Mission News – October

David & Liza Cooke – Our CMS Link Partners in Eldoret, Kenya

Friday 4th September saw a new Ladies football match in the Borderlands.  Five teams each with members from different tribes in the area, played very competitive football in a happy spirit which added to the aim of peace building in the area.  The men were involved in organising the event and equal numbers came from the different tribes. About 1000 people came to help or to watch and teams and spectators mixed happily together.

As people came and went during the afternoon, peace messages were given throughout the event.  Sadly there were no members of the Provincial Administration attending, but the many men who were there were surprised and impressed by the standard of the ladies football!!

This may not sound what many expect to see as ‘Missionary Work’ but we are all called to show God’s Love for all in the way we live.  By showing that love to the mothers and helping them to see the results of learning to love each other across tribal divides, you influence the whole family.

David and Liza will be in the UK for a few weeks.  Their youngest daughter is to be married and their other children with their families will all be together for the first time in six years, so they will not be visiting their Link Churches on this visit. We have sent our love and best wishes from All Saints’ for a very happy time together.

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Share the joy of supporting our CMS Timothy partners

We hope you will feel a renewed desire to pray for CMS and support our Timothy mission partners as you discover how God is blessing their work across Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East.

Inspired by the Apostle Paul and how he nurtured Timothy with guidance on leading, growing and pastoring the local church, we are privileged to be partnering with churches overseas and helping them to identify, train and support Christian leaders like Rachel Karanja in Kenya.

After connecting with CMS, Rachel coordinated a project installing biogas units in Kenya and Uganda. Despite suffering a stroke in 2013, she has since founded Women of Destiny Kenya. Using CMS tools like financial freedom for vulnerable women, she is desperate to help more women start their own businesses.

£5 pays for Rachel to mentor another woman wanting to develop her own business.

Through our Timothy fund, we are also supporting Anderson Sanchez as a pastor, evangelist and teacher in Peru. Anderson is seeing doors open to share the gospel in many different places including a unit for young offenders.

£10 pays for Anderson and ex-offender Alexis to make one visit to the young offenders unit and share the gospel.

We currently support over 50 CMS Timothy mission partners, however, there are many more passionate and gifted leaders that we would love to help local churches to identify, nurture and fulfil their missionary calling.

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News from the Wisbeys
We have received a note from Matt and Liz Wisbey thanking All Saints’ for their recent generous gift towards their work with Wycliffe. They really appreciate our continued care and support

They are now settled in Gloucester and further news about them can be found on www.wisbeys.blogspot.co.uk/. News from Faringdon is always welcome if you want to get in touch with them.

David & Liza Cooke: Our Link Partners in Eldoret, Kenya
We have returned from New Zealand where we had a wonderful time with our daughter Lucy, her husband Dino and their delightful little boy JayJay. Christmas Day was spent first at a service and then at a picnic, both on the same beach where the first Anglican missionary preached on Christmas Day two hundred years ago using the text “Glad tidings of great joy”. It was very moving to be there.

Our journey to New Zealand and back was fairly overwhelming- we are certainly not as physically resilient as we used to be- but it was worth it to be with family and in such a beautiful part of the world. We spent a day driving to the northernmost point of the country to Cape Reinga which is a sacred place for the Maori people. There we looked out at the extraordinary sight of the meeting point of two oceans, the Pacific and the Tasman. From time to time, the water becomes really quite turbulent as the hidden energy of two forces in opposition surges up to the surface. Then it appears that the waters of the two oceans perform a kind of dance as they attempt to negotiate their way into each other’s territory and settle for a while.

As often seems to happen with us, this phenomenon of the natural world spoke powerfully and deeply, preparing us for the news we have just received on our return to Eldoret. There have been some worrying setbacks in the work for peace in the Borderlands. Powerful energies have erupted once again in some terrible acts of violence and the peace activists are at full stretch.

So this week we will begin again the process of listening, encouraging, negotiating, working with the authorities and praying for peace to prevail.
Do pray for David and Liza that they may not get discouraged, and that God will give them the assurance that they are in the place that he has chosen for them to bring the gospel of peace and hope.

Visit http://davidandlizacooke.wordpress.com for their blog and more information

Other CMS News
I am writing this for the magazine just after the killings in Paris and the subsequent protest rallies by millions from so many countries. On the same weekend we received the CMS prayer paper recording killings by those displaying the same hatred of others across the North and South of Sudan. These countries have dropped out of the news, yet the killings still go on. In Dafur, army units  raze villages with rape, loot and pillage. NGO operations have been suspended and UN officials expelled. The suffering of the people is an unending nightmare. In parts of South Sudan, there is a cycle of cattle raiding, inter-clan clashes and revenge killings to which there seems to be no end. There is accusation and counter-accusation between the South Sudan Government and the Opposition Group who feel that it is their right to be the government.

It is in this grim situation, where so many are being killed or dying from hunger or disease, that the church is trying to bring a message of peace and hope. Archbishop Daniel has rallied 200 Youth Peace Mobilisers and Campaigners to go into eight counties of South Sudan for 2 weeks in January to urge the Youth there to consider living in peace and stop revenge killings among themselves.

Pray that they may make a difference so that such a programme can be set up elsewhere in South Sudan. And pray for these young people who are placing themselves in situations that could be dangerous for the sake of the Gospel.  Joan Plumptre

The Children’s Society
The Annual Box Opening which took place during November resulted in the sum of £416.07 being raised for the Society. Very many thanks to all the loyal Boxholders for your continued support and generosity. If others would like to have a Home Collecting Box please contact me on 01367 242 355.

The collection received at the Christingle Service was £257.63 and the Christingle envelopes handed in resulted in the sum of £86.46 – a total of £344.09. This, together with the Boxholder money, has enabled the total sum of £760.16, received from the generous congregation of All Saints’, to be forwarded to The Children’s Society and will assist the Society in continuing its work supporting the very many most vulnerable, needy children and young people in this country.

Very many thanks to you all. Hazel Catling