Dear Pastors, Missionaries, Chaplains and friends,
Steve here… I want you to be aware of our Fellowship’s Christmas offering—it’s a FAIR Christmas. FAIR is our humanitarian and justice ministry, which has been around since 1974. Currently our churches support 27 projects in 13 countries. When a tragedy occurs in the world, our 512 churches communally are encouraged to give to meet humanitarian needs. Three years ago, our Fellowship churches and individual donors collectively gave over $600,000 towards earthquake relief in Haiti. These funds are still being used today to meet practical needs through ongoing projects and to help in the rebuilding.
I’m hoping you will consider giving this Christmas to our FAIR Christmas project. Please read on to hear the details.
In the growing metropolis of Kolkata, India, an estimated one and a half million people—a third of the population—live in the slums. Less than half of these have the benefit of the basic services of clean water, sanitation and electricity. Fellowship International missionaries, the Chens, along with Carey Baptist Church in Kolkata, have been able to make significant connection with some of these people and have been able to impact the lives of hundreds of those marginalized by circumstances often beyond their control.
This Christmas, FAIR, in partnership with Carey Baptist Church, is raising funds that will be used in four areas:
1. Education: To initially cover the education expenses for 25 of those in greatest need from Class 8 through to college. This will include all school fees, some clothing and books as well as career training.
2. Job Retraining for Women: To initially provide 10 women with sewing machines and training that will enable them to make clothing for children so that they can earn an income to support themselves and their families.
3. Jobs for Men: With screening, and help from reliable contacts in the slum area, we will provide 10 trustworthy men with bicycle carts so they can start earning decent wages.
4. Nutrition: Many of these families suffer from lack of proper nutrition. As a result, children are sickly and miss school. A basic food bag of rice and lentils will be provided every quarter to 50 selected families (including the families of those being educated, trained with sewing machines and bicycle carts) over a period of three years until they can generate enough income to feed their families.
Thank you for considering this request. To provide you with more information, we can send you special brochures explaining our FAIR Christmas offering. Contact us early so we can get them to you soon.
Also available are: The new FAIR Catalogue of Projects, and ‚The FAIR Advent Calendar, which provides a unique way to celebrate the Christmas season while gaining an appreciation for the things we often take for granted. Thank you.
Have a blessed week,
Our 2014 Fellowship theme verse is:
“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:35 (NLT)