EXTENDING A HELPING HAND
This month’s Pink Envelope is designated for the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF). This is an outreach arm of our national office that divides its funds between “relief”—immediate response to both natural and human-caused disasters throughout the world—and “development”—efforts to support sustainable communities in developing countries.
The Primate’s World Relief Fund was established in 1958 in response to the Springhill mining disaster where 75 miners lost their lives and people across the country wanted a way to respond to their stricken families. In 1969 “Development” was added to its mandate to help establish long-term support for communities most vulnerable to disaster around the world. Currently PWRDF is soliciting funds for Syrian refugee relief, the Canadian government matching its donations through to the end of 2015.
PWRDF operates entirely on the direct freewill offerings of individuals and churches across the country. The fund receives no financial support from our national church, and none of the apportionment payments our parish pays to our diocese are rerouted there. So our donations through our Pink Envelope program or directly, either online or through regular ongoing subscriptions, provide PWRDF with all its funding. To learn more, or to donate directly, please visit their website at www.pwrdf.org.
This is also an opportunity to inform you that, starting in the New Year, Pink Envelopes will be available to all church members, whether or not they give by way of envelopes. This is a vital part of our outreach ministry at St. Stephen’s.