Articles from Word in Time

Living In Poverty Today

Neil from Bolton is one of the 13 million people in the UK living in poverty. His income plummeted when health issues forced him to give up work as a long-distance lorry driver. Now, with changes to disability allowance due to take place in April, Neil is worried about the future. He described his situation to media officer Karen Burke.

Growing up in Poverty

This month the Methodist Church, the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the United Reformed Church released a report showing how statistics have been manipulated to create myths about the poor in our society. 13 million people - including 3.6 million children - live in poverty in the UK today. What is life like living below the bread line? Sarah, not her real name, grew up living in poverty in the UK. This is what life was like for her.

Haiti Three Years On

Three years ago this month a devastating earthquake struck Haiti – the worst earthquake to hit the Caribbean country in two centuries. Thousands of people lost their lives and thousands of survivors were left homeless. Lauren James, an American Methodist working with the United Methodist Committee on Relief, has spent the past two-and-a-half years helping with the redevelopment programme. Karen Burke caught up with Lauren when she visited Methodist Church House.

World Aids Day

This year is the 30th anniversary of the death of Terrence Higgins who was one of the first people to die of an AIDS-related illness in the UK. Today more people than ever are living with HIV in the UK. How far have we come in the battle against AIDS? What are Churches doing to help fight the stigma associated with HIV? And what progress is being made outside of the UK? Karen Burke interviews three people involved in HIV-related projects in order to find out.

Links to Terrence Higgins Trust; World Mission Fund; MRDF.

Pakistan, China, Kenya

In this edition, Karen Burke speaks to Marvin Parvez from the Church World Service to find out what life is like for Christians living in Pakistan. She also interviews Alison Capey and Angela Evans who recently returned from China on a teachers’ programme organised by the Chinese NGO: Amity. Finally, Anna Drew talks to Methodist minister, the Revd Paul Martin, about his experience at the Kenyan Methodist Church Conference.