Carelinks is a CCiL ministry that strives to enable the Church to act justly and to love mercy.
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to love the poor and the needy (Deut 15: 11) and to be the salt and light of the earth (Matt 5: 13-16). The main role of Carelinks is to encourage brothers and sisters as a church family to act justly and to love mercy at the church-wide, congregational and personal levels.
- Loving our neighbours: to provide money and/or time to helping those that are poor, hungry and in need.
- Outreach: to be imitators of Jesus and shine for him — through caring for others we are able to share Christ’s love and good news.
- Advocating social justice: from a personal or at a community level, in order to campaign against issues of injustice in the world and shine for Christ.
These are accomplished by:
- training and education to raise awareness among the church family and to put forward our motto ‘Put Love in Action’.
- supporting the local and global chosen organisations financially through donation to the Carelinks Fund and encouraging church family to pray for and take part in their programmes.
- promoting collaboration and coordination in social concern programmes originated from individual congregations
Pray for the people who are under the threat of climate change by Llord Fung 7/2020
In the midst of the pandemic, many of you might have experienced some level of anxiety and insecurity when facing job loss, or change of life. However, have you ever thought about the millions of people on the other side of the Earth, whose livelihood had been under the threat of climate change way before the pandemic began. Climate change is no longer just a theory or a hot summer, but an emergency that is posing an unprecedented threat against many. The consequence of climate change will probably outlast that of the pandemic and threaten more lives than ever before.
Last year, powerful cyclones swept through southern African countries like Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Record high temperature brought drought to India and South Africa. People in these regions not only had to endure the storms or droughts but also widespread famine that has only worsened due to the recent pandemic. Furthermore, the hunger and the weather may force millions to flee their home. Such a refugee crisis may put more pressure on regions that were already politically unstable and may potentially lead to civil unrest.
Recently, the UN World Food Program has issued warnings after warnings on the threat of multiple food crises developing in the southern and eastern part of Africa. Oxfam recently suggested that if we don’t act now, deaths from the famine alone may outnumber deaths from the disease. For example, in Zimbabwe alone, people are facing the worst famine in the past 10 years after a combination of cyclones and droughts, with half the population (up to 8 million people) lacking basic food security and 90% of children under malnutrition.
Climate change is not a crisis for individual countries, but a global one. It also highlights the poverty gap and injustice among the international community. Often the countries who are affected most by climate change are developing countries, who are also the most vulnerable to extreme weather and least well equipped in the face of disaster. As Christians, we have to open our eyes to the facts of climate change and the injustice that came along. We should keep praying and lend our helping hands to those who are in need and under crisis. We should embrace those who are hurt while advocating for the weak and the vulnerable.
There are many things we can do as Christians in response to the crisis. Here are some suggestions.
- Think about how you can reduce your carbon emissions. It can be a change in lifestyle, like cutting meat consumption, or reducing your mileage in flights. You can reduce electricity usage by keeping boiler usage to a minimum, choosing not to use a tumble dryer or opting for more energy-efficient appliances.
- Pay attention to the people who are most impacted by climate change, especially the poor who often receive less media attention. Seek out more information about their situation and regularly pray for them.
- Donate to charities or international NGOs who you trust can deliver help to those in need.
- Spread the news and the awareness of the severe impact climate change can have, among your friends and family.
While the climate emergency can be overwhelming, we shall not lose faith. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7, NIV) The pandemic has shown us that we have the capacity to reach out to our community, to help out our neighbours and to show love in the time of crisis. As a church, let us not lose our loving heart even after the pandemic, but to extend our love, care and prayer to the furthest corner of our world, to the oppressed and the poor, the same way Jesus did in His time on Earth.