An Asian Christian woman living in London blogging about the everyday issues of religion

Friday, 4 September 2015

A guide for any Christians who wish to help refugees

Like many others I was moved by the picture of the dead toddler on the beach and have been doing some research into what we can do to help. Here is a list: 

1. The Independent newspaper has published a number of ways to help. 

2. Calais Action on Facebook has postings from people who are actually driving to Calais and are looking for donations. Below is a list of things that are currently needed. 

3. CalAid on Facebook organises drop off days for people who want to donate things

4.  Should you wish to house a refugee you can put your name down with a German organisation that is co-ordinating accommodation all over Europe. The form for your details can be found here

5. Donations of money http://donate.unhcr.org/international/syria




Thursday, 6 August 2015

Please Pray for Peace on the 70th Anniversary of Hiroshima


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Events in history which involve mass killings and destruction always elicit calls along the lines of 'never again' when these events are recalled on anniversary days. Today is the 70th anniversary of when America dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima which destroyed five square miles of the city and killed between 90,000 to 166,000 people.

Peace movements have been vocal in their condemnation of nuclear capability and have called for disarmament. There is more than enough evidence of Hiroshima to show leaders and policy makers and the global population the destruction that nuclear weapons can cause so why then is the world still facing a growing threat of nuclear conflict?

Russia spends more than a third of its defence budget on nuclear weapons. China is increasing its stockpile. Pakistan is buying battlefield nuclear weapons. North Korea, it is alleged, has 10 nuclear warheads. The question is not about which country has a bigger nuclear stockpile but, increasingly, becomes one about which country will push the button first?

Six years ago President Obama spoke about the dangers of the world becoming complacent about nuclear weapons. Today is a good reminder of why we cannot be complacent.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Please Pray for This Little Boy and Others Like Him




A viral image of a 9-year-old Filipino boy attempting to do homework in the street, under the dim light of a nearby McDonald’s, has prompted an international outpouring of donations, according to his stunned and delighted mother. “We’re overjoyed,” said Christina Espinosa, a grocery store worker who makes less than $2 a day, according to AFP. “I don’t know what I will do with all of these blessings.”

The photo of the diligent student, Daniel Cabrera, went viral shortly after a passerby posted an image of him on Facebook last moth. The image was shared nearly 7,000 times and drew the attention of local reporters. One month later, the family had received schoolbooks, clothing, a reading lamp and a college scholarship fund. Espinosa described her son as “studious” and determined to obtain an advanced degree.“He would insist on going to school even without his lunch money because I have no money to give,” Espinosa said.



Saturday, 20 June 2015

A Prayer on World Refugee Day

A Prayer for Refugees

Almighty and merciful God,
whose Son became a refugee
and had no place to call his own;

look with mercy on those who today
are fleeing from danger,
homeless and hungry.

Bless those who work to bring them relief;
inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts;
and guide the nations of the world towards that day
when all will rejoice in your Kingdom of justice and of peace;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen. 

Friday, 19 June 2015

A Comment on Race

I don't understand why the Americans are getting all upset about some woman telling everyone she is black when her parents were both of north European lineage. In England, half of our white teenage lads and pretty much every one of our Asian teenage lads seem convinced that they are black, gangster youth straight outta Compton. If you want to hear a proper English accent in one of our inner cities you have to go find someone newly arrived from Nigeria.

Courtesy of my favourite Priest: http://saintlaika.com/course-wrong/

Background to the story featured in the blog post can be found at:
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jun/15/rachel-dolezal-resigns-spokane-naacp-president-race-ethnicity