UNITED REFORMED CHURCH
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An appeal from Mervyn Thomas of CSW
When a crisis strikes, it’s the most marginalised in society who are the hardest hit. The COVID-19 pandemic is no exception.
For many faith communities around the world, hope is needed now more than ever before. They need your help.
The coronavirus pandemic has had a profound effect in all of the countries on which we work.
In Pakistan, some Christian and Hindu communities have been discriminated against and denied food aid, with reports of over 100 Christian families excluded from receiving assistance in one incident alone.
In China, over one million Uyghur Muslims and those from other ethnic groups are confined in ‘re-education camps’ because of their ethnicity and religion. Conditions there are dangerously unsanitary and overcrowded. This human rights crisis could now be compounded by this deadly outbreak on a massive scale.
In Mexico, Christian families have had their water and sewage services cut off because of their beliefs. They can’t perform the basic hygiene of washing their hands, which would help protect them during the coronavirus outbreak.
These groups were already at great risk, regularly facing discrimination, violence or worse because of their faithreligious beliefs. Today they are at risk of being targeted even further.
They need your support now more than ever.
Could your church make a special gift to tackle injustice during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond?
Our advocacy teams are working hard to help ensure that authoritarian governments do not exploit this crisis to consolidate power, or to intensify or legitimise crackdowns.
At the same time, we’re continuing to speak up for the groups and individuals we were helping before this crisis hit . Their plight and suffering continues despite the pandemic, and in many cases has been worsened by it.
Do share this update with your church members, who can find out more about our response to the pandemic at www.csw.org.uk/coronavirus.
It’s easy to feel helpless in the face of this crisis. But, through your giving, you can make a difference to communities facing heightened injustice during this pandemic, and beyond.
Yours as ever in Christ,
Mervyn Thomas CMG
Founder and Chief Executive
P.S. I realise that the pandemic and resulting lockdown has had an impact on the financial circumstances of many households and churches, and that your church is likely already supporting local and global organisations tackling the impact of the pandemic. But, thank you for prayerfully considering giving to CSW at this time. I am truly grateful for your partnership, gifts and prayers.
Posted on 19 Jun 2020