The Children’s Society
The Annual Box Opening which took place during November realised the sum of £427.14 collected from Boxholders and a very big Thank You is due to you all for your continued generosity and support. This has been forwarded to The Children’s Society and your kind donations enables it to provide vital help to needy children and young people in this country. If others would like to have a House Collection Box please contact me on 242 355.
The total amount from the Collection and Envelopes received at the Christingle Service in December was £199.82. This, together with the Boxholder donations, resulted in a total of £626.96 and this has been forwarded to the Society to assist in its essential work.
Very many thanks to all who have generously contributed.
Church Mission Society
Liza and David Cooke write:
We had a restful break over Christmas during which we visited Lake Baringo where we watched the hippos cavorting in the shallows and rushed around with our field guide identifying some stunningly beautiful birds like the Pied Kingfisher and the Monarch Flycatcher.
Then with the arrival of the new year we once again hit the ground running and David in particular hasn’t stopped since- January started with some challenging news from the borderlands where one of our most faithful peace activists has been attacked and injured. He was taken to hospital and is now slowly recovering at home but the incident has shaken things up again- we’d value your prayers for this situation.
The container of wheelchairs for our February distribution at CBR (Community Based Rehabilitation) has just arrived at Mombasa. The revenue authorities have recently changed their requirements and so on top of all the normal challenges at the port, it is now a very complicated process to gain release of goods. Please pray for a speedy release by the port authorities and the safe arrival of the wheelchairs.
We are unbelievably now in the last 12 weeks of our three plus year term of service! We will be arriving back in the UK in early April and will then begin five months of final leave during which we will be visiting churches to talk about our work. As you and your church have been such a support to us during our time here we thought we would let you know now so that if you wanted us to visit we could make a date.
We are happy to visit at a time and date that works well for you and to talk about our work in whatever format you’d prefer and most importantly to thank you all in person for your partnership with us during our mission here in Kenya.
We could not have done this without you.
Joan Plumptre writes:
David and Liza are leaving CMS in April. They will still be helping in the work in Kenya but at their own expense and time, as they will be based in the UK.
We are in the process of finding a new CMS Mission Partner to support, who, we hope, will be able to visit All Saints’ before they leave the UK.
Subject to PCC approval, we expect to support someone who will work in the newly-formed country of South Sudan. The Church is growing strongly in South Sudan but many of the leaders have had little access to training and have asked CMS to help with this. There will be more news of this in the March magazine.