“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”(Matthew 24:40, NIV)

In our 2018 Lenten Hope Chest Campaign, the children of Holy Trinity, Oxford, learned about the ways they could be the hands and feet of Jesus in a troubled world.

The children chose gifts they wanted to give to those less fortunate than themselves from Episcopal Relief & Development’s Gifts for Life catalog. They selected four different gifts on which they wanted to focus their fundraising efforts. During the five Sundays in Lent, they provided information to the congregation on the ways in which the gifts would help children just like them.

We’re thrilled to report that our congregation’s generosity this year has allowed us to raise $1,266 – a 33% increase over our 2017 amount. (This brings the total raised in less than one year to over $2,200!) This highly successful campaign would not have been possible without our Godly Play Coordinator, Elizabeth Taylor, who encouraged so much participation from the children, and to the children themselves, who advocated for the underprivileged.

Submitted by Chris Williams, Episcopal Relief & Development coordinator at Holy Trinity, Oxford.