Ana and her family lived in a rental home on Kāpiti Coast. It was cold and damp. In one room there was a hole in the ceiling, and in another room draughts came up through the floorboards. She told her landlord, but he did not fix the problem. One time her one-year old daughter got sick. She was hospitalized three times, eventually with bronchiolitis, which saw her in intensive care. The doctors believed her housing contributed to the problem.
The story above is shared in our resource pack, which forms part of this month’s focus on the housing crisis. As part of the Archbishops’ call to prayer and action, Bishop Justin has called our diocese to reflect this month on the housing crisis and what we as individuals, communities and the body of Christ might do in response. We believe that 1,000 responses is an achievable aim, made up of large and small responses, that collectively can make a difference in the lives of those suffering.
So if you haven’t already begun your month of prayer and reflection, it’s not too late. The resource pack, prayer resource and videos are designed to work together chronologically, leading you, your small group or parish towards action throughout the month of August.
Visit movementonline.org.nz/housing to access all the resources and videos, and submit your response to the housing crisis in the form below. You can do this as many times as you like!