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A hair-raising time for Mary! 

When I saw in the media that several women were daring to give themselves very radical haircuts during the lockdown, I wondered if I should try it myself.

But I was nervous, thinking I might be embarrassed by the result! Then I felt challenged to take up my husband’s hair clippers and have a lockdown buzzcut - not to draw attention to myself, but to highlight a cause that’s dear to my heart: the plight of Christians in parts of the world where, even in the best of times, extreme persecution makes their lives incredibly tough.

While the Coronavirus pandemic is making life very difficult for everyone, it is creating a humanitarian disaster in ‘developing’ countries, where access to clean water for hand-washing or to medical care is practically impossible. And this has a disproportionate effect on the Christian community. Persecuted Christians are on the margins of their societies, and are often discriminated against when general aid is distributed.

Many are desperately poor already because of discrimination. They have no savings, and with lockdown they have lost their meagre incomes. And many pastors and clergy have no means of support for themselves and their families if their congregations cannot meet.

Moved by their plight, I decided to draw attention to the work of Barnabas Fund, a leading aid agency for persecuted Christians worldwide, which has launched an emergency network, working with over 85 partner organisations, to help alleviate some of the additional suffering faced by the ‘persecuted church’ because of the Coronavirus pandemic.  

I shall focus on this in my contribution to reflective online worship on the Melton Team Parish website and Facebook page later this week.  There will be links to how to support this Barnabas Fund ministry with prayer and donations. But I’ll also flag up valuable things we can learn from our persecuted fellow Christians to help us in our own struggles during the lockdown.

Donation details for those who are not on Facebook but would like to support my Coronavirus lockdown buzzcut fundraiser for Barnabas Fund are as follows:
Account details: 
Sort code: 20 26 53
A/C no: 50133299
Using the reference 1530 will assign any gifts to Barnabas Coronavirus Emergency Network projects. For more details go to the Barnabas Fund website by clicking HERE.

Or details of how you can donate via Facebook can be found by clicking HERE.

The Revd Dr Mary Barr,
Team Vicar in the Melton Mowbray Team.

Paul (Guest) 30/04/2020 18:55
Dear Mary
I heard of your story whilst listening to the Barnabas Fund podcast and was quite moved by your very brave decision to have a 'short back and sides' haircut.
I do hope and pray that our church and nation does not forget the suffering of our persecuted brothers and sisters.
Thank you for your inspiring effort!

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