Wednesday, 15th October 2014
Tuesday, 21st October, (7.30 pm – 9.30 pm) in Assembly Buildings (Church House), Belfast.
The theme for this year’s Board of Mission Overseas Celebration is‘Body and Soul… a people of service and outreach’. Speakers will include: Volker Glissmann (Malawi); Derek & Linda Roulston (Kenya): and Brenda Kerr (‘From Teams to Twinning’ – Ukraine). There will also be a presentation from the Specialist Service Agencies on Bible Poverty and a Celebration of the two 2014 PCI Ignite Teams. Praise will be led by Graham Hawthorne from Woodlands Presbyterian Church. The Offering will be for the Library Project, Gujarat United School Theology (GUST) in India. Everyone is welcome to attend!
For more information on the Celebration go to: www.pcimissionoverseas.org/events/
Naomi Keefe who is currently on home assignment is recovering from illness and is hoping to return to her work in Brazil in late November, where she is involved in church-based community development and evangelism.
Edwin and Anne Kibathi report that last week the PCEA congregation had a special focus on health which included a presentation on dementia which was an eye opener to many Christians who were in the service. Seventeen couples have confirmed they will attend the special ‘Couples’ Outing’ which is taking place this weekend.
In her October Bulletin, Naomi Leremore writes, “Child-headed families are most common in developing countries and areas of war, where the children’s parents have been killed by conflict or disease such as HIV/AIDS.”
Gary and Mary Reid send the following prayer requests:-
David and Pamela McCullagh and their new baby daughter Beth arrived safely in Malawi last Friday morning with all of their luggage! They had as smooth a journey as possible with an 11-week old baby and are getting settled back into life in Lilongwe. Beth is slowly adjusting to the heat and David starts back to work tomorrow (16th).
Scripture Union of Malawi held their Annual General Meeting last weekend.
This week, Volker Glissmann is attending the ‘All African TEE Association’ (AATEEA) meeting in Ethiopia, from 11th to 17th October. The AATEEA is a continent-wide association of TEE programmes in Africa and exists to foster cooperation. After the conference, Volker will travel to Belfast for a short Home Assignment (from 18th October to 6th November) during which he will undertake speaking engagements in a number of churches. JinHyeog and the children are remaining in Malawi.
Rev Kabandama (General Secretary) and Mr Ngulube (General Treasurer) from the Zambia Synod of the Church of Central Arica Presbyterian (CCAP) had a good visit to PCI. They departed Ireland on Monday (13th) to return to Zambia.
Christopher and Nivedita Benjamin are due to go on seven-week home assignment to Gujarat, India next week.
The Christian Church of Sumba (GKS) has experienced enormous growth since the 1980’s.
The 2014 World Development Appeal : ‘Building Hope’, is being launched today (Wednesday 15th). This year’s Appeal will highlight the ongoing work of housing and sustainable development being undertaken by our partners in communities recovering from major trauma. By building resilience and new models of working together, as well as new infrastructure, our Christian Aid and Tearfund partners are helping to create new communities of hope where they are most needed.
The projects being highlighted this year are in Haiti, with a secondary focus on Burma/Myanmar. In Haiti, we are partnering with MISSEH (Mission Sociale des Églises Haitiennes) and GARR (Groupe d’Appui aux Réfugiés et Rapatriés), who are developing new models for sustainable village communities. The 2014 Appeal will also support the 7-Up Disability Project of the Leprosy Mission in Burma/Myanmar, where the changed political climate is enabling communities to advocate more effectively for the rights and dignity of people with disabilities.
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, congregations are invited to encourage their members to give generously to this year's World Development Appeal: ‘Building Hope’,
Information on the appeal is being distributed to congregations and will also available online soon at www.pcimissionoverseas.org/world-development/.
Tonight (Wednesday 15th) the Wycliffe family in N. Ireland will be gathering at Glenabbey Church for Wycliffe:Live 2014. The theme is ‘Harvest Hands’ taken from The Message version of Matthew 9 v38: “What a huge harvest!” Jesus said to hisdisciples. “How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!” You can share in the programme by praying:-
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