Wednesday, 22nd October 2014
James and Heather Cochrane work on a church planting project in the Porto region, in conjunction with the Christian Presbyterian Church of Portugal (ICPP).
The Moderator’s ‘South Sudan Famine Appeal’ launched in August is ongoing. Donations from congregations and individuals received so far amount to over £150,000, with donations continuing to be received.
Our partner church, the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCOS) has recently sent in a report on how they have been helping thousands of people with food aid, especially those who have fled their homes due to the ongoing violence in the country. Relief supplies purchased for those in need include sorghum, maize, beans, seeds, lentils, as well water containers, cooking utensils and fishing nets.
They write, “Thanks be to Almighty God for His gracious care and provision of resources and to our generous partner [the] Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) who have worked tirelessly and prayed over the years to support people of Sudan/SouthSudan.”
See News item ‘Violence Continuing Despite Famine and Peace Talks’ – www.pcimissionoverseas.org/news/item/834/
Stephen Cowan writes,“We give thanks for a sustained period without cattle raiding, although the danger still lurks. The area is very dry and therefore pressure for grazing among many pastoralist groups is high. People need to remain alert andcommitted to the reality of over grazing, and to the limited amount of water. Form four school exams are taking place throughout Kenya at present and we are assisting with transport for the exams in the Tuum area for the duration of the 18-dayexam period.”
Gary and Mary Reid write, “A little boy of two years was brought to PCEA Acacia Grove Mission by his parents, as they were seeking help for their son to undergo operation(s) to remove fluid from his brain and spine. He has already had some fluid removed in a previous operation. The Mission will be assisting the family with the costs of the operation(s) and the parents were told that it is Jesus who is helping them, and that we are only the vessels He is using.”
Volker Glissmann arrived safely in Belfast last weekend for a short Home Assignment during which he will undertake speaking engagements in a number of churches. JinHyeog and their children are remaining in Malawi.
In his October Bulletin, Matt Williams sends the following prayer requests:-
With Christians accounting for only 2.3% of India’s 1.2 billion people, the Church of North India (CNI) faces many challenges in being an effective witness in a predominantly Hindu culture.
Christopher and Nivedita Benjamin are due to arrive in India today (22nd) for a seven-week home assignment in Gujarat.
Yesterday evening (Tuesday, 21st) the Board of Mission Overseas (BMO) held its annual Celebration of Global Mission event in Assembly Buildings Belfast. Speakers included: Volker Glissmann (Malawi); Derek Roulston (Kenya): and Brenda Kerr (Ukraine).
At the Celebration, two new BMO publications were launched:-
God’s Mission – Our Mission? - This is a new six-part Bible Study resource, together with leader’s guide that allows individuals and congregations to explore what the Bible says about Mission and God’s heart for the nations. This would be a timely resource for those looking to start a new Bible Study series in the New Year, in a home group, midweek or personally.
Twinning Guidelines - Congregational twinning is an intentional, partnering relationship with a congregation from another culture or geographical region. This new leaflet provides guidelines for congregations who wish to twin with another congregation either overseas or in Ireland.
Both of the above resources are available from the Mission Overseas Office and will also soon be available online from www.pcimissionoverseas.org/resources/downloads/.
For more information on the Celebration go to: www.pcimissionoverseas.org/events/
Despite rumours circulating on social media, the work of Bible printing and distribution in India is continuing without any restrictions. “We’re continuing to print Bibles and other Scriptures exactly as we always do,” says Dr Mani Chacko, General Secretary of the Bible Society of India. He says that he has received no instructions from the government to stop printing Bibles. The Bible Society there produces around 3,500 different types of Scripture, in many languages and formats. In countries with diverse religions, it is easily possible to create uncertainty.
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