|Wednesday, 4th December 2013|
Naomi Keefe sends the following prayer requests from Recife in North East Brazil:
Uel Marrs, Overseas Secretary is currently on a short visit to Portugal to meet with the Cochranes, as well as leaders in the ICPP and representatives of European Christian Mission (ECM)concerning the project in Porto in Northern Portugal.
IKE’s Annual ‘Waiting for the Lord’ worship festival is taking place this Saturday (4th).
Gary and Mary Reid and family returned safely to Ireland at the end of last week for a short home assignment, which will include a number of speaking engagements.
Stephen Cowan writes, “We arrived back in Tuum still with no new number plate for the land-rover, but with some news of progress in the process within the government departments in Nairobi.
The area is green from the rain that has fallen, although there are signs of it drying up now. Cattle are healthy, and insecurity is keeping the herders vigilant. 180 security personnel are in the area to provide security and to attempt to recover illegal weapons.
Preparations are well on for the youth camps taking place this month, starting on 12th December. There has been a lot of interest from many of the villages asking to bring more children to the camps. This interaction is central to change as theGospel is preached and lived out among the people. The Junior Camp will run from 12th to 17th December, and the Senior Camp from 17th to 22nd December.
Edwin Kibathi sends the following update from the PCEA congregation in London, “Last Sunday was our ‘Church School Sunday’ and the children participated in the service. They also did a nativity play reminding us the reason for this season. It was very exciting to see the little ones perform.
Sadly, one of our members, Regina Njoroge, has taken ill and had been admitted to the Royal Hospital London.
Kelvin, the young man from the church with leukaemia is still in hospital waiting for a bone marrow donor to match his. On 24th November, our church led in a campaign to recruit donors and over 400 people mostly from East Africa came forward. The event was held at the same venue we hold our services.
Edwin's uncle was laid to rest last Wednesday and everything went on well.”
Neil Kennedy is trying to meet with the chief architect to discuss renovation of the Hospital’s neonatal unit. Unfortunately the chief architect is blocking plans which have approved at the hospital level. Funds have already been obtained for it so the situation is very frustrating.
The ministerial students of the College of Theology at Ekwendeni are on a five week placement in congregations throughout the Synod until 15th December.
People of Northern Malawi are still waiting for the coming of the rains so that they can plant their crops. It is also a particularly difficult time of year for many for whom last season's maize is running out and there will be three to four months before they will be able to harvest again.
Robin and Helen Quinn are in the process of saying farewell to many people around Ekwendeni, as well as tying up loose ends and packing. They are due to leave Ekwendeni next week and will take a break visiting friends in other parts of the country, before returning to Ireland at the end of December.
Rt Rev Silvans Christian, Bishop of the Gujarat Diocese of the Church of North India, left Belfast yesterday (3rd), after a 12-day visit to PCI. During his time here, the Bishop met with various individuals and visited churches in Northern Ireland and in the Republic of Ireland. He is spending a week in England visiting various Gujarati communities before returning home to Ahmedabad,
Working together under the banner - ‘IGNITE: Short-term Mission Opportunities Overseas’ - the Board of Mission Overseas (BMO) and the Board of Youth and Children’s Ministry (YAC) are planning to send two teams overseas next year:
- A team of healthcare professionals to Malawi, from 26th April to 10th May 2014. This ‘Go-See-Do’ medical team is designed to enable participants to experience something of the challenges of mission and healthcare provision in an overseas context with PCI Missionary Dr Neil Kennedy. (Team members must a qualified health professional). Closing date for applications is Friday, 10th January 2014.
- A team of young adults to Romania, from 4th to 14th July 2014 to assist PCI missionaries, Csaba and Ilona Veres, in running an English Language Camp. (Team members should be aged 18-25). Closing date for applications is Friday, 31st January 2014.
Staff at SAT-7’s studios in Lebanon ask for prayer against an escalation of violence following double suicide bombings on 19th November outside the Iranian embassy in Beirut which killed 23 people. The on-going civil war in neighbouring Syria and the huge influx of refugees is having a destabilising effect in Lebanon.
Studio Director Naji Daoud said "This incident comes at a very crucial time of political escalation as more and more sectarian violence is taking place at the Lebanese-Syrian borders in and more and more of the different Lebanese parties are getting involved in the Syrian arena on different sides. Your continuous prayers are always needed."
On the same day, in stark contrast to the horror of the bombings, a SAT-7 film crew were on the streets of Beirut filming interviews for an upcoming episode of TEACH (Theological Education for Arab Christians at Home) called ‘Panorama’.
SAT-7 are very grateful for your prayers, especially for the safety of their staff in countries like Lebanon.
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