Missions news

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