News from World Mission Partnership

 


Visit to Zimbabwe, Sept 2018

Tim & Laura (WMP staff) and volunteers Tim & Simon recently visited King George VI School and Centre for disabled children, which will be our project focus for JMA 2019. 

The team spent time with teachers and pupils learning about the school as well as gathering photos and stories to share in the JMA pack. 

KGVI is a wonderful place of learning, community and personal growth & development. We look forward to sharing more through JMA next year! 


Intercultural Bible Dialogue

Exciting opportunity for Irish Methodists!

Together with Christian Aid Ireland, World Mission Partnership is offering your church/small group a chance to connect with communities virtually across the world to dialogue around the Bible. These intercultural Bible studies seek to enable personal, societal and global transformation. It seeks to strengthen solidarity between communities across the world and to share and deepen faith. And in turn to galvanise and sustain the movement that challenges and changes the systems and structures that perpetuate poverty and inequality across the world.  

This programme has been developed over the last 5 years and at its heart is a desire to see everyone’s voice listened to and valued no matter their status, geography or income.   

Recently groups in Dublin (led by WMP General Secretary Rev. Laurence Graham), Belfast, and La Paz (Bolivia) joined together via. Skype for a Bible dialogue session (pictured). 

You’ll need a good internet connection and a computer, and a few other things we (WMP/CAIreland) may will be able to help with. 

If you would like to know more or are interested in signing up, email Tim

 


Rev. Peter Murray attends Methodist Conference in Ghana

WMP Ministerial Treasurer Rev. Peter Murray recently visited Ghana, to attend Methodist Conference with over 600 deleagtes from the Ghanaian church. After arriving in Accra, Peter visited church work in Northern Ghana, preached in the Goaso District, spent time in Kumasi before heading to Tokoradi for Conference. We continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in the Methodist Church Ghana.


Castlewellan Holiday Week

We had a brilliant night at CHW in August, as part of the 'Mission Marketplace' in the youth programme.

It was a brilliant opportunity for young people to learn more about WMP; what we do, who we work with, where we work. We were also asked how they can be involved in 'sharing Christ around the world', and ways they can pray for WMP.

If you were there and would like more information or have any other questions, get in touch- we would love to hear from you!


World Church Bulletin 

To download news from our world church partners, compiled by Methodist Church in Britain, for August 2018: click here. This month features news from Papua New Guinea, Hiroshima, Guatemala, Spain.


 


M.E.E.T: South Africa 2018

[Methodist Experience & Exchange Teams]

In July 2018, a team of young adults from the Methodist Church in Ireland visited the Methodist Church Southern Africa. They spent time with Pinetown Methodist Church, and exploring the themes of justice and leadership. 

They blogged about their experience & you can read it HERE. 

This learning visit was organised with World Development & Relief and IMYC. 


JMA awards at Whiteabbey Methodist 

The children at the JAFFA group in Whiteabbey Methodist Church were recently presented with their badges. Well done everyone!


JMA Fundraising

Well done & thank you to this brilliant group from Ballynure Methodsit Church. On Saturday 21st April 2018 they scaled Slemish and raised £650 for 

JMA.

Get in touch to share your JMA news! Email Laura. 




 

 


The Bible Society in the Gulf

In February, Tim & Laura met with Catherine Little (General Secretary of the Bible Society NI) & Mr. Hrayr Jebejian (General Secretary of Bible Society in the Gulf). The work in the Gulf covers 7 of the Gulf states: Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Yemen & Qatar. 

Over the next 3 years, WMP will continue to partner with BSNI with one of our focuses being the ministry in the Gulf. 

People come to the Gulf States in search of work. From India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Nepal & Pakistan, people are lured to the Gulf with visions of prosperity. Migrants come with the hope of earning money to support their family back in their home country, but too often find that this is not
a reality.
The Bible Society in the Gulf are working in partnership with churches to reach out to these migrant workers. For many there is a desire already there to discover the truth of God’s Word but they cannot afford to pay for a Bible in their language, and many are illiterate and unable to engage with
the written text. This Storytelling project has been set up to communicate the Bible with people in a way they will understand. Bible Society staff are training church leaders and volunteers in storytelling. 

News from Bible Society NI (Jan. 2018)

WMP partners with Bible Society NI, currently funding two translation projects. One of which is in Venezuela. We recently recieved news that their main office there was broken in to, and circumstanes are quite difficult. Please pray for Venezuela:
 
Venezuela is a country in turmoil. Among the political unrest, widespread protests and increasing poverty, the Bible Society team continue to minister. Reports speak of increasing poverty and hospitals seeing increasing cases of malnourishment. Many people are struggling to survive and looting is becoming a common problem.
 
Our colleagues in the Bible Society in Venezuela have asked for prayer as they are facing some huge challenges. A few weeks ago their offices were broken into. The place was ransacked and computers were stolen. Naturally this has a huge impact on their ministry. The team had been planning a trip to some of the Caribbean islands but the government have currently closed the borders meaning that they cannot travel there.
 
Please pray for the translation teams who are continuing their work to bring the Bible to people who speak languages that currently have no full translation. Pray for the Currípaco and Uwottuja translators and for safety for the safety for Javier, Marlon and Alfredho - Bible Society team members who will soon be travelling by car into the Amazon region to work with the Currípaco and the Uwottuja translation teams.
 
Pray especially that the visit to see the Currípacos team is blessed. They just started the Old Testament translation last year and further training is necessary. While there, the team will have the opportunity to speak at the village convention to present the project and meet pastors and key local leaders of this people group.
 
Let's pray in faith that nothing will hinder the spread of God's Word, not unrest, poverty, closed borders or fear! Pray too that the team will see their offices restored and fully functioning very soon.

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