Over the last couple of months, we’ve all been adjusting to the new reality we’re living with – a time that’s come with real hardship for many in our communities. As the coronavirus reaches the developing world though, there is a significant danger that it could have horrific consequences for some of the poorest and most vulnerable people on the planet.

 

That’s why we’re launching the Catalyst COVID-19 Crisis Fund.

 

As I’ve prayed, I’ve felt God keenly highlight the story of Lazarus and the rich man from Luke 16:19-31, and the prophetic sense that crying out to God to help the poor must be a key priority for us as a movement. I felt God speak to me about raising £100,000 in the next three weeks to stand with those facing acute, extreme poverty at this time of crisis. In nations like Nigeria, Liberia and Pakistan, whole communities are beginning to go hungry and are in desperate need of emergency food and medical supplies. This will fund life-saving work by local churches who are embedded in those communities and able to respond quickly and sustainably. If you would like to hear more about the vision, please check out this short video here.

 

I want to urge all of us to join together and pray for God’s provision. Additionally, if you are able to join us in giving, the best way is via direct bank transfer using these bank details:

 

Account Name: Catalyst Network of Churches
Account Number: 65626678
Sort Code: 08-92-99
Reference: COVID19
Gift Aid Form: Click here

 

You can also give online directly using the Paypal button below or by clicking here. If you are able to claim Gift Aid on your donation, that will also make a big difference to this work by allowing us to boost your donation by 25p for every pound given, at no extra cost to you. To do that, just fill in the Gift Aid form here.



Thank you for joining us in this moment to act, to give, and to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters across the globe.

 

Simon Holley
Catalyst Team Leader

By Simon Holley

Simon Holley

Simon has co-led King’s Arms Church in Bedford since 2002 and became lead elder in 2006. He leads the Catalyst Team, and supports and teaches at churches around the world. Simon’s married to Caroline, and they have three children.