while donating or fundraising to support projects that build hope and end poverty, this year the focus is on Australia’s near neighbour Timor Leste.
“We are the poorest nation in South East Asia,” said Rev Albino Da Costa, head of the social services arm of the Protestant Church of Timor Leste.
“Malnutrition and death from diseases like tuberculosis is very high. Violence against children is common, because families have grown up with abuse as part of everyday life, a legacy of the conflict that is our history. But our leadership is determined, our young people have potential. God is ever present and Timor Leste will know God’s hope.”
The tiny Protestant Church of Timor Leste (IPTL), a long term Uniting Church partner, is only 2% of the population yet punches well above its weight. The church trains leaders and Sunday School teachers, educates communities in health care and runs schools. Their vision is nothing less than the transformation of their country, built on faith, forgiveness and courage.
“We’re focussing on courage throughout Lent because we see this so clearly in so many of our global partners as well as those who step up to support them here in Australia,” said UnitingWorld Director, Dr Sureka Goringe.
“Throughout Lent, we’re encouraging people to enter into the life of the global body of Christ, sharing stories through some really stunning videos we’ve brought back from Timor Leste, and engaging more broadly in the issue of courage through biblical reflections written by each of our State Moderators from the UCA.”
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