Reaching people on the margins

Reaching people on the margins

Rebecca Woollgar, Volunteering Manager for the Anglican mission agency USPG, reflects on the inspirational work of Anglican churches in Brazil and Wiltshire, and concludes there is no ‘us and them’ Anglican Life USPG What is the church for? For me it’s about acknowledging we all have something to offer – there is no ‘us and […]

Bravery, dignity and what it means to carry the cross of Jesus

USPG’s International Programme Manager Davidson Solanki reflects on his recent trip to Sri Lanka to observe the work of the Church of Ceylon The Church of Ceylon in Sri Lanka is punching above its weight. The Anglican Church in Sri Lanka is a minority within a minority – the country is approximately 70.2 per cent Buddhist, 12.6 per cent Hindu and 9.7 per cent Muslim (according to the 2011 census), with 7.4 per cent Christians, of which 6.1 per cent are Roman Catholics. So Anglicans are numbered among the country’s tiny 1.3 per cent non-Catholic Christian population. But Sri Lanka’s Anglicans do not let their small numbers prevent them from working hard to support the neglected and marginalised. In particular, I was impressed by their strong focus on working with communities still suffering in the aftermath of Sri Lanka’s 26 year civil war. Though the conflict ended in 2009, there are poor communities that have received little help in terms of rehabilitation and many people […]

Mothers and babies are given hope and new life

Mothers and babies are given hope and new life

USPG International Programmes Manager Fran Mate reports on a programme run by the Anglican Church of Tanzania that is enabling mothers with HIV to deliver healthy babies.   Anglican Life USPG   The women I was talking to had tears in their eyes. They were so happy to discover their children had been born healthy, […]

A tantalising glimpse of hope

A tantalising glimpse of hope

Rachel Parry, USPG’s Director of Global Relations, reflects on an inspiring but challenging trip to meet peace advocates in Israel/Palestine   Anglican Life USPG     I spent a life-changing four days in Israel/Palestine last year and have been reflecting deeply on it ever since. I was in a mixed Christian and Jewish group from […]

Anglicans in Malawi are bringing education to girls

Anglicans in Malawi are bringing education to girls

Fran Mate, USPG Programmes Manager for Africa, reports on how the holistic mission of the Anglican Church in Malawi is helping to improve lives.   It started with the observation that girls were dropping out of school and a desire to do something about it. There was a clear gender divide between boys and girls, […]

Reaching out to girl refugees in Athens

Reaching out to girl refugees in Athens

Anglican Life USPG   A home for unaccompanied female refugees is meeting a vital need, writes the Rev Deacon Chris Saccali, who is the Anglican Church in Greece Refugee Response Facilitator.     A girl from Kuwait, not yet a teenager, had become separated from her parents as they travelled through Greece and found herself […]

The key to global mission

The key to global mission

USPG International Programmes Manager Davidson Solanki explores what it means for the global church to work, learn and grow together as the family of God.   I want to introduce the theological idea of ‘Incarnational Trinity’ because I think it sums up my understanding of what it means to participate in global mission. We are […]

The challenges of international development

The challenges of international development

Anglican Life USPG Naomi Herbert, Director of International Programmes for the Anglican mission agency USPG, reports on a hidden side of Madagascar.   We know that Madagascar is on the tourist trail, with the most amazing natural beauty and rare animal species. But my recent visits with USPG have taken me to the hidden side […]

The trip that challenged my lifestyle

The trip that challenged my lifestyle

The Rev Tim Harford, Communications Director with the Anglican mission agency USPG, felt challenged and inspired when he visited a community development programme run by the Episcopal Church in the Philippines.   One of the blessings of working for an international mission agency is that it constantly challenges how I see the world and my […]