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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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June 2019   Bibi’s News
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Dear friends!

I thought I would start with a little brightness in sharing these spring flowers with you! Although there are lovely plants and colourful flowers in Cameroon, these above are growing in the north of Brittany, France. I didn’t think it would take so much time for me to write you again! There are all sorts of news to share with you today.

After hearing some worrisome news coming from Benin recently, Ursula and I decided to talk via skype (isn’t technology wonderful when it works?) We were smiling for the photo but in truth we are saddened by the fact that a kidnapping of 2 tourists and the killing of a Beninese tourist guide happened just round the corner from Tanguieta, where Carl and Ursula still live. Having lived in Cameroon for the past 5 years, I am familiar with the yellow, orange and red security zones prescribed by embassies to their citizens. Benin was one of the few countries that were spared until now, but this is changing, sadly. Pray for wisdom for people who work close to the Sahel. These are difficult times for many humanitarian organsations.  
Ursula and Bibi connecting per skype
Remember the NATENI New Testament launch a year ago?
What is happening now?

The APSEN association leading the Nateni translation project for the past several years renewed some of its board members. I met the new chairman last year and was impressed by his vision and motivation to do all he can to raise funds in order to continue the Old Testament translation. Even though our main translator Esaïe is retiring, there are other team members ready to continue the work. Esaïe will support them when needed. Ursula and Carl continue to give advice and support them. In the OT phase of such a project, it is important for donors to know that the church community is behind that vision. Consequently, the funding for the Old Testament will be a matching grant. Pray that APSEN will have the capacity to mobilise the community and that they will be able to raise enough money.
Competency-based Consultant Certification
I have mentioned many times before the importance of working in partnership with other organisations belonging to the Bible Translation movement worldwide. Each organisation has its own specificity. Sometimes  there is overlap though and good cooperation is vital. I have been asked to take on the leadership of a project that requires a lot of research, good communication, meetings (per internet), mutual learning, diplomacy, persuasion, you name it! We are making steady progress towards a common certification process for translation consultants across some of those organisations, a system based on recognising competencies for future translation specialists and consultants. Although formal education and diplomas are important, in certain regions of the world, competencies through experience often come first!
The Language Services Consultation where this topic was discussed gathered around 100 people from all over the world. It took place last March in Dallas.
After several months of working per skype and seeing my special project team on a screen for several months, it was nice to get to know some of them face to face!
Where is Debbie in this picture?... Read on!
Changing Continents
It’s been 39 years since I left France to first live in Germany (1980), then England (1987), then Benin where I started working among the Natemba (1993). It has taken me time to make that decision, but I have decided to move “back” to France this year, in fact, very soon now! I kept some of you informed privately, and as you can tell this newsletter is overdue, so for others reading it will be a surprise.
Many factors came together to make Debbie and me decide to leave Africa, for me the main one is the amount of online meetings I regularly conduct. Dropping off and on, or not showing up at a planned meeting has become too stressful. My job on the International team does not require living in a particular spot on the globe, but come to think of it, Africa right now is not the easiest place to do that. 
I have the privilege to have a roof over my head: my sister Annie and I bought a house together a few years ago, we chose Brittany in memory of our parents. The house is close to where they grew up! And yes, we are proud to be Celts! For a fresh new start, it is really not a bad place to live in! 

I had already mentioned a few newsletters back that I had made good contacts with a small church fellowship in Lannion. Since this move will be a major one, also long term, I am glad to know that I have good and positive conditions to start making roots somewhere. I expect that transition to have its ups and downs, but it was meant to happen. 
Debbie and I will leave Cameroon in mid-July. She will return to Virginia, near Washington DC, where her best buddy Clare (and mine too!) lives and works and where her church is. I will try to stop by every time I have to travel west. The difficult part, I think, will be in CDG Airport when I go ‘in that direction’ and Debbie ‘in the other direction behind that wall’. I’m not looking forward to this moment, but we will have a lot of opportunities to meet from time to time, we know that for sure, as Debbie has a new part-time job on the team I joined last year! The Lord does these things.... I am really grateful!
Thank you for praying for me in the next months of transition. I need to sort out quite a lot of administrative details regarding ‘re-entry’ into a country I left so long ago. 

Thank you again, faithful friends, for your continued support.  
May the Lord bless you richly!

Bibi
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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.

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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


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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.


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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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