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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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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 - July 2019

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Crocodile

It's been a while since we wrote an update. Quite a lot has happened since we last wrote. But first of all: thank you all for you continued support. Here is a short rundown of what we did in the last few months.

At the end of February we had a short outreach trip to a town a few hours north called Cooktown. Cooktown is fairly remote and was cut off that weekend due to the roads being flooded. We were privileged to be able to fly there from Mareeba. Our family joined the 4 flight training students for a long weekend of connecting with a church there and doing some outreach.

David, Matt, Keith and Tali (the students) shared at a high school about why they are training to be pilots, and shared a testimony on the Friday night at the first youth gathering in a long time. We put on a barbecue on the Saturday afternoon to bless some of the staff and students from the Christian School in Cook. We also brought up baked goods made by a Mareeba staff member and musical instruments for the Sunday service, where we helped with leading worship and sharing a testimony again. It was great to be reminded of how MAF is needed around the world to bring in outside services when communities are cut off due to flooding, etc.

On board plane
Picnic

Quite soon after the trip to Cooktown, we had a little holiday with Hans' mum, who visited us for a few weeks from Belgium. It was good to spend some time with family and reconnect with Hans' mum. The girls also loved having 'Moeke Lie' around for that time, and we were able to have some lovely day trips showing Hans' mum around.

Aquarium

Over the last few months we've had some busy and not so busy spells at the Flight Training Centre (FTC) and home. Olivia has just started her third term in 'Prep' (first year of school here), and is loving it. We celebrated her 6th birthday on Monday! Melissa is tracking along slowly (part time) with her degree in International Aid and Development, and is about 1/3 through it now.

The girls were part of a group of Mareeba MAF kids who filmed a clip for the annual Father's Day MAF fundraiser. They loved singing the song about their 'MAF dad' with the other kids, and you'll need to stay tuned in September to see the finished product!

At the Flight Training Centre Hans had an instructor upgrade a few weeks ago, which he passed. He has been working on night rating and commercial licence training with Tali, David and Keith. Below are a few pictures of the last few months.

Pink
Bike
On board plane
Picnic

Prayer Points:

1. We have less students coming next term than expected. Please pray that we will get a new flow of students in the beginning of next year, and that the Papua New Guinea course/students will be able to get their finances and visas accordingly.

2. We will be on furlough in the UK and Belgium in the beginning of October. Please pray for the preparations for this.

3. Please pray for David, Keith and Tali as they finish off their training here with us, and for future direction for them. Also pray for Tali, as she is getting married soon, and her fiance is from Myanmar, so she has some visa issues.

Thanks!

Crocodile

On Friday evening every other week the FTC usually meet with the students and some of the staff for fellowship and teaching. One of the families has moved back home to take up the MAF Switzerland CEO position. We will miss them dearly, but we know that they are where God is leading them.

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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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