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.
Our current partners are:
- Bibi Nédellec with Wycliffe Bible Translators
- The Cools family with Mission Aviation Fellowship
- Sutton Schoolswork
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For more information please contact the team using the contact details provided.
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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.
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.
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