The Mission of the Month for June is the Farming Community Network (FCN).
The real problems facing farmers at this time is an increase in suicide among farmers of all ages and those in the farming community who have lost loved ones during the past two years. Isolation is linked to the main cause; as is an increase in mental health, some farmers can go days without speaking to anyone. The relentless work of caring for animals, sowing and reaping crops, the changes in weather due to climate change, pests and diseases and the ever increasing paper work and new ruling from the Brexit agreement, the worry about the financial future for farming and farms affected by succession issues all play their part in an industry which is facing many changes.
All that said farmers are proud of what they produce; their animals and land are a source of pride. With the ever increasing difficulties of a volatile world market we need to value and pray for all who are part of the farming community on whom we will become more reliant for our food and the landscape around us. Please support your local farmers by buying locally produced food in our town and village shops, and our farmers market and Farm food shops in the vicinity.
We pray for The Farming Community Network who are a phone call away 24hrs a day for those who are experiencing stress and illness, for those in Devon who volunteer their time and energy to help wherever, a big task, and the beauty of creation which God has given us abundantly.
If you would like to make a donation, you can do so in the following 3 ways:
1. By a retiring collection after a 9.45am Sunday service
2. By cheque direct to a churchwarden (made out to Tavistock PCC)
3. Using the Card machine at the back of St Eustachius’ Church. Select Farming Community Network from the Menu
All funds collected will be forwarded to FCN at the end of the month.
If you would like to learn more about the Farming Community Network, please use this link to go to their website.