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Helping churches respond to the crisis in Iraq and Gaza

To help churches engage with the terrible suffering happening in Gaza and Iraq, Christian Aid has produced some resources to help Christians reflect, pray and act.

The Bible calls Christians to have a heart for the poor, and already the generous response from Christians to both emergencies is helping those in need. 

But it can sometimes be hard to know how to incorporate reflections and prayers into church services and small groups so Christian Aid has produced some suggested bible readings, prayers and reflections which are available on its website.

These include a Prayer for Iraq based on Psalm 46 and a prayer written by the former Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem, Rt Rev Riah Abu El-Assal.

Claire Whitmore, Christian Aid’s Church Resources Manager, said: “With such sad and harrowing scenes of suffering on our screens it’s easy at times to feel helpless and overwhelmed. 

“Coming together and bringing this suffering to God is important but knowing the right way to do this can sometimes be hard.

“We hope Christians find the resources we have made available useful in allowing them to reflect and pray in an informed way which can encourage them to shape their actions and thoughts.”

Christian Aid is working through partners in both emergencies, and  is asking churches to hold a collection for those in need. For more information visit www.christian-aid.org.

The church resources for Iraq and Gaza can be found here:
http://www.christianaid.org.uk/emergencies/current/iraq-crisis-appeal/prayers.aspx
http://www.christianaid.org.uk/resources/churches/prayer/prayers-middle-east-gaza-iraq-syria.aspx

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If you would like further information please contact Joe Ware on 0207 523 2418. 24 hour press duty phone – 07850 242950


Notes to editors:

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around 50 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.

2. Christian Aid’s core belief is that the world can and must be changed so that poverty is ended: this is what we stand for. Everything we do is about ending poverty and injustice: swiftly, effectively, sustainably. Our strategy document Partnership for Change www.christianaid.org.uk/images/partnership-for-change-summary.pdf explains how we set about this task.

3. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 130 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development. Further details at http://actalliance.org

4. Follow Christian Aid's newswire on Twitter: http://twitter.com/caid_newswire

5. For more information about the work of Christian Aid, visit http://www.christianaid.org.uk

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