Bush Church Aid is providing care in Christ’s name at a challenging time for many rural communities.
As you have no doubt seen in the media these last few weeks, a severe drought is gripping the country. This drought is affecting whole communities. With lower incomes and money being driven into feeding livestock, resources are low, spending at local businesses dwindles, and mental health is affected.
Many supporters have been in touch with us asking how they can support a Christian response to the drought through BCA.
I have been talking to those on the ground in affected communities, asking how we can best support them in this time of challenge.
We are currently accepting applications for funding from our Field Staff, and local churches and Dioceses in affected areas. Many of these initiatives include buying vouchers from local shops to hand out to those in need. This not only support farmers practically, but also gives local businesses a boost. Churches are also organising prayer meetings and social events to foster community and solidarity.
Our focus is on caring practically for farmers and their communities, and partnering with those on the ground to deliver the help that is most needed as quickly as possible.
Funds for these initiatives come from Bush Church Aid’s Kirkby Trust. The Kirkby Trust is a tax deductible fund, designed to provide direct relief of suffering, distress, misfortune or sickness in the bush.
Praise God that through this Trust we can provide immediate relief to drought-affected communities.
At this stage, Bush Church Aid is not launching a new fundraising appeal. We plan to first spend the money we have in reserve for such crises. This allows us to be good stewards of the money generously provided by you in the past.
Thank you for your continued support of remote, rural and regional Australia. Our Field Staff and ministries could not continue under God without your prayers and financial support.
Bush Church Aid