Spotlight on Mission – Tearfund

spotlightThis month’s Mission in the spotlight is Tearfund

Tearfund describe themselves as being Christians, passionate about the local Church, bringing justice, transforming lives and overcoming global poverty. They have a ten-year vision to see 50 million people released from material and spiritual poverty through a worldwide network of 100,000 local churches.

Be part of Global Poverty Prayer Movement through Tearfund.

This year Tearfund ask for our support as they launch ‘No Child Taken’, which highlights the child trafficking prevention work that they carry out across the world, made possible through the generosity of all their supporters. They are calling on more and more Christians and churches to support this work educating, protecting and defending children.

Tear Fund continue to work in Syria by helping local partners work with Syrian refuges in Lebanon and Jordan, providing monthly food and hygiene parcels to newly arrived refugees, helping families with accommodation, supporting women and children to deal with what they’ve experienced and providing education for Syrian children. They ask that we continue to pray for the people of Syria and for an end to their hardship.

At this time Tearfund ask us to pray for:

1) Continuing reconciliation efforts in the Central African Republic where 2,000 people have died in communal violence and more than a million made homeless

2) The success of awareness raising work by Tearfund partners and churches in Brazil during the World Cup, highlighting children’s rights and their sexual exploitation.

3) Stability and lasting peace in South Sudan after ethnic conflict led to the loss of hundreds of lives and displaced half a million people.

You can find out more about their work and get up to date information by taking a look at their web-site:

www.tearfund.org

Spotlight on Mission – Rotherham Holiday Aid

This month’s Mission in the spotlight is Rotherham Holiday Aid

Many families will be looking forward to a holiday away from home at some point during the school holidays, though for some this is never a possibility. For them, difficult situations make holidays just a luxury that cannot be thought about.

Rotherham Holiday Aid are part of the Family Holiday Association which provides short breaks in the UK for children and their families. These are families that face daily hardship made worse by the likes of illness, bereavement or disability. They offer those families in difficult circumstances a much needed break.

Over two million children live in families who cannot afford a day trip to the seaside, far less a simple holiday. One family support worker said “I could see that the three week build up to the holiday was as important as the holiday itself. And for the next six months the family lived off the break.”

Here are some of the families who have been provided with a break

Mother, four children, and grandfather, from Rotherham

The parents are separated and the family survives on benefits. The children have health and behavioural problems; one son has asthma and has been hospitalised on various occasions. The Family Holiday Association helped this family to have a week’s holiday in Great Yarmouth.

Grandparents and two teenage boys, from Rotherham

The boys’ parents separated and they are in the custody of their grandparents. They have a sister, who lives with the father. The grandparents are in poor health, and a holiday was essential. The grandparents were reluctant to take the money offered, in case of causing family problems. The Family Holiday Association helped to provide this family with a holiday.

Why not find out more about Rotherham Holiday Aid by visiting their web site, and please remember their work in your prayers.

www.familyholidayassociation.org.uk

Spotlight on Mission – Christian Vision for Men

spotlightThis month’s Mission in the spotlight is Christian Vision for Men

CVM is a National Evangelistic Men’s Movement whose vision is to win a million men to Christ. Started by Max Sinclair in the 1980′s it now has a staff team of around 10, with a number of Regional and Area coordinators dotted across the country looking after 500 member groups.

They partner with the local church to help them in their outreach initiatives in winning men to Christ.

There are 3 ways that they do this:

  1. Help the church establish a Men’s Ministry and programme if they do not already have one.
  2. Run something called the 4 levels of evangelism which is a simple process to get started and get active in your outreach to men.
  3. Talk with church leaders as to how to create ‘man friendly church’. This is taking a closer look at the life of an individual church, the subliminal messages that it gives off and how a few subtle changes can make a big difference in the impact it can have.

They host conferences, events and men’s days all across the country as well as an annual Weekend Away. They have a formidable speakers list of over 250 vetted men that members can access for the events they may want to run.

CVM’s hope is to have a presence in every geographical area of the UK, in every town, partnering with groups of local churches being effective in reaching men and making a difference.

That difference being reflected in noticeable church growth and men coming to faith.

Why not find out more about CVM by visiting their web site and remember their work in your prayers

www.cvm.org.uk

Spotlight on Mission – Rotherham Holiday Aid

spotlightThis month’s Mission in the spotlight is Rotherham Holiday Aid

Many families will be looking forward to a holiday away from home at some point during the school holidays, though for some this is never a possibility. For them, difficult situations make holidays just a luxury that cannot be thought about.

Rotherham Holiday Aid are part of the Family Holiday Association which provides short breaks in the UK for children and their families. These are families that face daily hardship made worse by the likes of illness, bereavement or disability. They offer those families in difficult circumstances a much needed break.

Over two million children live in families who cannot afford a day trip to the seaside, far less a simple holiday. One family support worker said “I could see that the three week build up to the holiday was as important as the holiday itself. And for the next six months the family lived off the break.”

Here are some of the families who have been provided with a break:

Mother, four children, and grandfather, from Rotherham
The parents are separated and the family survives on benefits. The children have health and behavioural problems; one son has asthma and has been hospitalised on various occasions. The Family Holiday Association helped this family to have a week’s holiday in Great Yarmouth.

Grandparents and two teenage boys, from Rotherham
The boys’ parents separated and they are in the custody of their grandparents. They have a sister, who lives with the father. The grandparents are in poor health, and a holiday was essential. The grandparents were reluctant to take the money offered, in case of causing family problems. The Family Holiday Association helped to provide this family with a holiday.

Why not find out more about Rotherham Holiday Aid by visiting their web site, and please remember their work in your prayers.

www.familyholidayassociation.org.uk

 

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