United Society Partners in the Gospel (USPG) has announced details of its Harvest Appeal for 2018.

This year’s appeal is to focus on a community development programme run by the Episcopal Church in the Philippines (ECP). ECP’s Receivers to Givers programme is said to help vulnerable communities to achieve financial sustainability. Outreach workers enable communities to identify income generation opportunities and provide low-interest loans so that these can be implemented. From the profit they make, communities are able to pay back their loans with a little extra so that other communities can also benefit, resulting in  ‘receivers’ being transformed into ‘givers’.

To date, income generation initiatives have included cultivating beans and mushrooms, making turmeric capsules, and creating sweet potato ice-cream.

A range of Harvest resources for churches, including films, are available from the USPG website.

USPG invites parishes to share in God’s global mission.

The USPG Partners In Mission scheme provides an opportunity for parishes in Britain and Ireland to support God’s global mission at a grassroots level through direct-giving.

There are 12 programmes around the world for parishes to choose from, with 100% of donations said to directly help the local church to fund its programme.

Partners In Mission has been designed so that both churches and individual givers can participate.

These church-led programmes range from protecting babies from HIV in Tanzania to combatting human trafficking in North India. Each addresses specific local priorities and is life-changing.

Once parishes have signed up to support their chosen programme, they will receive regular news updates and prayer requests.

Each programme is funded by USPG and has a specific financial target. Parishes are invited to join Partners In Mission to ‘make real the good news of Jesus Christ for marginalised communities around the world’.

Further information is available here.