All We Can, the Methodist relief and development partner, is an expression of Methodism's commitment to doing all we can to help people in the world's poorest communities to become all they can.
Launched in 2014, its forerunner for the previous 30 years was the Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MRDF).
The vision of All We Can builds on our Methodist roots and heritage — with its echoes of John Wesley:
"Do all the good you can.
By all the means you can.
In all the ways you can.
In all the places you can.
At all the times you can.
To all the people you can.
As long as ever you can."
All We Can works closely with people in their local situation:
- Working for sustainable long-term change to end the cycle of suffering caused by poverty, inequality and injustice, with projects such as supporting rural small-holder farmers, and providing vulnerable communities with basic healthcare and access to clean water.
- Working with partners who know and understand the local situation, ensuring that projects are sustainable and that local capabilities are increased.
- Challenging the causes of poverty, inequality and injustice through education and advocacy, both in the UK and internationally, with the aim of bringing about significant and long-term change for people living in poverty.
- Responding in times of crisis, to humanitarian emergencies caused by natural disasters, conflict and political instability all over the world - not just with finances for immediate life-saving food and shelter, but also with long-term support such as enabling people to rebuild houses, reconstruct their lives and protect themselves against future risks.
In 2014, All We Can launched a five-year initiative to reach one million people with sustainable long-term support, through the efforts of one thousand churches across ten countries.
Burnham Methodist Church, 1993
Rev Dr William Platt celebrates his 100th birthday
The Thames Valley Circuit and its churches collectively raise thousands of pounds each year through special collections and circuit has been blessed by the presence of Mission Partners who have served in countries overseas, and, when they came to our circuit, have given us their first-hand knowledge of work overseas. Many of our churches support specific mission projects, often ones we have heard about through the insight of these former partners, who include:
|Rev Jack Roberts
|Rev James Booth
|Rev Barbara McIntivey
|Gambia and Sierra Leone
|Rev Andrew Baker
|Grenada and St Vincent
|Rev Dr William Platt
(This selection is by no means exhaustive! Several of the individual "Our Church" pages include more information.)
Soon after the launch of All We Can, our circuit co-ordinators presented the Iota Course — an award winning multimedia course that looks at the causes of poverty and the things that Christianity has to say about global injustice.
Please refer to the Circuit Diary and News pages for details of follow-up gatherings, which include looking at opportunities for us all to get involved in the fight against global injustice and poverty.
All We Can is an independent charity (registration number 291691) with close historic and current ties with Methodism. As Christians, part of our calling is to be involved in caring for the disadvantaged and challenging injustice in our world. All We Can is just part of the Methodist response to that calling.