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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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Bibi Nédellec with Wycliffe Bible Translators


October 2021   Bibi’s News

Dear friends!

The last time I wrote to you, I talked about the biking race (Tour de France) coming through the village where I live, here in Brittany. The most interesting thing to me that day was that, after I took a few pictures at the side of the road and before I was able to get to my house, I got news via Whatsapp that I had been ‘spotted’ on TV in ... the USA!  I laughed out loud! My friends Debbie and Clare got up very early and were determined to find me on their screen miles and miles away. Quite amazing! I already had that photo below on my phone before I reached my door as I was walking back home! My dear sister Annie,  knowing where I was going to stand, also filmed her own TV screen, this time from the British Isles across the Channel (Isle of Man). Fun!

Try to spot me from the US TV screenshot... Below, French TV replay.
Work matters: Consultant Development
Almost there!! 
CBC = Competency based Certification (for consultants)

I have been involved in the past 3 years in a project that will enhance the development of consultants in a significant way. In the world of Bible translation, we need different types of consultants: specialists in literacy and education, linguistics, anthropology, vernacular media, biblical translation and many more. The training of such consultants is a long and thorough process. I have been leading this project with a team of faithful and very competent colleagues. We are developing a web-based tool to track competencies and this competency-based system will greatly facilitate the work between mentors and mentees. We are still working on configuring the software, but we are almost there! We are planning to pilot-test soon, with the hope to see it launched in early 2022.
It was easier to write newsletters when I worked and lived in Benin among the Natemba people. My current responsibilities are hard to explain, but I know that what I do has an impact and supports my colleagues on the ground. I would like to ask you to watch this short video (less than 3 minutes) which will give you a better idea of what we do and why we do it. 
Who is SIL?
Walking & birdwatching in Brittany

Back to more personal matters: It was very nice to have my sister Annie stay with me in Penvenan over a few weeks during the summer! I also had the surprise to have Debbie (Hatfield) with me as well, we hadn’t seen each other for a long, long time because of COVID issues and travel lock down.  We did lots of hikes and searched for interesting birds together!

As you can see, I am doing well. I am following my medical treatment ‘to the letter’, and I am doing all I can to counter the side effects associated with it. I have found 100% of my energy back, but I still have a full year of treatment ahead of me. I carefully observe this and that, take notes to take to my rheumatologist. It is important for me to do some type of physical activities on a regular basis, so I try walk to walk as much as I find time to do so. I am discovering lots of nice hikes and walks around here! Autumn and Winter can be quite stormy here in Brittany, I hope to get out anyway! 

I hope you too are well and looking forward to a change of season, and change of life (less COVID and more travel opportunities)!

As always very grateful for all your support, 
In Christ, 


Bibi Nédellec
10 Résidence Lise Bellec
22710 Penvénan
Cheques payable to:   Wycliffe UK    
PO BOX 1594,
High Wycombe Bucks. HP11 9NA
(Please add a note specifying that the gift is for me.)
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Mission Aviation Fellowship - November 2021

The Cools Family with MAF
in Australia

  View from above

It has been a while since we last wrote. It's been a busy 6 months and time has flown by very fast. Apologies for the delay in getting this update out to you all. Below is an overview of what has happened in the last 6 months.


Cools family


Flying a kite


Olivia and Ameiah have finished another 2 terms in school. They are now in the last term and are getting some swimming lessons. Olivia had her birthday in July, for which she got a kite. Melissa has been working hard on her degree and has finished another few units. In June, Hans got his Australian citizenship, which is something we never strived to have, but since Hans became eligible it made sense to have. Olivia and Ameiah have been wanting to participate a triathlon, and in September they both got to run the 2km at the Cairns marathon.


Night sky

Hans was busy at the Flight Training Centre last term with Multi Engine Instrument ratings. This is an advanced course that allows the pilots to fly through clouds and during marginal weather. We had 2 students on this course and Hans was also being supervised by one of the senior instructors as this was his first time teaching this course.




Air strip



In the last 2 weeks, Hans took 6 of the students on an hour building exercise around the top end of Australia. They flew around 5700km in 9 days, with a couple of rest stops. It definitely was a trip of a lifetime, and Hans really enjoyed sharing and instructing them along the way as all of them are coming to the end of their flight training. 3 of the guys who are interested in working with MAF spent extended time in Arnhem Land, where they were able to jump on a few of the MAF flights. Hans took the other 3 students up to Darwin, where they had a chance to ask questions to one of the HR managers of one the local airlines. It really pointed out how vast and untouched most of Australia actually is.

Map of Australia


View from above

Overtaking one of the other aircraft during the hour building exercise (safari) we did last week. In the background you can see the Simpson Desert.

Prayer Points:

  1. Please pray for the kids who will be going into their summer holidays, and that they will have energy for the last month of school (they're getting tired and the weather is very warm).
  2. Please pray for Melissa as she finishes off this last Unit for the year. That she will be able to finish strong and also have energy.
  3. Please pray for our students who are coming to the end of their training. That God will guide their next step and that they all may find employment after their training is finished.


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