A holistic programme to preach good news to the poor
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favourable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:18-19
To preach the gospel message of forgiveness of sins and the free gift of eternal life through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
To distribute Bibles.
To pray for the sick to be healed.
To improve the standard of education of young women and girls who have been denied access to school.
To help the poor and disadvantaged escape from poverty.
A vehicle in which the Zinda Calisia team can travel from Lahore to numerous villages in the province of Punjab.
Bibles for distribution.
Funds for the immediate relief of poverty until people can be helped into employment or small businesses.
How You Can Help
for the outreach team: Dr Qaiser, Pastor John Paul and members of their church;
for the people with whom they will share the gospel and whom they will help practically;
for the Lord’s provision of funds.
Our first target is US$4,000 to purchase the vehicle shown. Please contact us if the Lord is leading you to support this project.
Labour Behind the Label has launched a campaign calling on fashion retailer boohoo to publish their supply chain and tell the public about the working conditions and wages behind their low-cost clothing.
Labour Behind the Label report:
boohoo sells dresses for as little as £4, a price that is too good to be true. With prices this low it is unlikely that the workers making their clothes will have fair wages and be free from exploitation. boohoo won’t tell us which factories produce their clothes, so the human cost behind the price tag remains hidden.
Whilst shoppers pay low prices for boohoo clothing, workers who make the clothes feel the real cost. boohoo produces numerous small batches of clothes and sells them quickly online, before ramping up production of popular lines. This quick turnaround means that around half of boohoo’s production takes place in UK garment factories, many in Leicester, minimising transportation times. The National Living Wage in the UK is £8.21 per hour, whilst the Living Wage Foundation sets it as £9 per hour. How can boohoo pay workers a fair wage for making a dress which is sold for only £4?
Exposés by Channel 4’s Dispatches and The Daily Mirror have found that workers in UK garment factories are regularly paid less than half the minimum wage. Research by the Ethical Trading Initiative and the University of Leicester have found that it’s common for workers in Leicester to be paid illegal wages.
As well as the UK, boohoo’s top sourcing countries include China, India and Turkey. Without knowing which factories boohoo source from, pay and conditions for boohoo’s workers are cloaked in secrecy. We do however know that the norm for workers throughout the global garment industry is poverty pay, unsafe working conditions, and excessive overtime.
On 1 and 2 May 2018 in Belfast, the Supreme Court will hear an appeal from Ashers Baking Company against the ruling of a previous appeal in October 2016, which upheld the original court ruling that Ashers had directly discriminated on the grounds of sexual orientation.
The McArthur family, who own and run Ashers, had turned down an order for a cake bearing a pro-gay marriage campaign slogan because it conflicted with their Christian belief that marriage is between a man and a woman.