“We Are the First Generation to Have the Means to End Extreme Global Poverty”
The headline is actually a prayer – The Counting Prayer, which is offered as an invitation to individuals, communities, and congregations to join the fight to end global poverty. The prayer actually ends with “….pray that we have the will.”
Throughout Lent Episcopal congregations in Minnesota have demonstrated that prayer works – and that there is the will.
Among these is St. Anne’s, Sunfish Lake.
St. Anne’s is one of the four Episcopal congregations in the Diocese of Minnesota participating in the current Millennium Development Goals (MDG) pilot program, learning how to address the MDGs as a congregation. To kick-of this effort, a team of five individuals was trained to lead the program with the goal of a congregation-wide Lenten campaign. Through house parties, sermons, and story telling (also called personal narrative), St. Anne’s members exceeded their initial goal of 50% participation, raising $10,000.
However, for the St. Anne’s community, the goal wasn’t just about the dollar amount, the goal was about participation.
Rather than assign decision-making to a committee, St. Anne’s proceeded as a community to discern support for Operation Bootstrap Africa, a Minnesota-based, inter-denominational non-profit dedicated to helping people help themselves through education, Holy Cross Anglican School in Belize and Kiva microlending.
Through Kiva, St. Anne’s is providing support to: