Good Friday Offering
While the world news media has focused on refugees flowing into Europe and North America, they are also flowing into Ethiopia. These refugees are from Sudan and South Sudan, and have brought their faith with them to a refugee camp in Gambella in western Ethiopia. The Gambella Anglican Centre opened in 2010 and provides a central gathering place for the 90 Anglican congregations in the region. It includes a chapel, a library, and sports facilities. One of the key needs is to provide training for clergy and lay leaders who have had virtually no access to formal education. In 2015, a theological college started training leaders for the church.
This is one of the efforts supported by the Good Friday Offering for the Church in the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. This province includes North Africa and the Horn of Africa as well as the Middle East – some of the most desperate places in the world, where heroic work is being done in Anglican schools and hospitals, and in refugee camps like Gambella.
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry writes in his letter asking for our support: “You see a letter like this every year from your presiding bishop with a request to support the Good Friday Offering. Why? Because we walk the walk of Christ when we walk in solidarity with the Christians of the Middle East, who keep the faith in the very land Jesus called home. We walk the walk of Christ when we advocate for the voices of those who work fearlessly for peace in the midst of unremitting violence. We walk the walk of Christ when we support ministries of healing, education, pastoral care, and interfaith cooperation rooted in a deep desire for a future full of reconciliation and hope.”
Resources including bulletin inserts and the Presiding Bishop’s full letter can be found at http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/good-friday-offering-resources.
Contributions to the Good Friday Offering are best combined in a single parish check, made out to The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society with “Good Friday Offering” in the memo field.
Mail to: DFMS – Protestant Episcopal Church US
PO Box 958983
St. Louis, MO 63195-8983
The bishops, priests, and people of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East thank you very much for your support as we come together in the One Body of Christ, strengthening our faith by living the Good News.
Margaret C. D’Anieri
Canon for Mission
Diocese of Ohio