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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.
20 September 2021
Here’s a story of encouragement. Two months‘ ago in the fishing port of Lochinver in the far north of Scotland, a conversation took place between a visitor and two fishermen who were mending their nets (sounds Biblical!). After talking about fishing, life in general and Brexit, the conversation changed and the visitor had a great witnessing opportunity. He shared very openly with the two guys who showed real interest. A Trypraying booklet was given at the conclusion and readily received.
End of story?- not quite
2 weeks later the following came into the office from someone who ordered 10 copies of the booklet. “I heard about Trypraying through my son who is a fisherman in Lochinver. While working on his boat in port, he met a gentleman who shared about Trypraying. He left a copy of the booklet with my son who passed it to me. I was very impressed with its simplicity and the depth of the message. I want to share the book with others in my family. The booklet is uplifting and I noticed a change in myself after reading it and taking action.” We just never know what story develops when we share our faith or pass on a booklet to someone!
‘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’.
20 September 2021
In the Dominican Republic, the Bible is one of the assigned textbooks in schools. Because of this, pupils want to have their own Bible, but for many this is not possible due to the levels of poverty. Within the school environment, young people can often lose their values or develop bad attitudes or behaviour. Many can end up in trouble. The Society believes that these children and teenagers will have the opportunity of a better future if they can have the life-changing Word of God for themselves. Pray God will touch both students and teachers alike and that His Word will find its home in their hearts.
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.
20 September 2021
The Community Garden Open Day was a great success with friends, family and locals popping in and many staying for a cuppa and natter in the church building. It was great the Provost, local councillors, and reps from Dunfermline Carnegie Trust all came along for a while.
Since then, some local folks have enjoyed sitting in the garden. Pray for contacts made and conversations enjoyed, that we may have a greater impact on our own community through the prayer walk and litter pick up etc. It seems there will be some Afghan refugees coming to Fife and there may be ways in which we could help.
Pray for guidance as we start a new season, that we may know where God is leading us.
20 September 2021
Over the next few months, Hopefuelled will be developing a new set of Together resources. Together represents a series of resources aimed at supporting discipleship and walking together through life with your local community. This month’s pastoral care card is a resource you can keep on you as a reminder of developing deep spiritual relationships in the everyday.
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.
20 September 2021
BMS have asked for special prayer for Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
Pray for wisdom for NGOs and Charitable bodies who have worked within Afghanistan as they support evacuated staff and consider next steps for projects on pause within the country.
Afghanistan For strength for people in Afghanistan now feeling under threat and worrying for their futures. For protection for those who had wanted to leave but were unable to, and for those still hoping to move to safer regions. For lasting peace and stability to be found in the nation of Afghanistan.
Bangladesh Every year many people across Bangladesh suffer from dengue fever and other mosquito-borne diseases. Please pray that the mosquitoes can be kept under control and that medical care is available to those needing it.
Praise God that new communities are responding to the gospel and pray for the new pastors as they begin work to support these new believers.
Daniel, Regiane and Ana in Lima The Clarks have now returned to Peru to a nation in shock traumatized by the Covid pandemic. Educationally the pandemic has set the country back at least 7 years. The local currency has declined against the dollar and many staple products have to be imported which affects particularly the poorer segments of the population.
Emotionally, most families have faced bereavement and serious illness. The Baptist work has been significantly affected, with many older pastors passing away. Churches are allowed to meet again under certain restrictions, but many churches such as the one the Clarks attend have preferred to wait until after any third wave. When the Social Action Dept. committee met, it was still wearing of double masks and sitting far away from one another.
Daniel’s classes at the seminary continue on-line till the end of the year, work with the Social Action Dept. will be in the form of online conferences, and Ana’s schooling will continue online. Over the last 18 months they have been assisting Peruvian Baptists in setting up a Mission Board and are currently in conversations to see how BMS personnel in Peru can continue to help strengthen and develop the Board. (The whole of the newsletter is on the notice board in the church hall).
20 September 2021
It was great to hear the update of the work of Bethany and also Kevin’s testimony on our mission Sunday in August. They ask prayer this month for the Retail Dept.
They give thanks for existing customers and their support and pray that new customers will come into the shops. They ask prayer for the retail director, shop staff and volunteers, logistics team and all working behind the scenes who, together, continue to do the vital work of Bethany. They want to give special thanks for the overwhelming support the shops received whilst being temporarily closed during 2020.
Watch our Sunday 15th August service on YouTube to hear how Bethany has been working in lives over the last year.
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.
20 August 2021
In its work around the world, Tearfund has been seeing the effects of the climate emergency for years. They are supporting vulnerable communities by working through the local church and other partner organisations.
This work includes campaigning for governments to make good on their climate pledges. Right now, wildfires of an enormous scale are sweeping across Greece, Turkey and California. In July, China experienced its worst flooding in over 1,000 years, while Europe also saw devasting floods. At the same time, North America was scorched by a record-breaking heatwave.
Tearfund is signed up to The Climate Coalition Declaration which calls on the UK government to lead the world in delivery a recovery rom the pandemic that limits global heating. By signing the declaration, you can urge our government to take serious action in tackling the climate emergency.
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.
20 August 2021
Much to the fury of the country’s Muslim population, it has been customary this year for authorities in Sri Lanka to cremate the bodies of Covid victims. Muslim believe cremation condemns the person to hell. Pray for an outbreak of Gospel truth in this predominantly Buddhist country.
Meanwhile, several completely unreached people groups living in Colombo are being confronted with the Good News. Pray for efforts among the 20,000 three-wheeler taxi drivers, many of whom are from countries where outreach is restricted. Pray that many will turn to Christ, and for new churches to be formed.
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.
20 August 2021
The Charity is currently focusing on Liberia as it said that families there ‘struggle every day to feed their children’ and the virus has worsened high levels of poverty.
The Charity was already feeding 157,000 Liberian children, but after a successful fund-raising campaign which raised £65 million, it plans to feed another 43,000 children starting in October.
With schools open again, they are delighted to see children back in the classrooms, learning every day and knowing that they have the certainty of a meal to fuel their learning.
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.
20 August 2021
Good News for Everyone produces ‘Key Worker Testaments’ and just recently one worker who had just received a whole box of them was aware that the binmen were working in his street so he took the opportunity to thank these Key Workers who had worked so tirelessly throughout the pandemic.
He thanked them and told them they were appreciated and gave a New Testament to one of the men. His colleague came across the street and asked for one too and the driver gladly accepted the 6 remaining copies and said he would put them in the office. The following week, the recycling guys were also happy to receive copies. Something to think about.
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.
20 August 2021
The years of conflict in Iraq have left the country’s infrastructure and economy devasted. Many Iraqi families who fled ISIS violence had to leave everything behind. Now they are returning – but to homes and livelihoods lost.
Embrace had launched an appeal to help their partners provide a loan scheme and training for returning Iraqi refugees and Internally Displaced Persons – those forced to flee their homes, but unlike refugees, stayed within their country’s borders.
Through the support given, they can set up vital new businesses, providing an income for themselves and helping to rebuild the economy. As one Partner says ‘when solutions are found to the economic and social problems faced by societies in Northern Iraq, it is like a breeze of hope to those suffering from much pain and exhaustion.’
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.
17 March 2021
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.
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/
Dunfermline West Baptist Church
Chalmers Street, Dunfermline