Love the Street evangelism training in Norwich
The team from St Thomas Church, Norwich will brave the heat and 95% humidity to help some of the country’s most vulnerable children access education with the charity Street Child.
Revd David Lloyd, Associate Vicar of St Thomas said:
"We have 12 runners and one filmmaker going out to encourage the work of the charity and to raise the profile of Churches for Street Child to encourage more churches to engage in the work of the charity.
"Many of the social workers and programme directors in Sierra Leone are church pastors and they greatly value our support and prayers. We will be linking with churches, visiting the projects that do a number of things such as; care for street children and Ebola orphans, build schools in areas where there are none and support family businesses so that they do not lose their children to the street. We also support three schools out in Sierra Leone so we will be spending time playing games with the children and sharing gifts and scrapbooks the children from our church have made."
One of the team's runners, Joel said:
"I’m really looking forward to running alongside my brother and other friends within our group. It’s going to be a tough challenge but I’m excited to take it on and complete it!‘ I thought it would be an adventurous experience to go to Sierra Leone to see the work that Street Child is doing, while running a marathon along the way. It will be tough, but I think a lot of motivation on the day will get me past the finish line.’
The youngest fundraiser for the team is Revd David's son Zach. He has been collecting people’s loose change and has reached nearly £500.
This Saturday (20 May) at 7.30pm the church are holding a fundraising evening at St Albans Church, Grove Walk where the STN gospel choir and other local musicians will be playing. The event is free to attend but donations are warmly welcomed.
Last Christmas the church also released a charity cookbook filled with sweet recipes. 60 recipes were contributed to the book from 70-year-old church regular Norma to the Bishop of Norwich and proceeds were donated to Street Child's Ebola Orphan Appeal.
Speaking soon after the book was launched Revd Dave Lloyd said:
"When we first decided to publish a cookbook we decided to see how much - rather than how little - people would pay for a book, knowing that the more they give, the more children are helped. We sold 50 books on the first day - we even sold a book for £250!"
Nearly 300 charity cookbooks sold raising £2500 for the charity. The remaining cookbooks will be on sale at the fundraising evening on Saturday.
The annual Sierra Leone Marathon takes place this year on Sunday 28 May and since it started has raised over £1.5million. The team from St Thomas along with over 400 other runners from all corners of the globe will pound the course as it winds around bustling Makeni, the third largest city in Sierra Leone and home to Street Child’s first-ever project.