Wednesday, 5th March 2014
Derek and Jane French send the following prayer requests from Spain, where they continue to serve with Grupos Bíblicos Unídos (GBU) – a Christian student organisation affiliated to the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES).
The crisis in Ukraine, in particular the Crimearegion, continues to dominate headlines around the world.
Rev Lesley Carroll will be representing the Board of Mission Overseas at the ‘Christ at the Checkpoint’ conference in Bethlehem, which is being organised by Bethlehem Bible College from 10th to 14th March. The conference will focus on the application of the principles of the Kingdom of God in the context of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. It will cover topics including; the Palestinian Church, religious radicalism, Christian Zionism, the teaching of Jesus in a place of conflict, peace-making and reconciliation.
Stephen Cowan sends the following update from Tuum in northern Kenya, “Outreach and evangelism was an interesting time at Loongerin. The first night quite a number of people came to see the first half of the Jesus film. While out during the following day helping the men at the watering trough waiting for the cows coming, there were many opportunities to talk to the men. After some time, Samuel was able to read them Psalm 1. In the evening most of the village came to see the second half of the Jesus film.
PCEA Tuum Girls’ Secondary School is off this week for half term. There are signs that on return next week, there will be more girls coming. Three came this week, unaware that this was half term.
Plans are being made for the direct drilling planting machine to be used again this season in a few more areas. Last week was extremely wet at the time of planting, so there was a disappointing beginning.”
This weekend, the PCEA congregation in London where Edwin and Anne Kibathi serve, is holding a training day for the leaders who have been elected to serve this year. The leaders will then be commissioned as a service on Sunday (9th).
Rev Eric Muchina Njuru, a PCEA minister who is currently studying in Belfast under the Board of Mission Overseas’ ‘Leaders-in-Training’ Programme, is travelling to London to lead this service. Eric, who served as the Theological Education by Extension (TEE) Director in Kenya, will also officially launch the TEE programme in the congregation in London.
United Mission to Nepal (UMN) is celebrating its 60th anniversary, today (5th March), with a special event in their Thapathali Headquarters in Kathmandu.
Sixty years ago, a group of mission organisations gathered in Nagpur, India, and hammered out a framework that established the United Mission to Nepal (UMN). Their vision was remarkable! They saw an organisation that would bring together people from many different faith traditions, working alongside Nepali colleagues, who would, in Jonathan Lindell's words, "make the strongest possible contribution to Nepal".
They saw a mission whose major task would be living out the love of Christ in practical ways, while supporting and encouraging Nepali Christians in their passion to share their faith and establish a vibrant, worshipping community in their country. They saw a partnership, between the mission and supporters in the West, between the mission and the Government of Nepal, between the mission and Nepali communities.
"Inspired by the love and teachings of Jesus Christ, in partnerships with the Christian community and others in Nepal and worldwide, we will serve the people of Nepal, particularly those who live in poverty:
- to pursue peace and justice for all;
- to address the root causes of poverty; and
- to make Christ known by word and life."
‘Prepared to Go?!’– a day of practical, interactive training workshops for individuals, team leaders and members of teams, who are preparing for involvement in short-term mission overseas, istaking place on Saturday, 5th April 2014inKnock Presbyterian Church Halls, Belfast.
'Prepared to Go?!' is running for the third year and offers a range of different seminars to choose from including, Cross-Cultural Awareness, Sharing Your Story, Staying Healthy – Spiritually and Staying Healthy – Physically. There are also specific seminars for team leaders to equip them in their role of preparing and caring for a team overseas.
John Hamilton from Wycliffe Bible Translators writes…
“Thank you for praying for the ‘First Steps’ Event held in Saintfield Road Presbyterian on Saturday 22nd February 2014. Eleven people with a wide variety of skills and background, but with a shared interest in Bible translation, came for the day.
On Monday 24th February, a four-week Training Seminar for Translation Consultants began north of Bunia in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Two Wycliffe members from Belfast, Derek Johnston and Michael Jemphrey (Knock Presbyterian) are part of a team training local Congolese translators as consultants. The first two weeks will focus on the qualities, role, and skills of a consultant. In weeks three and four these topics will be put into practice, as the trainees actually participate in the checking process.
Do you love the Bible? Are you interested in words, puzzles, crosswords, sudoko, have you ever taught literature or languages? People have responded positively to these questions and have been trained to do basic level checking of draft translations, thus easing the load of translation consultants.
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