Enough is enough

Yesterday, the Church of England lectionary invited us to remember the Ugandan martyrs of 1886 and 1978. The earlier martyrs are credited with the resurgence of conversion to Christianity in Africa in the later 19th century, while the martyrs of 1978 were victims of persecution under Idi Amin. (This persecution is the reason why Archbishop John Sentamu fled to the UK.)

I’m not tremendously au fait with the calendar of saints’ days and remembrances, so this came as something of a surprise to me during college worship yesterday morning. Within minutes of the service beginning, we were listening to a recording of Ugandan singing. I shut my eyes and was instantly transported back to the church in Ogongora, where I’d heard near identical singing just three months ago. [Funnily enough, I’d only been remembering on my way to college that today marks exactly three months since we returned.]

Dave’s video of the singing at Ogongora church.

It’s highly appropriate that this date falls at the beginning of a week in which the IF campaign holds a massive gathering to highlight the issue of global hunger and injustice in the final weeks before the G8 summit begins. This Saturday, thousands will gather in Hyde Park to campaign for an end to hunger and poverty. (Sadly, I can’t be there thanks to a Vicar Weekend.) Next Saturday, a similar event will take place in Belfast, prior to the summit beginning on June 17th in Northern Ireland.

This connection wasn’t lost on the person leading the service, as we meditated on the Feeding of the Five Thousand and prayed for those in Uganda who still face the injustice of poverty today. I saw that injustice at first hand on our trip – like the nursery school children whose lunch (provided by the church) might be their only meal of the day. The children whose chances of making the most of their education is negatively impacted by the fact that their parents can’t afford to give them breakfast or lunch. The grandmother who goes hungry so that her grandchildren will be less hungry.

Serving lunch in OgongoraLunch at Ogongora Nursery 

If you’re able to get to Hyde Park this Saturday, or Belfast’s Botanic Gardens a week on Saturday, then DO! If you can’t, you can ‘show your face’ in support of the campaign, via this link.

The work we saw as part of the PEP programme in Uganda is making a massive difference – but it’s not enough.

What IF there was enough food for everyone?

Comments

  1. Great reminder Liz
    So appropriate.

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