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St Andrew’s • Cheam
UNITED REFORMED CHURCH

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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.

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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!

Blessings,

Bibi
Contact
Bibi Nédellec
c/o SIL
BP. 1299
Yaounde
Cameroon
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Wycombe Road Saunderton High Wycombe HP14 4BF
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Mission Aviation Fellowship - February 2019

Happy New Year, Here is a little update from us all at the Flight Training Centre (FTC) in Mareeba. We have had a wonderful Christmas break, and everything has gone back to normal, or at least to the new normal. We would first and foremost like to extend God's blessings to you for 2019 and show our gratitude for your support.
It has been another 3 months and life is busy on this side of the world, whether it is Melissa and the children at home or me at work at the FTC. At the end of last year we celebrated our beautiful Ameiah's 3rd birthday. We are so thankful for how many of you sent your well wishes to her for her birthday. It is so amazing to have such great support, even when we are so many miles away from home. Fast forward to the end of January, Olivia started Prep (which is the first grade of primary school here in Australia). She's got a lovely teacher and is enjoying it very much. Melissa has been able to take a break from her degree over the Christmas semester, which has been a great blessing to just be able to enjoy each others company over the Christmas holidays. in the Beginning of January, we also celebrated Hans' birthday.
At the end of 2018, right before the Christmas break, Hans was able to renew his Instrument Rating. The hope was that he would then be able to use this to visit one of the very remote towns to the north (Coen), which he visited during the Safari last year. He made connections and started building relationships with the local church in this town. Two weekends ago Hans was able to take 3 of the flight training students out to Coen, where they were able to encourage the pastors there who have been working up there by themselves for over 15 years.

The church in Coen has slimmed down a lot in recent years, and exists out of a handful older indigenous people, and some children. Over the course of the weekend they were able to share fellowship and testimonies and prayed for one another. On the Sunday morning they were able to lead the church service, which allowed the students and Hans to step into ministry roles they wouldn't usually fill. After the service they shared a lunch with the church. While the students hung out with the kids, Hans was able to connect to some of the elders in the community who come to church.

Hans has been tasked with setting up the new local outreaches around the Far North Queensland area that the Flight Training Centre will be participating in. Our hope is to encourage and connect with these very remote communities, and are planning about 3 trips like this a year. We are currently working on visiting Cooktown, a slightly bigger town about 3 hours drive to the north of Mareeba. We have some contacts with a Christian college, where we will be able to share what MAF does and why the students are training to be pilots. We might get the opportunity to go and visit and help out in one of the smaller local indigenous communities that is close to Cooktown on the Saturday, and will help out at the church in Cooktown as much as possible. We are really happy to be able to include these kind of trips into the flight training, as at the end of the day we are not just here to train them as pilots, but also to train them to reach out in whatever capacity God has placed talents in them. We are also looking at going back to Georgetown where we visited last year, in the second half of the year.
SOME VERY EXCITING NEW THINGS FOR THE FLIGHT TRAINING CENTRE:

We have recently been approved as a Papua New Guinea flight training school. This means that we will be able to train PNG nationals in Mareeba towards their PNG pilot's license. We are now accepting PNG nationals to come train with us, and at the end of their training they will get a bit of experience flying in their own country before they are released into the local aviation industry there. We will be the only flight training school to be able to train towards PNG licences. We are hoping to have the first intake of 4 students starting in May.
Prayer Request:
1. Please pray for the pastors in Coen. They are pretty burned out and they are looking at retirement.
2. Please pray that they will find a suitable church group or couple to buy the church building from them (as they own it, and would need to sell it to move on)
3. Please pray for our upcoming trip at the end of March to Cooktown, that we will be able to serve the local community in the way that is best needed.
4. Please pray for the new PNG flying school starting here in Mareeba, that we will be able to find the best suited candidates for the first intake.
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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 since August 2018 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 joined in January 2019 and 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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