Difficult Choices – News from Veronica

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We know death is inevitable, but there are good and bad deaths.

A young brother and sister were knocked over by a car. They were communicating when they reached the emergency department, but first one succumbed to a major bleed in his brain and later I learned that his sister was struggling to stay alive in ITU.

Patients with TB cannot be nursed on the open ward and we only have one single room in ITU to monitor patients needing a ventilator, but we had two such patients. Now we only have one….

We question ourselves as to whether we could have handled things differently.

Some patients are afraid when they are ill to seek appropriate help. It is easy to deny you are sick if the family cannot afford treatment, if you have witnessed friends and family going to hospital too late for treatment and so having poor results, you are disinclined to rush there yourself. For some healthcare staff caring for people who then die, especially when they are know that things could have been different, produces a hardening in their attitude, which may be a self-preservation tactic for them, but limits their availability to the patient and causes repercussions with other team members.

There are some truly inspirational people working here and some delightful patients, but many others struggle on. We do need and appreciate your prayers and messages to provide the best healthcare available in these challenging conditions.

It has been a great blessing to share an apartment with two other short termers that I met last April. We have shared special Easter celebrations with the other Christians in this community, but we cannot ignore the huge problems in providing good healthcare for the people living here. Like us Kenya will have a general election this year. Let us pray that people of integrity will be elected who have a clear vision to make changes that benefit all the population and not be distracted by false goals.

P.S. I have just been up to itu. The little girl is recovering. She has many broken bones and will be in hospital for a while, but she is breathing on her own and talking. I don’t know if she has been told that her brother died yet.

Veronica

Explorers For Children School Years 3-6

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Explorers meetings usually take place on the fourth Saturday of each month (except school holidays) from 17.30 to 19:00.  Join us for a sandwich tea followed by games, Bible study, songs, prayer and other activities.  We will be following a theme of ‘Absolutely Everything’ which will take us through the Bible in 12 sessions (1 year).  Contact Jeremy for more details.

News From Burundi

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Amohoro “peace ” a typical Burundian greeting.

Imana Ishimwe “praise God” we are well, encouraged and excited about all the positive and thoroughly wonderful things that God is doing through the work of New Generation.

Oh for more understanding of Kirundi (the Burundian language) to understand  better the amazing testimonies of faith in Jesus and the miracles the people experience daily.  Evidence of Holy Spirits grace and strength is in their faces.  The poverty and difficulties of ordinary people and children are beyond what we can imagine. The country struggles on, overcoming the frustrations and injustices. We stay (comfortably) at the Kings conference centre very near to New Generation centre. right now the generator is running loudly giving us electricity, those without generators will have no electricity. The power cuts are daily and for many hours during the day (and always at night after 7 or 8pm) There is much to say about military and police activity!

At New Generation and Oasis church there is prayer every weekday from. 6am -7am the children have breakfast and the morning children go off to school!

They return for lunch and they eat rice and beans together, then those who attend school in the afternoon skip off down the dusty pot holed road to return about 6pm then all have supper together.  In the new dining /living area that has been finished since our last visit, the children have a few small toys ( k-nex, jigsaws, simple board games, and TV when there is electricity.) Part time staff (i.e. physiologist) and volunteers facilitate helping with school work, drawing colouring and listening to children. They now have a folder for each child in the “road to school” programme. (74 kids ages from 5 to 16 or 17) The children’s abilities vary and many are extremely bright some are traumatised so much that time will tell; (all are loved and encouraged) NG teaches them to value education and work hard.

The weekends are full at Oasis church with youth group on Saturday and a very lively and long Sunday service!

A new development since our last visit, is a cooperation with a private school (which teaches the English system) the primary school children of NG benefit from the extra resources. An English volunteer (teacher) is actively involved and the interactive learning in this environment is having fantastic results!

A team of 3 Ex street boys are employed as outreach workers! They identify the most vulnerable children. They seek to befriend kids and record their names and information about them. They give them a form of identity “known by NG” should they be arrested or need medical help.

The dream of the outreach team is to have funding to help more of the street children directly at the centre.

3 ex street boys now attend university, a first for NG. In return for their fees they volunteer in various ways at the NG centre.

No time to tell you of other activities: entrepreneurship training, healing of memories and peace and reconciliation events. Football and NG clubs! Extra English lessons, computer training, and simple music lessons.

We continue to pray for Gods work here. It’s a privilege to be part of it in some small way. In practice Rod is advising and enabling better organisation structure for the staff and volunteers (especially financial management) I mostly watch the daily activity, pray and encourage, children, staff and volunteers and participate as opportunities present.  Rod and Anita Whitehead.

Seniors Traditional Roast Lunch

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All over 50’s welcome to attend our Seniors Lunch on Thursday 27 July.  Arrive 12:30 for a two course roast meal with wine; followed by tea or coffee for a suggested donation of £5.  We look forward to welcoming you.

 

The Big Church Day Out

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Tickets are now on sale for The Big Church Day Out 27-28 May 2017 at Wiston House, West Sussex.  Find out more information at bigchurchdayout.com

Men@CC

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Prov 27:17  As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

Faith is a journey…. and we can struggle with the walk alone, or we can find strength and support in doing it together.  We have several men’s groups doing various activities, doing life together and supporting one another.  So whether you enjoy walking, camping, golf, Bible Study or prayer, there is a men’s group for you.  We also encourage guys to be in a Home Group, but it is good to get together as men, look out for one another, have fun, and learn together.  If you would like to more details then either email us at men@cc-vw.org, or contact us individually:

Bible Study (weekly, breakfast and study) – Ken Edwards & Scott Elias

Camping (ad hoc weekends) – Brent Owens

Prayer groups (weekly/monthly, evening, food, chat & pray) – Brent Owens, Will Bissett

Walking (monthly) – Dave Thomas

We’ll be more than happy to tell you about our respective groups, and welcome you along if you want to join with us!  It’s always good to have new men join us on the journey.

Connection Distribution

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Thank you for your support in delivering Connection Magazines.   We still  have a couple of rounds without owners.  If you ever have a spare hour to enjoy a walk around our lovely area then please come and help yourself to any magazines that have not been delivered.  They can usually be found on the desk next to the photocopier in reception with delivery instructions.

 

The Lord Answers Our Prayers For New Generation!

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We prayed last month that New Generation would be able to raise the money to buy their site, and that another church would decide to support them. Both prayers were answered before Dieudonne left the UK! He asked us to thank everyone for making him feel so welcome.

At First Wednesday we prayed for the church that was considering supporting New Generation. St Margaret’s church in Uxbridge have now decided to support New Generation on a monthly basis. They recently received a large legacy, and have also decided to give New Generation £50,000 to help buy their site – this will make the charity much stronger by eliminating rental costs which are one of the biggest costs the charity faces.

For St Margarets the fact that Dieudonne runs the Oasis church, which operates from the hall on New Generation’s site, was a critical factor. The £50,000 is about 20% of the total cost – New Generation already has pledges for the other 80%. Oasis currently pay 20% of the rent, so God has given exactly what was needed to buy the site, and what Oasis needed to ensure that they will not have to pay rent in future either.

Dieudonne greatly enjoyed meeting old and new supporters on his visit to the UK. He hopes to build up a supporter base who take an active interest in the children and in developments at the project. You can follow events at New Generation on their face book page, New Generation Burundi . Oasis is a lively, growing church – see Oasis Christian Centre

 

5 Tips for Teaching Our Children To Pray

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Teaching our children to pray is a key responsibility of children’s ministers and parents alike.  Here are five tips which we can use in our children’s groups and also in our homes:

  1. Give your children an opportunity to pray. In music, in sport, in life, the more we put in the more we get out.  The more we pray, the more comfortable and natural it becomes.  So let us pray!
  2. Children’s prayers are just as powerful as adults’ prayers. God values kids’ prayers and so should we.  Jesus said ‘let the children come to me’.  He could just as easily have said, ‘let the children speak to me’ – and prayer is speaking (and listening) to God.
  3. Model prayer. This is great for the home as it encourages us to pray together – we don’t just let the children say a night time prayer but we also say one too.  It’s also important for church.  Here is a challenge for our family services – to make our prayers both relevant and interesting because we are modelling prayer to the whole congregation.
  4. Share answers to prayer with our children.  A prayer book is one way to do this: make a note about what our children are praying for and look back occasionally to see what happened.  This can lead to a good learning point – that God does answer prayer, though not always in the way we want / expect – and in His time, not ours.
  5. Let your children pray for you. Our kids are prayer warriors because they do have that faith as big as a mustard seed that perhaps we lose.  So let them pray for us, in both big and small things.

Prayer should be central to our Christian faith and therefore central to our children’s lives as well.  It’s a key way to talk to and listen to God; so we need to train our children in prayer so they grow with it at the heart of all they do.  Jeremy

First Wednesday Prayer – 5 July

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Join us for our regular Monthly Evening Prayer meeting, when our focus will be on our mission of the month, Amos Street Child.  Meet at 19:00 for refreshments and 19:30 start.  Come and experience the joy of praying together for our World, our Community, and our Church.