GB England & Wales is attempting to mobilise 500 members of all ages to make individual cards of hope for the kidnapped Chibok girls in Nigeria.
These cards will presented by a GB delegation to the UK Foreign Office and hopefully to the Prime Minister at Number 10 in mid-March, close to the one year anniversary of the abductions.
Participation & Advocacy Co-ordinator Dr Claire Rush shares ‘It’s more than 270 days since over 250 girls were kidnapped from their boarding school in Nigeria. Today, 219 remain missing. Six of these young women are thought to be our GB sisters. Girls’ Brigade cares for these young women because God cares for them. He has not forgotten their names.
‘By participating in this positive collective action, you’ll be making a difference. You’ll also be empowering the young people in your GB group to act against an injustice and help bring God’s hope and light into this dark situation. You’ll be using your influence in a positive way. The UK government is elected to represent our views. By creating cards of hope, we’re demonstrating that young people across the UK care about these young women. And our members do care. In our 2014 #BeTheChange survey, 68.8 per cent of members stated they wanted to live in a world where every child had access to education without fear of violence.’
Taking part is very simple. Download the resource pack below and follow the instructions. Download the appropriate card template - there are cards created for primary and secondary age children and young people as well as adults. You could do this activity as an opening or closing reflection or even in a church service. Please try to encourage as many people as possible to take part.
Collect the cards and either hand deliver them to us at the start of GB’s conference on 7 March 2015 in Bedford or post them to the GBEW Support Centre - Claire Rush, The Girls’ Brigade England & Wales, Cliff College, Calver, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S32 3XG.
Together, let’s continue to spread hope for these young women. As Ephesians Ch.3:20 reminds us, God can do immeasurably more than we can ever imagine.
Any questions? Contact Claire.
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