Raise Your Voices

Food from Day Five of Living Below the Line

2 slices of Sainsburys basics white bread: 4.5p
2 Sainsburys basics sauages: 14p
1/4 of a bag of Sainsburys basics chips: 23.2p
1/2 a packet of Sainsburys basics chocolate chip cookies: 22.5p
1/2 a filter coffee from 1822 café: 60p
1 Sainsburys basics tea bag: 0.4p
Sainsburys basics UHT skimmed milk used for tea: 1p

Total for my final day = £1.26
Total spent on myself in five days = £4.57

Living on £5 for five days was hard. Me and Florence spent many minutes deliberating over what to spend the money we had saved up on for a treat on our final day – cookies and a filter coffee. And the five pounds I had did not include water (17p for two litres), or my room with a bed and a shower and heating. Many of the people in poverty do not have somewhere like Sainsburys nearby, they must toil for their food, and walk miles for their water. This experience was a tougher one than I anticipated, with a very limiting and basic diet, but still this is not much difficulty compared to what so many people are going through. I see their pain, and am ever so grateful to all who have donated to Christian Aid through me Living Below the Line. So far I have raised £390, and have just discovered that I am 13th on a list of 236 people raising money. Wow! I did not expect to get this much raised, and with donations still appearing from friends and anonymous donors, I need to say again thankyou so much for helping.

Together with all the charities being worked for through Live Below the Line £648,074 has been raised, Christian Aid this year, £26,302 so far.

In St Peters Church Lampeter yesterday morning at the 8am Eucharist, Fr Chris Webb spoke of the hospitality of Abraham (Genesis 18:1-15). When Abraham saw three men appear, assumedly tired and hungry, he offered them rest, conscious of their possible embarrassment at asking for help said that he would bring only a little bread and water to sustain them, but actually hurried to prepare them a feast. We cannot be sure from the Bible passage that he knew they were angels, which emphasises this example of hospitality. Hebrews 13:2: “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.”

Hospitality of Abraham, Andrei Rublev, 15th century

Please keep donations coming in, raise your voices, spread the word, let’s help people in poverty…

Raise your voices, raise your voices
Praise to Him thy living word
To the Heavens high ascending
Raise your voices to the Lord

Though your nights be dark and fearful
Though we face the dimming day
Though the heart be sad and tearful
Trust Him, He will light the way

Raise your voices, raise your voices
Praise to Him the living word
To the Heavens high ascending
Raise your voices to the Lord

Through the mists in this vale of sorrow
Through the glass we but darkly see
We will rise again tomorrow
Then our eyes will lifted be

Raise your voices, raise your voices
Praise to Him the living word
To the Heavens high ascending
Raise your voices to the Lord

Long the road that has no ending
Far the path that has no turn
And the soul is never wending
To the place it first was born

See the host of Angels singing
When they hear that trumpet sound
When the piper’s call is ringing
Then shall my soul be ever homeward bound

Raise your voices, raise your voices
Praise to Him the living word
To the Heavens high ascending
Raise your voices to the Lord

Mountains tall and seas will thunder
One unceasing chorus ring
Heaven and earth will sleep no longer
Then the universe as one will sing

Raise your voices, raise your voices
Praise to Him the living word
To the Heavens high ascending
Raise your voices to the Lord
Raise your voices to the Lord

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