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  • Mark Bainbridge
  • Child Link
CH Jesus – show us how to love, Jesus – show us how to give and share Jesus – show us how to love, Jesus – show us how to care Link your arms together, smile at one another Give your brother a helping hand, Give your sister the other,… (Last time – repeat fist 2 lines of CH) Vs 1 Take the food we offer, we must learn to share Give it to the needy, they need it there – CH Vs 2 Take these cloths from our backs, we’ food we offer, we must learn to share Give it to the poor and lonely, they need it more, we’ve agreed – CH Vs 3 Take these gifts we offer, of friendship and goodwill We pray that there be peace in our world.  Maybe one day – there will! – CH
Mark Bainbridge©1990

Child Link notes

This song gets its name from the mission program that was run in Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.  It links the fund-raising efforts of children in Australia directly to programs specifically developed for child welfare in mission countries.

The children I had at the time were working in the area of folk dancing and so I asked them to design their own dance to go with the song. These actions, with a little refining, are represented at the back of this booklet. This would also explain the country music style evident in this tune.

The words simply cover areas of need that others less fortunate than ourselves might have. The sharing of food, clothes and monetary gifts are easily identified by children as basic needs that these mission countries would have. Identifying that the children in these other countries are our sisters and brothers also brings home the global aspect – the brotherhood of man.

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