DAI UK July Prayer Update

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DAI UK publishes a News Update and a Prayer Update every quarter i.e. just one email in your inbox every 6 or 7 weeks. If you are passionate about Christian servant-leadership training and would like to keep up with DAI’s global and local ministry please click here and follow the SIGN UP links to subscribe to these updates. Colin Rye (Christ Church member and DAI UK’s Chief Exec. & Senior Consultant for Curriculum Development) and John Rogers (former Christ Church member and DAI UK’s Senior Consultant for Adult Learning) would be delighted to know that you are interested in, and praying for DAI.

Providing an update on, and prayer points for DAI’s curriculum development activity, the July Prayer Update is available here.

For more information about DAI, click here to visit our website or email Colin.

Operations Update

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I thought you might like to hear about some developments behind the scenes at Christ Church.

As you probably know I took over as Operations Manager at the end of April.

I am very grateful to the team of volunteers who have helped me keep the ship on a straight course and have ensured that we continue to manage the many tasks behind the scenes.

Thank you to Szilvi for managing the rotas; Meg for Sunday preparation; Bruce for manning the front office and Carol for copying and printing; to my colleagues on the staff and management team who have been so supportive and willing to take on additional tasks; and to the very many committed Church Family members who give up their time to sit alongside operations and offer us their valuable support, time and skills in PCC admin; IT; finance; building matters; prayer; gardening; mission; hospitality and just about anything else we ask of them.

I am delighted to share with you that Carrie Vibert will be joining us in the Church Office in the post of part-time Administrator starting in September.  Sarah Banks has stepped in to fill the gap and although only one week into the post is already proving to be the answer to my prayers, please do introduce yourself to her if you see her in the office.

In addition to our usual business of managing the office administration; hosting events including Carnival Capers and Angela ably keeping tabs on the financial administration we have also just made a commitment to implement a new administration system which will make life easier for us in terms of service planning; rota management and web site hosting.  We will be moving to the ChurchBuilder platform over the next few months, you can be certain you will hear more about this as we become familiar with the tool and look to deploy it.

A heartfelt thanks to you, our Christ Church family, for bearing with me during the staff shortage and being so kind and supportive when things do not always go to plan, it has been a real team effort.  I am looking forward to more exciting times at Christ Church…. as well as a short holiday!

 

Annette Ross

Taking Sight To Kenya

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You can join me or perhaps you would prefer to pay not to! So far I have been given suitcases and permission to carry extra luggage. I have many pieces of ophthalmic equipment to take out to Kenya to increase the likelihood that people can reach an eye clinic. Patrick, the senior member of the ophthalmology team at Kijabe Hospital is preparing to leave his home for 3 months to learn to treat people suffering diabetic eye problems, which are the leading cause of blindness world wide. Sarah, his protégé is away studying to be able to carry out cataract surgery in his absence and build up the service in the future. They have sacrificed their time and comfort to be able to do this work, paying for their studies from their meagre salaries, but to make it worthwhile they need us to fund a yag laser ophthalmic device and other surgical equipment. Please can you help? Tax effective giving can be arranged through the office at Christ Church Virginia Water.

Veronica Returns to Kenya

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It is the last few days before I leave on my fifth trip to Kenya and even more than usual I am suffering from ‘Imposter syndrome’, that fear that sooner or later you are going to be revealed to be something less than you proclaim yourself to be. Whilst the doctor in me realises that this condition is relatively common, that doesn’t make it any more comfortable to be in.  It is, in many ways partially true, on one hand I know that I have experience of working in Kenya and have some knowledge of what to expect, I also recognise the limitations of my clinical experience compared with the range and severity of the medical needs that I will be expected to manage when I am on call.  At those times I will be the most senior medical doctor on duty for the needs of the largest group of patients in the hospital. On the other hand though, I am in a significantly stronger position than I appear to be in; I am the child of the Most High God who made the universe and who called me to do this work and who has promised to be with me wherever I go, who has also vouched to ensure I will be properly equipped to do the work I am called to do.  I believe that part of this provision is the kindness of friends and unknown strangers to give advice via the World Wide Web when I am out of my depth and also the many people who are praying for me as I go on this trip.  I firmly believe it makes a big difference.
Last time I travelled I was meeting up with a doctor who I had worked with previously as a ‘short timer’ and knew I would be meeting up with others I knew. This time I only know that many I have worked with previously will not be there as they are taking holidays or on long leave and Kenya itself will be somewhat unsettled due to the forthcoming elections. Please pray for relationships to develop quickly between those who are ‘left’.
I am excited to be able to take a large amount of optical equipment with me.  My two ‘hold’ suitcases have been stripped out and totally filled with the donations from a gentleman who services the equipment in opticians and passes on the replaced items to different charitable causes. I have literally nothing more than a box of instant coffee sachets for me in those cases! I am relying on the clothes that I left on my last visit to be safely available for me.
I hope to receive permission to take extra equipment in my hand luggage and I hope I will be able to carry this heavy consignment together with a pair of crutches also donated to the hospital. Whilst I will carry a certificate stating I am taking medical supplies, bribery and corruption are common in Kenya and an unobstructed passage through customs will be appreciated.
Thank you for joining with me in this adventure once again.

Veronica

July Mission Of The Month – New Generation Burundi

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Alli Blair is a tiny little retired lady with an inspiring story who lives round the corner from New Generation Burundi. She is half Canadian and half English. She was one of the first aid workers to go into Rwanda in 1994 after the genocide, and in 1998 she moved to Burundi to work for Worldvision.  On Christmas Day 1998 she was attending a local church and as she did not speak Kirundi (the local language), she asked a young Burundian to translate for her.  She gave the young man $5. Little did she know it, but this was the seed that gave birth to New Generation.  That young man was Dieudonne.  He decided to use the $5 to buy some food and soda and have a Christmas party for the younger street children.  From that day on, he started helping the younger children whenever he could, other people saw him doing this and gave him food or money, and gradually New Generation was born.

Alli continued to help Dieudonne and became one of the first members of Oasis church. She also set up her own charity which helps prostitutes change their way of life by training them to sew.  Her little charity, Bravo Ministries, employs 8 women, and makes craft products such as handbags, shopping bags and children’s toys using the wonderfully colorful local materials.  Alli has just taken on 5 new apprentices who will receive 10 months of training.  At the end they will be given a sewing machine each and help to set up their own businesses.  Alli knows from past experience that not all the girls will change their lives, and that the ones most likely to succeed are those that turn to Christ and ask Him to take control.

Volunteers Needed At Merlewood

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Merlewood would love to hear from you if you are able to volunteer:

They are looking for people to spend a couple of hours with the elders either in the home talking/reading the paper/music/peotry/IT or helping with an activity or taking the elders on an outing.  The ideal volunteer is honest, patient, reliable, friendly and kind.  Volunteers will work alongside experienced staff at the home.

Contact Sharon Smith/Barbara Millard on 01344 845314.  Enid would be very happy to speak to you about this role if you would like more information, she can be contacted through the Church office.

Age UK Services

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Please click the flyer to see information about some of the home services that Age UK provide.

Summer Events At Ashburnham Place

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We have some fantastic events over the next few months, so its well worth taking a look at what’s coming up. Whether its spending time being creative, envisioning yourself to action, connecting with creation, just relaxing, or simply keeping the family entertained with a picnic, we have it covered. So why not take a look at the events here.

Should you wish further information about any of them, please do not hesitate to call us on 01424 892244 or email the team at events@ashburnham.org.uk

We very much look forward to warmly welcoming you to Ashburnham Place soon.

DAI UK May News Update

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DAI UK publishes a News Update and a Prayer Update every quarter i.e. just one email in your inbox every 6 or 7 weeks. If you are passionate about Christian servant-leadership training and would like to keep up with DAI’s global and local ministry please click here and follow the SIGN UP links to subscribe to these updates. Colin Rye (Christ Church member and DAI UK’s Chief Exec. & Senior Consultant for Curriculum Development) and John Rogers (former Christ Church member and DAI UK’s Senior Consultant for Adult Learning) would be delighted to know that you are interested in, and praying for DAI.

Featuring 3 stories with a ‘light’ link, 3 from Sri Lanka and more, the May News Update is available here.

For more information about DAI, click here to visit our website or email Colin.

Thank you from 602 South Sudanese families

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Colin Rye, DAI’s CEO & Senior Consultant for Curriculum Development writes:

“In April the Christ Church PCC (Parochial Church Council) agreed, in response to the famine crisis in East Africa, to donate £3,000 from the Church’s Mission Contingency Fund to support the relief efforts of Mission Partners DAI (£1,000) and Tearfund (£2,000). I am delighted to advise that this donation contributed to a total of $19,558 which DAI has passed to the Rumbek Diocese of the Episcopalian Church (part of the Anglican Communion). There, our local DAI team, led by Bishop Alapayo Kuctiel, has distributed these funds to 602 needy families to buy life-sustaining food and medical supplies.

Bishop Alapayo expresses his thanks below and, on behalf of all at DAI, I would like to add mine. Thank you Christ Church for you generosity to the people of South Sudan”


Bishop Alapayo Kuctiel 60018 May 2017 Rumbek, South Sudan

Greetings in the name of our merciful and Saviour Jesus Christ, the Prince of peace, love and mercy Amen!

When we asked for help in August, the situation of our people had been very bad compared to their current situation after your assistance. Therefore, you provided for people who could not afford to buy a simple meal for one day. Your gift came at the right time for our people in Rumbek Diocese which falls in the heart of South Sudan. Many people from different places have run to Rumbek for safety.

Your assistance helped 602 people who could have not managed to survive without aid. They will not forget your wonderful gift and they always ask me to share their gratitude and appreciation. You have done a great job for God’s people across the globe, more especially South Sudan which is facing a tough political situation which resulted in famine because people could not cultivate their local farms.

The impact of your assistance on our people was also very helpful as they have realized that the Church is for all people in the World, for one purpose of evangelizing, and for transforming the lives of other people who may face difficulties in one way and another. They went even to the extent of comparing your assistance with the two loaves of bread that Jesus blessed and shared among over five hundred people who were following Him for long time without food. Therefore, they ask that God bless you and give you long lives so that you will help others like them in the future as a furtherance of the ministry of Jesus Christ.

We are very thankful and grateful for the $19,558 USD in donations that we received from DAI friends. We will always put you in our daily prayers and God the Merciful and the source of all good gifts will bless you one by one and give you more resources so as to continue doing the work of mercy, love, kindness, sympathy for the furtherance of the ministry of our Lord and savior who gave up his precious and dear life for our salvation and transformation as the new people of God’s Kingdom.

Rumbek Diocese will always remember you as long as we are still in existence in the ministry now and in the life to come. May the grace of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ be with us all.


Bishop Alapayo Manyang Kuctiel Nhiera
DAI, Ministry Center Director