Spotlight on Mission – Rotherham Holiday Aid

spotlightRotherham Holiday Aid and is a locally based charity which was established 25 years ago and 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 United Kingdom.

Well over 1,500 disadvantaged Rotherham families have been helped in this way since RHA began its work. Although too often this is still because of unemployment, other families are supported where they are suffering the trauma of long-term illness, disability, bereavement or the breakdown of a relationship.

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 stresses 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. 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 – Hansi and Kath Jain

spotlightAn extract from their most recent prayer diary

Emmanuel School finally found a solution to over 7 years of struggle with the government for building permission by turning shipping containers into classrooms. In 2016, two containers were ordered to turn them into classrooms. Since we are new to Gumthi Village and its surrounding five villages, the School staff volunteered to visit homes in these villages and speak to the parents in order to encourage them to send their children to school, especially the girl child. Yes even in this era, the girl child continues to be neglected and treated with disdain.

As the New Academic Year 2016-17 began we had 4 children enrolled, with 50% girls! We knew that this was a beginning, that we need to record what the Lord had sent us to accomplish: influencing and enabling the transformation of folks around us with the spoken and lived out Gospel of our Lord. Your consistent support has enabled us to achieve this.

With the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year in July, we had hoped to have had more children join Emmanuel School. Many parents promised and showed keenness to send their children to Emmanuel School. When we did not see keenness and commitment translate into admissions, we asked our staff to revisit the parents and to find out the reason for the poor response. It was then that some of the parents confided that although they wanted to send their children to Emmanuel, they said that “Shipping Container Turned into Classrooms” discouraged them. There was a rumour that Emmanuel School was a temporary school, being set up to con the villagers. They heard that containers could be easily carried away overnight and that after we had collected sufficient funds, we would one-day pack up and leave. The Board of Trustees met, and the decision was made to respond to this legitimate fear and perspective.

As a result, we cancelled the order for other Shipping Containers and, at a higher cost, hired a builder and have gone ahead with building Emmanuel School with bricks and mortar. We need St. Paul’s generosity towards these girl children and women folk, enabling them to know that the God of the Bible loves them and counts them worthy of His Son’s life. May the Holy Spirit of God inspire you to enable us to proclaim this message of hope and life.

Don’t forget you can make a donation towards our Mission Partners any time just pop it in a clearly marked envelope and place it on the collection plate at any of the Churches in the team.

Spotlight on Mission – Barnabas Fund

spotlightThis month we have included some specific prayer requests from The Barnabas Fund

Vietnam – Nationalist gangs terrorise Christian community Pray that the peace of God will guard the hearts and minds of the Christian community in Song Ngoc (Philippians 4:7), even as they face harassment and violence. Ask the Lord to give church leaders strength as they stand against the government for the rights of poor fishermen. Pray that the courage of these men of God will cause non-Christians to realise that their boldness, like that of Peter and John, comes from being with Jesus (Acts 4:13).

Nigeria – Boko Haram leader says “There can never be peace between Muslims and Christians
Pray for believers in parts of Nigeria, who live with the daily threat of attacks from Boko Haram and Muslim Fulani herdsmen; pray that the Lord will be their hiding place and deliverance (Psalm 32:7).

UK – Christian street preachers acquitted at a retrial Pray that there will be no similar attempts by the Crown Prosecution Service to silence the truth of God’s word.
Tajikistan – Secret police raid church service and rip Bibles out of congregation’s hands Pray that the church in Dushanbe will stand firm and not be discouraged (2 Chronicles 20:17) and that, despite the pressure from authorities, they will encourage one another and not forsake meeting together (Hebrews 10:25).

Pakistan – Further “blasphemy” arrests as Facebook cooperates with Pakistan to potentially shut down free speech Pray that the people who run Facebook will not bow to demands to limit
freedom of speech, which would amount to the creation of an online Islamic blasphemy law.

To find out more about these and other issues from the Barnabas Fund why not pay a visit to their website: www.barnabasfund.org

Spotlight on Mission – CHURCH PASTORAL AID SOCIETY

spotlightCPAS is an Anglican evangelical mission agency working with churches, mainly in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

They are committed to mission and equipping churches for their God-given task of evangelism. They believe the most strategic way to help churches become more mission-focused is by developing effective leadership.

CPAS is all about helping churches in the UK and Ireland reach out to the men, women and children in their communities with the life-changing good news of Jesus Christ.
CPAS long to see a Christ-centred, Bible-based, mission-focused Church where leaders are clear about their call to discipleship, growing in Christ-like character, and competent to lead in a time of rapid change; where leaders discern God’s direction, enable action, build teams, develop leaders, facilitate communication, and nurture people; where leaders work in teams, reflecting the diversity of ministries, and model themselves on the servant character of Jesus; where leaders help transform inherited churches, pioneer emerging churches and deliver creative residential ministry, effectively helping children, young people and adults hear and discover the good news of Jesus Christ.

This includes:

  • Making disciples of young people and developing leadership potential through Ventures and Falcons.
  • Resourcing churches in developing missional leaders.
  • Developing key local church leaders for mission.
  • Taking a national lead in furthering missional leadership as church patrons

CPAS’s ministry in helping local churches share the gospel with the communities around them is only possible because of the generous gifts of churches and individuals like you.

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

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.

People – all God’s people – are more than statistics. That’s you, and the millions who will go to bed hungry tonight; those who will die today. Fortunately this isn’t the whole story: for you, or for them. If you’re a member of the global church, you’re part of a transformed and transforming community. God wants to use all of us.

All around the world Christians pray “Give us today our daily bread”, yet while we pray a third of all food produced is never eaten. Most of this waste is preventable. Here in the UK, we throw away edible food worth £470 per household each year! This could fill Wembley Stadium nine times over. Meanwhile in our fields a third of perfectly edible vegetable crops are discarded due to supermarkets’ strict cosmetic standards.

In a world where so many are hungry, this can’t be right. The injustice doesn’t end there. This wasteful grow-and-throw cycle has a big carbon footprint, making climate change worse and leading to more droughts, floods and less reliable rain. This makes it harder for people in poverty to feed themselves.

Jesus shows us another way to live. The lesson didn’t end after Jesus generously fed 5,000 people with a few loaves and fish. The leftovers were a vital part of the story. Jesus said ‘Gather up all the pieces. Let nothing be wasted.’ (John 6:12)

We can make the most of our food at home by refusing to buy more than we need, reducing the amount that goes into our landfill bin and sharing our food-saving tips with others.

Ask your supermarket to take action too by halving their food waste by 2030, in line with the UN Global Goal on food waste.

Put your faith into action to renew our food today.

Find out more by visiting their website
www.tearfund.org

Spotlight on Mission – The Samaritans

spotlightThe Samaritans Vision is that fewer people die by suicide. They work to achieve this vision by making it their mission to alleviate emotional distress and reduce the incidence of suicide feelings and suicidal behaviour. They do this by being available 24 hours a day to provide emotional support for people who are struggling to cope, including those who have had thoughts of suicide. They reach out to high risk groups and communities to reduce the risk of suicide, and work in partnership with other organisations, agencies and experts to influence public policy and to raise awareness of the challenges of reducing suicide.

Samaritans are committed to the following values:

  • Listening, because exploring feelings alleviates distress and helps people to reach a better understanding of their situation and the options open to them.
  • Confidentiality, because if people feel safe, they are more likely to be open about their feelings.
  • People making their own decisions wherever possible, because they believe that people have the right to find their own solution and telling people what to do takes responsibility away from them.
  • Being non-judgemental, because they want people to be able to talk to them without fear of prejudice or rejection.
  • Human contact, because giving people time, undivided attention and empathy meets a fundamental emotional need and reduces distress and despair.

Samaritans was founded in 1953 by Chad Varah and have 201 branches across the UK and Republic of Ireland. Since 1984 they have received over 68 million contacts in which people felt able to speak, type or write

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

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 – Hansi and Kath Jain

spotlightWorking in Nagpur, India, with families and children from the slums and running a school

On the 14th September Hansi wrote: “We are about to leave for Kath’s 6th chemotherapy. Yesterday the results of the blood test came to say that it was all within the normal limits. That is such a great answer to all our prayers. Thank you!!!!”

We also want you to join us in thanking the Lord for Dr. Thomas Ram, Kath’s Radiation Oncologist, he is gracious, gentle, and very kind. “Thank you, Dr. Thomas, for being such a wonderful blessing to us!”

Since my last message, Kath has recovered well. She is, to put in her words to our daughter Anu, “Counting down days for chemotherapy to complete. That will also bring an end to my Clexine Injections.” These daily injections (two), Kath has received since January 14th! They will stop with the completion of chemotherapy.

So, what can you pray for?

Please pray that side effects of this chemotherapy will be gentler than the previous one. That chemotherapy had Kath feeling nauseated, with her stomach in persistent ache, as well as it had impacted her bowel movements. When we returned home, Kath found that she had ulcers in her mouth. We would ask the Lord to help minimise these effect and protect from other side effects.

2. Please pray that chemotherapy treatment will be effective, and that Kath will be completely healed of the cancer.

3. Please also pray for Anu, their daughter, who is holding the fort in terms of the school and ministry in Nagpur.

Kath and I are grateful that you are there with us gladly bearing and holding us in prayers, encouraging words and financial support too!

Spotlight on Mission “Kingdom Faith College”

spotlightAs a Team we support overseas students at Kingdom Faith College as they learn how to proclaim the Gospel in many different ways. They describe themselves as Christians from loads of different cultures and backgrounds with one thing in common… “We love Jesus Christ! Our desire is to know God more and to help everyone discover how amazing He is!”

Right at the core and heart of Kingdom Faith is its culture. Not a culture of personal preference or ethnic background, but a Kingdom Culture. At Kingdom Faith Training College students are immersed into this culture.
Kingdom Faith Training College is a place to be equipped, for life. They invest in people’s lives and future through teaching profound truths with a passion fuelled by real encounters with the living God.

Kingdom Faith Training College was founded in 1984 when God miraculously provided the home for the College. It is still a place where miracles happen! The College is a part of the vibrant life of Kingdom Faith Church which is dedicated to seeing the Kingdom of God impact its region.

Every student who comes through their doors is equipped to become a Kingdom Builder; someone who embodies the culture of the Kingdom of God and is committed to outworking it in the local Church they are part of.

To find out more about Kingdom Faith Training College where our missionary support is invested and about Kingdom Faith in general why not visit their web site, you might like to listen to one of their teaching podcasts: www.kingdomfaith.com

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

spotlightThe Rivers Team support the Irene family who work with CMS

Ronald and his wife Nicky, with Natasha, Tamara, Daniel and Samuel, are Latin partners in Asuncion, Paraguay. Ronald is in ministry with the Spanish and English-speaking congregations at the Cathedral of the Anglican Church, where there is a need to train and teach leaders.

An extract from the CMS Website:

A church in Asuncion, Paraguay has re-opened its doors after being closed for four years ago, and dozens of people are crossing the threshold and finding Jesus and community. According to mission partner Bishop Peter Bartlett, most of these people weren’t attending church before and some are new Christians.

Christ the Saviour Church was built more than 25 years ago, but faced several struggles and closed, he said.

Last year CMS Latin partner Ronnie Irene, who serves as chaplain at St Andrew’s school and works in Marriage Encounter ministry, was able to re-open and start leading the church and a good number of his ministry contacts started attending, about 40 people. It’s very exciting.

One reason for enthusiasm is that the church is reaching out to Asuncion’s growing middle class, a group that has not historically been the focus of the local Anglican church.

Ronnie describes one new church member: In mid-2012 a man asked me for advice as his marriage was on the brink of breakdown due to his unfaithfulness. He was raised thinking the more women he had relationships with, the manlier he was. However, reality caught up with him.

Today he is fighting for his family’s love and attends our church. He is wealthy and immersed in business. He told me, ‘Ronnie, I think you’re my only friend.’ It’s all a blessing from God.

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

spotlightOur Mission Partners

A number of folk recently have said that they were not sure who we as the Rivers Team support. Also the Team Council will shortly be reviewing our Mission Partners to see if the time is right for them to change in any way, so halfway through the year is not a bad time to remember them all.

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.

CMS support Ronnie and Nicky Irene and their family. They are our missionary links, working in Paraguay.

Church Army trains and supports people to share the Christian faith and see lives transformed. We support Debbie Orriss, our former youth worker.

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.

Christian Vision for Men is a movement committed to seeing men won for Jesus. They have provided some speakers for our men’s events.

Kingdom Faith train students in discipleship and ministry at their Bible College. We contribute to the cost of training an overseas student.

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

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