Christmas Bowl Appeal
Thanks to the support of churches like Leopold Uniting, last year the Christmas Bowl appeal was able to support some of the 50,000 Rohingya refugees who fled from Myanmar into refugee camps in Bangladesh. Over 1,800 churches from 19 denominations raised money for this cause. Due to an upscale of violence since August 2017, over 700 000 Rohingya have fled into the Bangladesh camps.
A message from Janet Cousens, CEO Act for Peace – “I believe that thechurch plays a crucial role in reaching out to support the Rohingya and other vulnerable communities affected by conflicts and disaster. Through the Christmas Bowl, we are working with the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus, fulfilling the calling that He gave us. We can walk forward trusting in Him, knowing the he is able to do what we are nor able to do in this circumstance. Our role is to trust Him, to pray, and tostep out with practical acts of support.”
On Christmas Day, 1949 the Rev. Frank Byatt of Victoria placed an empty bowl on the dinner table and asked his guests to give a gift to bring relief and hope to refugees who had fled the horrors of World War II. Nearly 70 years have passed and the generous giving continues. Please bear this in mind as you prepare for Christmas.
The Christmas Bowl is an ecumenical appeal bringing together the 18 member churches of the National Council of Churches in Australia