Worshippers at Anglican churches throughout the area have been urged to support the Bishop of Blackburn’s 2014 Harvest Appeal.
The appeal launched by Lancashire’s bishop, the Rt Rev. Julian Henderson, will this year be supporting needy communities in Angola and Myanmar.
The harvest appeal is an annual initiative and has raised tens of thousands of pounds in recent years. It is the first to be launched since Bishop Julian was appointed in October last year.
Although 6,000 miles divide them, families in Angola and Myanmar know what it is to be hungry, often struggling as harvests are poor or fail completely.
Bishop Julian says: “While it is one thing to look after needy neighbours who are close at hand, it is all too easy to overlook the needs of neighbours who are at least as needy but who live far away.
“I am asking everyone in our diocese – both in our schools and in our parishes – to support my 2014 appeal as best they can.”