Living Hope Group at Elizabeth of Christ

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13 October, 2020

Living Hope was formed in 2018 to provide support for parents who are living with, or supporting family members, who are either addicted to substances or suffering from mental health issues. When a person is caught up in addiction or suffering from mental health problems it not only affects them but also the wider family.  It is particularly difficult for the parents who often feel like they are the only ones grappling with these issues.

This group is run by Pat Cailes and Mark Zerna and meets once a month with about 14 people being involved.  The meetings usually consist of a presentation either by video or a guest speaker on a topic that is relevant for those present.  Then there is an opportunity for anyone to share what has been happening in their situation and it ends with a time of praying for each other.

A variety of resources is available for group members and connections have been made with a local Christian counsellor and a drug service called Drug Arm.  As drug use continues to escalate around us, this type of support service will become increasingly important.  We are praying about setting up similar ministry in Elizabeth South where our church has an op shop and a small café.


 


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GMP Safe Water September 2020

Safe Water September

Record Fundraising by a National Community

In a year where a lot of people and a lot of organisations have been forced to look inward and scramble to keep the lights on, churches and individuals around Australia have demonstrated that unprecedented change and upheaval will not stop them from having a positive Kingdom impact on the world around them.

More than 300 people across more than 50 churches, schools, and clubs took the Safe Water September challenge this year, and drank just water for the month of September to raise money for life-changing safe water projects in rural Zimbabwe and Vanuatu through Global Mission Partners and Churches of Christ Overseas Aid.

This year the national community raised $177 666, breaking fundraising records for the second year in a row. By giving up all their non-water drinks like coffee, tea, and juice and inviting their peers, family, and friends to donate, challenge takers have raised enough to provide easy access to safe drinking water to approximately 8,000 people in remote and vulnerable communities.

A lack of access to safe drinking water has profound impacts on communities across the world. Clean water for drinking and washing is the easiest way to dramatically reduce illness in communities, particularly in children and infants. With easy access to clean water, people—particularly women and girls—no longer have to walk more than 30 minutes each day to get water for their families. That time can be re-invested into their families, their education, their farms, and their businesses.

The water projects funded by Safe Water September are community-led in partnership with Showers of Blessing, Zimbabwe, and the Conference of Churches of Christ in Vanuatu. You can find out more at [safewaterseptember.org.au](http://safewaterseptember.org.au/).

The embody and Global Mission Partners team would like to extend a massive thank you to all the churches and individuals around South Australia who participated in the challenge. Well done, and enjoy your drinks!

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