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Lent is a time of spiritual challenge, uniting our own sacrifices with Christ’s life-giving and eternal Sacrifice.

But whatever we ‘give up’ this Lent, please... Don’t Give Up on Them!

With an end to armed conflict on the horizon in Syria and Iraq, it is easy to assume that the worst is over, but for displaced families still living under threat of violence, and unable to return to their homes, the harsh reality is that daily life is still a struggle for survival.

These families have had to give up everything for their faithfulness to Christ, so this Lent we are asking parishes, schools and groups, once again, to support refugee families in Syria and Iraq with Survival Packs – emergency aid to help them until it is safe for them to rebuild their lives and communities

We ask for prayers for the huge numbers of forgotten Christians in Africa, where growing Islamisation is leaving them vulnerable to targeted attacks and to displacement on a huge scale, such as in Eritrea, Sudan, Nigeria and Central Africa Republic, where Christians rely on the Church for basic essentials and for spiritual support and comfort.

How you can help?

This Lent you can help support displaced families who have lost everything with a Survival Pack.

Survival Pack  include the essentials they need to survive - Food, Water, clothing and shelter.  

A £38 survival pack
can help
support a family for 1 week

A £166 survival pack
can help
support a family for 1 month


A £500 survival pack
can help
support a family for 3 month



Prayer and reflections materials, Lent 2017

Join us in prayer this Lent, and remember Christians around the world persecuted for their faith.

Each week's prayer material will focus on a country where the Faithful are suffering.  

First Sunday of Lent
Sunday 5th March

Second Sunday of Lent
Sunday 12th March

Third Sunday of Lent
Sunday 19th March

Fourth Sunday of Lent
Sunday 26th March

Fifth Sunday of Lent
Sunday 2nd April

Sixth Sunday of Lent
Sunday 9th April

Latest Syria report
'Please don't give up on Aleppo'

ACN's John Pontifex reports back from the Syrian city besieged for four years: 

THOUSANDS upon thousands of people in the bomb-blasted city of Aleppo depend on you, the friends of Aid to the Church in Need, for their every need – food, shelter, medicine and clothes. Your prayers, your compassion and your commitment to their pastoral needs have got them through what has been described as one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters. Barely two weeks aft er a ceasefire that finally brought a halt to the fighting, a team from ACN went into the city. We found families in shelters and in devastated homes – people who had been fed and housed thanks to your compassion and generosity.

Download here our latest report on the humanitarian situation in Syria.