The Bishop’s Lent Appeal

This year as a Diocese we are raising money to support the purchase of beds for Sag Sag Health Centre in Papua New Guinea.

Near the western tip of New Britain Island in Papua New Guinea, on the edge of the South Pacific, lies the very remote community of Sag Sag. Although small, it is central to the lives of many people living remotely in the rainforest which surrounds the town.

Sag Sag Health Centre needs our help! It has a building, and it has people, but it has no beds and no equipment.

In our 2022 Lent Appeal we want to provide much needed beds, for young children and mothers-to be. The most vulnerable targeted groups will be children under one year old and mothers-to be attending ante natal clinics, although many other vulnerable groups will also be able to use the centre. All the help we can give is needed now.

Right now, mothers and children lie on their own blankets on the bare floorboards when they arrive for treatment. Sometimes, they will have canoed along the coast for a day to arrive at Sag Sag.

Through our Papua New Guinea (PNG) Link Group, the Diocese of Norwich is in regular contact with all five Papua New Guinea dioceses and, with your support, can get help directly to the people in Sag Sag.

In recent years we have raised money to provide a 4×4 vehicle for the remote community of Alotau in Dogura Diocese; learning resources for ordinands in Popondetta Diocese; a new church building at Simbai in Aipo-Rongo Diocese; classrooms at a school in a settlement in Port Moresby Diocese and resources to empower women across the province.

Resources to support your involvement in the 2022 project include printed prayer bookmarks and downloadable posters and Bible study materials. All of these are available here. Each Bible study session also has materials for schools, with comprise background notes, Bible readings, discussion topics and photographs of PNG life in a convenient format designed for two sides of A4.

Please support our 2022 Lent Appeal and help to bring much-needed hospital beds to our brothers and sisters in Papua New Guinea.

Revd Susan Martin, Volunteer chaplain to Norfolk Hospice

How to give

Your church may have a Lent Appeal collection jam jar or Gift Aid envelopes in which donations can be placed.

Alternatively, you can give:

  1. Online – visit our Donate Page and select the Bishop’s Lent Appeal from the dropdown menu.
  2. By Cheque – Cheques should be made payable to NDBF Ltd, marked clearly on the back of the cheque ‘Lent Appeal 2022. Please send the cheque together with a completed Gift Aid declaration (if applicable), to: Lent Appeal 2022, Diocesan House, 109 Dereham Road, Easton NR9 5ES

Thank you!