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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.

Our current partners are:


Bibi Nédellec with Wycliffe Bible Translators


June 2022  Bibi’s News

Dear friends!

Greetings from Brittany, France.  Can you believe that in a few weeks, it will be three years since I moved out of Africa?  A lot of things happened in that time period for all of us. Here in France it looks like we are getting back to a more normal life now, I notice that as I see all the activities offered to the public by various associations (traditional events, nature, sport...).  Concerning work, nothing has changed for me, still 100% working in distance format and meeting with colleagues via zoom, which works well. 

Consultant Development
CBC = Competency based Certification (for consultants)

The CBC software has been launched! As I have explained to you in my last letter, this software will enhance the development of consultants in a significant way. We have developed a web-based tool to track competencies and this competency-based system will greatly facilitate the work between mentors and mentees. Who are these people? They are different types of consultants: specialists in literacy and education, linguistics, anthropology, vernacular media, biblical translation, language technology and many more. The training of such consultants is traditionally a long and thorough process, and CBC will help us track the mentees’ development.  Once again, I should underline that I am not the only one working in this project, I am very thankful to my team of faithful and very competent colleagues!
The school teaching kids to love their African culture
‘Speaking my mother tongue is something that makes me proud of myself, makes me feel happy and free’ 

Amazing words coming out of a girl’s mouth. This vidéo is published on the BBC website, please set aside 4 minutes to watch it. It is very well done, and worth your time!  For those of you who read my letters and wonder why I do what I do, part of the answer is in that short video! 

My sister Annie came to France a few weeks ago. We took this chance to visit our nephew and nieces around Easter time, it was nice to be together again. We hadn’t seen our two nieces in a long time. What indirectly triggered that reunion was the loss of their father (my brother) who sadly died in February. 


I had a nice surprise in March! Debbie (Hatfield) who had a meeting in Germany came to see me! We took the chance to explore more of the area in terms of walking and birding of course. We did not expect to see this huge dolmen (megalith grave) on one of our walks.

I took the pictures below on one of my many walks around Brittany as I am looking for birds. Some of these walk I do with others as I am now part of an association of birdwatchers.

Even though I wish I could meet some of my colleagues and friends more - as we used to do - I am generally doing well, both work-wise and health-wise. My medical treatment is coming to an end. So far, so good. It is important for me to do some type of physical activities on a regular basis, which I generally manage to do, especially in the warmer season.

All for my news for today! I hope this letter will find you very well. 

As always very grateful for all your support, 
In Christ, 


Bibi Nédellec
10 Résidence Lise Bellec
22710 Penvénan

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Bibi has kindly granted permission for reproduction on St Andrew's website.

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Welcome to the Draper Family – our new Missionary Partner

At the Church Meeting in September, all those voting approved the proposal to partner with Mark and Steph Draper and their three girls, Lexi, Evelyn and Raya, of Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) as our replacement partner for Hans and Melissa Cools.

The Draper Family
The Draper Family

The Church papers for the meeting contained the background to Mark and Steph Draper applying to MAF. Since being accepted by MAF in May 2021, Mark continued working to apply and gain his UK aircraft maintenance licence. This came through from the Civil Aviation Authority when he and Steph were away on their MAF orientation training course in July 2022 and was the final hurdle that needed to be overcome before the family could start real preparations to move out to Uganda. This key licence allows Mark to certify that the aircraft are fit to fly.

In early August the family had a look see visit to Uganda giving them an opportunity to look at accommodation, schools, where Mark will be working and a general feel of the what life might be like. The family have now moved from Luton to Ware in Hertfordshire, where Mark & Steph are attending for 3 months the All Nations College for Theology and Cross Cultural training.

They will be going out to Uganda early next year where Mark will be working in the main MAF East Africa Maintenance base. They cover and support Uganda, South Sudan, Kenya and Chad. Mark will likely have to travel at times to these other countries.

Mark is waiting for his Uganda Work Visa, has been packing up their house and filling a container to be sent out to hopefully arrive about the time they do. When in Uganda Mark will have to apply to convert his UK Aircraft Maintenance Licence to a Ugandan one before he can certify planes fit to fly.

Mark is a very good communicator and apart from regular news and prayer letters, he is also planning to continue to do some videos of what the family are doing. So far he has done four very informative videos of his journey to date, which can be viewed on his YouTube channel.

Just before the Church Meeting I had a very informative and pleasant telephone conversation with Mark which has made me very comfortable that Mark, Steph and his three girls will be an excellent replacement Missionary partner for the congregation.

Ian Philippe


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