Imagine what it must be like to have a menstrual period and not be able to afford anything to use as a sanitary pad to stop the blood from staining your skirt.
And not to be able to afford soap either......
How shameful and disgusting that must feel.
The people at Tools for Self Reliance are concerned about this problem which affects thousands of girls and women in Africa and have sewing machine refurbishment and reusable sanitary pad manufacturing projects to help address it.
Please bless the work of this practical charity and others like it, and the people that benefit from them.
O God, we pray for all those in our world
who are suffering from injustice:
because of their race, color, or religion;
for those imprisoned
for working for the relief of oppression;
for those who are hounded
for speaking the inconvenient truth;
for those tempted to violence
as a cry against overwhelming hardship;
for those deprived of reasonable health and education;
for those suffering from hunger and famine;
for those too weak to help themselves
and who have no one else to help them;
for the unemployed who cry out
for work but do not find it.
We pray for anyone of our acquaintance
who is personally affected by injustice.
Forgive us, Lord, if we unwittingly share in the conditions
or in a system that perpetuates injustice.
Show us how we can serve your children
and make your love practical by washing their feet (and by putting our hands in our well-filled pockets to support them).
(after Mother Teresa of Calcutta)
Sometimes life doesn’t go the way we expect.
Sometimes life doesn’t give us what we want.
Sometimes we’d like a little help.
Sometimes we need a pint of milk.
Sometimes we run out of bread, or fancy an egg.
Sometimes you’d like to talk.
Sometimes we need to listen.
Sometimes we need help to pray.
Sometimes we just would like a little extra care.
In these extraordinary times, in this crazy situation.
Circumstances beyond our wildest dreams,
beyond our darkest imaginings.
If you feel under pressure and would like a little extra help or an understanding ear. Help to talk to God.
Or a pint of milk, a loaf of bread and half a dozen eggs,
A box of matches or a few batteries.
Then push the button below to email us
and someone will be there Just for you.