Diocese of London Lent Appeal 2021
“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” 1 Peter 3:9 (NIV)
We know that our world is full of cycles of violence – where one person is hurt or feels slighted, and therefore returns the pain to another in a further act of violence.
To young Londoners who live in challenging or isolating circumstances it can seem that violence is all around. They can find it hard to imagine how to escape from violence in their own lives. They may not know where to turn for support.
Local charities are working with such young people, responding to their needs and addressing the root causes of the violence they experience. They are seeking a new future and a better inheritance for all young people, so that they can thrive and use their many gifts and creative talents to contribute to the common good.
As Christians we believe that in Jesus Christ we see how God’s love overcomes sin and death. We discover that we do not need to keep repaying evil for evil when God has given us the blessing of his love in Jesus Christ. We want every Londoner to know the love of God in Christ Jesus.
In our Lent campaign this year, we are asking for your support, through generous giving, to help young people inherit the blessing of living in safety and peace.
We know that Covid-!9 has made the world even less safe than it already was for many, through isolation, through having to be absent from school, and through precarious finances. As well as making young people less safe, it has also affected their mental health and their life chances.
By supporting the Diocese’s Lent appeal, you will be helping three London youth charities. All three are specialists in working with young people to reduce serious violence and help them live in peace and safety.
It is for this that you were called—that you might inherit a blessing.”
Will you give what you can this Lent to reduce serious youth violence so that our young people can inherit the blessing of living in peace and safety?