Remember the Great Commission! (Matthew 28:19) If we can “go”, on a local or an overseas basis, then why not “go”? We each have something to offer and, equally importantly, we can all learn from our experiences and so make our own community a better place! If we cannot “go”, we can give! Yes, financial donations to mission work are critical but, even if we are already financially stretched, we can give our time for prayer!
The parish aims, in general terms, is to raise the profile of mission amongst its parishioners. More specifically this means Inspiring parishioners to participate in the joy and responsibility of being part of a “missionary church” ; Supporting missionary activity through the development of an informed interest in the work of those involved in mission whether at home or further afield; Developing a prayer concern for missionary work and encouraging people to consider aspects of long or short-term mission work.
GIVING IS GOOD FOR YOU!
BUT WHERE IS OUR GIVINGS GOING?
Biblically speaking, we are stewards of all we receive from God. He is generous and He expects us to be likewise.
As a parish, we practise tithing—giving away 10% of our income to enable His work to advance both home and away.
The Mission Allocation Committee (The Rector plus Rena Lindsay, John McCammon, Dorothy Perry, Henry Switzer and Shirley Taylor) met recently to decide how best to distribute the amount of money available.
The total amount of money raised is divided into 3 main sections:
Focused on our parish links with Crosslinks and SAMS (South American Missionary Society) - both major Anglican mission societies – and in particular, the Creighton family (about to move to Nigeria with Crosslinks where Ricky will be teaching in a Bible School near Jos) and Hannah Taylor (from our own parish and serving with SAMS in Asuncion, Paraguay for 15 months until December 2012).
Supporting CMSI Hospital in Kiwoko Uganda, MAF (Missionary Aviation Fellowship, which provides aircraft facilities for mission work in the developing world), Bible translation work (Bible Society and Wycliffe Bible Translators) and the persecuted church in countries where opposition to Christians is particularly acute.
Supporting a balanced range of Christian organisations, including the work of the Church of Ireland Centre in Queen’s University and Scripture Union (both North and South of Ireland); also groups like Love for Life (who work particularly with teenagers to encourage them to living according to God’s standards in sexuality.)
GIVING & SERVING
Thanks to your generosity and our Annual Mission Lunch. A greatfull level of funding was raised and many of our congregation (mainly students but also some a bit older) were given some financial help towards serving on short-term mission teams over the summer months. Destinations this year ranged from Moldova to Maghaberry, Nigeria to Knocknamuckley, Romania to Coleraine and places in between!
Never underestimate the impact and significance of your support whether it be financial or prayerful or both. The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part. God has put this body—Our Church—together and no-one is anonymous or unnecessary.
The ‘Go-ers’ usually come back tired but with fresh insights. They not only take Good News with them but they also bring home
awareness that helps them grow and develop their own understanding of God at work in their lives. Everyone who receives support is asked to write a report outlining their experiences and these are available on the welcome desk— but read on to find out more.
“Most of the people live without fresh running water or any form of heating, except fires…I got a real feeling that the world is so unfair when I saw some of the living conditions these people cope with. We delivered food parcels to many homes and saw many people break down in tears at the sight of us. It definitely makes me appreciate my home comforts a lot more than I did. Working in Moldova was probably the most worthwhile thing I’ve done in a long, long time. I pray that I’ll never forget the lessons God taught me out there, and that the work OM does in Moldova will continue to bear fruit year upon year.”
From James Taylor, Moldova
on an Operations Mobilisation Team.
“As part of my medical elective, I was based at Vom Christian Hospital in Nigeria. I may have set out to learn about how medicine is practiced there but I learnt an awful lot more about how their faith is practiced. The people had a profound impact in my life – from the clients at the rehab centre who had found redemption, grace and hope for their lives, to the doctors and staff who had so much passion to make changes—not just to the healthcare system but in Nigeria itself, to the missionary family who have chosen to follow God wherever he leads them even though its been tough and sometimes dangerous and the many, many patients—some of whom had incredibly sad stories. All of them taught me so much. I gained much more than I gave, the dependence on prayer was paramount in their lives; it’s just built into the fabric of life—before surgery, ward rounds and having prayer requests at staff meetings!"
From Gillian Irwin,
Nigeria with Mission Africa
Amy McConkey was on 2 trips, Poland with AYW and with Exodus. Here she writes about her time in the Ukraine:
“Many of the children had been abandoned by parents due to alcoholism, drug addiction and death. The kids who arrived at our club were some of the most challenging I’ve ever personally had to work with, bundles of ferocious energy who, underneath all the dirt on their faces and clothes, the various infections and scratches, and their bad manners, were normal, innocent kids who God still Loved"
Jonny Goodman was in Bush Camp in Romania
‘Bush camp is a chance to experience a simulation of what it is like to walk in the shoes of the millions of people in the world who live in poverty.’ On arrival Bush campers were given a tarpaulin, a hammer and some nails and asked to build basic shelters to sleep under as they were now ‘homeless’ and going to spend the next two nights in the outdoors along side the 35 million other people in the world who have nowhere they can call home. Food was a diet of rice and veg, just as it is for the 1 billion people in the world who live on less than a dollar’s worth of food a day!”
It is wonderful to read about the variety of experiences and in including some extracts here I hope you too are encouraged and see value in your continuing support for these initiatives.
CMS Ireland is a Christian Mission and Development Agency, which has been working in partnership with the Church in Ireland and the Church overseas, for over 190 years, to share the Gospel throughout the world
The South American Mission Society (Ireland) is an Anglican Mission Agency which exists to further the Kingdom of God in the Southern Cone of South America and in the Iberian Peninsula
Wycliffe International's work is to facilitate the translation of God's Word into every language that needs it. They are in over forty countries and has had a part in translating over 600 New Testaments into minority and indigenous languages. Thirteen hundred more projects representing over 70 countries, are in progress
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St Patricks Church
The Parish Centre
50 Brook Street, Coleraine,
BRAZIL ( Itaperucu )
John and Phyllis Logan have been spreading some good cheer among young children in Brazil. Specifically Mount Horeb Training Centre which is based in Itaperucu which is 240 miles SW of Sao Paulo.
The Coleraine couple have been involved in developing social, economic, health and educational projects in Brazil since 1994, working voluntarily there and at home for the Mount Horeb Training Centre which is based in Itaperucu which is 240 miles SW of Sao Paulo.
Itaperucu has one of the lowest standards of living in the area and the organisation is working to improve people's level of education, their health, as well as to raise their self esteem and make them more employable.
John's involvement in the area is largely on the educational side, teaching geography and some English and translating as necessary while Phyllis is responsible for updating the family histories of some 36 children whose education is being supported by people in Northern Ireland, particularly Coleraine.
Together they monitor the progress of a number of projects being supported by organisations, groups and individuals in Northern Ireland.
Mount Horeb Training Centre - HISTORY
In the 1970's in response to a call from God, a Canadian couple, Earl and Ruth Trekofski came to Brazil with the aim of serving God through service to people.
Initially the couple went to Recife / PE, from there to Campo Mourao, then to Curitiba and finally to Itaperuçu.
Mount Horeb was founded in 1984, under the name Mount Horeb Training and Social Reintegration Centre. Founded in Curitiba, the main goal was to assist children at risk with a focus on emergency actions. A “home from home” was created to provide relief to orphans. In addition, courses were taught in sewing, crafts, embroidery, etc... As a result of the courses a school was created. Mothers who came to learn through the sewing and embroidery courses had no one with whom to leave their children so some of these girls looked after the children and it did not take long for the community to ask Mount Horeb to provide day-care. The school began because of a need in the community and started with early childhood education only, but soon elementary school classes began, as requested by parents.
In 1997 the leadership became the responsibility of Brazilians Maria Suely and Paulo Roberto Araújo (Bebeto).
In 1999 Mount Horeb, passed through one of the most critical moments of its history being evicted from its headquarters.
Even with documents proving ownership of the property, the organisation was left with no premises to continue its work. The people supporting the services provided by the organisation, prepared themselves to take a stand against great injustice.
There was much searching for a place to base activities, but an idea was fixed in the minds of those who were part of the organization, namely, "the commitment of Mount Horeb to the city of Itaperuçu will not end for lack of premises"
After searching - and finding a space that normally would house the activities at that time - Mount Horeb through its legal representative Paulo Roberto, was invited by a manager of Votorantim Cement, who proposed a location so that Mount Horeb could remain in operation. Mount Horeb thus could develop its activities in (unused) cement factory offices. The main activities at that time were the kindergarten and the elementary school, but this location also housed other projects: the School of Computing and dental clinic.
The surprises did not end there, for some time later Paulo Roberto was invited back by the directors of Votorantim who donated land for Mount Horeb to build its new headquarters.
Many events occurred during this period and it would take more time to describe them but at all times the Lord Jesus controlled events in the Mount Horeb story.
Today, with a wide sphere of interests, Mount Horeb has developed a series of programmes and projects that have contributed to the development of the city.
On May 30, 2010 Mount Horeb Training Centre completed 26 years of continuous activity in the city of Itaperuçu, Paraná, 26 years seeking to serve the community with joy, contributing to local development, preaching the gospel, i.e. spreading the Good News, through words and action
We would have an extensive list if we were to mention all those who through their participation in programs and projects demonstrate, in love, their belief in building a more just and humane society, without immediate reward and have found happiness and fulfilment in altruism. Great is the network of employees, partners, volunteers, sponsors, ambassadors and friends who have in various ways contributed to the story so far. Great also is the number of those who today are writing their life stories in the current and future chapters of the story of this organization. Opportunities for improvement in quality of life are being offered through initiatives in the areas of health, education, sports, culture, leisure, social inclusion, employment and income generation, rural development and youth leadership.
Believing that a better world is possible, people are investing time, skills, effort, financial resources and, finally, their lives for others, in the realization that we need to demonstrate, not only through words, the love God has for people.
Mount Horeb School ( http://www.montehorebe.org/ )
Active since 1985, Mount Horeb School was founded in response to the needs identified by city residents. The school aims to provide equality in education for children and adolescents in the city of Itaperuçu. It is understood that for this goal to be achieved, it is essential that the school transmits the principles and values that are needed for life, that it works tirelessly towards the achievement of curriculum goals and is an inclusive school, offering access for diversity in pupil population. It is not necessary to create groupings of rich/poor, black/white, Catholic/Evangelical, or whatever. Rather, it is essential that there is appreciation of differences and those equal opportunities of an acceptable level of education are provided for all, so that there is a real contribution to the development of men and women who act as yeast in the process of transforming society. One hopes that in the midst of differences there will "sprout" people committed to the community. Towards this end, tools that will bring about this transformation are placed "in the hands" of students.
The school’s methodology is founded on biblical principles of education, not religion but principles and values that contribute to the development of the human being.
It is intended that to this project will contribute intellectually, socially and spiritually to the development of each student, showing that they are fully capable, that they have talent and that their attitudes, or lack of them, are responsible for the society where they live. To bring about the formation of influential men and women who use, or will use, their talents to develop the city of Itaperuçu is a challenge that the school accepts. It is also a privilege which it has been enjoying.
There are currently 253 students enrolled in school, of which 40.46% have scholarships (are grant-aided). The school generates more than thirty direct jobs, mostly filled by people living in Itaperuçu
Course include: (Business) Administrative Practices
Informatics School, Graphics School, Dental Clinic, Health Express, Football School, Farm and much more.
For more information contact John and Phyllis Logan.
Photos : James McDowell