Sunderland exhibition showcases Sierra Leone charity mission

SUBMITTED PIC  From: Jonathan Adams [mailto:adams.j@ntlworld.com]  Sent: 11 May 2012 14:31 To: Marissa Carruthers Cc: Martin Anderson Subject: NEWS RELEASE: Christian Aid Week   11 May 2012  While visiting Sierra Leone, north-east man Peter Murray was inspired by the strength and determination of the people he met.
SUBMITTED PIC From: Jonathan Adams [mailto:adams.j@ntlworld.com] Sent: 11 May 2012 14:31 To: Marissa Carruthers Cc: Martin Anderson Subject: NEWS RELEASE: Christian Aid Week 11 May 2012 While visiting Sierra Leone, north-east man Peter Murray was inspired by the strength and determination of the people he met.
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A TRIP to help Sierra Leone’s poverty-stricken children is being documented as part of Christian Aid Week.

Sunderland Minster is showcasing photographs chronicling Peter Murray’s journey to the Bonthe region of the West African country last year.

The Rev Martin Anderson with Christian Aid envelopes and map at Sunderland Minster

The Rev Martin Anderson with Christian Aid envelopes and map at Sunderland Minster

Peter was selected by Christian Aid to represent it on the trip.

During his visit, Peter, who has been supporting Christian Aid for more than 40 years, was able to meet people who are being supported by the charity.

In Sierra Leone, many children suffer from chronic malnutrition.

Christian Aid’s partner, the Methodist Church of Sierra Leone (MCSL), is helping communities by giving them the tools to work their way out of poverty.

Peter said: “I love going to new places and going to see Christian Aid partners’ work was great.

“I met some amazing people, including Mary Samuels, who had lived through civil war, but she was the engine behind the Village Development Committee, giving women and youths a voice.

“It was fantastic to see how people are being empowered and given the tools to help them out of poverty.”

Peter is now using his experience to encourage people to support Christian Aid Week this week.

His story featured in a special service for Central Sunderland Churches Together at Sunderland Minster last Sunday, led by the Reverend Jonathan Adams.

Photographs documenting his trip have been on show at the Minster all this week.

Reverend Martin Anderson, of Sunderland Minster, said: “The service carried a very powerful message and gave people an opportunity to come to together to worship, reflect and acknowledge the ongoing work of Christian Aid with partner organisations across the world.

“This week has been about highlighting the work that is being done.”

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