#Lent2022Challenge

“No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you.   Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people.   Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless.   Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.” — Isaiah 58:6-7 (NLT)

According to Wikipedia :

Lent (Latin: Quadragesima, ‘Fortieth’) is a solemn religious observance in the Christian liturgical calendar commemorating the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert, according to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, before beginning his public ministry, during which he endured temptation by Satan.

Although the traditions vary between different Christian denominations and local customs, Lent is usually a period that starts on Ash Wednesday (the day after Shrove Tuesday – also known as Pancake Tuesday) and ends at Easter.

According to Christianity.com :

The idea of fasting around the time of Easter goes back to the days of the early Church 2,000 years ago. For some years after the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Christians fasted from all food and drink between Good Friday and Easter Sunday – marking the time period between his death and the discovery that his tomb was empty. Lent, as we now know it, has its origins about 900 years after Jesus. There was international agreement that there should be a season of prayer and seeking forgiveness lasting 40 days – plus Sundays – leading up to Easter Sunday.

Traditionally it was a time of fasting from certain foods such as eggs, meat, fish and fats. Nowadays people might give up a luxury food – such as chocolate. They may also give up an activity such as using social media or drinking alcohol.

But what does the Bible teach us about fasting?

“No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you.   Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people.   Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless.   Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.”

— Isaiah 58:6-7 (NLT)

Fasting isn’t just about food; and it’s clear from Scripture that fasting isn’t just about giving something up – it’s about giving!

From 2nd March onwards, for forty weekdays (excluding Sundays) until Easter Sunday on 17th April, we’re asking you to give up one item from your wardrobe or cupboard that you no longer need – rags, bags, boots, or books; unwanted clothing; or even a tasty treat that you give up for a day – and bag it or box it.  

At the end of the challenge, show that you are UNITED IN CARING and donate it to give it to those in need.  

Clothing and other suitable items are sent to those in need in Uganda and Kenya; food items are donated to local FoodShare.  

Of course, to make this work, we need money just as much as we need the items that you have given.   It takes financial resources to make all this happen, to collect and to distribute the food items to the FoodShare, and to send other items given to those in need in Uganda and Kenya.

Together, UNITED IN CARING, we can make a real difference in people’s lives in communities all over the world.  

Let’s make Lent this year a special time.   A time when we fast from the things we don’t need, and we also give what we give up to those who are in need.

In this way, we walk more closely to the will of God, we walk more closely with God; and as we do so, may we approach this Easter with a greater sense of gratitude and appreciation of the wonderful gift of life and love in the name and the person of Jesus Christ, our Saviour.

You can find out more about the challenge and sign up on our partner website #Lent2022Challenge – United In Caring.

May we pray.   Heavenly Father, as we look forward to this period of Lent, we consider how You would have us fast, and how You would have us look after those in need.   Help us to be compassionate and help us to be generous.   We ask this in the name of Jesus, as we also meditate on the 40 days of His temptation.   Amen.


We’d love you to get involved with the #Lent2022Challenge! Why not join us? Let us know if you do – getintouch@misfitsministries.co.uk. May God Bless You.

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