Wednesday, 19th November 2014
Naomi Keefe is due return to Olinda in north east Brazil tomorrow (Thursday, 20th). Naomi who has been on home assignment in Ireland since the summer, had been unwell for several months. Thankfully she is now feeling much better and her energy levels have improved.
Distressing situations continue in the Middle East, especially in Syria and Iraq.
Over the past few months, the world has been watching the tragic unfolding of the current Ebola crisis centred in West Africa. At the end of October, the UK’s Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) launched a special appeal to help stop the spread of the disease and provide support to those affected by the crisis.
Both Christian Aid and Tearfund are members of DEC and they are accepting donations for the Ebola Crisis Appeal.
The five members of the PCI delegation to Kenya - the Moderator, Rt Rev Dr Michael Barry, his wife Esther and their daughter Debbie, Anna Morison (PW President), and Charlotte Stevenson (PW Communications and Development Officer), all returned safely to Ireland earlier this week. During their time in Kenya, they spent time with Presbyterian Church of East Africia (PCEA) church leaders, PCI overseas mission personnel serving in Kenya, as well as connecting with the PCEA Women’s Guild and visiting partner church projects.
Neil Kennedy returned to Malawi earlier this week following a short home assignment.
David and Pamela McCullagh together with baby Beth, returned to Lilongwe in October to resume their work with Scripture Union (SU) in Malawi.
Matt Williams sends the following prayer requests:-
Volker and JinHyeog Glissmann continue their work with Theological Education by Extension in Malawi (TEEM). They write, “We are now back in full swing after Volker’s recent travel. The conference in Ethiopia went well and Volker was able to renew contacts with TEE programmes here in the Southern Region of Africa. It is hoped there will be closer cooperation between the different programmes in the future.
We had some problems with our last Chichewa translator who was working on TEEM’s new ‘Preaching Philippians’ booklet. Thankfully this week, we were finally able to find a suitable and capable translator to replace the previous one. We are verypleased about this and hope that the project will now move forward swiftly.”
Rev John Faris (Minister of Trinity Cork and Aghada) and Linda Jackson (former PCI missionary in India) are currently on a short visit to India. On Monday, 17th November, they attended the official opening of a renovated library and computer suite at the Gujarat United School of Theology in Ahmedabad. Whilst in India, Linda will also visit Woodstock School, Mussoorie where she served from 1996 to 2009.
Each Presbyterian Junior Boys’ Brigade Section is encouraged to support the annual Appeal organised by the Presbyterian Boys' Brigade (BB) World Mission Committee. This year’s Appeal (2014/15) entitled 'Living Trees - Malawi' is supporting a project run by Johnny and Lyn Dowds in Livingstonia. The project aims to supply every house and school in its area with trees for fruit, firewood and also nitrogen fixing trees to improve the soil in their maize fields. A small percentage of funds raised, will go towards the work of the BB Global Fellowship, for the worldwide work of the Boys’ Brigade. The project runs until June 2015.
For more information on the Appeal go to www.pcimissionoverseas.org/juniorbbappeal/
IRAQ: The Bible Society in Iraq has been working for many years to provide Scripture to Iraq’s Christian community. IS have forced the Christian population to flee their homes and one of the staff team in Iraq has commented, “Never have I seen and experienced the levels of heartbreak that are happening now.” The team is providing aid, such as food, bedding and Scripture for the refugees.
TOGO: At the end of November BSNI staff member, Leah McKibben, is travelling to Togo to attend the dedication of the newly translated Mina Bible. While there she will be seeing ministries to children and young people, prisoners and those attending literacy classes.
NOVEMBER Bulletins from Overseas Mission Personnel giving up to date news and prayer requests are now available - CLICK HERE
If you would like to receive one or more of the Bulletins directly by email each month, please contact us and we will be happy to add you our e-mailing list.
Prayerline is available via e-mail but ONLY to members of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.
Prayerline is also available as a recorded message, normally in a shortened version.
Thank you for sharing in the ministry of prayer