Missions news

News from the Church Mission Society

As I write this article for June, the month when we remember the Church Mission Society and the work it does throughout the world, we are in the nine days in May when we are praying in all the churches, “Thy Kingdom Come”

As we read the daily papers, full of terrible stories, we know how important it is that we all pray this prayer.

In South Sudan it is reported that 100 aid workers have been killed since the war began in 2013. These are local people who are willing to risk their lives to go to help the sick, the hungry, the homeless, every day.

Lynn Treneary was able to go to Juba, along with others from Maridi, to the enthronement of Archbishop Justin Badi, a joyful occasion, but on the way back to Maridi the new Bishop of Maridi’s car was attacked and those passengers were robbed. They gave thanks to God that no one was killed or injured, but it was a reminder that the roads are just not safe, whoever you are.

Lynn herself has not been well. She had two bouts of malaria, and though she recovered after treatment in Kampala, Uganda, she was still not fully fit. It was decided that she needed further treatment in the UK and she flew back in mid May. Please join us in praying for her full recovery.

CMS works in many countries worldwide and we are pleased that Jonathan Self, from CMS Headquarters in Oxford, is coming to speak at the 10.30am service in All Saints’ on Sunday 10th June. Keep this date, it is going to be an exciting visit. Earlier this year Jonathan was able to represent CMS at a Mission Conference in Tunisia. and on 10th he is going to tell us the amazing story of Muslims in North Africa turning to follow Jesus. This is not due to the expertise of mission workers, the local church has told the stories from the Bible between the Crucifixion and Pentecost and God has done the rest!

There is not time in the service to expand much, but there will be a Bring-&-Share lunch after the service and Jonathan will be there to chat and to show a short film .Do stay for this, I think we will all be inspired. Water/squash/coffee will be supplied, just bring something that we can all share.

Jonathan will also tell us more about CMS support for local Christian leaders in their own countries, whose community are too poor to support them. CMS has support for UK mission partners from UK churches and individuals, but there is no special fund for these local leaders. We will be having a retiring collection at the service and also at the lunch for the local Christian leaders. There will be leaflets about these people to take away and other CMS leaflets. This day is your chance to learn more about the world wide work that CMS is doing, and seeing how your giving and your prayers are making a difference.

We were reminded last month that Jesus said, “As the Father sent me, so I send you”. We may not go ourselves, but we can pray for Lynn who goes with our prayer support. We may not know any Christians in another country, but we can pray “Thy Kingdom Come” in the confidence that Jesus said “Ask, and it will be given you”

So please come to the service and lunch on 10th June and if you are able, we would love more to come and pray for CMS once a month on the third Wednesday at 10.30am at 8 Coach Lane.

Joan Plumptre

Missions News

News from the Church Mission Society

Jesus said, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you” (John 20:21) What does this mean? One answer is that we are sent together as a church. Together the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit send us, and they send us together. We may be praying at home, but we are not really alone, we are part of the church, praying daily for Lynn, our Mission Partner.

Lynn sent an e-mail at the end of March, saying, “I thank God for your love and prayers. They encourage me to keep rejoicing that God has won the victory. I have so much joy in sharing what you send and do tell people how supportive they are in the UK”

Thank you to all those who supported the board game afternoon on 7th April and a big thanks to those who organised the event. We have been able to send £330 to Lynn’s UK bank account. She is spending a little time in Kampala, Uganda when she hopes to be able to get this money to use in Maridi to help those in need.

Lynn has not been very well, after two bouts of malaria and was very run-down. We have just heard that she has had a Vitamin B12 deficiency, which plays havoc with concentration and memory. Following medical treatment she now feels well enough to return to Maridi.

One suggestion to her for spending this money we sent, is to help the Maridi Mothers’ Union, which is very active, to help to get treatment for children with ‘nodding syndrome’

You can read about this on Google but these are some of details about it. It attacks children between 5 and 16 who live in rural areas of Northern Uganda and South Sudan. These are children who should be running around playing, but they are seen just sitting in groups in their village on the ground.

Their bodies and brains stop growing, they have repeated epileptic seizures which weaken muscles in the head and neck, so that their head tends to fall forward, hence the term, nodding syndrome.

It seems that serious research for a cure only started in the 1960s. They now know that the disease is caused by a parasitic worm that also is linked with the disease river blindness. So far there is no cure, but if caught very early there are drugs which help to slow down the disease or in some cases to kill the parasite. Research is ongoing to find a cure.

Other CMS News

Meanwhile, there are still people offering to go with CMS to other countries of the world to take the message of God’s saving love. A few are offering to serve in the Lebanon, working with Syrian refugees. Do pray for these and others who are not able to be named as they serve in dangerous places. One couple writes, “It is exciting to be embarking on this adventure but it is different to any previous adventure we have done. We have gone travelling before but we have always known we are coming back soon. We have known that it might go wrong and we might not enjoy it, but it has a limited duration. But this time the uncertainty is similar, but the length of time is so long there is no visible exit.”

On Sunday 10th June, Jonathan Self is coming from CMS in Oxford, to preach at the 10.30am service in All Saints’. He will be able to tell us how CMS sees the future and about their current plans. There will be a Bring & Share lunch after the service, with the opportunity to talk with Jonathan and hear more about the work of CMS. Do mark the date and try to come to the service and the lunch.

Meanwhile can I draw your attention to the leaflets and prayer booklet on the table in Church. We can arrange for you to receive a copy of the CMS weekly prayer paper and there is always a welcome for those who can meet to pray on the 3rd Wednesday in each month at 8 Coach Lane, from 10.30 to 11.30am.

The Barber Rooms notice boards are kept up to date with news of Lynn Treneary, our Mission Partner. Do read it on the way to coffee!

Joan Plumptre

 

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News About The Church Mission Society and CMS FUNdraiser

News about the Church Mission Society

Internet connection with Lynn Treneary in Maridi is a bit hit and miss at the moment, – very good when it works, frustrating when it doesn’t ! But we do get news of Lynn and the South Sudan via the CMS weekly prayer paper and MAF prayer papers, as well as Lynn’s e-mail.

Last year we reported on the launch of the New Testament in the language of the BAKA people and how thousands risked the dangerous roads to get to Maridi to receive it. From MAF we have recently heard some of the results.

Pastor Bennett Marona, the translation project manager said “God is not a foreigner any more. Jesus is one of us. He can talk our dialect”. Mama Eunice, a women’s leader in the Maridi church, said, “I was so happy as I held my own Baka Bible, I felt the Holy Spirit blow over me, finally now, I am able to read and understand God’s word in my own language.”

Phodunze Martin, one of the translation team said, “Before I joined the team, I was a Christian, but not to the extent that I am now. Now I know I have salvation in Christ. Now I follow Christ, now I live the life Christ wants for me. I can now encourage others with the word of God.”

It makes you think, doesn’t it. Does the Bible, the word of God mean that much to us? I once asked a keen member of one of my previous churches about the whereabouts of her Bible, and she answered, “Yes, it’s in the bookcase!” Reading these stories from the Maridi church members, I think, what a wonderful church it must be.

Lynn has sent some requests for prayer. Their own much loved Bishop Justin, is moving to Juba in July, where he will be installed as the new Archbishop. They are all very pleased for this, though they will miss him. A new Bishop has to be chosen for Maridi. At the same time the name of the college, where Lynn teaches English, is to change from Chaima Christian Institute to The Episcopal University, Chaima Campus. The college will need more qualified staff and they are praying that some refugees will be encouraged to return from the camps in other countries to which they fled.

They are also praying for more qualified teachers to return from exile. Haddow Secondary and Primary Schools and the Chaima Secondary school have many students longing for teaching but no one to teach them. It is not an easy choice to make, to bring your family back home to a country that still often flares up with hatred. Please pray for those who feel called by God to return.

Meanwhile the Mothers Union goes on at full strength. In late February they had a conference to discuss ‘how to avoid abject poverty’ and ‘how to mentor girls in the church’. The ladies of the Mothers Union work so hard, do pray for them.

The situation in South Sudan is still not stable, despite the work of many from outside. Do pray for them all at Easter, that they may know the peace that only God can give.

Below, you will find the details of the games afternoon we are holding on Saturday 7thApril . Do try and support this as we raise some extra funds for Lynn to support the returning teachers from the refugee camps and the work of the Mothers Union.

Later, on Sunday 10th June Jonathan Self, a member of staff at CMS headquarters, will be preaching at the 10.30am service at All Saints’. We will have a bring & share lunch after the service, when Jonathan can show a short film and/or chat about the work of CMS around the world. I hope he will also talk about the Pioneer work in this country, where CMS members are trained to reach out to those who have no contact with a church, but are looking for something missing in their life. Book that Sunday and stay for the lunch

We still welcome anyone who is able to pray with our small group that meets on the 3rd Wednesday in the month from 10.30 to 11.30am. at 8 Coach Lane.

For more information about CMS contact: Joan Plumptre (243 388)

CMS FUNdraiser!

Afternoon of Tea, Cakes,

Board Games and Fun

Saturday 7th April, 3.00-5.00pm

Barber Rooms

In aid of Lynn Treneary (CMS Link Missionary)

Entrance Free Donations welcome

 

Christian Aid Week 2018

Christian Aid Week this year will be from the 13th to 19th May 2018. Our theme will be “Providing life saving new homes to poor communities at risk from disasters”.

Christian Aid stands with the most vulnerable and excluded people of the world – both in times of crisis and for the longer term. They give people survival essentials when they are without shelter or refuge, and help them find the strength and resources they need to flourish and protect themselves from disasters. They support people to stand up for their rights and to build stable, secure lives they can enjoy living.

There will be more in-depth information as we get closer to May, but in the meantime we would be very grateful if you would “Save the date” for the following events:

Tuesday 15th May – 10.30am – 12 noon: Coffee Morning in the Barber Rooms

Saturday 19th May – 7.00pm: Concert at All Saints’

We will  be doing the House-to-House Collection during Christian Aid week and it would be much appreciated if you would consider volunteering to help with this or any of our other events. If you would like any further information please contact:

Julie Campbell on 242 589.

 

Marcelin still hasn’t recovered from Hurricane Matthew, which hit Haiti in September 2016, destroying his home, possessions and livestock. ‘I lost pigs, goats, everything in the house. I have nothing left,’ he says.

He now in an old concrete shower block, a tiny space he shares with his teenage daughters. There are no windows or doors, and the only furniture is a single bed for the girls.

Marcelin has fought hard to raise his children alone but can no longer afford to send them all to school. He gets up at dawn each day to work the land, but the changing weather frequently destroys the food he grows and the family often go hungry.

Marcelin fears his daughters’ hunger could lead them to be exploited by predatory men in exchange for food.

Missions News

News About The Church Mission Society and CMS FUNdraiser

News about the Church Mission Society

We have very little to write about Maridi that is new this month. Ceasefires have been signed and then broken yet again. Maridi is still without electricity and regular clean water, the roads are still dangerous. Lynn, our Mission Partner has had an attack of malaria, has recovered , but is not in the best of health. (most expats in  Africa, no longer take malaria tablets as long term it can produce blindness. There are good medicines which cure the infrequent attacks quickly).

The one piece of good news is that the Bishop of Maridi, Bishop Justin, has been elected to become the new Archbishop of South Sudan, (Primate of the Episcopal Church). There has been great rejoicing, though it does mean that a new Bishop of Maridi has to be found. Bishop Justin said of the close election victory that it showed that tribal differences between Dinkas and Equitorians played no part. The church is showing that the tribes can work together without fighting.

March is the month of Lent this year, and CMS is concentrating on Mission. Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness, where he accepted his calling. He emerged from this time of testing to proclaim that the kingdom of  God is at hand, and that we Christians have a part to play. So we too, are called to use the time of Lent to reflect on what God is calling us to do.

What is God calling you to do?  Some will feel God is calling them be become members of CMS as an organisation.  They make the following affirmation:-

“I’m a member of the CMS mission community because I believe God is still working in our world and I want to be part of this. I want my life to be about mission and I know that mission isn’t about someone else’s job- it’s mine. I want to live for Jesus daily and I realise I need fuel for this journey. As a member of the CMS mission community I desire to help my local Christian community keep mission a priority. I also wish to join other CMS members in regularly renewing my mind and spirit and my commitment to mission.”

We could make a similar affirmation to our church mission here in Faringdon. Did you know that CMS has provided pioneer mission training for more than 200 people who are putting their call to mission in this country?  This is an ongoing course and draws interest of over a hundred each year. Examples of their work are: Nigel, working to build relationships in Bradford between migrants and those of other faiths; Michael, working among Syrian refugees and other migrants in Ipswich; Chris and Anna in Hull, helping to run a breakfast club, a mission house, a community garden and a sewing collective; Ruth in Plymouth running a work club to help unemployed people to find jobs; andLuke pioneering a church for ragamuffins’ for people on the edge of society. Some of these people have full time jobs and some are retired and feel called to help others in this way. All, by God’s grace, want to help to grow communities of Christians who act like Jesus with one another and within their neighbourhoods

CMS has called all Members to practice five minutes of silence in each day of Lent. Listen to God to discern his call to you. At the end of the day, look back, you may well notice unexpected ways in which you encountered God’s call for you during the day. We are not all called to be CMS members, but we are all called to Mission.

As we go through Lent to Easter Day, let us all pray for Lynn Treneary and the South Sudan, that the fighting and hatred will stop and that all can celebrate the victory of Jesus.

In Africa, Easter is the most important of the Church festivals. Christians dress in their best, often new clothes, children will often gather palms and go around their area singing Easter carols at dawn. There is feasting together, often after a long church service with singing and dancing. This is their God in whom they trust and they worship together with energy and joy.

With thanks to Peter Foot for extra information.

For more information about CMS contact Joan Plumptre (243 388).

CMS FUNdraiser

Afternoon of Tea, Cakes,

Board Games and Fun

Saturday 7th April, 3.00-5.00pm

Barber Rooms

In aid of Lynn Treneary (CMS Link Missionary)

Entrance Free Donations welcome

Christian Aid Week

Christian Aid Week this year will be from the 13th to 19th May 2018. Our theme will be “Providing life-saving new homes to poor communities at risk from disasters”.

Christian Aid stands with the most vulnerable and excluded people of the world – both in times of crisis and for the longer term. They give people survival essentials when they are without shelter or refuge, and help them find the strength and resources they need to flourish and protect themselves from disasters. They support people to stand up for their rights and to build stable, secure lives they can enjoy living.

There will be more in-depth information in the April & May issues of the Parish Magazine, but in the meantime we would be very grateful if you would “Save the date” for the following events:

Tuesday 15th May – 09:00 – 11:00am: Street Collection
Tuesday 15th May – 10:30am – 12:00noon: Coffee Morning in the Barber Rooms
Saturday 19th May – 7.00pm: Concert at All Saints’

As well as the Street Collection, we will also be doing the House-to-House Collection during Christian Aid week and it would be much appreciated if you would consider volunteering to help with this or any of our other events. If you would like any further information please contact:
Julie Campbell on 242 589.

Missions News

News About The Children’s Society and The Church Mission Society

News about the Children’s Society

The Annual Box Opening which took place during November realised the sum of £419.15 being collected from Boxholders. This has been forwarded to The Children’s Society. Very many thanks to all Boxholders for your continued generosity and the support you give to the Society which enables it to provide vital help to disadvantaged children and young in this country.

The total amount from the Envelopes and the Collection at the Christingle Service in January was £352.00. This, together with the Boxholders donations, gives a total of £771.15 which has been passed to the Society to assist in its essential work with children. Many thanks to you all for so generously continuing to support this UK Charity.

I am relinquishing the post of Co-ordinator for The Children’s Society. A very kind offer to take on this responsibility has been made and this will take place immediately. The Box Opening for 2018 will take place as usual in November when Mr John Seedell will be pleased to receive your Boxes. John’s very kind offer to represent the Society is greatly appreciated. He can be contacted on 242 440.

Hazel Catling

News about the Church Mission Society

Good News! At last, Lynn Treneary, our Mission Partner with CMS, has internet connection. At last, we can send and receive e-mails. It is not all perfect, three months after Lynn returned to Maridi, she has made a quick trip to Kampala, Uganda, to get more solar battery power, and also, as roads are closed and supplies are short, to buy tyres for her car and households needs. She has had to use the MAF plane to get there and back, as the roads are dangerous.
The latest prayer paper from CMS reports that on 21st December, a cessation of hostilities agreement was signed by government and rebel forces. This was the eighth agreement in three years, but sadly, there have been as many violations of it since then as the previous ceasefires. Please continue to pray for an end to violence and fighting and a recovery of the rule of law. Please also pray for the 209,011 people still displaced from their homes and living in camps in Juba, Bentiu, Malakal, Bor and Wau. (see the Barber rooms board for the map.)
Lynn wrote a Link Letter for the church before Christmas and we have received a copy from CMS in the new year. In spite of the troubles she faces daily she writes of many good things that are taking place there.
Just before Christmas Lynn had some experience in organising college exams. She says she was glad when the college decided they must look for an expert to do the job! The college is doing well and they hope to open as a campus for the Episcopal University next year.
The Diocese is much the same as when Lynn left it. It is still without electricity or open roads and the water stop/start. However, everyone keeps going and retains hope for a better future.
Positive news is that a team from Kenya and Uganda from Action Africa Help are in Maridi to help improve the health system. There is a long way to go, there are no mosquito nets at the hospital etc, but there are medicines for malaria, typhoid, dysentery, and pneumonia all of which talk too many lives. The team is also helping with the biggest health crisis of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B, both of which are spreading fast. There is also a team helping to deal with Nodding Syndrome.
The youth are also doing really well, with over 2000 singing, dancing, and praying in the diocese. The Bishop has recently returned from Ireland with some new electronic equipment. Lynn says they hope to put on an evangelistic concert in six months
The Mothers Union is doing well. They have managed to rebuild a small meeting room that had burned down a couple of years ago. They have also raised funds for the widows and orphans group school fees for next year. This will be a great relief. Much of this money has come from donations and they are looking for schools in UK and elsewhere who might like to twin with the local schools in Maridi.
The cathedral and the staff houses are also in a bad state of repair and need help. It is not easy to get donations for buildings , and, in All Saints’ we know the difference good buildings make as we use the Barber Rooms.
Other good news. Lynn reports that the evangelistic team (see photo) spent a week touring the town including seven markets, the army barracks, the police recruitment centre and the state legislative HQ. Many people came to the Lord and/or renewed their faith. God is so great!
Lynn finishes her letter with grateful thanks to God and the way he has blessed them. The situation is grim, people are traumatised through being held captive by rebels or having their family members killed, but they know that God still loves them. The letter is humbling, in the midst of their troubles, they are not sitting back in despair, they are out there working to make lives better, and God is loving them and blessing them.
The full Link Letter will be pinned on the notice board by the Barber rooms. Do read it and all the other information that is renewed each week. The CMS sends out a weekly prayer paper and we put any information on South Sudan on the board. If you too would like to keep up with information on CMS by using the prayer paper, talk to Joan Plumptre – or join us on the 3rd Wednesday every month at 10.30-11.30am to pray for Lynn and CMS. When people pray, God always answers and sends his blessings.

For more information about CMS contact: Joan Plumptre (243 388)

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News from CMS

CMS

We were pleased to hear that our Mission Partner, Lynn Treneary, arrived back in Maridi, South Sudan, safely in November. The situation was not good as there had been some fighting in the area during her absence.

She went with our good wishes and some money collected from her Link Parishes to pay for her internet connection. On 13th November we received the following e-mail

Dear Joan,

Thank you for your lovely email.

It has been and still is a real epic of a journey to try and get the internet connected. The short story is the engineers have been with me a week, after I had to send the car for them, and have not managed with two modems. They have given up today. They are going back to Yambio and then returning with a new modem.

I should tell you they are taking a risk as, as recently as Saturday, lootings took place on the road quite near here. Fuel is still exorbitant. I’m so glad I had the collection from you all which is helping me to not stress too much.

I hope to be in touch again before too long. In the meantime please add to your other prayers for a stop to HIV AIDS and Hepatitis B ravaging us like wildfire.

Love to you all  Lynn

During November we collected donations towards the new plane from MAF to be based in Juba, South Sudan. This plane will help Lynn to move around more easily, as the roads are not safe, with armed patrols roaming the area. It will also bring her post and enable her to get to Uganda to her bank.

This magazine will be printed before we know the total raised, but it will be on the Barber Rooms notice boards. Our thanks to those who signed the Christmas Cards for Lynn, they have been posted to her.

I do ask readers to make a practice of reading the CMS board, every time you visit the Barber Rooms. The board is updated most weeks, with topics for your prayers. Our congregation have promised to support Lynn by our prayers for her. Lynn says that she relies on this and knows when God is answering our prayers.

We heard this week of an answer to our prayers for South Sudan from Malcolm, a CMS Mission Partner based in Gulu, Uganda. He had visited a refugee camp in north Uganda, where thousands of South Sudanese from different tribes had fled. There was a strong belief that God was at work there, uniting the different tribes. They hope and pray that, when the refugees are able to return to South Sudan, they will take this spirit of co-operation with them.

Other news from CMS

Six years ago, a young lad called Steve, visited South America with his school. They visited a waste tip in Honduras and met the children, over 100 of them, who spent their lives picking over the rubbish, looking for things they could sell or eat. They had no hope and many died of poisoning from the fumes. Steve met and talked with a young lad of 13, it was his birthday and Steve could not forget him.

Six years later, and Steve has returned to Honduras as a Mission Partner of CMS. During those years, CMS had partnered with the charity, Street Kids Direct and set up a school especially for the children from the tip and called it Love, Faith and Hope. Steve found that Jimmy was there, in the school, now aged 19 and doing well, a changed person.

While Steve was there, a local shoe chain offered to give 100 of the school children a free pair of shoes. Jimmy was one of the chosen ones and he was so proud to show Steve his first ever pair of new shoes

The next weekend Jimmy went with Steve to visit a children’s home in the area, proudly wearing his new shoes. Steve saw him talking with a young boy in the home, then he saw Jimmy reach into his bag, pull out his old shoes and put them on his feet. He then gave his new shoes to the boy in the home.

Steve went over to this boy and asked what was going on. The boy said that Jimmy had said that God had blessed him so much in his life. He had said ” I have two pairs of shoes now and yours are falling apart, and I want to pass on God’s Blessing to you” Jimmy didn’t say anything to Steve, he didn’t say “Look what I have done” he just did it.

It is a challenge to us this Christmas. God has given us so much in our lives and Blessed us. Can we, like Jimmy, quietly pass on God’s Blessing to someone in need.

For more information about CMS contact:

Joan Plumptre (243 388)

 

Missions News

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. 

CMS

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

Missions News

News from the Church Mission Society

September was a busy month as we had the pleasure of a visit from our Mission Partner, Lynn Treneary, who had returned to the UK for a few weeks to attend her daughter’s wedding. She also tried to visit most of her Link churches who support her financially, and so she came to Faringdon on Sunday 10th September.

We knew that one of her pressing needs was for internet connection to help her keep in touch with her Link churches,. Therefore Max Young and his friends, and helpers from All Saints’, put on a ‘Super Sibilant Supper‘ the week before Lynn came, in order to raise some money towards the satellite and it’s connection. Those who came will agree that we had a lovely supper, followed by an entertainment that sent us home saying, “wasn’t that just fun”. Our thanks to Max and his friends who were such good sports, and those who came and raised £550.

On the Sunday following, Lynn came and preached at the 10.30am service. I think that all those who heard her speak were challenged by her natural way of speaking of her love for Jesus and her complete trust in God the Father, Jesus the son and the Holy Spirit for all of her life. Out of her trust, God has given her a tremendous love for all those she meets. The retiring collection added £160 to our gift to Lynn.

After the service Lynn showed pictures of Maridi and her work colleagues and told us more about the work she does with the college, the Church and the Mothers Union. She spoke of the terrible poverty, caused as a result of the fighting between some of the tribes, many people dying of starvation because their crops have been destroyed, thousands fleeing the country to Uganda, and no one able to travel out of the town.

But, the ordinary people who remain, especially the Mothers Union members, are helping each other, making children’s clothes, feeding the hundreds of orphans. There is no help or hope from those whose hearts are full of hate, nor from the government, but the ordinary people are finding that in the love of Jesus for them, they are coping and the churches are full and growing: they are proof of the verse in Romans 15 verse 13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”.

Lynn told us that her complete lack of fear and her ability to work in those difficult situations, is, she is sure, due to the prayers of her friends and her Link Parishes. It is like the story of Moses in Exodus 17, when the Israelites were fighting the Amalekites, Moses held his arms aloft praying to God for deliverance, and when his arms were tired his two friends came and held his arms up for him. Our Church has promised to be those friends for Lynn, praying with and for her.

CMS can help you to be constant in prayer. The quarterly newspaper, The Call gives prayer requests and information. We put 10 copies in the Church, but I can get one for you each quarter, or, if you sign up as a CMS member, you will get one sent to you. Another real help to prayer, is the weekly prayer paper sent from CMS by e-mail every Friday. This usually includes a piece of up-to-date news from South Sudan.

If you would like me to forward you the prayer paper (weekly) or The Call (quarterly), please send an e-mail to bobjoanplumptre@btinternet.com or if you are not on e-mail, I can leave them in Church on Sundays with your name on.

As Lynn returns to South Sudan this month, to a very difficult situation, let us make sure that we, as a congregation, support her with our prayers.

Joan Plumptre