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 - December 2018
A lot has happened since we last wrote you.
Here is a little update from the last few months here in Mareeba.
In July Hans spent the first week doing a Check and Training course, which might open up some opportunities for him to do some training of the pilots out in the programs (such as Arnhem Land or Timor Leste) while serving in Mareeba. Not long after that he left for 8 days for a safari where he flew 2 ladies around the most Northern tip of Eastern Australia and the Torres Straight Islands. The 2 ladies that were being flown around shared some very powerful messages in remote communities that Hans was able to fly them to. It was an eye opening experience to see how isolated some of these people are living, and the need of fellowship that these churches have.
Not long after Hans got back we moved into a more suitable accommodation for the time we will be staying here. We are now in a 2 bedroom house with a nice garden, whereas before we were living in a smaller 2 bedroom unit with only a small garden. A bit later in August, the whole flight training centre went out to an outback town about 4 hour drive away. We helped out with some renovation work at the local church, did some sports in the park, held a BBQ for the local community where we showed some bible stories on a big screen for the kids, and led the Sunday morning service. It was great to be able to help out with a remote church that usually only has around 3 people in the congregation.
Immediately after this weekend we had a new intake of 2 students starting their training. Hans has been working hard to get them through their training. They both will be starting their navigation part of the basic training in the next few weeks. Both of them have a desire to be missionary pilots with MAF in the future and they are working very diligently to get themselves up to the right standard to get there. In October we had Melissa's parents visiting for around 2 weeks in total. It was good to take some time off and reconnect with family and have a break to relax.
Melissa has been working very hard on her degree and will be finishing another unit before taking a break over Christmas. She has had some really good results on the units she has done so far and is making good progress even though sometimes it is difficult to self-study some of the academical sides of the degree. She has been doing wonderful.
Olivia will be starting at the local school here next year in January. We still can't believe that she will be old enough now to go to school. It seems like yesterday that she was learning to walk. Both of the girls have been settled pretty well and absolutely loved their time with the grandparents and her auntie and uncle (who also came up from Brisbane for a visit.) We have also been given a little kitten, who Olivia named Tom (We think after Tom kitten from Beatrix Potters books.) He is a very loved addition to our family.
Hans is trying to work out a way to go and visit one of the communities he flew to on the safari to go and help out at the local church and bring some encouragement to them. It is now looking that this will probably not happen until early next year, but he remains hopeful to find a way to go and help them out. The community he is trying to visit has a church that has only 7 people in the congregation and the people who have been leading the church for years are fairly burned out. The hope is to bring a small team as well to help out with whatever they need help with.
1. That Melissa will keep finding the time to do her studies without getting over worked.
2. For this trip that Hans is trying to organise, that there will be a good opportunity to encourage the small local church in this town.
3. Pray for the 2 students that are finishing up their Private Pilot Licence (PPL) in the next few months as they sit exams and flight tests
4. Pray for the girls who are struggling a bit more with the heat at this time of year.
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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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