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 Nedellec with Wycliffe Bible Translators
From: Brigitte Nedellec
Date: Sat, 29 Aug, 2020
Dear all at St Andrew's,
Thank you for faithfully sending me the St Andrew’s magazine. It helps me feel connected, even though most of the time I do not know who is who, but sometimes I certainly do know, and it is very helpful.
I am still working 100% but also 100% virtually. It has been a year now since I came back to France from living and working in Africa. My work as Training Director for SIL International* is going well, in spite of the challenging times we are facing. I miss seeing my colleagues (and friends!) on a regular basis. I didn’t expect not to see Debbie for such a long stretch of time since we both moved out of Cameroon. Still, I am doing okay, enjoying my new home here in France. I am getting to know some people mainly from a little church in the area.
I want to take this opportunity to thank you all in the church fellowship for your faithful support. I could not do what I do without brothers and sisters in Christ like you!
Please send my greetings to your new minister as well,
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 - November 2020
First, apologies for the lengthy wait. We were having some difficulties with accessing our account and I had no other means of sending out the update. So, our sincere apologies.
Life here in the far North of Australia has been pretty normal. Besides the screens and other covid related changes, life has been tracking quite normally up where we live, with a few minor exceptions. In our area there have been no confirmed cases in months. The girls are going to school normally and, besides church being mostly online, life runs its normal cause.
At home the girls are now in the last few weeks of their school term for the year, and the end of 'year one' and 'kindy'. Olivia had her birthday in July and Ameiah will have hers in a couple of weeks. She's been patiently waiting for that day to come. Melissa has been extra busy with Uni. She has done full-time in the last term and although it is rewarding for her to see the excellent results she is getting, it has been really tough on her at the same time. We are all very proud of how well she is doing at uni, on top of all the other work she does.
We are coming to the end of a very strange year. But, we know that God is good, even though things are tough and isolating for many people in this season. We feel very fortunate to be in an area that is fairly unaffected by this virus. We do however miss our family and friends, and think of everyone back at 'home' at this time. We do know that we are where we are supposed to be for this time and we take peace in that. Within MAF international some families have had to make decisions not to return to their programs where they work due to the situation with Covid. We are personally very grateful to have been able to do our furlough at the end of last year and were able to see you all and connect with you before this all happened!
1. Prayer for the coronavirus situation. Worldwide within MAF, flying has decreased by almost 80%. At this stage there have been no redundancies, and there have been people that have been furloughed. Please keep praying we will be able to keep it this way. Some programs are really slowly picking up, others are have suspended operations.
2. All of our students are separated from family and significant others, who they are unable to see due to border closures or interstate travel restrictions. Please pray for them. Pray that things can go back to normal soon.
3. Pray for Melissa as she continues to study, especially that she can find the momentum in this new unit and keep it going.
4. As long as the borders of Australia remain closed, we will be unable to start the next training class for PNG nationals. Please pray that there is a way for them to come over and start their training at the beginning of next year.
We know that God is ultimately in charge, and that this too shall pass. There's a lot of fear worldwide - pray that organisations like MAF can stand out as encouragements in these trialling times.
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 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 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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