“How we help hurting people lead lives with dignity is now at the forefront of the work we do.”
A Note from Bishop Benfield
Your Gift Helps Hurting People
The Bishop’s Fund
Assisting organizations that do God’s work.
If there is one thing that we in the church have learned this year, it is that the needs of so many people have increased dramatically at the very time the church has had to rethink how it goes about its mission. How we help hurting people lead lives with dignity is now at the forefront of the work we do. In my office, that help often takes place through grants from the Bishop’s Fund, and I am asking you to participate in this important work.
I want to share some of the ways that we are trying to make a difference in people’s lives. Grants to congregations for feeding programs or help with expenses for out-of-work or underemployed people have totaled over $35,000. One concrete example is the work that the Rev. Guillermo Castillo is doing with Latino families who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Another example is about $5,000 given to help people living in Navajoland, a mission area for the Episcopal Church in a part of this country absolutely ravaged by Covid.
Even during the pandemic, development work with various groups continues. The Bishop’s Fund is contributing $3,000 for work among the Karen people, a group of immigrant, Anglican Christians who attend All Saints’ in Russellville. This money will go in part for translation services so they can worship in their own language. The fund also supports seminaries, religious communities, organizations that provide religious books to students, and tools for theological education, to name but a few examples. My review of such gifts shows a total of about $20,000 in this area.
The fund also supports housing programs overseen by our congregations for people who have no place to live and need a new start in life. Another program that is just beginning supports the presence of the Episcopal Church among the incarcerated. Organizations beyond the Episcopal Church that do work to improve people’s lives are also recipients. For example, the Bishop’s Fund has supported the work of the Arkansas Food Bank. And last, but not least, is the support that sometimes goes directly from the fund to individuals with unexpected expenses.
I hope you are getting a sense of the important work that the Bishop’s Fund does and will continue to do in the coming months. Your support makes it possible. Please join me in donating so that the church can do its work even when our doors must be closed on Sundays.
You may donate online or by sending a check made payable to the Diocese of Arkansas, noted for the Bishop’s Fund, to the following address:
Diocese of Arkansas
P.O. Box 164668
Little Rock, AR 72216.
All gifts are tax deductible.
With every best wish, I remain faithfully yours.