Celebrate Advent with the world church
During Advent, as we prepare for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, USPG is exploring with the world church the expectant hope of God’s greatest gift to us – the precious gift of human life.
Through the traditional advent themes of Patriarchs and Matriarchs, the Prophets, John the Baptist and the Blessed Virgin Mary, coupled with powerful stories from around the world church, we are able to glimpse something of the mystery, the fragility, the beauty, of the God who in Jesus is born as a precious baby, Emmanuel, God with us.
A story from Tanzania
The Anglican Church of Tanzania runs a vital USPG-supported programme to prevent the transmission of HIV from mothers to their children during pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. Outreach teams visit villages and homes to educate people about the risk of early marriage and pregnancies.
Mollen Paul was married at tender age of 13 years. After home deliveries, her first two babies died after being born prematurely when she was just 14 and 15 years old.
Mollen is now 34 and has a total of 8 children. On her last pregnancy she met with the Mobile Clinic Nurses from the HIV transmission prevention team. She was asked to test for HIV because she has a long history of illnesses and because her last-born child had died. She agreed and was found to be HIV positive.
Mollen received treatment from the HIV transmission prevention team and now has a 9 months baby called Agusta. Baby Agusta has recently tested HIV negative for the second time. She is left with one final test when she will be 12 months old, which will declare her an HIV free baby.
Mollen is so happy and said…. “God will reward those supporting this programme”.
Your gift to USPG this Advent can ensure the safety of other babies who are born today under the threat of HIV and AIDS in Tanzania.
We pray for baby Agusta, her mother Mollen, and so many others who are born under this terrible shadow in Tanzania; praying that those who work to overcome HIV and AIDS may be blessed, and that children may be born with the potential for fullness of life.
A story from Ghana
Gloria has two children, aged three and one and a half. She has benefitted from the Anglican Church’s Integrated Health Programme, in Cape Coast, Ghana, which is supported by USPG. This programme has helped to eradicate cholera in parts of the Cape Coast.
Before being part of the programme Gloria didn’t know that she needed to wash her children’s hands before they eat, or wash fruit and vegetable from the market, or wash her breasts before breast feeding. But now, because of the programme she knows and has severely reduced the risk of cholera in her children.
Your gift to USPG this Advent can ensure the safety of other children, at risk of contracting preventable diseases in Ghana.
We pray for all who work for and receive care from the Anglican Church’s Integrated Health Programme in Ghana. For those who bring life-saving knowledge, so that children and families may live healthy lives and fulfill their promised potential
Download your FREE Advent resources.
- Advent candles prayer card (PDF) to print or order online
- Advent meditation film looking at maternity care
- Advent Talk (PDF) and PowerPoint
- USPG Nativity drama (Word)
Donate to our Advent Appeal
Your gift to USPG this Advent could help to bring health, hope and prosperity to a child whose future would otherwise be very different. Please make a donation and change a life.