Philippa Hanna has written and released a new single to celebrate the charity's 20th birthday.
You are Love is informed by the personal experience of debt faced by the artist some years ago and how strength from God helped her fight feelings of anxiety and eventually become financially secure.
Philippa said: “I wrote this song to be an anthem to empower us as Christians to go out into the dark places and turn people’s lives around.
“I know that debt can affect anybody. Years ago, I owed £6,000 and was receiving letters from collectors. You feel powerless and afraid. I experienced anxiety and depression with it and it’s hard to find work to pay off your debts when you can’t face an interview without having a panic attack.
“It was my faith that helped me to put my life back together. When I started getting to know Jesus, I began to think differently. I felt his grace and unfailing love for me and I knew I could have a new life and a new start. With some help, I was able to pay it all back and now I’m debt free.
“There’s a line in the song that says ‘You’re the answer’. And Jesus really was the answer for me.
“Another of my favourite lyrics is: ‘Your love keeps moving the mountains and your love keeps calming the waves.’
“I wanted to keep coming back to that in a place of worship. I want this song to say whatever the situation is, God can still move that mountain. That’s what CAP does, it takes families who can’t afford to eat, and gives them back their future.”
You are Love is available to download from September 11 on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. All profits go to Christians Against Poverty.
On 1 August 2016 we identified some suspicious activity on our computer systems that presents a potential security risk for those whose data is held by Christians Against Poverty.
Our investigations show that some, but not all, of our systems were compromised the previous week. As soon as we identified this we called in IT security experts who confirmed that although our servers and systems were well protected, we have been subjected to a sophisticated, illegal, external attack.
Unfortunately, this means that details belonging to supporters and clients (both current and former) may have been accessed. These details could include names, addresses, email, phone and bank account numbers/sort codes. I’m really disappointed that this has happened, but I want to reassure you that we are taking all possible steps to ensure the ongoing security of our systems.
We are in the process of contacting all affected people and have set up a web page to answer many common questions. We also have a dedicated email address and phone line for anyone with further queries or concerns.
The UK’s leading disability employment specialist, Remploy, has just teamed up with debt counselling charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) to launch a new service to help people in financial hardship.
The partnership means those who find themselves struggling with debt problems will be offered the opportunity to receive free support from the award-winning charity that has won plaudits from, among others, TV’s Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis.
Michael Bishop, who is Remploy’s Strategic Engagement Director, said: “More than a quarter of families with a disabled person are in poverty so we know that both finances and employment are huge issues.
“We are delighted to be partnering with CAP, which offers free, face-to-face debt help through a series of home visits, meaning that the service is particularly accessible.”
Since 2010, Remploy has found more than 100,000 jobs in mainstream employment for people with a range of physical, sensory and learning disabilities, mental health conditions and other disadvantages.
Chief Executive of CAP Matt Barlow added: “It’s great to see our two organisations come together with our shared vision for transforming lives.
“Our own research shows that we’re already helping thousands of people with physical disabilities, mental health problems and learning disabilities every year.
“Our hope is that a recommendation from Remploy will help others feel confident in coming to us and finding the support they need.”
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