Faringdon Family Centre is run by Churches Together in Faringdon and supports the work of Faringdon Food Bank, the Breakfast Club at the Junior School, and debt counselling through CAP (Christians Against Poverty).
Wycliffe Bible Translators – Mission of the Month for August
The History of Wycliffe – how the vision for Bible translation began
For more than 70 years Wycliffe has helped people around the world translate the Bible into their own languages. They also help with language development, literacy and other spiritual and physical needs.
In 1917 a missionary named Willian Townsend Cameron went to Guatemala to sell Spanish Bibles. He was shocked when many people couldn’t understand the books. They spoke Cakchiquel, a language without a Bible.
Cameron believed that everyone should understand the Bible, so he started a small linguistics school (the Summer Institute of Linguistics, known as SIL) that trained people to do Bible translation. The work continued to grow, and in 1942 he officially founded Wycliffe Bible Translators.
Over the following decades, Wycliffe celebrated many milestones – from the first translation in 1951, all the way to the 500th translation completed in 2000.
Around the same time Wycliffe adopted a new challenge – a goal of starting a Bible translation project in every language still needing one by 2025.
In 1999 the leaders realized that at the speed they were going, it would be at least 2150 before a Bible translation could be started for every language that needed one. As they thought about the people dying around the world every day without hearing the Good News of the Gospel, they felt God calling them to adopt a new goal for accomplishing this mission.
The leaders were committed that they should do everything they could to see a Bible translation program in progress in every language still needing one in 2025. They initially called this goal ‘Vision 2025’, although they later adopted the words as their mission statement.
Today, up to 1,800 languages are still waiting for a Bible translation to begin and Wycliffe is working faster than ever to reach those languages as soon as possible.
International Nepal Fellowship (INF) – Mission of the Month for July
Centre of Excellence
Dr Dipak Maharjan, a Nepali Christian orthopaedic surgeon and specialist in spinal disorders is the newly-appointed Medical Director of Green pastures Hospital (GPH). He is passionate about developing INF’s work at GPH into a centre for health excellence, training and research.
I was raised in a Christian family in Kathmandu. After completing my Masters in Orthopedics at Christian Medical College, Vellore, I served for nine years in the United Mission to Nepal’s hospitals in Okhaldhunga and Tansen. I was responsible for establishing and leading successful orthopedic departments at each institution. My wife, Rachel, is a paediatrician and we have three daughters.
Touched by the plight of those suffering from Spinal Cord Injury [SCI], sadly a growing problem in Nepal, I decided to specialise in spinal disorders. After much prayer and consultation with experienced Christians working in the clinical field, I felt called to lead INF’s clinical work at GPH. Taking up the position in September 2015 I, along with a team of professionals in the sector, have spent the past few months developing a long-term vision for GPH.
GPH will increase its focus on disability related to SCI, spinal disorders, trauma, ear diseases, dermatological diseases, general disabilities including traumatic brain injury, amputations, cerebral palsy as well as other paediatric developmental disorders and palliative care. Previously known for its leadership in leprosy work, GPH’s shift in focus reflects the reduction in new leprosy cases and the increase in disability related to trauma.
A Trauma Rehabilitation Centre is also in the planning to assist those affected by significant falls, industrial injuries and transport injuries – bus accidents are common in Nepal and often see passengers badly injured.
As part of the new vision, upgrades are in progress for the existing operating theatre and wards. INF is working with its financial partners to ensure enough resources are available and INF’s Initiative for Financial Sustainability hopes to create new funding opportunities for GPH’s vital work.
There are challenges ahead but I am excited about GPH becoming a centre of excellence and can already see the community responding as numbers increase at the outpatients clinic and in the wards.
I have a real sense of God’s hand on GPH as it strives to serve those most affected by disability and trauma.
Sounds of Hope and a Future
Nicola McGunnigle writes:
INF’s has taken its ear specialists and medical teams to some of the most remote parts of Western Nepal to help the deaf and those with hearing loss. Since the early 1990s, 50 ear Outreach Programmes (formerly known as ‘Camps’) have been run, and now INF is able to provide constant ongoing ear care with the opening of its Ear Centre in the grounds of GPH.
The Ear Centre opened to coincide with the 51st Outreach Programme, which was held in the centre itself. Dr Mike Smith undertook the first operation at the new centre having been instrumental in making this long-held dream, a reality.
Mike first worked in Nepal in the 1980s and after discovering the extent of ear problems across the country returned in 1990 to establish Ear, Nose & Throat training at the Government’s Western Regional Hospital in Pokhara.
In 1992 the INF Camps Programme began, providing ear care and treatment in partnership with Ear Aid Nepal (UK) and Stiftyng Ohrchirurgie Nepal (SON, a Swiss organisation that supports ear surgery) across remote districts in Western Nepal. It was during these camps that the vision for a training centre came to Mike and long-serving Scottish nurse Ellen Findlay, one of the founders of INF’s medical Camp’s Programme; a vision to continue and develop ear care in Nepal and to provide a place where patients with complications could be referred. The Ear Centre will also work with local government health posts at the outreach locations to help staff identify patients with ear related complications. The Centre also offers speech therapy as an outpatient service.
Several months on from its official opening, the Ear Centre has a dedicated team of passionate staff ensuring services run smoothly. Although the centre will replace much of the work previously done during ear Outreach Programmes, INF will continue to send teams out to remote locations each year. The next Outreach Programme is planned for Gorkha in April.
A special note of thanks goes to SON who contributed a majority of the funds to complete the building and to those involved in supervising the construction, sourcing equipment and recruiting of staff to ensure a successful start.
Please continue to pray for the work at Green Pastures Hospital and the Ear Centre.
For more information about INF contact Margaret Scott Brown
News from the Church Mission Society
Lynn Treneary is our new CMS Mission Partner and she will be speaking at the 10.30am service in All Saints’ on Sunday 5th June. She is probably going to South Sudan later in June so this will be our last chance to meet her before she leaves. We want to assure her of our support for her by our prayers and our promise to take an interest in all her work over the next two years before she has a home leave. Lynn will keep in contact with us and her letters will be posted on the CMS board outside the Barber Rooms.
New life in a new nation
In a small pocket of South Sudan, near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, lies a town called Maridi. It’s where the Chaima Christian Institute Maridi (CCIM) is, the training college for the Diocese of Maridi, offering courses in theology, social work, business administration and agriculture as well as vocational training skills, placing a particular priority on training young people and women. At such a critical time of South Sudan’s life, education and training is fundamental and CCIM is breathing new life into the nation.
I am very excited to go back to teach English at CCIM, a critical skill for all those looking to improve their situations. I will also be heavily involved in local church life.
I previously served in Maridi between 2013-2015, teaching English with the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan (ECSS&S) at CCIM. During 2015, I also worked closely with the Mothers’ Union (MU) and with the Social Work and Development Department of the diocese. Western Equatoria State, where Maridi is, has been badly affected by the recent civil war with the central market and surrounding houses destroyed, the hospital and clinics looted and many people losing loved ones. During the insecurity, thousands of families ran to the bush to hide where they suffered from hunger and diseases such as malaria and typhoid.
I was part of the Maridi diocese leadership team who helped with relief efforts and spiritual care. I also liaised with Médecins Sans Frontières and helped direct them to the places where they were needed.
The ECSS&S, Maridi Diocese, have an amazing leadership team and I am blessed to be called a member of the team. The evangelists are faithful and active. They are responding to the crisis by delivering praise and worship events, visiting and praying in places of spiritual darkness and in the main parts of the town such as the police and government offices. It is pure joy to work with them. The Mothers’ Union is 5,000 strong! They tend to the many needs: sharing the gospel, praying for healing, generously giving food and other items to help the needy, and visiting patients and prisoners. They look after pastors and families and churches, and are invaluable, and it is an honour and pleasure to work with them.
My most heartfelt prayer of thanks is for those who are praying for me and Maridi, Western Equatoria and the whole of South Sudan. None of this is possible without God and without you.
During June we will have a sale of CMS crafts and books after the 10.30am services in All Saints.’ This is to support the general work of CMS. Do bring your money and support it, buy your birthday and Christmas presents.
For more information about CMS contact 243 388 or bobjoanplumptre at btinternet.com
Christian Aid Week: the week we love every neighbour
Picture a young mother of four. Her husband has left. She has no land. No assets. No savings. And the only work she can get is backbreaking manual labour for as little as 74p a day. Her home has been flooded several times, and last August it flooded again. This is Morsheda. She’s our neighbour, and she desperately needs our help.
From 15th -21st May, All Saints’, Faringdon and St Mary’s, Little Coxwell will join with more than 20,000 others across the country for the sake of people like Morsheda.
Your help and support are needed for the following:
Sunday 15th May
9.00am: Morning Service at St Mary’s
10.30am: Cake Sale after service at All Saints’
6.30pm: United Service at Faringdon Baptist Church
Sunday 15th – Saturday 21st May
House-to-house collection in Faringdon and Little Coxwell. Contact Julie Campbell or Peter Foot if you can deliver and/or collect Christian Aid envelopes in your neighbourhood – every street is important, so your help is essential.
Tuesday 17th May
9.00-11.00am: Street collection in Faringdon town centre – volunteers needed.
Saturday 21st May
10.00am-2.00pm: Coffee Morning in Little Coxwell.
7.00pm : Instruments & Voices Concert at All Saints’, followed by refreshments in the Barber Rooms.
For more information or to volunteer your help contact
Julie Campbell (242 589) or Peter Foot (358 394)
International Women’s Day was held on 8th March. This is an annual event to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, while also turning the spotlight on to campaigns to encourage gender equality and stopping issues that prevent this from happening around the world. In our field of work, we see that girls are often disadvantaged when it comes to education for a whole host of reasons.
In Zimbabwe, the work of our local partner encourages education in families ravaged by HIV/AIDS. Many of these families will be child-headed, meaning that the eldest sibling – or often the eldest female sibling – is expected to take on the role of ‘mother’ to bring up her siblings and maintain the house. Mwana Trust’s team of support workers will ensure that these families are supported at home and that their school fees are paid so they can continue their education.
In Tanzania, our Youth Network Programme provides a vocational scheme to allow teenage girls to continue learning when low exam results mean this is not possible in mainstream schooling. Our instructors teach the girls a range of sewing skills – as well as basic mathematics, English and more advice on social issues – so that they are able to earn an income of their own when they are ready to enter a working environment.
Faringdon Family Centre – under Churches Together in Faringdon (CTIF) – runs a number of projects in the town.
The Breakfast Club, held five days a week at the Junior School, is running well under a paid team leader with the help of a number of volunteers. A new member of staff joined recently on a six week probationary period and it is hoped that she will become a permanent part of the team. Extra volunteers would always be very welcome!
Faringdon Foodbank has found local needs to be slow at the present time and no contributions are needed at present.
Debt Advice, the counselling service through CAP (Christians Against Poverty) in Highworth is going well with enough volunteers at the present time.
Dementia Support is being looked into with Age UK as it is thought there is a need for this in Faringdon.
The Family Centre AGM will take place on 27th April at 7.30pm in Blessed Hugh Hall. Anyone interested in our work is welcome to come along and find out more!
Jeni Summerfield (All Saints’ representative)
Lives and communities transformed through encounter with Jesus Christ
Interserve is an interdenominational and truly international community of Christians, bringing God’s love to the peoples of Asia and the Arab World through word and action.
Wherever we work, we do so in partnership, serving the global church and encouraging newer mission movements. Increasingly our mission Partners are coming from Latin America and Asia, with new sending partnerships in Africa.
For more information contact Janet Deane (241 145), look at the information displayed in Church or visit www.interserve.org
- Where? Uganda; in the Dioceses of North Kigezi and Kinkiizi in south-west Uganda.
- Why? To join the Church of Uganda’s mission to share God’s love in practical ways.
- How? Water for life and Sanitation for dignity – protection of springs, harvesting rainwater, installing toilet blocks for schools.
- Who? Ugandan plumbers and masons working with local rural communities.
- What can we do? Pray and help fund raw materials.
For more information contact Margaret Starr (240 201)
or visit www.nkkdwatsan-uganda.com
Throughout the year many deserving Charities have been supported by our caring, generous Congregation and this month it is the worthwhile UK based organisation which is the Charity of the Month – The Children’s Society, a leading national children’s charity. The Society works for many thousands of vulnerable children and young people in this country and assists street children, disabled children, runaways, helps families with debt problems, supports young carers, children in trouble with the law as well as refugees, and works to stop exploitation of children.
The Church of England Children’s Society has helped change children’s lives for the better for well over a century since it was formed in 1881 by a Sunday School teacher, Edward Rudolf, when he found two of his Sunday School pupils begging for food on the streets. Despite being in the twenty-first century today, sadly such a Charity is still greatly needed and it really values your support. It works hard to ensure the money it receives is used efficiently and effectively to support their programmes of work to improve children’s lives.
Many children and young people in Britain today are still suffering extreme hardship, abuse and neglect and their problems are ignored and their voices unheard. The Society campaigns hard to fight childhood poverty and aims to help them all to have a better chance in life. It runs local projects helping them when they are at their most vulnerable and have nowhere left to turn.
The Society also campaigns to change the laws affecting children and young people to stop the mistakes of the past being repeated in the future. Influenced by the Children’s Society, policy changes have brought changed attitudes and life-changing support to children and young people in this country. In the UK there are 3.7 million children living in poverty and during 2014/15 the Society worked with 34,000 vulnerable children through its direct services.
The Campaigns and services of the Society are changing and transforming children’s lives. The Children’s Society continues with its Fair and Square Campaign and the following, published in “The Teacher”, the publication of the National Union of Teachers, states: “The Children’s Society’s Fair and Square Campaign aims to ensure all children in poverty can get free school meals. Currently in England 1.2 million poor schoolchildren do not get free meals. About 700,000, from poor working families, are not even entitled to this key support . . .” (for more information see www.childrenssociety.org.uk/fairandsquare.)
Serious problems at home and family breakdown lead runaways from difficult home situations, to become caught up in drugs and alcohol abuse and at risk of exploitation. Many say they are under pressure and forced to make choices they are not comfortable with and which may jeopardise their future. It is known as an awkward age, but for the most vulnerable 16 and 17 year olds the challenges can be seriously awkward.
The Society’s Seriously Awkward Campaign calls on the Government to ensure that young people who are in danger are offered appropriate protection and support to thrive and stay safe. Young people are not recognised as victims of child sexual exploitation so are not getting the help they need. Huge numbers of the reported cases of these crimes against 16 and 17 year olds result in no police action against the perpetrators. Only a tiny proportion result in a successful prosecution.
The Society wishes to put this issue at the top of the Government agenda. It is vital that the law is strengthened so that young people who are suffering these crimes are protected from harm, and receive the help and justice they deserve. The Society aims to protect young people and wants to double its efforts to help very young people stay safe through specialised services across the country. Current laws mean the police cannot step in and protect older teenagers in the same way that they can protect children under 16.
The Society is calling on the Government to strengthen the law so that all 16 and 17 year olds experiencing sexual exploitation are protected from harm and get the support they need and the justice they deserve. Policy changes are needed to bring life-changing support to more than 1.8 million children and young people.
The Founder envisaged a charity that gave poor, homeless children a loving, secure family environment. These child-centered values and intentions remain the same today. The Society is genuinely committed to helping the most needy children and young people in the United Kingdom and its direct help fights childhood poverty, harm and neglect.
The Christingle Service this year is being held on Sunday, 13th December at 10.30am. To make a contribution please take a Christingle envelope from your pew and return it at our Christingle Service.
If you would like to have a House Collection Box please let me know.
Very many thanks.
Hazel Catling 242 355