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 is a Christian charity which partners with churches in more than 50 of the world’s poorest countries. They tackle poverty and injustice through sustainable development, by responding to disasters and challenging injustice. They believe an end to extreme poverty is possible.
Tearfund CEO, Nigel Harris
2020 was a year like no other. According to the World Bank, up to 150 million people could be pushed back into extreme poverty through the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdowns that have accompanied it. And, as these stories show, climate change and conflict continue to cause devastation.
But there is hope. Poverty is not God’s plan. We long to see all people reach their God-given potential. In the stories above, we see God’s church bringing that hope, bringing change, bringing good news to those who live in poverty.
We long to see a permanent end to extreme poverty and injustice. Join us a Tearfund partners with local churches and organisations who have a crucial role to play in the places worst affected by poverty. For there is hope; there is light in the darkness. Your Kingdom come, O Lord.
The coronavirus pandemic has been devastating, but the climate crisis has not been forgotten. In fact, polls show Britons believe climate change is as serious as the pandemic and are taking action.
This year has seen thousands of supporters joining in with our Reboot campaign – talking to their Mos, writing letters to the Prime Minister, and praying.
And there have been some significant promises in the last few weeks. In November, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution as part of plans to recover from the pandemic; by December, the UK committed to reduce its emissions by 68% before 2030; and then last weekend at the Climate Ambition Summit, the Prime Minister said the UK would be the first major economy to end direct support to all fossil fuels projects overseas.
These are game-changing commitments and well worth celebrating, but there is still a big gap between these new announcements and actual action on the ground to tackle the climate crisis.
This will be a key focus for Tearfund’s campaigning in 2021 in the lead up to a big climate summit to be hosted in Glasgow in November. Please pray for this.
Updated April 2021
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.
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 NEWS OCTOBER 2021
Dave Maguire in Romania
Hello friends and family in Christ Jesus
The world is in a mess but with Jesus there is life and life in abundance. Thank you all for praying and continued care and support that makes so much come to pass. This summer we were busy with 2 houses that were built in Tigmandru for a family of 6, and a single elderly lady, both situations were cases of homelessness and with provision coming from American and Northern Ireland, praise the lord.
A week’s trip to Bucharest was to work again on building showers and toilets for a church that ministers to people who live on the street, we did also a service there and had an evening visit to teenage challenge that was started in the 60s by David Wilkerson for ex drug addicts, we were able to share and pray for each of the 20+ people who are going through rehab. Most weeks we go to poor villages; this is outreach where we also serve hotdogs, drinks and have chairs for the sick to come and receive prayer and many are healed by the Holy Spirit, praise God. We work with local churches or ministry teams from these places.
A new church opened in Cris near Danes. We are equipping and helping to do up a building and the men who serve there, this has been this summer’s work. It goes on into autumn with the practical and spiritual help. Cristi and Hodu are helping me as they are sponsored, from AMEN the UK charity. We as a family are very grateful to all who pray and support us as a family and the work and folk around us. I want to mention also how God has blessed and helped us through Stoneworks International and friends from Australia with the children’s ministry.
The vision the Lord gave us was to equip those who are growing in the Lord across the denominational lines with teachings on prophesy/healing/evangelism/spiritual warfare/how to prepare a message, the calling of God/giving/, this was done over 3 days to 15 students using 4 teachers. We thank the Lord that many were blessed and equipped. Praise the lord. Many have come to Christ or a step closer to Christ through our witness and His word and healings.
Rodica with Miheala Mihi do a weekly ladies bible study in Tigmandru and I continue there with a weekly kid’s group with food and DVD bible stories, followed by adults’ bible study, all in Tigmandru.
I want to give a great big PRAISE THE LORD AND THANK YOU ALSO TO MY WIFE RODICA AND MY DAUGHTER SABRINA, they are very precious.
Love in Jesus from David
In November a new Eden team was launched in Blaen-Y-Maes in Wales to celebrate they went out helping and serving the community .This included free car washing , litter picking , live music, painting fences and tidying gardens and sharing the love of Jesus.
The community Groceries are doing well from the first one opening up in Sharston back in September 2020 with new ones opening up across the country , this links in with support , dept management , delivering meals to people who cannot get out for various reasons.
With visits and activities in Prisons cancelled and both men and women prisoners spending more time in their cells the work of the message prison teams have been sending letters of encouragement love and hope and have seen lives being changed .
At the start of 2021 Eden Wyhthenshawe Park was launched , 23 years after the very first Eden team. This team is lead by John Hopkins and his new team
On Jan 21st an online prayer gathering was held and hosted by Greater Manchester Prayer inviting leaders and people up and down the country to pray for our nation and the world united in prayer.
Jan 30th the very first Global Advance day was held the plan to launch hundreds of groups across the globe so that men and women can be better equipped to sharing the gospel, also a free online Advanced Explored sessions for those who want to develop more in their evangelism.
#ChooseToLive a campaign set up by the Message band Amongst Wolves due to the alarming increase of people hitting rock bottom through health and mental health and those considering or committing suicide due to the covid pandemic , this campaign is to flood social media platforms with messages of hope, encouragement and life hoping to help those who are struggling .
February saw the Message live going online aiming at young people spreading the good news and equipping them for mission.
Finally continue to pray for the Message Trust for all those involved at the forefront and in the background , pray for them to be rooted in Gods word and teaching , to be encouraged and to encourage , for health and mental wellbeing. We especially pray for the online event called Shine Live on 19th march featuring the band Soulbox with high energy music and q & a . we pray also for Exploring Eden being held online on 22nd April this is aimed at those who want to join Eden to help transform communities by the love of Jesus Amen.
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.
Nick & Donna