Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.'” – Matthew 22:37-39

Jesus tells us that the greatest commandments are to love God with all our heart, soul and mind and to love our neighbours as ourselves.

In today’s interconnected world, our neighbours include more people than before. When Jesus calls us to love our neighbour, he is calling us to respond to need where we can, whether that is in our local neighbourhood or to people in other countries.

In Jesus’ time, his immediate neighbours included many people living in poverty. In today’s globalised world, our neighbours are both at home and overseas.

At Easter we remember that Jesus’ greatest act of loving his neighbours was going to the cross. Jesus’ death was a time of great mourning for his disciples and other followers. But beyond the bleakness of his death they experienced the comfort of his resurrection.

As we too are comforted by his resurrection, we invite you to join us in providing the hope of a new start for those who have lived through disasters.

When disasters and emergencies occur, Anglican Overseas Aid is able to respond quickly by using our Rapid Response Emergency Fund and specific donations. Following a disaster we can quickly commit to the work of our partners to address immediate needs of communities, such as temporary shelter, clean water, clothing, food rations and more.

This Easter, we want to continue to respond when people experience loss in times of disaster. Moved by the life and teaching of Jesus, we want to follow him and love our neighbours who suffer when disaster strikes.

Responding to our neighbours

According to the most recent United Nations University World Risk Report, Vanuatu is ranked the most ‘at risk’ country in the world in terms of vulnerability to disasters. Seven of the top 10 most ‘at risk’ countries are in the Pacific region.

These countries are our immediate neighbours. That is why we have a specific focus on the Pacific in our programs to alleviate poverty and in responding to disasters.

In the Pacific it is churches that have the broadest grassroots reach into their local communities. Working with churches helps to build capacity in local communities to change their circumstances and supports communities to develop greater resilience in times of disaster. In countries like Vanuatu and Solomon Islands, our partner, the Anglican Church of Melanesia, has been established for many years and is known and trusted by the local people.

There is growing evidence that shows that faith-based communities have greater resilience in times of disaster. Anglican Overseas Aid is committed to building the capacity of communities to be more resilient, not just in the Pacific, but in countries around the world.

It is through building resilience with local communities that the most effective and lasting change is achieved. When local communities are engaged in this work, they gain a greater sense of their own God-given dignity and take ownership of their own recovery.

Our Anglican partners around the world work tirelessly to respond in love to their neighbours in the aftermath of a disaster. We want to do all we can to continue to support them. We have already responded to the food crisis in East Africa by sending money from our Rapid Response Emergency Fund.

Loving our neighbours in the Pacific and beyond is a privilege. We invite you to join us in this important work.

To donate to our 2017 Loving Our Neighbour Easter Appeal, please click on the ‘Donate Now’ button below (choose ‘2017 Easter Appeal’ from the ‘Donation’ drop-down menu) or call us on 1800 249 880.

Alternatively, you can send a cheque/money order made payable to Anglican Overseas Aid to:

Anglican Overseas Aid
2017 Easter Appeal
P.O. Box 389
Abbotsford, Vic, 3067

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East Africa Response.

We have already committed $30,000 from our Rapid Response Emergency Fund to our partners in Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan as part of our response to the East Africa food crisis. Please help us to continue this.

Pew sheet

We have created a pew sheet for our Easter Appeal for you to distribute amongst your church congregation.

Click here to download the pew sheet for free.