Global Mission


We support

(Click the name to see which areas they have worked in recently)

  • TryPraying
  • Scottish Bible Society
  • Platform 67
  • Our local community
  • Hope Fuelled Design
  • Embrace the Middle East
  • Baptist Missionary Society (BMS)
  • Bethany Christian Trust
  • Tearfund
  • Mary's Meals
  • Foodbank
  • Gideons International

Over the years the fellowship at Dunfermline West Baptist has supported various missions and charities. This is just to give you an overview of what they do and how we contribute to their work. Hopefully it will be informative and encouraging. You can find more information on their websites but if we have up-to-date news this will be shared each month.

TryPraying

https://trypraying.org
20 July 2021

Trypraying asked churches to complete a survey about their experience of using the Trypraying booklet, the results of which were very encouraging. No one knows how many people see the Banners displayed outside remote rural churches to city centre locations, but ‘Banner viewing numbers’ are being researched.

From our own church’s point of view, it was interesting that when the Courier published the photos of Dewar Street following the explosion the other week, the Trypraying banner on the church wall could be easily seen, so many folk who don’t walk past the church got to see it too!

(Ted’s interview about the incident was also in the paper and he told the Reporter about the launch of the Community Garden!)

Their website says ‘The desire to reach out to God is basic to many, many, people. Trypraying is a resource for people like that: no church connection or interest, but open to find out about God.’

All the tried and tested tools such as banners and booklets will continue to be used this year but times have changed and TryPraying have teamed up with ‘Hopefuelled’ to develop an online presence which would fire the imagination of the Christian community but also grab the attention of those who don’t do church but who interact with the digital culture.

‘The Trypraying booklet is a 7-day prayer guide and is now being used by many to pass on to friends and family with a few words of encouragement, ‘Why don’t you try praying for a week and see what happens in your life?’

We have used the booklets in the past and the Trypraying banner is visible on the church wall in Dewar Street. There have been meetings up and down the country recently as people are seeking to respond to how to get the message out to many people who have turned to prayer over this difficult time. A new initiative is planned for the Spring 2021 for churches to be involved called ‘Let’s do this together’.

Scottish Bible Society

https://scottishbiblesociety.org/
20 July 2021

The need for Bibles in Cuba is urgent as 40% of believers do not own one.

It is not uncommon for one Bible to be shared among a whole study group. The Bible Commission (the name for the Bible Society of Cuba) has a project which works with all the denominations to distribute Bibles to Christians in Cuba and also provide Scriptures for children and youth and large print for the elderly. Only Bibles donated through the Bible Societies around the world are allowed into Cuba.

Since 1809 they have sought, under God, to put the Bible into people’s hands and hearts. They work so that all people can have the Bible in a language they understand, a form they can access and at an affordable price, to aid genuine encounters with God.

Platform 67

https://www.platform67.org/
20 July 2021

Deep in mountains, in a region crisscrossing Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, live millions who have no access to the gospel. For generations, people are born, live their lives in isolation and then die without ever hearing of Jesus.

Many languages are spoken in this vast area and Platform 67 is partnering with a team working on the first full translation of the Bible ever made in one of these languages.

Almost the entire New Testament has been completed as well as half of the Psalms and also a children’s Bible.

Many neither read nor write so these are being recorded in audio format and made available in various apps for use on mobiles.

Please pray as work is now progressing on completing Genesis, Exodus, Ecclesiastes and Daniel.

Why the Name? ‘A platform is simply a stage from which to proclaim your message – loudly and clearly! Psalm 67 is one of the great missionary Psalms. It shapes our purpose to: make God’s ways known on earth, his salvation among all the nations’.

They aim to send as many resources as possible to cross-cultural work. They link with gospel ministries around the world that share a common burden for the unreached.

We have an annual visit from Martin Dudgeon and ask the fellowship to contribute to their work at this time. We use their weekly prayer update at our Prayer and Bible Study group.

Our local community

https://dwb.church/events
20 July 2021

Unfortunately because of Covid precautions, Pittencrieff School’s P7 leaving ceremony in the Glen was cancelled at the last minute, but Anthony was able to share with them through a video which included a S.U. video called ‘Moving On’. Pray for the young people moving up to High School and that Anthony will soon be able to visit the school in person again.

There are now benches and planters in the Community Garden and there will be an official launch and Family Fun Day on Saturday 14th August.

This month the Prayer Walk will be on Wednesday 21st July at 11.00am when we will also do a litter pick up round the church area. Please join us and bring your bag for rubbish etc.

Hope Fuelled Design

https://hopefuelled.design
20 July 2021

Continue to pray for the group of creatives as they seek to respond to the challenge or providing good quality resources for churches and groups.

In such a short space of time since Hopefuelled came into being, the response from Christian communities has been overwhelming showing there is clearly a thirst for high quality local missional resources that nature church unity. There were also resources for Pentecost and we at the West began our service that day with a poem ‘When God moves in’ by Gilmour Lilly, pastor of Rosyth Baptist.

Missions that we regularly support include: Some one is coming Experience Easter

Embrace the Middle East

https://embraceme.org/
20 July 2021

They ask prayer for the people of Lebanon where the Lebanese pound has hit an all-time low. There are long lines at petrol stations due to fuel shortages and rationing and unrest is stirring again. For many in Lebanon this is now the norm and many have developed survival strategies out of sheer necessity.

This is a Christian Charity with over 160 years’ experience of helping people of all faiths and none to free themselves from a life of poverty and injustice. They seek to partner with Middle East Christians as they bring healing and hope and see lives and communities transformed by the compassion of Christ.

Baptist Missionary Society (BMS)

https://bmsworldmission.org
20 July 2021

An up-to-date photo of the Clark family and their latest newsletter is on the notice board in the Church Hall. Pray for them as they have now returned to Peru where there is some civil unrest following elections, high Covid mortality numbers and the economy is struggling.

In 2008 in Odisha, India, horrific stories of violence against Christians took place with many having to flee their homes and take cover in surrounding forests and refugee settlements. BMS was able to provide support for many of these people. When the violence subsided many sought to return home but because they were Christians some of their neighbours refused to let them move back, or draw water from the well. And yet in the face of persecution God was and is still at work. Fellowships are still running and people are still coming to faith despite the danger and the possibility of being killed for being a Christian.

Across the world, bold Christians are living out their faith in hard places - no matter the cost. The 2021 Harvest appeal, ‘I will Stand’ will be focusing on such and will be released shortly.

You can find out more about our link missionaries the Clarks and Laura-Lee on the notice board in the church hall.

‘BMS works among some of the most marginalised and least evangelised people, in some of the most fragile places on earth. They aim to bring life in all its fullness through 7 key ministries: church, development, education, health, justice, leadership and relief’.

BMS is part of The People’s Vaccine Alliance campaign, which is seeking intellectual property waivers on the Covid-19 vaccines which would mean vaccines can be manufactured across the world. Doctors, Andrea and Mark Hotchin, who provide vital healthcare in Bardai in Chad say that ‘for rich nations it is unthinkable that this should be proposed, it is apparently just not the way our world works’. But as they say ‘it doesn’t have to be like this’. Rachel Conway-Dael is BMS’ Overseas Team for Relief but is also a trained vaccinator in the UK. She says this campaign aligns with the BMS petition for a Covid-free world.

Most people in the UK feel instinctively that vaccines are safe – but around the world, in many contexts hesitancy is grounded in culture and history.

Bethany Christian Trust

https://www.bethanychristiantrust.com/
22 June 2021

Many children from our communities are in desperate need of a break this summer. Episodes of homelessness, cramped living conditions, poverty and conflict at home has made the successive lockdowns much harder.

Every summer Bethany sends some of the children and families they support on holidays and ‘daytrips to remember’ at S.U.’s Gowanbank and Lendrick Muir.

They also provide employability training to some of the older kids over the summer holidays. This scheme helps to break the cycle of homelessness and find stable employment upon leaving school.

West Baptist will be having a Bethany rep at our service on Sunday 15th August.

Bethany supports almost 7,000 people a year across Scotland, including, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Bathgate, Dundee, Aberdeen, Dumfries and Fife.

It’s integrated approach consists of 3 core-streams of life-changing services: Homelessness Prevention, Crisis Intervention and Housing & Support.

Community Support and Development projects are tailored to local needs and work in partnership with churches to empower people to strengthen their communities to prevent homelessness.

Tearfund

https://www.tearfund.org/
21 May 2021

Will you remember those in poverty on World Environment Day on 5 June and join thousands of others in a national day of prayer for the climate crisis?

Prayer in the Park is a prayer event uniting people and churches across the UK. We’ll be celebrating the beauty of God’s world, repenting of the damage we’ve done to creation that is also hurting people living in poverty, and seeking God’s heart for a fairer world that works for everyone.

Just days after World Environment Day, the G7 summit will take place in Cornwall where world leaders will discuss the global recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Then in November, the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow will bring together world leaders to take action on the climate crisis. Decisions made at these gatherings will affect us all, now and for generations to come – especially those living in the poorest communities across the world.

We want to bring these meetings, and the climate crisis, to God in prayer. Will you join us? Tearfund is a Christian charity that partners with churches in more than 50 of the world’s poorest countries. We tackle poverty through sustainable development, responding to disasters, and challenging injustice. We believe an end to extreme poverty is possible.

Mary’s Meals

https://www.marysmeals.org.uk/
21 April 2021

Last March when schools began to close due to the pandemic, we worked hard to adapt our feeding model so we could continue to bring nutritious daily meals to those hungry children relying on us.

Despite the challenges we have been able to keep our promise to the children we feel, whether in school or at home, and in addition have also welcomed 171,792 new children to our progrtamme since the beginning of 2020. However, the need is still great, with millions more children waiting for a daily meal and the chance to learn.

Mary’s Meals mission is to enable people to offer their money, goods, skills, time and prayer and through this to provide effective help to those suffering the effects of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest communities.

They link a midday meal and education for over 2 million children every day around the world.

Foodbank

https://dunfermline.foodbank.org.uk/
17 March 2021

Helping local people in crisis.

‘The Trypraying booklet is a 7-day prayer guide and is now being used by many to pass on to friends and family with a few words of encouragement, ‘Why don’t you try praying for a week and see what happens in your life?’

We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why Dunfermline Foodbank provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. They are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

We have a collection point in our building and give monetary contributions during specific times of need.

The local foodbank is still continuing its vital ministry, albeit with shortened hours. In February their warehouse moved to a permanent home at Unit 1C, Pitreavie Court, Pitreavie Business Park, Dunfermline KY11 8un.

Gideons International

https://www.gideons.org/
15 December 2020

Gideons International is an Association of Christian business and professional men and women dedicated to telling people about Jesus through associating together for service sharing personal testimony and providing Bibles and New Testaments.

While they are often recognized for their work in hotels, they also place and distribute Scriptures in strategic locations so they are available to those who want them, as well as to those who may not know they need them.

Because of a policy decision, the U.K. branch has had to change it’s name to ‘God news for everyone’ but is still doing the same work of distributing Scripture etc. There have been wonderful stories from those working in hospitals who have been able to read passages of Scripture, mainly from the Psalms to seriously ill people with Covid who have not been allowed visitors and also testimonies from non-covid patients facing serious illness who have used the ‘where to find help’ page and found comfort from a Gideon Bible.

Generosity

We would like to thank all of you for your generosity in continuing to give to the church, and the charities it supports, during this time. We appreciate that these are uncertain times and are grateful that many of us are still able to contribute to the mission of the Church.

You can find further information on how to give to the church via bacs (preferred), cheque or cash at: https://dwb.church/giving/

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