Wednesday, 17th September 2014
Naomi Keefe, who is in Ireland on home assignment continues to undergo further medical tests (to establish the cause of her lack of energy).
From Friday 19th to Tuesday 23rd September, James and Heather Cochrane will be hosting a ‘Come, See and Pray team’ of five women from the PW Central Committee. Also this Friday (19th), James is involved in running a church planting conference in the Porto region at which Ron Anderson will be speaking and holding workshops.
Edit Moldván from the Hungarian Reformed Church in Hungary, is due to arrive in Belfast next Tuesday (23rd), to undertake one year of research in Old Testament at Union Theological College, Belfast, supported by the Board of Mission Overseas’ Leadership Development Committee.
It is estimated that over 2,600 people have been killed due to fighting in the east of Ukraine over recent months after rebels began seizing power in a number of areas and fighting for separation. Although earlier this month, a ceasefire was declared and the Ukrainian government has made a commitment to implement self-rule in some parts of the east, rebels are still demanding complete independence. It has been reported that some fighting is still continuing.
Although, the fighting has been taking place hundreds of miles away from our partner church in Ukraine, the Reformed Church of Sub-Carpathia (RCSC), local people are suffering from currency depreciation, lack of gas, and are living in fear of what is to come. Partial military mobilisation across the country has also affected Hungarian families, in Transcarpathia, with people being called up to serve in the army. The first victims from Transcarpthia have already been buried. The leadership of the RCSC, also recently issued a statement calling for a peaceful and democratic solution to be found without the sacrificing of human lives.
For more info, see news item ‘UKRAINE: Partner Church Pleads for Peace as local people live in Fear of the Future
Stephen Cowan is pleased to report that a container of various items packed in Ireland earlier this year arrived in Tuum last Saturday. The goods have all been off loaded and some already put to good use. After some discussions it has been decided to change the Monthly Teaching times to the fourth week of every month to avoid clashes with most of the market days.
Anne Kibathi and Anna Kimaku had a good visit to Ireland last weekend when they attend the PW Conference held in Belfast on Saturday 13th. The PCEA London’s Women’s Guild have organised an interdenominational seminar this Saturday (20th), during which they will take time to pray for the many problems affecting the world.
Sadly, a man from the congregation who was in hospital passed away. Thankfully he gave his life to Christ a few weeks ago. Edwin is leading a memorial service for him this evening (17th) and his body is expected to be flown to Kenya for burial on Thursday (18th).
Last week’s Prayerline, included a prayer request from Neil Kennedy regarding three street children who had been abused and whom safe homes were being sought. Thankfully a safe home for each of them has been found. In two weeks’ time, Neil will step down as Head of Paediatrics to allow him to spend more time overseeing medical education across the College.
This month, Diane Cusick is involved in two Zonal meetings to discuss the quality of Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centres.
Johnny and Lyn Dowds send the following prayer requests:-
In September, a number of different groups are helping with the work at the David Gordon Memorial Hospital in Livingstonia. Pray for their safe travel and that each will remain well during their trip. Praise God for this support and that they will be a good ambassadors for the hospital.
Christopher and Nivedita Benjamin share the following prayer requests:-
The United Mission to Nepal (UMN) sends the following prayer requests:-
John Hamilton of Wycliffe Bible Translators writes about the importance of Scripture songs…“The Pangu people are a minority language group in northern Nigeria. Over the past decade an alphabet has been developed and literacy work started,butvery few Pangu people have learned to read and write in their language. So with the Gospel of Luke almost ready for publication, a Pangu Scripture song writing workshop was held last February with over 30 people attending. Twelve songs basedonLuke were written and recorded – and are being shared via mobile phones. Click here to see an English translation of two of the songs.
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