Sunday, January 20, 2019

WOW, what an exciting year!
PWRDF is celebrating our 60th Anniversary

A Worship Resource celebrating 60 years

By Suzanne Rumsey, PWRDF Public Engagement Coordinator

The Primate’s World Relief Fund (as it was first named) came into existence as a result of 
the Springhill Mine Disaster of 1958. On October 23 of that year, in Springhill, Nova Scotia, 
an underground “bump” in a coal mine trapped 174 men 4,000 feet underground. 
Seventy-five of the miners died. The tragedy moved Anglicans and other Canadians to 
respond with assistance for the stricken families and community.

he Primate’s World Relief Fund (as it was first named) came into existence as a result of the Springhill Mine Disaster of 1958. On October 23 of that year, in Springhill, Nova Scotia, an underground “bump” in a coal mine trapped 174 men 4,000 feet underground. Seventy-five of the miners died. The tragedy moved Anglicans and other Canadians to respond with assistance for the stricken families and community.Flickr

Thursday, October 4, 2018


PWRDF responds to two ACT Alliance disaster appeals

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund is responding to two ongoing natural disasters: the earthquake in Indonesia last week, and Super Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines the week before. PWRDF is granting $20,000 to support the work of ACT members in Indonesia and $13,102 to our Filipino partners the Cordillera People’s Alliance and $20,000 […] Read More:

Monday, May 28, 2018

PWRDF responds to Gaza Crisis

A nurse tends to a young patient at the Al Ahli Arab Hospital, Gaza. Photo: ACT Alliance
The Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City has sent an urgent call for help as the death toll in Gaza continues to rise. On May 14 alone, 2,700 citizens were injured and 58 killed. The situation is critical at all area hospitals. The AAH is implementing an emergency response that includes a wing with additional beds and staff to treat the injured. The immediate needs include medical supplies, medicines, fuel for generators and support for those working non-stop to treat the wounded and traumatized.
PWRDF is accepting donations at our secure online donation page. Please specify Gaza under Emergency response.
Please also download and share this bulletin insert insert with your community and fellow parishioners.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Agricultural education fights climate change in Malawi

Debora Kantor (middle) with her host Olient Nyasulu (right) and Olient's daughter Flyness Banda (left) in Malawi.

A Foodgrains Bank education trip connects Canadian Anglicans to the issue

Debora Kantor is from Cambridge-Narrows, New Brunswick. She is a member of the Parish of Cambridge & Waterborough. Olient Nyasulu is a Malawian woman from the community of Kabanda.
They come from two very different worlds and life experiences, but they have three things in common: a love of tending the land, a strong Christian faith, and connection to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
Kantor travelled to Malawi in early February as part of a Foodgrains Bank learning tour, where she learned about the effects that climate change has on hunger in the country. As part of the tour, Kantor stayed in Nyasulu’s home for three nights. She learned about some of the challenges Nyasulu faces, and how Nyasulu is working hard to meet those challenges head-on.
For example, through a Foodgrains Bank-supported project, Nyasulu learned new farming techniques that helped her increase the amount of food she grew. “One of Nyasulu’s greatest joys in life was having enough food to feed her family,” says Kantor. “Through the project, she learned to increase her yields by making compost to help fertilize her soil.
“Eighty percent of people in Malawi rely on the land to grow food for themselves and their families,” she explains, noting that for Malawians like Nyasulu, there’s a fine margin between having enough food to eat and not. Subtle changes in the weather can make a big difference in the ability of small-scale farmers to earn a livelihood.
“Over the course of the trip, we heard from farmer after farmer how they were struggling with prolonged dry spells, or how their crops wouldn’t grow because their soil wasn’t fertile,” says Kantor. Although Kantor isn’t a farmer, she does love to garden, and the challenge of being disappointed by poor weather resonated with her.
Nyasulu also learned new food production techniques to increase the nutrients in her children’s diets. One technique she learned was to cook peanut flour with vegetables to increase the protein in meals.
“I said to Nyasulu, ‘Your children look healthy,’ and she said ‘Yes – because of the nutrition training,’” says Kantor.
Ultimately, Kantor believes it was her Christian faith that helped her create meaningful connections with Nyasulu and her family. “I had a heart-to-heart connection with them,” she says. “We were truly all brothers and sisters in Christ, and of all the places I’ve travelled, I feel most connected to Nyasulu and her community.”
Kantor’s faith is also a reason she believes Canadians should do what they can to help people overseas experiencing hunger. “We have been blessed in our country with adequate food,” she says. “And God calls on us to support all his children – all his brothers and sisters – around the world.”
As an Anglican looking to reach out to people experiencing hunger around the world, Kantor hopes to bring together her parish with other local churches to start a growing project in support of responding to hunger through PWRDF’s account at the Foodgrains Bank.
Through growing projects, a group of people come together to plant, tend and harvest a crop, and then donate the proceeds to be used in the working of ending world hunger.
“Canadian Foodgrains Bank connects farmers with churches to provide food for people in need,” says Kantor. “And the Foodgrains Bank works with partners who are on the ground and who know the local needs intimately – that was made very evident to me in Malawi.”
“So growing projects are a really great, direct way to come together in support of world hunger,” she says.
To learn more about Kantor’s experience or get involved in her efforts to help end global hunger, contact her at    
Shaylyn McMahon is the Communications Assistant for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
Anglican Church of Canada

I found this blog by accident that I created many years ago and somehow forgot all about.  I am in the process of trying to revive it and make it the only PWRDF Blog for the Diocese of Fredericton.

In my efforts to improve our web presence, I am very open to suggestions so please share your ideas with me at

Anne Walling, PWRDF Representative for the Diocese of Fredericton in New Brunswick, Canada

Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Art of Sharing

We are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of PWRDF with "The Art of Sharing Project.”“

The Art of Sharing” is a wonderful project that inspires “giving.” Rev Marian Lucas-Jefferies gives an inspirational sermon about the work of the Canadian FoodGrains Bank and Dale Cook is inspired to help them with their life saving work. Being an artist, Dale gives her time and talent to create the work “Silence is Not the Answer” based on photographs taken in Ethiopia from the personal collection of RevMarian Lucas-Jefferies.

Gale donates the painting to PWRDF, requesting that it be used as a fund-raiser for the Canadian FoodGrains Bank of which PWRDF is a partner. The photograph Dale chose to reproduce is a mountain scene in northern Ethiopia that shows walkers passing each other in what seems an endlessly barren land.

“Dust and rocks, dust and rocks — the people of northern Ethiopia walkthe endless fields and roads high in the mountains and deep in thevalleys, The land they travel looks barren — old and worn out. The people look determined. They must be, because they walk so far. Ethiopia isn’t all dust and rocks, though. There is rich, fertile landand it bears coffee, tea, sugarcane, bananas … corporate cash cropsexported to wealthy countries like ours. But the people of Ethiopia are left with the dust and rocks, Fair? No. We owe them so much (RevMarian Lucas-Jefferies)."

"Canadian FoodGrains Bank, a partnership of Canadian church-basedagencies, is a fitting recipient of the proceeds of the Ethiopian scene. It works to end hunger in developing countries by increasing and deepening the involvement of Canadians in this task — just as theArt of Sharing is a fitting title for this local support effort. Dale also plans a series of paintings on PWRDF themes and a percentage of the proceeds from those paintings will also go to the CanadianFoodGrains Bank (Ana Watts, NB Anglican)."

Anne Walling, Diocese of Fredericton PWRDF Coordinator, and the PWRDF Committee agree to promote the project with an online auction. The auction is advertised on the Internet by Dave Wilson (a PWRDFCommittee member and web administrator) and Anne Walling. The paintingis shown in as many Anglican Churches in New Brunswick as time permits. Ana Watts (Communications Officer, Diocese of Fredericton) gives of her time and talents to write several articles for publication on the web and in the print media. Dave is instrumental in raising awareness of the promotion to the members of the Synod 2009 with images on the big screen, thus giving more people a chance to view and bid on the painting.

The high bidder of the auction is Greg Hiltz of the Parish of Simonds,Saint John, NB. Bishop Claude Miller presented the painting to Greg at Synod 2009. Greg and Debbie Hiltz believe that the painting has a spiritual quality and it should be displayed in a church. Therefore,they are very generously giving the painting to their church, All Saints Anglican, Loch Lomond, Parish of Simonds, Saint John, NB.

Greg and Debbie are not strangers to the "Art of Sharing." They have been members of All Saints Anglican, Loch Lomond since 1991, having brought up two daughters in the Church. Greg served as a warden for many years and he currently serves on the vestry and Debbie sings in the choir. The Hiltz family was impressed by the painting when Rev Terence Chandra displayed it during a Sunday service, and now the painting will be displayed in his church.

The painting sold for $407 but the benefit is more significant than that. With Canadian government support through CIDA, the International Canadian Development Agency, CFGB projects can be matched by as much as four dollars for every dollar raised. That means that the actual benefit from the painting could be as much as $2035, a huge investment on money donated to the Canadian FoodGrains Bank through PWRDF. Most important is the benefit received by our partners overseas. The mission of the Canadian FoodGrains Bank is to "end hunger" at a time where one billion people suffer from hunger. Last year CFGB and its partners engaged in 98 food aid and assistance projects.

That is not all, Dale Cook plans to continue “The Art of Sharing” project by creating several more paintings based on Rev Marian’s photos and experiences. The details are not completed but the artist is planning an Art Show at the Kennebecasis Library in Quispamsis, NB in December where the new paintings will be displayed. A portion from the sale of these paintings will be donated to CFGB through PWRDFto continue their work to feed the hungry. The details of this event will be published at a later date.

The giving is contagious with everyone unabashedly giving one hundred percent and more to raise awareness of the life saving work of PWRDFand the Canadian FoodGrains Bank. This project is truly a blessing for everyone involved. We are working together, partners with the same vision and goal, we will feed the hungry.

Respectfully, Anne Walling.

(The painting is copyright Dale Cook and it was photographed by David Little Photography for the promotion of The Art of Sharing.)