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Charity Begins At Home

I was slightly irked to see an article entitled “Will you help train a priest in Africa?” in the latest Church Times. The Church Times has a fund called the TAP (Train a priest) Fund. My understanding is that it is mainly used to support priests in the UK.

I am not at all suggesting that we shouldn’t share our resources with Christians in the wider world but it just seems so ill timed when the COE (Church of England) is cash strapped and there are talks of clergy losing their jobs.

This is a subject that has been on my mind for the past 24 months. I try and support the Mothers Union by buying greetings cards in bulk as I am always writing to people. However, I am always bothered by “foreign” faces at the back of these cards and on their websites. The Mothers Union was started to help local women and it has now evolved into an international charity. I also know that Mothers Union helps 100s of families in the UK so why only focus on their international work? Is it because that’s what sells? Does it make one feel good about supporting someone in a third world country?

Maybe we prefer to help “others” while we ignore the poor who are right at our doorstep!