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St Andrew’s • Cheam
UNITED REFORMED CHURCH

Our missionary partners

St Andrew’s supports three missionary partners in prayer and through regular financial support through the Mission Fund. Please remember then in your own prayers, and if you would like to contribute to supporting their work, the treasurer|Treasurer will be happy to hear from you.

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September 2019   Bibi’s News

Dear friends!

This time, it is “for real”. I am now officially a French resident again, after 39 years spent between Germany, England, Benin, Togo and Cameroon. Debbie and I left Yaoundé on the same flight all the way to Paris, then as planned, we each went our different ways. She arrived safely in Washington DC, and I in Brittany, on Bastille Day!  My sister was at the airport to welcome me back. Annie kept me company for 4 weeks! We had a great time together, and it was nice for me not to be alone right away. 

Last Days in Yaoundé
A wonderful Farewell Party
Debbie and I were invited for a meal at some friends, but then all of the sudden the number of guests kept growing! Eszter and Andreas (on the right) are quite good at organising surprises!! Philip our landlord (left next to Debbie), Clémentine our friend (next to me) and David Wafo our Africa Area Director showed up. It was really special.
Eszter contacted our friends & family and asked them to scan old photos from us at various places and stages of our lives! What a wonderful gift to us was that slide show! We spent 15 minutes in nostalgia mode, and I think our friends also enjoyed it. (Let me know if you’d like to watch it, I’ll send you the link!)
At home in France now
Only a few days after I came back, Annie and I had young visitors: our grand- nephews with their parents of course! It was a fun time, especially accompanying Fanch (4 years old) with the guitar, singing with him the French songs he learns at school. We should see each other more regularly than I ever saw my nephew, their father! 
I had mentioned to you in my last letter that I would have to sort out some  complex administrative issues. Without going into details, I am pleased to let you know that a French organisation (charity called MENA) accepted to help me with the administrative side of things. Wycliffe UK and MENA agreed on how to do that. I am extremely thankful that a solution was found so quickly. 
Have you ever heard of fishing on foot? I read on their website that an association was looking for volunteers right here, in Penvénan, during the great tides. Why not, I thought, this is a good way to meet ‘locals’!
When the sea is far off, people go out on the sand and in the rocks to look for cockles, clam shells, crabs, shrimps, abalones and lobster! They don’t always know the rules, the norms, the quantities allowed: our job was to let them know about best practices.
Sunset during a skype meeting
It has been nice to come back during such a wonderful summer! I know Brittany has a reputation of being blessed by rain most of the year, but I am enjoying its current good and pleasant weather. Picture above: late (virtual) meeting and the view I had that day from my office window. Most of my work with people is in the afternoon and/or evening. It is interesting to meet with people from all over the globe! The reality, of course, is that I live alone most of the time, but I also continue to travel the world. I try to combine trips together when I fly somewhere, to avoid unnecessary carbon print which is not easy when one works for an international organisation. Meeting per internet helps a lot already. I will let you know about work in my next newsletter. 
I am in the process of looking at my financial needs now that my situation has changed. It looks like my current income cannot yet cover what my minimum income should be. I wanted to let you know that fact, as promised in my last letter. You can write me if you would like to know more.
I hope this letter will find you in good form!

A special Thank You to those of you who have written to me recently. It is always good to hear from you!  

Blessings, 

Bibi
Contact
Bibi Nédellec
10 Résidence Lise Bellec
22710 Penvénan
France
Support
Cheques payable to:   Wycliffe UK    
The Hub, Easton Street,
High Wycombe Bucks. HP11 1NJ
(Please add a note specifying that the gift is for me.)
Copyright © 2019 Bibi Nédellec. All rights reserved.

Bibi asks that you do not circulate this information without her permission,
which she has kindly given for publication on this website.

 

Mission Aviation Fellowship - December 2019

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We're coming to the end of the year. We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a blessed 2020. It was lovely seeing so many of you in the last few months. Here is a short update of what has happened in the last few months.

  Family

 

Family
Hans in kilt
Bouncy castle

We arrived in Scotland at the beginning of October and the first few days were quite busy as Melissa's brother got married. The girls were flower girls in the wedding and they did a wonderful job.

From there on we started meeting up with people and churches. We mainly focussed on our home church in Glasgow in the first few weeks and we were also able to go and talk at the MAF Volunteers for Scotland meeting. It was a rather busy period, but still refreshing as we met up with friends and family.

The second part of our furlough was spent travelling around. We first went to visit Belgium where we met up with Hans' family and people from the church he grew up in. We were also invited to revisit another church, where Hans preached during the morning service. Hans was able to head out to a yearly meeting of Flemish churches, where he had a little table with information about MAF. The rest of the time was spent hanging out with Hans' family and friends from church in Belgium.

Pool

We would like to thank you all for your support this past year and wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2020.

Prayer Points:

1. Please pray for the PNG students that have been accepted that they will be able to get the right visas, finances and are able to settle into Australian culture well

2. Please pray for Melissa as she will restart her degree at the end of January. Please pray for the stamina to keep going with all the assignments and workload as well as taking care of the day to day things.

3. Please pray for the girls as they transition back into life away from family in Australia after such a long time with family and friends

Thanks!

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Sutton Schoolswork


Simon

Sutton Schoolswork (SSW) is a Christian charity that is passionate about supporting students in Sutton to understand and explore Christianity and to develop spiritually, morally and socially.

Within the London Borough of Sutton there are 45 primary schools and 15 secondary schools and SSW aims to support all those schools in a variety of ways.

The Director of SSW is Simon Ellingham, who has already visited us. Simon has previously acted in the SSW Easter Experience at North Cheam Baptist Church where he played Jesus, and is retired from the Metropolitan Police.


Sarah

Kate

SSW has two full-time schools workers—Sarah Skinner who works with primary schools, and Kate Travers who covers secondaries. The schools workers work with the support of volunteers and of Children’s, Youth and Family Workers from the many churches which support SSW.

SSW workers reach 27,000 children and include leading school assemblies, teaching in RE and PSHE classes, running Christian Unions in schools and organising parent prayer groups. SSW also puts on two dramatised presentations, Discover Christmas and Easter Experience, seen by hundreds of children every year.

The latest news and prayer requests from SSW is usually on the Our news page.

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