Posted on April 9, 2020
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… ACT supporter Ronke Joseph shares her thoughts on Easter.
When you think of Easter what thoughts come to your mind? Is it the cross … on a hot bun, eggs, bunnies or simply the season of Spring? These are usually not far from all our minds in this part of the western world. However, there is one thing in common and that is ‘new life’. Christians believes that Easter represents the time that Jesus died for the sins of the world and was resurrected to bring new life to all who believe in Him. This belief is pivotal to the Christian faith.
Those with less of a religious outlook may see Easter as a time to share chocolate eggs and bunnies. The story of the Easter Bunny dates back to the 19th Century where it was believed that the Easter Bunny lays, decorates and hide eggs. This probably is the origin of the Easter egg hunt, which both children and adults alike enjoy.
Tying these two sets of beliefs together is Spring, the season of the year when Easter is celebrated. For those who live in the parts of the world that experience the four seasons (Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn), it goes without saying that spring is a season of hope, promise, newness and rebirth. It is that time when we wake up to fresh crisp mornings, birds tweeting, pretty little flowers beginning to poke out of the soil, all tell-tale signs of new life in nature.
Just like with the seasons, the spring time of a pregnant woman connotes joy, hope and promise as she anticipates the new life that will be welcomed into the world. Sadly, not all such births have a happy early start, mid-life or ending and this is where African Child Trust (ACT) comes into play. ACT was formed to help minimise the impact of a vulnerable early childhood due to the loss of one or both parents and the disadvantages that may ensue.
Spring, this year, comes with a worldwide challenge of dealing with the immediate effects of Covid-19 and the difficulties it poses in so many countries now in lock down. It is coupled with the sense of sadness and loss for each person that has passed away as a result of this terrible virus. Even in these uncertain times, ACT is committed to offering continued support to widows and orphans in the 8 African countries where we have a presence.
Supporting and educating orphans and the children of widows is a role that the organisation takes very seriously, which is why I am a committed supporter and a part of it. ACT believes that the life of every child matters. Many of the children that are supported live in rural areas and the loss of a father, usually the bread winner, leaves a widowed mother to fend for the family with little or no resources. ACT not only educates the children, but also works to empower the widows through literacy education and training in business skills which in turn allows them to earn a living in a sustainable way. The nearly 8,000 children and women they have supported in nearly 22 years is a testimony to these.
Easter, like Christmas, is a time for giving and sharing. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice by giving His life for the world. Mary, his mother also made a huge sacrifice by accepting her son’s mission that led him to the cross. Please reflect on what you also can sacrifice for a child to have the opportunity of an education, so they can achieve their potential in life.
At ACT we hope we never miss the opportunity to empower the future generation of world changers. Can we count on you to come with us on this journey?
As Easter brings new life and promises, you can bring the same to many disadvantaged African children yet to be supported and are looking to ACT for help through our child sponsorship program.
It’s likely that with the lockdown sales of Easter eggs this year will be significantly lower than in the past year. Would you consider using the amount you would have spent on Easter eggs to support a child in need?
To find out how you can sponsor one or more children with ACT please click here