Mission of the Month for July – INF

In 1953 two nurses, Betty Bailey and Eileen Lodge, started the first Leprosy hospital in Nepal. This was on the outskirts of Pokhara, a town of about 5,000 people 100 miles west of Kathmandu and one week’s walk away. An airfield, grazed by buffalo was nearby  and DC3s flew in daily depending on the weather. There was no electricity and water was carried up a 300ft cliff from the pipe below. They called the hospital ‘Green Pastures’.

There were one or two ‘leprosariums’ in Nepal where those with leprosy could find food and shelter but no medical treatment.

Betty celebrated her 90th birthday recently in Oxford. Someone asked her “How did you know what to do when you started?” “Oh” said Betty “We just did whatever needed to be done each day, and it just developed itself”. By which she meant, we built a few bamboo and thatched cottages – one for themselves included, got in firewood, food, and medicines and just welcomed whoever turned up.

And they did. Some walking for two, three or four weeks to get there, having heard there is hope in Pokhara. They could not go back to their villages from which they had been turned out. Leprosy was greatly feared, some believing that even if they saw someone with leprosy they might catch the disease. Green Pastures flourished with around 100 patients most of the time, with improved housing and kitchens, a hospital building, farming, vegetable growing, buffalos for milk and gas extracted from their dung for cooking.

A country wide Leprosy Control Programme was set up in the early 1970’s. The International Nepal Fellowship was responsible for three fifths of the country. The incidence of cases has dropped from 1 in 100 to 1 in 10,000 of the population, leading to fewer leprosy patients at Green Pastures. After years when no one would go to Green Pastures unless they had to for fear of catching leprosy, amazingly in 2016 an E.N.T. hospital was built on Green Pastures’ Land. It now sees 40 patients a day in out-patients and does up to 18 operations, mainly ears, weekly. They also treat spinal injuries and amputees, and  a prosthetic workshop and rehabilitation centre has been opened, to which people come from all over Nepal.

The book ‘Light dawns in Nepal’ shows a leprosy patient holding a Bible. Many became Christians in Green Pastures. The church in Nepal was indigenous from its beginnings in1952 and it has grown from less than a dozen to just about 1 million believers in 67 years. Because of persecutions Christians Nepalis are to be found in many countries of the world.

There was a time of special revival of the church in Nepal in 1966 and it started in ‘Green Pastures’.

Please look at the table in Church for more information. I can get more leaflets printed.

If you borrow the book ‘Light dawns in Nepal’ please could you return it to Margaret Scott-Brown.

Mission of the Month for May – Christian Aid

Christian Aid Week 14th-20th May

Christian Aid Week this year will be from the 14th to 20th May. Our theme will be “Refugees all around the World”.Christian Aid Week started 60 years ago to support the work that Christian Aid was doing with refugees in Europe in the aftermath of the Second World War. The situation then seemed every bit as challenging as the refugee crisis now.

Christian Aid week remains a massive movement of people today, uniting 20,000 churches to demonstrate Jesus’ justice. Today 65 million people across the globe have fled their homes because of disasters and conflict and do not have a safe place to call home.

During Christian Aid Week we are holding the following events:

  • Sunday 14th May   Cake Sale after the 10.30am service at All Saints’
  • Tuesday 16th May  Street Collection from 9.00 to 11.00am in Faringdon and Coffee Morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm in the Barber Rooms
  • Saturday 20th May “Instruments & Voices” Concert from 7.00pm at All Saints’
  •  All week from 14th to 20th May – House-to-House Collection, with an alternative “Delivery Only” option for this year.

We would welcome your support whether it is through baking, volunteering or buying a cake, a cup of coffee or a ticket to the concert.

If you would like any further information with regards to Christian Aid, how you can help or details of any of the events, please contact Julie Campbell on 242 589

Mission of the Month for April- African Children’s Fund

African Children’s Fund is a charity working to break down the barriers preventing African children leading happy and fulfilled lives.

Established in the Spring of 2006 by Dee & Peter Tyrer, we are a UK based charity and our projects are run by local staff who are committed to – and know the needs of – their own communities.

Africa’s children need an education if Africa is to prosper. These children yearn to learn. We can help fulfil that yearning – lifting them & their communities out of poverty.

The problems can be awful. The solutions are not rocket science. With your help and the children’s courage, education, opportunities and hope for the future can be achieved.

African Children’s Fund presently works Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Mission of the Month for February – INTERSERVE

Interserve is a non-denominational Christian missional community bringing the love of God and the good news about Jesus to the peoples of Asia & the Arab world wherever they are through word and action.

Currently we are working with other agencies to support Syrian refugees as they flee the fighting.

Since the Syrian Civil War began in March 2011 more than half of Syria’s 22 million people have been forced to leave their homes. More than 7 million have been displaced internally with another four million crossing into neighbouring countries.

Most of the refugees are now in Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and Egypt. More than 507,000 have arrived in Europe — about 12 per cent of those seeking asylum.

These refugees have left everything behind. They live in vulnerable, cramped and insecure circumstances. They feel traumatised and unsafe. Many have faced resentment and encountered extremist views. This has only worsened their plight. They need people who know Jesus Christ as Lord, who speak their language and who can reach out to them with the gospel.

As Christians, we are called to minister to people’s needs not only physical, but also, more importantly, eternal. Let us, together use this horrific situation for good. God has provided us with a window of opportunity for the truth of the gospel to be shared and adopted by many.

Mission of the Month for January – WATSAN

 

Water is life. Sanitation is dignity.  WATSAN logo

Why I support Watsan.

Watsan’s source is dependable. The project started with Water Aid whose involvement moved on. Watsan picked up where Water Aid left off.

Watsan’s staff are all Ugandans, supervised by a Ugandan who trained in the U.K. It works under the umbrella of two Bishops, those of the diocese of Kiniiki and North Kigezi.

The U.K. Support Group provide back up if requested and financial support for things like concrete, etc. Mark Wickstead, a Watsan supporter, did a survey on sustainability, checking that all of the projects (2,500 springs, 12 gravity flow systems and 12 sanitation systems) are working as efficiently as possible.

Since clean water has been available other Non Governmental Organisations (for healthcare) have been able to set up, so healthcare messages can increasingly reach local people.

Watsan is run from Oxfordshire so we can bask in its reflected glory! It is our local overseas charity!

See also www.nkkdwatsan-uganda.com

Margaret Starr

Mission of the Month for December – The Children’s Society

The Children’s Society has helped change children’s stories for well over a century. Since 1881 the Society has been working on the streets in communities in this country, day and night, helping children and young people who face abuse, poverty and neglect. That is how, formerly known as Church of England Waifs and Strays, the Society began and continues to the present day.

The Church of England Children’s Society provides specialist support directly to children and their families in local communities. Many children the Society works with are experiencing some of the most complex problems seen in society today. Children and young people receive support from one of the Society’s Project Workers and this is the first time that they have someone to listen to them and ensure their voice is heard.

Your support helps protect the most vulnerable children and young people who are at great risk and have no one else to whom they can turn. The Society exposes injustice and addresses hard truths, tackling child poverty and neglect. It fights for change based on the experiences of every child it works with and the solid evidence it gathers. Through its campaigning, commitment and care the Society is determined to make children free from disadvantage and to give every child in this country the greatest possible chance in life.

We are constantly pressured with many demands from worthwhile charities but hopefully you will consider having a House Collection Box in which you would be able to place your loose change throughout the year thus supporting this leading UK Charity to assist it in continuing to help vulnerable children and young people in this country. Your Box would be emptied each November and the contents forwarded to the Society. Please take a Box from the Children’s Society display table OR let me know if you wish to have a Children’s Society House Collection Box and I will get one to you.

Very many thanks, Hazel Catling ( 242 355).

Mission of the Month for November -Tearfund

November is the month we support Tearfund, a charity unstinting in its efforts to help and support the people less fortunate than us. In Nepal, with clean water, in Burundi feeding the hungry, water and sanitation in the Democratic Republic of Congo – these are just some of the projects supported together with Tearfund’s partners.

A wonderful story of Wara, a mother who survived Ebola, she was actually taken away, very very ill, eventually pronounced dead, wrapped in a body bag and as she was put into the earth, she sneezed. The priest who was praying as she was lowered, along with the crowd were shocked to hear a noise coming from within the body bag. Wara tells her story “Lady Lazarus” in the autumn Tear Times available on the Mission Table in Church.

Please do take time to stop by the Mission Table and pick up a prayer leaflet for the month of November.

For more information about Tearfund, contact Audrey Jeffries

Mission of the Month for October – Bible Society

As the new school term starts, so does Faringdon’s ‘Open the Book’ team’s lively presentations of Bible stories to the Infant and Junior Schools. This is a Churches Together effort and it uses the Bible Society’s specially prepared material. The team is very grateful to the leadership of the two schools in being so welcoming to a once-a-fortnight Assembly takeover! Each time a Bible story is told or enacted in costume, it is to over 500 children from Faringdon and its surrounds.

Clear evidence of the impact of Open the Book during the last school year was obvious during The Wave Holiday Bible Club over the summer where the children were highly receptive to the stories, which were wonderfully told by Madeleine Clarke. They were fully able to recount the content and purpose of them during impromptu ‘on camera’ interviews. Moreover, they displayed a wonderful way with prayer itself – in words and pictures – queuing up each day to affix their prayers on the board, which was displayed at the Follyfest Churches Together service in the Market Place.