Wednesday, 1st July 2015
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James and Heather Cochrane are involved in church planting ministry with the Christian Presbyterian Church of Portugal (ICPP), PCI’s partner in Portugal.
Csaba and Ilona Veres will be involved in a number of camps and summer programmes during July and August. The first English language camp of the summer takes place from Sunday 5th to Saturday 11th July. The activities at the camp will include English teaching, crafts, and sports. The key focus of the day is Bible study and discussion groups each morning on the life of David and evening testimony time.
Stephen and Angelina Cowan report that the Samburu ceremony to make traditional elders in Tuum has finished. Work associated with maintenance and preparations for Seren has been on hold as many of the workers were involved due to traditional pressure, in the ceremony. Some of the young men in the church resisted and did not attend the ceremony.
Some of the women from the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) congregation in London will be attending a prayer retreat from Thursday, 2nd July to Saturday 4th July. The Men’s Fellowship of the congregation is holding its monthly breakfast meeting this Saturday morning, 4th July.
John Justin is settling into life and work in Bandawe, where he will serve until late September, when he is due to complete his assignment in Malawi.
Neil Kennedy sends the following prayer requests from Blantyre:
Rev Rodney Thompson (Badoney, Corrick and Glenelly Presbyterian Churches) is taking part in the Edinburgh Medical Missionary Society's 'Cycle Malawi 2015' (3rd to 12th July). This fundraising event is in aid of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Mission Hospital at Nkhoma.
Sadly, Rev Dr Wyson M. K. Jele died on 25th June. Dr Jele formerly served in CCAP as Moderator of the Synod of Livingstonia and also as First General Secretary of the Synod of Zambia.
One of PCI’s partner churches in Indonesia is the Evangelical Christian Church in Timor (GMIT).
Peter Lockwood is due to arrive N. Ireland next week and join with his wife Valerie and their children who travelled to N. Ireland in May. The family plan to return to Nepal together in August.
The full hearing of the writ order against UMN in the Nepal Supreme Court was scheduled for 25th June, however the hearing was postponed and is now re-scheduled for 14th December.
John Hamilton of Wycliffe Bible Translators writes, “Thank you for praying last month for the new team move into the new Wycliffe Office at The Mount: we are all settling in very well together. This monthRicky and Marlene Ferguson (and 10 month old Emily) are off to France (12th to 24th July) as staff members on ‘Two Week Stint’ where 22 people from UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Lebanon, USA and France will together explore options with Wycliffe in a bi-lingual camp.
Not everyone is as fluent in reading as Prayerline readers, so we thank God that last year, 220 audio Bible players containing Mark and Abraham’s story were launched in Enga, a language of Papua New Guinea. One listener said, ‘We never read a whole chapter at once, but on the AudiBible we can listen to the whole book in one sitting and not get tired!”
A number of teams are overseas over the next week as follows and we encourage you to pray for them:
MALAWI – A joint team from Carryduff Presbyterian Church and Mersey Street Presbyterian Churchis in Livingstonia, visiting previous projects the congregations have supported, and building relationships with local people.
A team fromHamilton Road Presbyterian Churchis in Embangweni where they are painting wards in the hospital, building toilets for the local church and revamping the guardian centre. They are also involved in pastoral work with the local church. The team is due home on Monday 13th July.
ROMANIA – A team of nine people from Ballysally Presbyterian Church is in Transylvania where they are helping to run a summer Bible camp for children working with a pastor from one of the Reformed congregations. The team is due back on 10th July.
UKRAINE – A team, comprising of members from Woodvale, First Islandmageeand Templepatrick Presbyterian Churches leaves on Friday 3rd July to help facilitate an English camp in Nagyberg in Transcarpathia, followed by a visit to the Reformed Church congregation of Fornos in Transcarpathia, which Templepatrick congregation is twinned with. They arrive back in Budapest on Monday 13th July.
Prayer Points for these teams –
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