Charity of the Month

April 2020

Mission Aviation Fellowship (www.maf-uk.org)

Around the world people are living in isolated areas cut off from the things we take for granted like health care, education and church.  MAF is a Christian charity operating 135 light aircraft in some 26 developing countries bringing help, hope and healing to the most remote communities.

For over 70 years MAF has been performing medical evacuations.  When not on rescue missions MAF pilots and aircraft work alongside charities such as The Salvation Army and Mercy Ships International to take aid to those in need.  They fly in medical teams to remote inaccessible areas; teachers and school supplies to areas in need so improving the opportunities for their youngsters; and missionaries to spread the gospel and God’s love.

On 1st September 2019 Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas – its 185 mph winds and storm surges of up to 23 feet making it the worst disaster in the country’s history.  The flooding and destruction left at least 50 people dead and 70,000 homeless.  Within a few hours MAF personnel executed a disaster response plan that delivered life-saving aid to where it was needed most, co-ordinating relief flights with Missionary Flight International.

Later in September 2019, a MAF pilot flew a baby that was born 24 weeks premature in Northern Tanzania to safety.  The bundle of material in which the baby was wrapped hardly weighed anything, yet movement inside confirmed there was a baby aboard (the youngest passenger the MAF pilot had ever flown).

Throughout the world isolation persists and responding by air is the quickest way to render help in the event of an emergency, disaster or human need.  Please support MAF as generously as possible and thereby help enable delivery of practical help, physical healing and spiritual hope to the most remote and inaccessible communities of the world.

Contact Michael Curry, St Luke’s Champion for MAF, for more info and/or if you wish to donate. The website is www.maf-uk.org

May 2020

Mary’s Meals (www.marysmeals.org.uk)

Mary’s Meals’ goal is that every child receives a nutritious daily meal in a place of education. Since 2002 Mary’s Meals has been improving life’s prospects for some of the poorest children in the world by providing them with a daily meal when at school. This meets the immediate needs of stressed mothers and hungry children and encourages them to attend school to gain an education that can, in the future, be their ladder out of poverty.

Today nearly one and half million children have lunch everyday thanks to Mary’s Meals in 19 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean.

The cost of feeding a child for a whole school year is £15.90.  Food is purchased locally which supports the local economy, respects local culture and food preferences and avoids extra transport costs. Mary’s Meals works with local communities to build kitchens and recruits many volunteers (80,000 in Malawi alone) to cook and serve meals. Mary’s Meals ensures that 93p of every £1 donated is used for its direct charitable work.

Mary’s Meals is well known to St. Luke’s and the founder, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, has visited us twice to speak to the congregation. In the past, members of the congregation have been active in fund-raising which enabled the building of a school kitchen in Malawi and we have also filled back-packs at Harvest time which have been sent out to these children.

How many children can we support at £17 per child per school year (gross of the charity’s overheads). Please be very generous.

Contact Peter Ashwell (461087), St Luke’s interim Champion for Mary’s Meals, for more info and/or if you wish to donate. The website is www.marysmeals.org.uk