Spotlight on Mission – Tear Fund Zoe Project

 

spotlightThe Rivers Team have supported Tearfund for several years. It is an organisation that seeks to lift people out of spiritual and material poverty. It runs and supports numerous projects around the world.

As a parish we have now chosen to be a ‘Connected Church’ with the Zoe Project in Zimbabwe. With our help, “over the next three years ZOE can support 18,000 children in their existing families and communities. They can help them to remain in education, provide the chance of a stable livelihood, and empower them to live dignified lives with hope and a future”.

It is estimated that Zimbabwe has the highest number of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (890,000 out of 12 million) per capita anywhere in the world. Zoe trains and empowers local churches to empower people to stand on their own two feet materially and spiritually.

Patience’s three daughters Promise, Ruth and Mercy were some of these children. Patience was widowed in 2003, with no way of bringing in an income. The kids dropped out of school, the only food they had was what they could forage in the jungle. Patience and her family were helped by the local Zoe workers. They were initially given two food parcels and then three goats. These goats have provided an income to the family. This small act has allowed for the children to return to school. The family are also now not isolated because they are now part of the church community.

  • A gift of £350 would train someone like Patience in how to look after goats. With this training they can build a livelihood and a steady income to support their family.
  • A gift of £220 would train a church in how to counsel vulnerable families, giving them vital emotional support.
  • A gift of £80 would change the lives of five children in Zimbabwe.

Look out for more information from the Zoe project in future Spotlight articles

or learn more from: https://connected.tearfund.org/en/partners/zoe

 

Spotlight on Mission – Rotherham Holiday Aid

spotlightRotherham Holiday Aid is a local charity, established 25 years ago, which began as a response to the devastating effect upon families of the dramatic rise in unemployment in the 1980’s.

Rotherham Holiday Aid works in association with the London-based Family Holiday Association to enable families in the most disadvantaged circumstances to have a short holiday break. Most breaks are self-catering in caravan parks or holiday centres in the UK.

For over 40 years, the Family Holiday Association has provided breaks for UK families struggling with issues such as disability, severe and sudden illness, bereavement, mental health issues and domestic violence.

The charity was founded on the belief that holidays are a lifeline, not a luxury, and this is a key principle that survives to this day. The majority of families helped have never before been on a family holiday. The evidence shows that spending time together away from their daily struggles can be life-changing for the families .

Well over 1500 disadvantaged Rotherham families have been helped in this way since RHA began its work.

Most people who are helped have not had a holiday in the past four years and have not had the chance to spend time together away from the pressures and stress of everyday life.

The need for this support has not diminished over the years and in current circumstances is increasing.

Thank you for your giving and prayers which are much appreciated and vital to the work of our Mission Partners and don’t forget you can make a gift to them any time during the year just make sure that you place your gift into a envelope and clearly mark it for our Mission Partners.

Spotlight on Mission – Rotherham Street Pastors

spotlightChurch’s of Rotherham came together in 2009/2010 to fully back the Street Pastor initiative. Since then we have had volunteers out on the streets of Rotherham every Friday night, missing only a couple of nights in the 4 years we have been running.

Most of the volunteers have lived in Rotherham most of our lives and think it is a great place to live. We want to show the people that live here in very practical ways that God is close and loves each and every one of us.

Some Street Pastors, after specific training, go further afield to offer support in times of emergency. Here is a record of one such time.

On 22nd May 2017 late evening there was the life devastating terrorist explosion at the Manchester Arena. There were 23 adults and children killed and 116 were injured, some critically. The emergency and rescue services responded quickly and had been working tirelessly rescuing people and investigating the attack.

The next day Response Pastors, mainly from South Yorkshire area, responded and deployed into the City Centre area of Manchester. They liaised with local Churches and the Police in order to provide  appropriate compassionate care and support within the grieving communities.

Response Pastors from many parts of the UK joined the South Yorkshire teams over the days and were assisted by Manchester area Street Pastors who patrolled within the teams, where their local knowledge and experience was indispensable. During the week that they all deployed for, they were able to share compassion and hope with many people, whilst also assisting, where requested, the Police and other authorities. There was also a Response Pastor critical stress adviser on site for most days to give assistance where needed.

Rotherham Street Pastors don’t receive any regular funding so anything that people are able to do to help them keep running is very much appreciated.

Thank you for your giving and prayers which are much appreciated and which are vital to the work of our Mission Partners. And don’t forget, you can make a gift to them any time during the year just make sure that you place your gift into a envelope and clearly mark it for our
Mission Partners.

Spotlight on Mission – Tear Fund

spotlightWE’RE CHRISTIANS, PASSIONATE ABOUT ENDING POVERTY 

We’re following Jesus where the need is greatest, working through local churches to unlock people’s potential and helping them to discover that the answer to poverty is within themselves. When disasters strike, we respond quickly. We won’t stop until poverty stops.

Reasons to Trust Tear Fund

  • In our disaster work, it’s our adherence to international standards and the quality of our response, all reflected in our Disaster Emergency Committee membership.
  • In our work through churches, it’s the unparalleled accountability that gives donors certainty that their money gets directly to the places of greatest need – without government red tape.
  • In our financial management it’s the 80 pence (2016/17) in every pound spent on life-changing work with the poorest.
  • In our faith, it’s our relentless determination to follow Jesus where the need is greatest.

The Rivers Team plan to support Tear Fund by joining in with their

Big Quiz Night in November
(Look out for more details later)

Every pound raised will transform the lives of people like Areej and her children. Her family was forced to flee conflict in Syria, and have been living as refugees in Lebanon. She thought there was no hope, but Tearfund’s partners have been providing emotional and material support – helping to restore their dignity.

Find out more about Tear Fund by visiting their website
www.tearfund.org

Spotlight on Mission – CPAS

spotlightChurch Pastoral Aid Society

CPAS is an Anglican evangelical mission agency working with churches, mainly in the UK and Republic of Ireland. They are committed to mission and to equipping churches for their God-given task of evangelism, believing the most strategic way to help churches become more mission focused is by developing effective leadership.

As the summer approaches CPAS will be heavily involved in a programme for children and young people:

Ventures – CPAS has been running residential Venture holidays for over 50 years. Tens of thousands of children and young people have attended one before, and this year they can enjoy around 70 Venture holidays across England and Wales, and beyond. They are all different – every one has different personalities, different interests and different abilities. So that’s why we have different types of Ventures. Some are more active than others, some have a specialist focus such as drama or outdoor pursuits, some are in boarding schools, some are in outdoor activity centres and a few are at camp sites, but every Venture offers a place for young people to meet up for a great holiday, to make new friends and to meet with God. All Ventures will have loads of fun and games to help everyone have a great time, and every Venture offers loads of great food. Mornings and afternoons are often based around different trips or activities, but there are still times of quiet, and plenty of time to find out about God and each other.

Falcons – are fun-packed, affordable, Christian holidays for 8-18s.Falcons provide challenge, excitement, fun, rest and laughter for 8-18 year olds who face disadvantage in their day-to-day lives. Each summer almost 30 holidays take place, providing respite, fellowship and adventure to over 500 children and young people. These holidays are fun-packed and are especially designed for fun and excitement, featuring some of the following activities: outdoor pursuits, swimming, team games, theme parks, arts and crafts, farm animals and trips to the seaside.

Please remember to pray for these activities and the other areas of CPAS’s work.

To find out more why not visit their website:
www.cpas.org.uk

Spotlight on Mission – Barnabas Fund

spotlightThis month we have copied specific prayer requests from the Barnabas Fund web site

Syria
Christian families in the northern Syrian town of Afrin went into hiding on 18 March, as Turkish forces and Syrian rebels seized the town. Villages in the region were reportedly “cleared” of Christians and other religious minorities as Turkish armed forces and Syrian rebels (some of whom are understood to be militant jihadists) advanced to seize control of Afrin from Kurdish militia. A Christian aid worker stated, “There have been announcements made that, if you kill Christians, you will go straight to paradise.” Christian activists report that “war crimes and ethnic cleansing” are taking place”, while graphic videos have emerged online showing the bodies of men, women and children strewn across the street. One UN Goodwill Ambassador said the situation was “reminiscent of the initial actions of ISIS in Iraq” and “foreshadows ethnic cleansing and genocide”. Turkey is attempting to wrest control of the region from Kurdish security forces. Instead of protecting Christians, Kurdish militia have been known to kidnap them to serve as conscripts to fight against the Turkish army.

Please intercede for Christians trapped in Afrin; ask the Lord Most High to save and deliver them, as they take refuge in Him (Psalm 7).

Pray that Afrin’s water supply will be restored – it was cut off by the Turkish army several weeks ago – and that the plans of jihadists to eradicate the Christian presence in the region will be thwarted.

To find out more about the Barnabas Fund why not pay a visit to their website: www.barnabasfund.org for more information

Thank you for your giving and prayers which are much appreciated and vital to the work of our Mission Partners and don’t forget you can make a gift to them any time during the year just make sure that you place your gift into an envelope and clearly mark it “Mission Partners.”

Spotlight on Mission – The Samaritans

spotlightThe Samaritans Vision is that fewer
People die by suicide.

Each local group of The Samaritans is called a branch; they have to raise their own funds to cover running costs, and every Samaritan is a volunteer. There are no paid staff except in the National General Office.

Each branch aims to be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including Christmas Day.

Rotherham Branch has 47 ‘listening’ volunteers and 7 ‘non listening’ volunteers’ who help with fund raising, administration and maintenance.

Listening is central to the Samaritans work because it alleviates distress and helps people to reach a better understanding of their situation and the options that are open to them.

Rotherham Samaritans support 2 Prisons and trains selected prisoners to be ‘Listeners’. Most branches support a prison, and throughout the prisons ‘Listeners’ carried out 90,632 face to face contacts.

Some statistics: In 2016 The Samaritans

Responded to 5.7 million contacts
Answered 4.8 million phone calls
Replied to 274,574 e-mails and 408,392 Texts
Carried out 22,436 Face to Face contacts inside Branch
Carried out 18,308 Face to Face contacts outside Branch

All branches are interested to hear from people who would like to find out more about how they can help; enquirers are always welcome. Full training is given to those who have the right aptitude to be a listener.

To find out more, why not visit their website:
www.samaritans.org

Spotlight on Mission – Rotherham Street Pastors

spotlightStreet Pastors are a group of volunteers that are dedicated to caring for, listening to and helping the people in the town where they live. After they have completed some training, Street Pastors normally patrol around the town centre in teams of men and woman usually from 10:00 pm to 4:00 am.

Churches in Rotherham came together in 2009/2010 to fully back the initiative ‘Street Pastors’. Since then they have had volunteers out on the streets of Rotherham every Friday night, missing only a couple of nights in all the years they have been running.

Most of the volunteers have lived in Rotherham most of their lives and think it is a great place to live. They want to show the people that live here, in very practical ways, that God is close and loves each and every one of us.

To be a Street Pastor you must

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Be a Christian, committed to a local church for at least a year
  • Undergo a DBS check
  • Have a reference from your minister or church leader
  • Be concerned for society and the local community
  • Be willing to engage with people, whatever their perspective on life and wherever they hang out ;
  • Be happy to work in a team and in collaboration with other agencies and projects, both statutory and voluntary.

Rotherham Street Pastors don’t receive any regular funding so anything that people are able to do to help them keep running is very much appreciated.

Thank you for your giving and prayers which are much appreciated and vital to the work of our Mission Partners

https://streetpastors.org/locations/rotherham/

Spotlight on Mission – Our Mission Partners

spotlightAs the first spotlight on Mission for 2018 I thought that it would be a good idea for us to remind ourselves of the people and organisations that we support. They really do appreciate our prayers and financial support. Don’t forget that you can make a gift to them any time during the year just make sure that you place your gift into an envelope and clearly mark it for our Mission Partners and place it in the collection plate at any of our churches.

Hansi and Kath Jain our missionary links in Nagpur, India, working with families and children from the slums and running a school.

CPAS are patrons of our churches and are an evangelical organisation working to support local churches in mission.

Tear Fund is an evangelical Christian relief agency working through local churches in the poorest parts of the world.

The Barnabas Fund works to support Christians around the world who are persecuted for their faith.

Rotherham Holiday Aid is a local charity seeking to provide holidays for some of the neediest families around Rotherham.

Samaritans offer 24 hour a day telephone confidential emotional support to people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts and is a registered charity based in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Rotherham Street Pastors are a group of trained volunteers from local churches who care about their community. They patrol in teams of men and woman, usually from 10.00pm to 4.00am on a Friday and Saturday nights, to care for, listen to and help people showing that they are loved by people and by God in practical ways.

For more information about any of our Mission Partners please see their individual web sites

Spotlight on Mission – Discretionary Fund

spotlightAs part of our Mission Giving there is a fund so that we can respond to specific needs such as natural disasters and families and individuals who over the year have been in need in various ways, and giving from this fund has helped in a small way. Please pray for the many groups that help people in times of crisis that money sent will be used wisely.

As this is the last spotlight for this year I remind you of our Mission Partners. Perhaps you could give a Christmas gift to them: some extra prayers or some financial support would be much appreciated.

Hansi and Kath Jain, our missionary links in Nagpur, India, working with families and children from the slums and running a school.

CPAS are patrons of our churches and are an evangelical organisation, working to support local churches in mission.

Tear Fund is an evangelical Christian relief agency working through local churches in the poorest parts of the world.

The Barnabas Fund works to support Christians around the world who are persecuted for their faith.

Rotherham Holiday Aid is a local charity seeking to provide holidays for some of the neediest families around Rotherham.

Samaritans offer 24 hours a day confidential telephone service, giving emotional support to people who are experiencing feelings of distress,  despair or suicidal thoughts, and is a registered charity based in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Rotherham Street Pastors are a group of trained volunteers from local churches who care about their community. They patrol the town in teams of men and woman, usually from 10pm to 4am on Friday and Saturday nights, to care for, listen to and help people, showing, in practical ways, that they are loved by people and by God.

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