All Saints Community Church- not so much a building, more a way of life


Caring, praying and giving

At All Saints Church, we are learning to care the way God cares, to look at people, our families, our neighbours, across our City, nation and World through Gods eyes. Its a journey, none of us have arrived.
part of caring, praying and giving, we quietly do so on our own, but
Together Everyone Achieves More and so we work with many other Christians and organisations.

Randall Lewis is our Mission Giving coordinator, so please talk to him about more details
Our PCC on behalf of the Church have decided to give 10% of our income
Here are some of the groups we have given to recently.
We encourage you to explore their websites, find out more, and use it as a springboard for your own prayer.



Christian Aid  is an International Development Charity. We work with people of all faiths, and none, to eradicate poverty and injustice




                   Adullam Homes



COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL  exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry
that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled
 adults. at All Saints Church, we sponsor a young lady called Marisse, who lives in Haiti, in the Caribbean.



   TEARFUND what drives us is a belief that the local church is a powerful force for transformation in communities living in every kind of poverty. Inspired by the example and teaching of Jesus, we recognise that people have deeply interconnected material and spiritual needs, and we seek to meet those needs by working through our local church partners. Churches are at the heart of their communities – full of dedicated, resourceful people who want to make a long-term difference.



                              CMS and SAMS working together



                                    MERCYSHIPS



                    OPERATION MOBILISATION



    MISSIONARY AVIATION FELLOWSHIP





                                                                OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD



UNICEF




 CPO




CHURCH URBAN FUND LOGO            CHURCH URBAN FUND tackling poverty together


Open Doors


 Bible Society 




Water aid WaterAid uses practical solutions to provide clean water, safe sanitation and hygiene education to the world's poorest people.We now work in 26 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific region.Find out more about where we work and what we do.




 Esther New Life Foundation           (Reg. No. 725/2008)
Set  up by trustees including our own Sheela Jeyaraj,

Background
The traditional  bias against females has been present in many cultural histories including the UK. It  sadly continues in many communities in  India, related to the fact that "Sons are called upon to provide the income;they are the ones who do most of the work in the fields. In this way sons are looked to as a type of insurance. With this perspective, it becomes clearer that the high value given to males decreases the value given to females." 
The problem is also intimately tied to the institution of dowry,in which the family of a prospective bride must pay enormous sums of money to the family in which the woman will live after marriage. Though formally outlawed, the institution is still pervasive. "The combination of dowry and wedding expenses usually add up to more than a million rupees ([US] $35,000). In India the average civil servant earnsabout 100,000 rupees ($3,500) a year. Given these figures combined with the low status of women, it seems not so illogical that the poorer Indian families would want only male children."  Even  murders of women whose families are deemed to have paid insufficient dowry have become increasingly common,

Sheela Jeyaraj shares her experience

My interest in saving abandoned girl children in India began long ago. At the birth of my second sister I was two years old, my father did not wish to see her because he had been expecting a son. Few years later, when I was thirteen, I saw an abandoned baby girl baby in a dust-bin in Chennai/Madras. As I was growing up l used to hear the sayings such as; why do girls need education? Are they not going to be in the kitchen to cook food? Why do you spend money for their education? Are they going to pay you back later? Why do not you save money for their marriage dowry? Hearing these words made me realize that I had to help 'make a change.'

I have three daughters. Several people told me that without a son a family could hardly survive. As my daughters are grown up, I have begun to examine why girls are not welcomed in the family. I read books, articles, magazines, and materials that are related to causes of female infanticide and the mindset of the people.

Daughters, once married, move to live in the family house of their husbands. The cost of their education and the dowry associated with their marriage are very expensive, and the parents of the daughters do not directly benefit from them. A popular Tamil proverb highlights the seriousness of dowry: "Even a king with five daughters will end up as a pauper."

Though I do not live in India, my heart goes to the people who are in need. I visit India almost every year. During a visit in June-July 2007 I felt called to establish a charity to systematically support abandoned girls and widows. I visited several hostels and orphanages where abandoned girl babies are taken care of. I spent much time in the Bethel Baby Rescue Home in Danispet near Salem District of Tamil Nadu. There are 84 girl babies' aged between two days to three years, growing up there in a Christian atmosphere. It was a great joy for me to be with these children and their carers, at the same time I shared God's love, also I bought dresses for them. Similarly, I visited a renowned non-Christian humanitarian institution called Utavum Karangal ("Helping Hand") in the village of Thiruverkadu, about 17 kilometres away from Chennai/Madras. In this particular home abandoned babies are brought in and provided with shelter, food and education. These necessary supports give them the potential ability to live independent lives in the future.

While I was there my heart was moved by a four month old baby who was lying on the floor with no one at its side. There were carers but they were keeping their eye on the toddlers who needed more attention. I noticed that the room was air conditioned and the floor crystal clean and I admired this orphanage home for their good care of these babies and toddlers. I began to love that baby even though it was the first time I had seen her. The baby's eyes appeared to be saying to me, "Will you carry me and take me as your child?" Immediately I carried her in my hand and said to her, 'Yes,' I will adopt you as my child." Since that time I have been her sponsor. Now she is almost three years old. It is a great joy for me to see her growing up as a happy girl, attending preschool. She is speaking, playing, and singing.

During that time, I not only shared the stories of our Lord Jesus Christ, provided cakes and snacks for about 200 children, but I also adopted another little girl. Afterwards, I travelled to several villages where female infanticide is being practiced. I met with a few mothers who were expecting babies and I was able to counsel them. Many of them shared their stories with me that moved my heart. Through my visits, two small women's groups came into being. One group has 15 women mostly of widows and destitute. I connected this group with women's groups in the Diocese of Tirunelveli, the Church of South India. Another group meets in Trichy under the guidance of one of the trustees. These women too are similar to the above group.

 
When these women gather together, they will listen to Gospel stories, have a good lunch, and receive Rupees 25/-(i.e., less than one US dollar). I have promised them to continue my help as long as I am able by God's help.

The situation of the abandoned girl children is truly awful. I may not be able to change the millennia-old habit in my country; but I can try to brighten the lives of at least a few girls. As a token of my gratitude to God, I took a decision to adopt two female infants (as mentioned above), to sponsor them every year, also to visit and to share with them God's love in a concrete way. In 2008 I stayed in India for two months and was able to establish a non-profit organization which I named ‘Esther New Life Foundation’ This consists of six trustees who all live in India.

 I thank the Almighty for his help and the support of my family and friends. I was able to sponsor nineteen girls for this year (2010- 2011). My vision is to sponsor at

least fifty female infants and fifty young widows on a regular basis. It will be great if you can join me in this venture. Your prayerful support has encouraged me so much that I can now press on. I am grateful to you for your interest in my vision to rescue some girls for India.

 
May God richly bless you -The Reverend Sheela Jeyaraj -'Esther New Life Foundation 'Founder/Managing Trustee

If you would like to know more about this charity please speak to Sheela

 



 

 

 

 













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