May 14th, 2019
A lever to lift the world
“Archimedes said: ‘Give me a lever and a fulcrum, and I will raise the world.’ What he was unable to get because his request…was not addressed to God, the saints have obtained in full measure. For fulcrum, the Almighty has given them Himself, Himself alone! For lever, prayer, which enkindles the fire of love. And so it is that they have lifted the world; and the saints on earth still lift it, and will lift it till the end of time.” Saint Therese of Lisieux
HART is a small Christian charity which works by leverage. We aspire to raise up people and organisations to fulfil their destiny. And the greatest lever we have is prayer, because that is what lifts people and organisations into the presence of the One who can do all things.
We are writing this to invite you to join us in raising the world through prayer. Many of the people around the world whom we help are unreached by major aid organisations – simply because they are very hard to reach, for geographical or security reasons. Much of what we aim to achieve appears impossible on a human level.
So thank you for joining us, as we give praise for answered prayer. And as you lay our needs on the fulcrum of the Almighty, we pray that you in turn will receive a renewed sense of His peace.
In March, Baroness Cox led a team from HART to Burma, to see if it were possible to introduce rehabilitation for disabled people – a concept which is practically unknown in this tragically war-torn country.
Included in the team was Vardan Tadevosyan from Nagorno-Karabakh, who recently celebrated 20 years as Director of the pioneering Lady Cox Rehabilitation Centre in Stepanakert.
Before we arrived, our local Christian partner Dr Sasa mobilised 200 people who committed to praying for our visit: one hour, every morning, for a month. Their prayers were clearly heard. In the fortnight before we flew in, Dr Sasa managed to meet the British Ambassador, the head of the Red Cross in Burma, and the head of the World Bank in South-east Asia.
God had paved the way for us, and we were able to place our vision before key door-openers in Yangon. Please pray for them as they now weigh up our proposals, and share our vision with their contacts.
To assess receptivity to rehabilitation training, we also visited Shan State and provided a taster session for Community Health Workers.
As we talked with the health workers, a critical need emerged. These dedicated, self-sacrificing volunteers act as midwives in remote areas, but have no idea of how to deal with breach births. As a result many babies – and sometimes even mothers – die in a forlorn attempt to reach a hospital many hours away.
And yet the answer is close at hand. Our partner Dr Sasa, from Chin State, spent five years working with Kathy Mellor, a British Neonatal Nurse specialist, to create a handbook for Burmese midwives which is more than 95% pictures. It can be used by health workers from any language group, and even by those who are illiterate.
As an immediate, life-saving response, HART aims to buy 1000 copies of this handbook and to transport them to Shan State for use by the Community Health Workers. Each handbook costs $10 or £7.50.
Desperate and dire in Africa
We are also providing hygiene kits for girls at the Hai Masna refugee camp in South Sudan – you can get an idea of the desperate conditions there from the picture below. Each kit consists of a bucket, soap, underwear and sanitary pads, and costs £10.
If as you pray you feel called to plant physical seeds as well as spiritual ones, this would be a great way to do so. Do get in touch with me if interested.
Or if you would prefer to support our general running costs, which are essential to enable HART to survive, you can do so here.
Finally, please pray with us for Nigeria, where HART has several partners. This year hundreds of Christians have died in Nigeria at the hands of the Boko Haram terrorist group and of Fulani herdsmen.
The UK Government has been reluctant to acknowledge a religious dimension to these killings. On 9 May, it recognised for the first time that “religion is a factor” in these killings and that “the situation of Christians in Nigeria is dire”.
This admission came two days after attacks at and near a hospital in Molai, in Borno State. A local source writes: “There are many Christians in Molai, and we are once again faced with internal refugee crises. Houses were burnt down. We lost a member of our church. She was burnt with her children in her car.”
Our partner Bishop Benjamin Kwashi of Jos writes: “We will continue to put forward evidence and cry to God and men of compassion and goodwill: Stop the Killing!”
Thanks for standing with us.
Together with Baroness Cox and the HART team
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