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Dear Friends,

Back in January this year, I saw, in the Church Times, an advertisement from the charity Tearfund, appealing for donations for the people of Yemen. To be truthful I barely knew where Yemen was - apart from being 'somewhere in the Middle East'. I had heard, just before Christmas, about the bombing of the port of Hodaidah, the main port of Yemen, and there were a few stories in the media about a growing cholera crisis but apart from this I was unaware of Yemen's story.

Tearfund is a charity that works directly with churches: Sam Inglis had held a quiz in Tenbury in aid of this charity late last year. This is what Tearfund says about itself:"Tearfund is a Christian charity, called to follow Jesus wherever the need is greatest around the world. We help communities overcome the worst effects of poverty and disasters – we believe that the same people who face these issues, also have the best idea as to how they can overcome them. Tearfund works alongside local churches and other locally-based organisations in over 50 countries to help people realise their plans for a better future. In 50 years we've seen millions of lives restored and we won’t stop until poverty stops. Together there's more we can do".

Having seen the advertisement and then 'Googled' a bit I came across a film produced by the 'Unreported World' team of Channel Four which showed just exactly what had been taking place in Yemen - it was shocking and harrowing. Instead of preaching a Sunday sermon I decided to show some of our congregations, this film. After the film I asked that people respond in whatever way they could and thus our own Tearfund Yemen Appeal began. This is the point at which so many of you took over!

I am thrilled to say that £1644.33 has now been raised and is about to be sent to Tearfund. This has come from individual donations, PCC donations, a concert at St Michaels and another at Tenbury, a splendid lunch at St Michaels and from the Lent lunches. This is a magnificent response and I want to thank everyone who has been involved in this fundraising in any way - the organisers, participants, cooks, those who attended and donors.

When asked by a law expert 'What is the greatest commandment?', Jesus replied
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself."

Our Sunday church-going goes some way towards the first part of this commandment - loving God. But no amount of church-going will fulfil the second part because it is only by going out and loving and caring for one another both near and far, known and unknown that we can do what Jesus would have us do. THANK YOU for all that you have done for the people of Yemen - where the world's worst humanitarian crisis is taking place right now.

Revd Sian