Monday, 11 July 2011

East Africa Drought

Last weekend we had the pleasure of welcoming Magnus MacFarlane Barrow to our home here at Aylesford. Magnus is the founder of Mary's Meals, an international organisation that offers a simple solution to world hunger. When you meet Magnus you are struck by his sincerity and commitment to the people he seeks to help. He is a man of deep faith and when you meet him you know, as Fr Brendan would say, you are in the presence of greatness. Mary's Meals offer's to the children of the poorest ofthe poor, a meal in a place of education. The meal provided is nourishing, the education provided enables the child to move out of poverty as they grow into adulthood. The figures are astounding. The charity now feeds 532,596 children each school day. The average cost to feed a child for a year is £9.40.

Magnus inspired many people here last weekend. Yesterday a family came in and made a donation to Mary's Meals. The news of the East African drought is disturbing many people and many are asking 'what can I do?' The answer is simple. Magnus teaches us that small acts of love can change people lives. To go without a bottle of wine, a take away meal, an evening in the pub will feed a child for a year. Mary's Meals have some projects in the drought area, and whatever you give will change a childs life. To help go to

The children of Turkana, Kenya, need the help of Mary's Meals more than ever.

Then the righteous will answer him and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?'
And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.'
Matt. 25: 37-40

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