Again, this year with PUSH, we are embarked Operation PUSH & Share.

Our Goal with Operation PUSH & Share

As a church we wanted to take advantage of the season of fasting to gather over 1500 kg of food supplies to donate to the Foodbank by giving up two meals a day, and using the cost of those daily meals to buying food for the poor.

For example: A 3 person household with a weekly shopping budget of £50, could spend up to £30 buying food stuff from the list attached. This food was  brought to church on a weekly basis over the month of fasting.

Thanks to all those who gave...

We decided to approach the fasting season in this way as according to a BBC report in 2015, in the financial year 2014-15 over 1 million people were recorded to have visited a Foodbank (a Christian charity run by the Trussell Trust) to get supplies of emergency food. This number was an increase of about 19% from the previous year. The indication is that there is a growing number of people who find themselves in a desperate situation where they are not able to feed themselves. As a church we examined what our response shouldbe to the needs so clearly displayed around us.

Jesus said in *Matthew 25:35 to the righteous who would inherit the kingdom of God “for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;” In *James 2:15-16 the bible says “If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?” As Christians we have a clear mandate from the Lord to take care of those in need.

There is also an added dimension of care for the needy that is expected of the believer in a season of fasting. In Isaiah 58, God clearly states what He expects from His people during a time of fasting (+Verse 6-7: “This is the kind of fast day I’m after: to break the chains of injustice, get rid of exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed, cancel debts. What I’m interested in seeing you do is: sharing your food with the hungry, inviting the homeless poor into your homes, putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad, being available to your own families.”)

Apart from giving being the right thing to do, God promises us a blessing for doing so. Isaiah 58 continues in Verse 8-9: “Do this and the lights will turn on, and your lives will turn around at once. Your righteousness will pave your way. The God of glory will secure your passage. Then when you pray, God will answer. You’ll call out for help and I’ll say, ‘Here I am.’”

*Scriptures from New King James translation of the bible
+Scriptures from The Message translation of the bible