A letter from Bishop Bob Bennett. The complete letter on pdf, with response form, can be accessed by clicking here.
As the autumn arrives and many of us are enjoying the fruits of our vegetable gardens or an awareness of the productivity of Ontario farmers as we stroll through markets, it is a good time to consider the work of the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund.
We are reminded that PWRDF is the vehicle through which Canadian Anglicans walk in partnership with sisters and brothers throughout the world.
We are reminded that, as Canadians, we are in a position of privilege in relationship to much of the world. Many practise gardening and canning as a hobby or supplement to the food we enjoy, while for others in the world, it is the means by which any food supply is secured.
We are reminded of the ability to turn on a tap and obtain fresh water whenever we want and in quantities only limited by our personal budget.
We are reminded that food security means the Five A’s: access, acceptability, availability, appropriateness, and agency.
We are reminded that food security is a significant issue for a great part of the world and that it is an essential factor in so many other issues such as poverty and health and a peaceful life.
PWRDF is an important partner in several countries — from Cuba to Tanzania to Bangladesh — where work is being done by local non-government agencies (NGOs) to improve food security. PWRDF partners in these countries know the difference it can make in individual lives to be engaged in the production of healthy, adequate and appropriate food.
PWRDF has also recently been reaffirmed as an important partner with the government of Canada’s development program. A significant financial commitment has been made to the maternal and child health partnerships of PWRDF.
This means that donations to PWRDF can be matched.
Many of these programs affirm the possibility of ongoing, improved health where there is food security.
Through donations directly to PWRDF or through this Huron Hunger Fund annual Bishops’ Fall Appeal, Anglicans in the Diocese of Huron have been contributing to Christ’s ministry of healing beyond our own boundaries.
Shortly after its creation, the Huron Hunger Fund recognized the wisdom of supporting the expertise and network of PWRDF as a national Anglican relief and development program. Not only are we able to be a part of people’s efforts to build a better life but we can be poised, through PWRDF, to respond to emergencies that happen both in Canada and in other countries.
Please consider prayerfully your contribution to this ministry within the Anglican Church of Canada. If you have given before, thank you for your continued support. If you are considering the choice for the first time, among all the choices donors have before them today, please visit the PWRDF website at www.pwrdf.org and read for yourself about the quality of our organization and the difference our gifts are making.
May this season bless you with a fruitful harvest.
Rt. Rev. Robert F. Bennett
Bishop of Huron