40acts 2019: that's a wrap!

By Kezia Owusu | 29 April 2019

Another Lent has come and gone and once again we bore witness to thousands of acts of generosity.

It really is a privilege to sit behind the screen and produce a challenge that inspires a ripple of goodness into sometimes dry and tired lives. Though I can’t always feel the tangible impact of what we do, I know that the acts we have done over this Lent are causing a chain reaction of generosity that will hopefully keep picking up momentum.

Thousands of people across the world joined us to do Lent differently, and to every person we say a massive thank you and well done!

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The Morgan's Crazy Canoe Marathon

By Debbie Wright | 29 April 2019

 

‘Welcome to the Morgans’ latest slightly crazy project! We’re going to be paddling 127 miles over six days in May in a fundraising canoe marathon down the Thames from Witney to Westminster.’

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On Living Greatly

By Mark Greene | 26 March 2019 | Comments (1)

(This article first appeared in the March 22nd 2019 email from LICC’s Connecting with Culture series. Author Mark Greene has kindly allowed us to share it.)

Life is not a highlights reel. And nor are the great novels.

Inevitably, of course, screen and stage versions of big books like Victor Hugo’s much-adapted Les Misérables tend to focus on events that drive the narrative forward, moments of deep ethical challenge, intense emotion, and high personal jeopardy. But Hugo’s ambition for his tale of the gospel-fuelled transformation of Jean Valjean from disdained felon to selfless citizen went far beyond showing the triumph of godliness under extreme pressure. Rather, Hugo, whose faith position is disputed, is interested in portraying the possibility of radical consistent godliness worked out in everyday life.

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The Science of Generous Living

By Debbie Wright | 26 March 2019

 

We are halfway through 40acts 2019 and, along with many faithful followers, every year our generosity campaign attracts thousands of new activists who get caught up in this wave of giving and altruism.

We know because our inbox and social media channels are brimming with stories of generosity and giving that touch our hearts and souls. We read them aloud, share over coffee and pore over pictures of people carrying out heart-warming acts for their neighbour, friend, boss or stranger.

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Cyclone Idai Appeal - how you can help...

By Daniel Jones | 22 March 2019 | Comments (1)

16 March 2019.I the village of Inhamizua the secondary school was used as an emergency shelter for local residents. Approximately 300 people had sought shelter in the school, but several of the school buildings were damaged during the Cyclone Idai as it made landfall along the Central Coast of Mozambique, generating winds of over 200kph and torrential rain. The storm victims recounted stories of losing everything and not knowing what was next.  (General imagery of school, flooded land and woman standing holding child).

Cyclone Idai has swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, leaving behind a trail of destruction, killing hundreds of people and affecting an estimated 2.6 million people.

Houses, roads and bridges have been ripped apart and agricultural land is completely submerged. More than 1000 people are confirmed dead and 400,000 have lost their homes.

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FAQ: Why should I give?

By David Flowers | 21 February 2019 | Comments (2)

 

This is going to seem a bit like mum saying “it’s for your own good” as she tips cod-liver oil down your throat - but one of the main reasons for being generous is that: giving is good for you! It may be good for the recipient too, but, believe it or not, you benefit most from being generous. You really do. Here is the main reason why: giving breaks the power of money.

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Help shape the future of the Stewardship Giving Account

By Bethan Walker | 30 October 2018 | Comments (4)

From November 2018, Stewardship’s EAP community will take an important part in shaping the future of the Stewardship Giving Account. Our early adopters will be the first to trial the new-look Stewardship Giving Account and provide feedback about their experience.

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Uncomfortable hospitality - 40acts in ACTS

By Catherine Durant | 15 August 2017 | Comments (3)

40acts in Acts August challenge - a blog from Stewardship

The best hospitality I ever received was not comfortable.  In fact it was extremely uncomfortable.

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Three Steps to Raising a Generous Child

By Kato Nkhoma | 13 August 2017 | Comments (5)

...If Not Now, When?

I always found comfort in telling myself that I will teach my children the value of giving when they grow older. But that conversation changed my entire philosophy.

Children don’t learn through what we tell them, they learn through observation...

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Praying for enemies? - 40acts in ACTS

By Catherine Durant | 20 July 2017 | Comments (2)

40acts in ACTS - a blog from Stewardship

“Actually, the best thing you could do would be to pray for her...”

 As a 7 year old, this was my introduction to the concept of praying for ‘enemies’. There was another child at school who had been continually nasty to me for no apparent reason. And whilst being comforted by my mum, this was the suggestion she’d made.

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