The last year has been difficult but your support has been unwavering. In fact, we have been overwhelmed by your messages of encouragement, the number of you assuring us of your regular prayers and your amazingly generous donations. During these most challenging times of coronavirus, we have been so blessed by your faithful and committed support. Thank you for partnering with us for peace. Thank you for standing alongside those who don’t have the freedom to exercise their rights. Thank you for helping us to build a more prosperous and secure future for people living in incredibly challenging situations. 

Cord has so many loyal and passionate supporters. It is always a privilege to be in touch with you! It is with great joy that I share with you the story of Adele, a Cord supporter who has decided to extend her support in a very special way.





I first became aware of Cord’s work when I moved to Church Stretton in 1994 and joined the congregation of St. Laurence’s church. The strap line at the time, “New Life after Conflict”, really made an impression on me and I still quote it when I speak to anyone about Cord today, almost 30 years later.



Cord’s efforts to help communities get back on their feet is something that I value greatly. I believe the strategy of empowering communities is vital. To enable a community that has felt demoralised, helpless, and hopeless, to positively take their future in their own hands has benefits beyond those immediately targeted. Communities realise that they have the resources in themselves to improve their lives.

Thanks to your support, communities in Burundi, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar are being empowered in the way that Adele describes. For example, your prayers and gifts mean that in Burundi young people from different ethnic and political backgrounds are starting small businesses, building economic security and social stability. In Laos you are helping grassroots organisations and government authorities engage with one another respectfully. This is resulting in better education and healthcare for ordinary people. This really is new life after conflict.

Adele recognises the long-term nature of our work: 

 

Newspapers, Radio, and TV are single-minded in informing us of situations of intense conflict when it first blows up. Such conflicts quickly drop out of our news but the problems do not cease. Theconsequences of the conflict can continue for a very long time but no mention is made in our media. However, Cord knows andis active in these situations.

A forest cannot grow overnight, peace is the same. It takes patience, perseverance and a consistent approach. That is why we work in societies recovering from violent conflict as well as those where citizens suffer in silence long after physical violence has ended. For example, in Cambodia, the lasting effects of Pol Pot and the Vietnam War can still be felt decades on by communities. Your wonderful support means we continue to engage with indigenous people to ensure their voices are heard and to address injustices linked to land grabbing and illegal logging. 

 

Adele wants Cord’s work to endure:

Jesus said, when describing Himself as the Good Shepherd in John 10:10: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” It is part of my commitment to Him to play my part in endeavouring to ensure that this commitment of Jesus is fulfilled. So as long as there are communities needing support to move from discrimination and deprivation, I will be with Cord in providing that support. I want to ensure that ministry continues by including a legacy for Cord in my will.

If you would like to find out more about leaving a gift to Cord in your Will, please contact us at [email protected] and we’ll be delighted to send our free booklet. If you have questions and would appreciate talking to someone then please feel free to phone me at (+44) 024 7708 7777.

Thank you for partnering with us for peace. And, if you have already left a gift to Cord in your Will, thank you for allowing this partnership to live on long after your lifetime. 

 

Yours, 

 

Nick Thorley 

Fundraising Manager