When I feel like this, it helps me to remember the one thing that has never, ever changed at Christian Aid: our conviction. The same passion that drove George and his friends to work hard, sharing the stories and faces of poverty all over Ireland, is the one that I see today in our amazing supporters. It motivates them to tirelessly go above and beyond for those in need; running marathons, hosting coffee mornings, speaking in churches, jumping out of aeroplanes, abseiling down buildings, baking cakes and organising prayer events.
This is the conviction that we share, that all people are created in the image of God and deserve to live with dignity and justice.
So much has changed. Yet so much remains the same.
It was Martin Luther King who said that ‘before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world.’ And it’s true that we are more interconnected today than ever before, a fact that has both helped and hindered us as we tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
It’s also true that the solutions to our global problems still require a collective effort to tackle and solve. We still need people like George to take action and raise their voice at home for global justice. We still need empowered communities in our partner countries to be the change in their own lives, lifting themselves and others out of poverty. And we still need supporters like you, who give act and pray so that in 75 more years, we won’t be having this conversation.
So join us over the next few months as we reflect back and look forward– through the eyes of supporters, Board members, global colleagues and former staff. What do we want the world to look like? How are we going to tackle huge issues like the climate crisis?
After 75 years, we still believe all people are created in the image of God. We still believe in life before death. We still believe in real people bringing real change in the world.