Mission Partners

We choose to give away ten per cent of all our parish income in order to resource mission at home and overseas.  Two thirds of this money is shared between five mission partners selected by the PCC.   Information about what our partners are up to and how you can pray for them can be seen below.

TearFund

People across East Africa are facing starvation. A series of crises have combined to leave more than 18 million people desperately short of food. Praying for such a vast crisis can feel overwhelming, but prayer is powerful and can be part of the solution.

The worst drought in 40 years has led to harvests withering away; the invasion of Ukraine has caused the price of food imports to skyrocket; local conflicts have forced millions of people from their homes; and flash floods have been washing away what little is left.

Pray for people affected by hunger and water shortages

  • Pray for provision of nourishing food and clean water for those in need.
  • Pray for healing for those who are suffering from malnutrition and hunger. Pray that they will feel God’s love and comfort surrounding them. Pray that there will be no long-term side effects or medical conditions due to hunger.
  • Ask God to bring the rainfall that is needed to parts of Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. Pray that this will lead to abundant harvests and for water sources to spring up again closer to communities.

Pray for world leaders and politicians

  • Pray that food and fuel prices will stabilise, and that provision will be made for countries in a vulnerable position.
  • Pray that the UK Government will urgently commit £750 million for humanitarian and development work in the region. Ask God to convict the UK Government to use their influence to persuade other rich countries to commit funding and aid.

Pray for children and vulnerable people

  • The crisis has led to an increase in child marriages. In their desperation, parents are marrying off their daughters to wealthier families in the hope that they’ll have a better chance of survival. Pray for protection for these girls. Ask that they will be valued as God’s precious daughters by their communities.
  • Pray for a generation of children who are missing out on their education because parents cannot afford their school fees. Others are missing school because they are having to travel to collect water instead, or are simply too hungry to attend.
  • Pregnant and nursing mothers, people with disabilities and the elderly are especially vulnerable to food shortages. Pray for God’s protection and provision over them.

Pray for peace

  • The shortages of resources, including food, is making conflict worse in Ethiopia and leading to renewed conflict in other places. Pray for people’s safety and for peace to reign.
  • Pray for an end to the conflict in Ukraine, which is having a huge effect on the price of essential food supplies such as flour and cooking oil.

Updated 8 July 2022

Open Doors

Open Doors helps Christians in over 60 countries, from training leaders to raising awareness about global persecution. You can find out more on their website at opendoorsuk.org

Prayer points from Open Doors:

Five ways to pray for Afghanistan today
• Please pray for the small group of believers in the country. They are walking on eggshells and are uncertain who to trust. Pray that they find strength, wisdom, and supernatural peace in God’s promises.
• Pray for the displaced. A new wave of refugees is expected to come from Afghanistan to many parts of the Middle East and the rest of the world. Pray for God’s protection and provision over them in their journeys.
• Pray for the women. Many women fear that the Taliban rule would mean they would be stripped of opportunities for education. Women involved in education during the past years could also be at risk – pray for their protection.
• Pray for the sick. Though underreported in international media, Covid-19 cases are spiking in the country and hospitals are limited in what they can offer. There is no certainty as to how the healthcare system will be able to sustain itself with the new Taliban government. Pray that the healthcare system will not collapse.
• Pray that the country will not be a haven for extremists. The Taliban government of 20 years ago are known enablers of extremist Islamic organisations. With their newfound control over Afghanistan, the country could be host to a new generation of terror groups.

IRAQ
1. Pray for those who lead
2. Pray that God will bless leaders in Syria and Iraq, and that they will be strengthened and equipped for their vital role.
• Many leaders are targeted by extremists. Pray for their protection
• Pray for rest and healing for leaders burnt out by events around them.
Open Doors partners run leadership training with Christians in the Middle East, particularly focusing on helping leaders with the trauma and stress around them.
2. Pray for those who remained
• Pray for the many elderly Christians who have not been able to leave Syria. Pray that they will still keep connected with their family outside the country
• Praise God that even though many have left, many others have come to Christ for the first time
• Pray for new believers from a Muslim background who are often persecuted by their Muslim family or community.
3. Pray for the widows and the orphans
• Pray for all those who have lost loved ones through war or violence
• Pray for the widows who suddenly find they have to provide for their families.
4. Pray for a safe return
• Pray for safety and security for the Christians who have returned to their homes or who are planning to return
• Pray that the government will be able to increase job opportunities and guarantee security
• Pray that people will be able to buy food and for the churches who currently support many in need.

Dave Maguire – Romania  

You can see an interview that we did with Dave in June 2021 here

MISSION UPDATE JULY 2022

The last formal update from Dave was about 8 weeks ago.

Since then Dave has also done a number of trips into Ukraine with supplies, working with various connections and churches to reach those in need. The route is dangerous and he often texts when he is at the border asking for prayers of protection. Whilst the war continues, this would be one of the main prayer areas for us as church.
His regular ministry now involves: collecting and distributing wood and food for the needy in Romania, praying for the sick in local villages, outreach in those villages, teaching on spiritual warfare in the bible school, providing food and medical supplies for Ukrainian refugees, praying for Holy Spirit healing for the traumatised, team-working with other pastors and supporting the YWAM team from Cluj.

The housing of refugees and all the support needed, involve Dave with a lot of extra co-ordination responsibilities. Pray for Dave to have the wisdom and energy needed to cope with the increased demands on his time. Thank God for Christians working together to support the needy and refugees.

Embassy

We are excited to be supporting the work of Embassy, a registered charity based in Manchester who provide incredible support for the homeless. Please follow the link to read their latest newsletter is below:

Please find below the most recent update from Embassy (September 2022)

We are still waiting for break-through on all the things we were thanking God for. Please keep praying.
We’ve had a further meeting with the organisation that is considering £80,000 to help us become a registered housing provider.

We’re also still waiting on the legal team at the company that wants to lease us a property for women FOC. They’re trying to work out the best way to make a lease work while they pay the rent, and it’s of some concern that they’re still not there after several weeks. We’ve already interviewed a couple of women who are potential first residents. We really need this to come off!

On a more positive note we’ve finally, after 12 months of searching, found a landlord willing to lease a property to us so we can increase our capacity for working with homeless men. The property is at conveyancing and then needs a bit of repair work, but please pray the solicitors can hurry up because we’d like to fill it with men yesterday!

We also made some progress with the idea of a couple of houses built from recycled materials, with a lot of interest from the design team and steering group we’d need. Key people coming together nicely. We need a plot of land though.

One really urgent prayer request is our architects. We have had to move away from modular to traditional build for the village because Putin’s war has doubled the price of steel. Our architects don’t have the capacity to deliver this change of scheme and so we either need to find somebody else able to do £50-100k of work FOC immediately, or find funds to cover the bill because it’s pretty much mission critical at the moment.

Finally please pray for Yahya, Steve and Stan.
Yahya moved out yesterday to his own place that we found for him with Audacious Church. This means that a gent called Steve can move in with us after a wait of a couple of months. We also met a chap called Stan on the streets who had an encounter with Jesus a couple of years ago when he heard him audibly speak to him. Since then he’s been clean of drugs and, of course, now firmly believes in God. We took him for lunch and bought him a phone but it’s still been hard to keep in contact, as his life is so fluid on the street. He’s been there 3 years and is 23 years old. We’d like to take him in but at present have no room. We are praying for God to make a way where there isn’t one, as He so often does

Message Trust

The Message Trust and Luis Palau Association have partnered with hundreds of churches across Manchester in the largest mission seen in a generation known as Festival Manchester with social action in the form of ‘Love where you Live’ and evangelism together hand in hand.

All the message bands have been in schools in the week leading up to the weekend of 1-3July where there is The Festival Manchester Weekend in the Park. Please pray for those who have witnessed and responded to the gospel in word and/or deed. Pray for solid committed follow up in local churches and protection of the the seeds sown.

The Message Germany have responded to the Ukrainian refugee crisis and using a hostel have managed to accommodate 130 Ukrainian families. They also provide Kids clubs and creative mission workshops.

No More Knives Tour is touring schools to communicate to young people that there is another way than carrying knives and risking serious injury or death to themselves or others. Speakers with a background in that area partner with local police forces. As they listen to powerful stories of the life-threatening impact knife crime has, as well as music from our bands, stats and presentations, teenagers’ eyes are being opened to the dangers they face, and their attitudes to knives are changing.

Updated 8 July 2022

 

Gamesley Community Cafe – Cafe Jericho

This has been a difficult year working through Covid lockdown. We have had to limit volunteer numbers. Some of our volunteers were unable to return due to vulnerability of themselves or their loved ones. We closed for the first lockdown then decided to do a takeaway service during the second lockdown until the present.

We have been providing food and a listening ear to all our customers. One gentleman has visited every morning for a chat which has really helped his mental health. We designated a chair as somewhere that people could sit and chat if they were struggling. We have now introduced chairs and tables allowing a smaller number of people to eat in, which has been well received. We have recently restarted groups. We have a Dementia Cafe on Tuesdays in partnership with The Bureau. We have been reaching out to seniors and now have a group meeting each week. Our Chat and Craft will begin again next week.

Sadly, there have been a number of bereavements on Gamesley over the past 12 months. We have provided comfort bags and a listening ear to those who are grieving. Throughout the year we have been praying for people who are sick or who have problems. We have a prayer board in the cafe where people can post requests. We have given out bibles and downloaded bible apps for a number of people. We continue to share our testimonies in one-to-one discussions.

We have also partnered with Hummingbird Hub to help distribute school clothing. We will be having further pop-up events with them. In partnership with Health Visitors, we will be starting a mum and baby post-natal group and we have helped with several vaccination days on the estate providing chairs, drinks and snacks to the staff involved.
We are looking forward to Christmas and opportunities to celebrate the birth of Jesus with everyone. Whilst it has been a challenging year for us, we continue to provide good food and a helping hand to those in need. We have continued to reach out to people with the Love of Jesus. We look forward to the next 12 months to see what God has in store for us and for Cafe Jericho We thank the Lord for His many blessings.

God bless,
Nick & Donna