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01 June 2017

Will you suck a lemon to help raise families?

Will you suck a lemon to help raise families?

Alliance member Samaritan's Purse is challenging people to suck a lemon to help raise families. 

The charity is working to help families in sub-Saharan Africa use whatever 'they have in their hands' to transform their lives through their Raising Families programme. 

Samaritan's Purse wants your help to raise awareness of the sour taste of poverty by taking part in the #LemonSelfieChallenge. 

Raising Families works with local churches to support families out of poverty. 

Since 2013, 3,000 churches have been trained and 60,000 families have been reached. 

Samaritan's Purse report that the programme is seeing more than 100 people a month coming to Christ. 

The #LemonSelfieChallenge was inspired by Emelienne, a mother who has developed her crop of lemon trees from two to 24. 

The support from her local church meant Emelienne could develop her business and is now able to buy health insurance, send her children to school and support others. 

If you've been at a Christian festival this year, you might have seen the Samaritan's Purse "when life gives you lemons" story. 

Using 360 'virtual reality' headsets at events like Spring Harvest and Big Church Day Out, the charity has been able to show people the difference they can make in a family's life. 

The Samaritan's Purse team are now asking "Will you suck a lemon"? 

Taking part in the #LemonSelfieChallenge will raise awareness of the situation facing many families in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as raising support for families like Emelienne. 

You can get involved by visiting www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/raisingfamilies and following the link to #LemonSelfieChallenge and tagging them on social media using @SamsPurseUK and use the hashtag #LemonSelfieChallenge. 

As a member of the Evangelical Alliance, Samaritan's Purseis one of 600 organisations supported by the Alliance. We facilitate members' initiatives and campaigns and offer support to increase their impact. Member organisations have an opportunity to speak to the media on behalf of our membership, as we direct media and information enquiries to member organisations best placed to deal with them. The Alliance also provides training for organisations on how to engage with the local government and media. 

If you would like your organisation to become a member of the Evangelical Alliance, you can find out more here.  

 Image: Lauren Mancke