News from The Children’s Society , CMS and the Wisleys
The Children’s Society
November is the month when the annual Box Opening of The Children’s Society House Collection Boxes takes place. If you have a Box could you let me have this during early November so that it can be emptied and returned to you.
I shall be pleased to receive your box at Church or could collect it from you if you contact me.
Thank you for your continued support for this worthwhile Charity in its work with vulnerable children and young people.
If you don’t have a box at present but would like to support the work of The Children’s Society please let me know.
Very many thanks.
Hazel Catling (242 355)
Editor’s Note: Hazel has been looking for somebody to take over responsibility for the Children’s Society in our Church for some time. If you feel you could help in this way, please contact Hazel.
Lynn Treneary, our Link Mission Partner, returned to South Sudan at the end of October. The exciting news is that MAF (Missionary Aviation Fellowship) are hoping to buy a new plane, to be based in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, and more exciting, the first South Sudanese pilot will be flying it! This plane will be a vital help to Lynn and all in Maridi to be able to travel in South Sudan and to take them into Uganda.
It is a pleasure for MAF to introduce you to this special member of their Juba team.
“Hello, my name is Dut Agwang. God willing, I will qualify as MAF’s first South Sudanese pilot later this year. This is the fulfilment of a vision I had 10 years ago. The vision of a plane delivering food to the starving people of my country. And I am the pilot.
I was a war baby – born to Christian parents in 1985 during the second Sudanese Civil War. My grandfather was also a Christian, having turned from black magic to embracing Christ’s love and spending the rest of his life preaching the Gospel and baptising converts.
Life has been hard. In 1989, we had to flee our home town of Bor, in southern Sudan. Along with my parents, four brothers and an older sister, I escaped to Ethiopia to take refuge from the horrific violence, famine and disease that claimed two million lives. That tragic death toll included our father and the youngest of our brothers.
After years of moving in and out of countries and camps, I passed my secondary school exams at Kakuma Refugee Camp in northern Kenya. But I had no money to continue my studies, so I returned to my home country in 2007.
Not knowing where the future would take me, I hitched a lift on the back of an army truck to get to the city of Juba. It was then I had the vision of me flying a plane!
It’s a vision MAF believes you will turn into a reality because we know how much you love my country.
Ten years ago, God placed me in a job next door to a pilot recruitment agency. I was one of only 11 people chosen to go to South Africa where I qualified as a commercial pilot.
While there, I met MAF pilots Adrian Rose and Mike Dupuis. Back in Juba, I joined the MAF team – first as a bookings clerk, then later as Ground Operations Co-ordinator. I waited patiently and prayed for the opportunity to continue my training with MAF, believing with my whole heart that God wants me to fly for Him.
After six years of refresher courses, licence revalidation, ground school and – finally – acceptance on to the programme, I am now qualified as MAF’s first South Sudanese pilot!
I am one of them now, and we need your help to buy a new plane for the South Sudan fleet.
Please give whatever you can towards this much-needed aircraft because it will transform lives. My people’s need for friends like you is immense right now.
They face war, disease and famine. Your love – the love of God – has kept a light shining through the darkest times. My faith in God’s love has kept my vision alive, just as He has kept my country alive.
God bless you, Dut Agwang
MAF’s first South Sudanese pilot!”
We would like to be able to help raise some money towards this plane and it’s pilot, Dut.
We are aware that there has been a lot of fundraising recently, so we are asking that those who feel they would like to support the fund, could give something to say thanks for their free cup of coffee, after the 10.30am services in All Saints’ during November.
We continue to pray for Lynn and hope she will soon have internet connection with the money we and others raised while she was in UK. Remember that we pray for her on the third Wednesday every month from 10.30 to 11.30am, do join us if you can, but also pray for her at home, and pray for the college where she works and the Mothers Union in Maridi.
For more information about CMS contact:
Joan Plumptre (243 388)
Update on the Wisbeys
Here we are in a new academic year! Levi has started Year 1 at school and, unbelievably, Anya only has two years till she starts school! If they go by anywhere near as quickly as the first two years of her life, she’ll be in that uniform before we know it! Liz has been reminded recently to be thankful for the stage of life we are in since it will soon pass and we will all be looking back and wondering how it passed so quickly!
We had a good summer, with a mix of time away as a family (a week in Sweden with one of Matt’s ex-colleagues and family, and a week at Liz’s parents in Devon) and Liz with the kids in Gloucester. There is such a lot to do around the city that we didn’t even manage to finish our ‘to do’ list for the holidays!
Now we are back in the routine of school. Levi’s transition up from Reception hasn’t been the smoothest with his new teacher being off sick for several weeks so far but he is gradually adapting to the demands of more work and less play. After school both kids enjoy a play on the trim trail to work off some energy! Anya is talking more and more, mostly in full sentences now and is able to communicate very clearly her likes and dislikes! She has a fondness for puzzles, sticker books and drawing pictures.
Autumn is a busy time for Matt, teaching a new cohort of students while also preparing for the next community of practice learning event in Asia. This balance of ‘home’ and ‘away’ continues to provide a healthy mix of work, one morning sitting in exam board meetings here in Gloucester then later that afternoon collaborating with colleagues around the world to plan for the Asia event at the end of November! This event will be in Singapore (Matt’s first visit there), a particularly appropriate location since this time it will focus on the topic of multilingualism, urbanization and migration.
While many of the teams with whom Matt and his colleagues work are primarily focused on rural non-dominant language communities, these communities are of course impacted by the increasing global movement of people to cities. Be it for jobs, welfare or safety, this movement of people is changing urban and rural communities dramatically, making life in both places more challenging than ever before. Wycliffe staff and partners are grappling with what it means to support these communities, responding in innovative and sensitive ways.
Thank you for your ongoing support of us and our work – you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love Matt, Liz, Levi and Anya