Christian Aid Thank You
This year we have raised a total of at least £4,028.32 (including Gift Aid and £1,091.41 from the house-to-house collection) for Faringdon, which is an excellent result. Many thanks to all who helped, for your time and effort.
Open the Book
Thank you for the interest and prayer support that has undergirded the Open the Book team as we have taken the stories in the Bible into the Infants and Junior Schools. We are looking forward to this next term as we share some of the Parables of Jesus with the children. Please continue to pray for the team, the school staff and the children as we do these assemblies on alternate Thursday mornings beginning on 15th September.
Church Mission Society
First we give thanks to God for the response to the CMS stalls at summer gatherings. Hundreds of new people explored God’s call at New Wine. They all came with some burden, a burden to serve and to follow Jesus. A lot of people did not know what their calling was and it was a privilege to be able to offer signposts or pointers.
CMS thanks our church for the prayers we offer that support this work. One elderly pensioner who did not have e-mail, said he was moved by reading The Call newspaper and came to find the stall because what he had read had awakened something in him. The next copy of The Call will be out now or soon, copies will be in the Church.
David and Liza Cooke are still sending their blogs while they travel round the country visiting their Link Churches. They heard from Eldoret that one of the mothers whose teenager had been fitted with a wheelchair in February had phoned again to give her thanks. It is the rainy season and she would have had to carry her daughter around, or the daughter would have had to crawl around in the mud, picking up diseases in those conditions. Life had been transformed for them and the mother just had to thank the church again and again. David and Liza hope to continue with their work of reconciliation in this country.
Lynn Treneary, our Mission Partner, is in Maridi in South Sudan in very difficult conditions. The economy has collapsed, the South Sudan pound has depreciated by close to 90% and inflation is approaching 300%. This makes basic commodities unaffordable for many people, hunger and malnutrition have reached critical levels. A quarter of a million children are reported to be facing severe malnutrition and 7 of the 10 states have reached the “malnutrition emergency rate”.
There is still periodic fighting in and around Juba and many have fled their homes. The electricity is on and off so that Lynn does not always get e-mails, nor can she send them. Letters from the Wycliffe Bible Society say that they have evacuated some of their translators from Juba but some have remained to work with the local translators. You will remember that when Lynn was with us at All Saints’, she said that she would stay in Maridi whatever happened and she has done that.
We need to pray daily for Lynn and for the bishops, church leaders and pastors, who in a horrendous situation are ministering to their people as best they can, keeping the light of faith and the voice of hope alive in a dark world .
Latest news (12th August) is that the Government and Opposition have agreed to accept a Regional Protection Force under the control of UNMISS to protect the airport. This might restore confidence and enable people to return to their homes. Please pray.
So much of this fighting takes place because different groups of people cannot live together and accept each other. Jesus said that only in following Him will we find the way to live together. He prayed, “I pray for those who will believe in me, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.” Please pray daily for Lynn and all those who are taking this message to the people in South Sudan. In All Saints’, we meet to pray as a group, together, every third Wednesday in the month at 10.30am, (coffee if you come earlier), do join us any month if you can. Lynn knows we are praying and that helps her to keep going.
For more information about CMS contact me on 243 388
WATSAN: Sculpture on the Farm at Farmer Gow’s
Now the school holidays are over (but hopefully not the summer!) why not plan a pleasant outing, perhaps with children or grandchildren, not far from Faringdon? Farmer Gow’s at Longcot, SN7 7PR, are hosting a special event from 24th September to 9th 0ctober, 10.00am – 5.00pm daily, featuring a Sculpture Trail with over 300 amazing sculptures and paintings, including some from Zimbabwe. There will be daily demonstrations by resident sculptors and painters, in addition to the regular attractions of the farm with its café for light refreshments.
The cost of admission is £8 for adults, with concessions for children, seniors and families (with discounts for online booking and unlimited repeat entry). For further information and precise directions please go to www.farmergows.co.uk.
A proportion of the proceeds from sales of the sculptures will be donated to WATSAN, and the Hope & Faith school in Ngombe, Zambia. There will be stands featuring both charities at the entry point to the trail, so do come and say “Hallo”!
We in WATSAN are so grateful for the faithful support of All Saints’ over the last few years, which is an enormous encouragement to us as Trustees, the two bishops of Kinkiizi and North Kigezi dioceses, who oversee the projects, and the Team in Uganda who carry out the work on our behalf. It has enabled them to complete several schemes which were in the queue for funding.
But there is always more to do! We hope that proceeds from the Sculpture Trail will go towards essential work at a primary school of 400+ children at Rumbugu, where there is currently only one tap which provides water intermittently, and the sanitation situation is so dire that the boys’ latrines have collapsed completely and the girls’ block looks set to go the same way shortly. Remedial action to rectify the water situation and build new latrine blocks will cost in the region of £20,000. So far we have raised £1125 towards it.