This year’s Lent Project is focusing on our link with Papua New Guinea
Most clergy in our Diocese have been well-trained at well-equipped and well-resourced Theological Colleges or courses. They start out on ministry with personal libraries better than the Theological College libraries in Papua New Guinea with many many resources readily available for pastoral and mission work including our Diocesan Resource Centre, books and periodicals and the internet.
Things are rather different in the remote areas of Papua New Guinea where a telephone and electricity would be luxuries - let alone the internet. The “library” may consist of the Bible! One of the aims of the 2104 Lent Project will to raise money to provide all new clergy with ‘Pastor’s Boxes’, containing basic Bible commentaries and other resources to support their parish ministry.
"Why should we give to support the life of the church and charities that help vulnerable people?
Our giving is a response of thanksgiving for all that God gives us. One of the biblical verses we often use in church reminds us “all things come from you and of your own do we give you”. We also give as a response to Jesus’ requirement to love our neighbours as ourselves; and we are often moved to give when we see our relative plenty alongside the poverty of others.
But why give specifically in Lent?
Lent is a time when we focus on renewing our dedication to God. For this short period in the year, we try to renew and deepen our commitment to prayer and studying our faith. Sometimes we practice a form of self-denial as a way of living more simply, and many use Lent as a time to give a little each day in gratitude to God. All of these things we do in Lent, not to fulfil our duty and get it over with, but to develop habits that will stay with us throughout the year."
The Right Revd Alan Winton - Bishop of Thetford