“I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land…
I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!”
Martin Luther King, Mountaintop speech, 3 April, 1968
The sacred journey to justice and freedom
When Martin Luther King gave his famous ‘Mountaintop’ speech more than 50 years ago, he talked about his people getting to the ‘Promised Land’ of justice and freedom. The language he used referred to Moses leading the people of Israel out of Egypt to the land that God had promised them.
The sacred journey of the Exodus was a long and difficult one, and it forms the framing story of the people of God in our Old Testament. It is ultimately a journey of liberation, of freedom from oppression. That journey was to a place of plenty, ‘flowing with milk and honey’, a place where needs would be met and the community would flourish.
For 30 years we too have had this vision, based on a deep conviction about God’s justice, where all people can receive help to live a more abundant life. The people of God in the Old Testament were also consistently reminded to remember the poor, and to remember where they came from, that they had journeyed out of slavery in Egypt. We find joy in trying to follow this biblical call to care for the poor.
As Australians, we are among the richest countries in the world. Most of the world does not live like us. That is why we continue our work in nine countries around the world, using our unearned privilege to help those in poverty and crisis. In six of these places we partner with the Australian Government to deliver our programs.
This is good news for you as donors, as every dollar you donate towards these projects means we are eligible to receive up to five more from the Australian Government.* This means that your money goes further! One of these projects is our Livelihoods and Women’s Empowerment Program in Vanuatu. Through this program, women like Antoinette have had their lives transformed.
Antoinette has been on a sacred journey of transformation. She has been helped by our partner in Vanuatu, the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM), to access a better life. (To read more about Antoinette’s story click here)
And she isn’t the only one; across Vanuatu hundreds of women are benefiting from learning how to save and start their own businesses. We plan to keep telling the stories of women like Antoinette whose lives have been blessed by your support.
Will you help us to continue this journey of transformation, helping people like Antoinette realise their potential?
Funds raised through the EOFY Appeal will go towards our General Fund and will be used to support the work of Anglican Overseas Aid where most needed.
*up to the limit of our government grant. This means five times the impact. Conversely, if the amount of support we receive goes down, so does the contribution we receive from the government.
This appeal we have included many photos of smiling Pacific women.
This is what you have done; you have put a smile back on their faces.
They are smiling because they can see their Promised Land on the horizon.
To donate to our 2019 End of Financial Year Appeal, click on the ‘Please Donate’ button below (choose ’01. 2019 EOFY’ 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
2019 EOFY Appeal
PO Box 389
Abbotsford, VIC 3067