From July, Bishop Ruth will be a patron for the international development charity, Send a Cow. The charity, based near Bath, helps families in rural Africa to grow their own futures. To mark this new appointment, Bishop Ruth is calling on churches to join Send a Cow in their Harvest celebrations, on-line or outside, during September or October.
Bishop Ruth says, “I’m delighted to be invited to support Send a Cow in becoming Patron. The development work SAC does in support of African rural life, environmental concerns and in empowering women within their communities, are all areas I am passionate about. The Harvest appeal, which we now launch, is an invitation to all of us to do what we can to ensure that our African sisters and brothers share with us in a fruitful future as we emerge from the pandemic. As Christians, we may not be able to gather across different cultures physically, but we hope that we can celebrate God’s good gifts to us whether online or in other innovative ways, within restrictions. Do join in!”
Send a Cow have created free Harvest resources for an online church service, including a special Harvest video, to tell your congregation about families like Dessie’s from Ethiopia, and what Harvest means to them. You can sign up to access Bishop Ruth’s special Harvest reflection video to share via video link.
Send a Cow, which was set up 30 years ago by Christian dairy farmers from the South West has helped over 2 million people in rural Africa grow their own futures, free from poverty and hunger. It’s true that these farmers sent cows to Africa on planes, in response to the 1988 famine in Uganda, but now the charity helps family farmers through training in gender and social exclusion, sustainable agriculture and enterprise skills.
Nigel Varndell, Director of Development says, “We are thrilled to formally welcome Bishop Ruth to the Send a Cow family. Her interest in our work and her support for families in rural Africa is inspiring to us all. As families in Africa learn to adapt to a changing climate it’s vital for us to connect with congregations and communities, both to be thankful this Harvest and help our neighbours, too.”
For more information and a free pack to help you celebrate visit: www.sendacow.org/harvest