St Andrew’s United Reformed Church, Cheam
St Andrew’s Cheam
To know Christ and to make Christ known

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 will be happy to hear from you.

Our current partners are:


May 2018 Bibi's News

A new bird on my list!

But where did I take that picture ?... Quite unexpectedly, last March, I was invited to attend a team meeting in Thailand. This bird (Siberian rubythroat) was spotted on the hotel grounds, just outside of Chiang Mai.

Before I explain why I was there, I'd like to show you a few pictures. One very hot and humid afternoon, our little group visited beautiful gardens. The grounds were typically spacious, and of course for lack of time, we couldn't see all the various exhibitions, enormous statues, trees, plants & flowers (orchids in all sorts and colours). I just read this quote : "Thailand is thought to have almost as many plant species as Europe all crammed into a country the size of France". It was the first time I went into a temple. Such coolness, quietness, shine, cleanliness! If you remember my last newsletter from Ouagadougou where I was during the 'Harmattan' season (dust from the Sahara), you'll understand the contrast I have felt.
Royal Park Rajapruek
The King's Garden's Temple

So... Why did you go to Chiang Mai then?

A few days after I sent my last newsletter, I received an invitation to consider a new position within our organisation (SIL). After time for reflexion, I made the decision to accept the proposition. Since my new team was having their annual meeting in Thailand, we thought it would be a great opportunity for me to get to know everyone face to face. After having worked in Training for Francophone Africa, I am now Director of Training for SIL International. In other words, I have joined the international team. I am pretty well aware of what is happening in Africa, but I have many new things to learn as to what is being done in all other continents. My own team is small.
Our focus is 4-some right now:
  1. All SIL Academic Training Programs [North America, UK, Germany and others around the globe]
  2. Online Training Institute [New project to serve many]
  3. Consultant Development and Management [A team was just created to work on this big project]
  4. Training Material Archiving
I will also continue to work with a project in Africa, with the FATES Theological School in Chad where several colleagues and I started a brand new Bachelor's program. So for a while, I will continue to be connected with work in Africa!
I am taking over this position from Fraser Bennett (with me above). We took advantage of being face to face to work a full day non stop on transitioning!

You tell us Debbie is not back in Africa... and yet she shows up with you in your last two letters?

Indeed... We happened to be part of the same meetings outside of Cameroon! We also met old friends from Benin, Johannes and Sharon Merz (standing, photo top right), with whom we went birdwatching.
Debbie will come back in Cameroon at the end of May!

Connecting with Benin!

Ursula surprised me with a 'virtual' visitor the other day! She skyped me from Tanguiéta (Benin) so that I could talk to our 'maman Fatima', a Natemba friend! For those who have known me for many years, you will remember that Ursula and I had a car accident on our very first trip to Tayacou, back in March 1993. Maman Fatima was working in the Tanguieta hospital where we were transported then. So... these were our first Nateni lessons! She really looked after us so so well, making sure we had what we needed. Maman Fatima is one of those wonderful, kind, faithful, warm and grateful people! She kept giggling seeing me on that screen. I am pretty sure it was her first skype meeting! Imagine!
The Nateni New Testaments have arrived!
CELEBRATION on 23 June 2018
It has been 10 years since I last set foot in Tayacou! I will go to Benin to be at the celebration of the launching of the NATENI New Testament! It will be quite an intense time, to say the least.

Pray for Carl and Ursula who are coordinating the event, as well as the local committee.

Pray that I will be able to see all the people who will want to see me and vice versa!
This photo was taken in 2003, with Maman Fatima again!
Thank you, dear friends, for all your support and prayers!


Bibi Nédellec
c/o SIL
BP. 1299
Cheques payable to: Wycliffe UK Clare Charity Centre
Wycombe Road Saunderton High Wycombe HP14 4BF
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Mission Aviation Fellowship: the Cools family

About MAF

Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) sends planes to transform the lives of the world’s most isolated people in need. They enable thousands of aid, relief and mission projects in really remote places, because that’s where some of the greatest human needs are.

In today’s ‘connected world’, the irony is that never have so many people been so isolated. Flying onto desert and jungle airstrips, lakes and rivers, tracks and roads, MAF’s light aircraft and their mission pilots go the extra miles to provide a lifeline.

Working in partnership with hundreds of other Christian and relief organisations MAF enables practical help, physical healing, and spiritual hope to be delivered to many of the most remote and inaccessible communities on the planet.

For 70 years, MAF has been flying for life.

St Andrew’s has supported MAF in various ways for many years, but in 2018 we decided to make the Cools family, working with MAF, one of our supported mission projects.

About the Cools family

The Cools family

As a young boy growing up in Belgium, Hans Cools dreamt of becoming a pilot. He never thought he would realise this dream until God started talking to him while on a mission trip with YWAM in Vanuatu, where they flew from island to island in a Twin Otter. God gave him a vision to reach the unreached by flying to the most remote places bringing the Gospel and other lifeline services. Hans was able to realise the flying dream in Perth, Scotland, where he completed his commercial pilot training in May 2012.

Hans’s wife Melissa was born in Edinburgh, but immigrated to Australia when she was five. She has always had a passion to reach the unreached and joined YWAM as soon as she finished high school. She staffed and led discipleship training schools, completed a School of Frontier Missions and taught English in China for a while. She is passionate about seeing the unreached reached for God’s Kingdom.

It was during their time in YWAM that they met and then got married in 2009. They now have two beautiful daughters: Olivia (2013) and Ameiah (2015).

Hans first contacted MAF during his flight training in 2011 as some students kept pointing him towards MAF. They were also able to meet some overseas staff who were on their home assignment around that time. God clearly kept on pointing towards joining MAF in the years to come, and after a lot of prayer they decided to apply officially. They started the process with MAF in 2015 and feel privileged to be moving to, learning from, and giving back to the indigenous people of Australia in Arnhem Land.

Hans and Melissa’s favourite Bible verse is ‘The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor’ Isaiah 61:1 NIV

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Sutton Schoolswork



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.

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

Sarah’s and Cat’s activities 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 which are seen by hundreds of children every year.

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