Global Mission


We support

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

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

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
19 February 2021

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.’

‘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’.

Pray for the new partnership with ‘Hopefuelled’ that it will establish a meaningful presence on social media. In the absence of a national bus campaign this year, this collaboration is timely and exciting.

Pray for the leaders of the churches who are getting involved in TryPraying’s spring initiative.

Pray our own banner on the Dewar St church wall and the booklets may cause interest.

Scottish Bible Society

https://scottishbiblesociety.org/
19 February 2021

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.

Scottish Bible Society have been providing a range of home school resources packed with exciting activity suggestions suitable for children aged 5-11. The latest is called ‘Two houses’ and it’s about the parable of the two builders in Matthew 7:24-29. The whole range of resources is free to download.

They have also created a Lent and Easter resource called Wonder Walks. Wonder Walks is a walking route map with a big difference – it doesn’t matter where you go!

Download one of the eight maps and take it with you when you go out for a walk during Lent. On each map you will find something to read from the Gospel of Mark, questions to think about, games to play, and ideas to pray about. You don’t need to prepare anything in advance, just download your map and head off for your weekly Wonder Walk!

Our local community

https://dwb.church/events
19 February 2021

A ‘Welcome to the Community’ card is being prepared with details of church services etc. to be put through the doors of newly built houses in the area (for e.g. a new scheme in Grieve St) and also as and when houses change hands.

Baptist Missionary Society (BMS)

https://bmsworldmission.org
19 February 2021

‘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’.

In Uganda, where there has been devastating deforestation over the past 25 years, BMS is preparing to begin a new agroforestry project in two communities. A team is preparing the ground at two churches to set up demonstration sites and in March when the dry season finishes, trees will be planted and the work will begin.

In India, BMS mission worker, Ben Francis works with people in Odisha and West Bengal who live in villages only accessible by boat. With no transport running from the cities, there was no way to bring food in. It wasn’t Coronavirus that was killing people, it was starvation. For many people it seemed there was no hope but through BMS’s Coronavirus appeal they were able to help towards the distribution of over 28,000 food parcels and Ben and the team could bring life-saving food to families in desperate need. Ben is an amazingly enthusiastic evangelist who usually takes every opportunity to share the Gospel but he said this time he didn’t want to use this opportunity to preach. He felt God was just asking him to provide physical necessities like food and medicine. It wasn’t long, however, before he realised that the love of God was just what people wanted. God opened doors like never before and people who had never wanted to hear the Word of God were listening to Ben’s testimony and asking for prayer. A lot of new people have come to the Lord, and now have hope.’

As a Baptist Church, our fellowship has supported this work for many years. We have supported their Harvest Appeal, and Relief Fund, and some individuals within the fellowship give a gift on their birthday to the Birthday Scheme, others still use the ‘globe’ collecting boxes, several receive the excellent ‘Engage’ magazine, and we have two ‘link’ missionaries working in Peru. Some of their recent news follows:-

Daniel and Regiane Clark are hoping to make it to the UK in February for Home Assignment, this having been postponed twice because of the pandemic. The church they attend in Lima reopened on 15th November but the use of private cars is still not allowed on Sundays in Peru so that will be a challenge. There is a school attached to the church, but sadly the principal died of Covid-19.

Daniel has been very busy exploring the benefits of technology in his ministry. Instead of his usual November visit to the Training Centre at Nauta where Laura-Lee works, the Centre negotiated a spot for him on the local radio to do his sessions, he spoke at a virtual conference for Peruvian pastors and the Seminary’s own conference was on-line. As Daniels said ‘Love never fails’ – where there is Zoom it will cease, where there are Windows, they will be stalled, where there is technology it will pass away but ‘now these 3 remain, Faith, hope and Love, and the greatest of these is Love’.

Please pray for them as Regiane seeks to organize visas etc. for their travel. They may well have to travel through another Latin American country as Peru’s international airport was still not permitting flights to Europe.

Laura-Lee Lovering Our own Laura-Lee wishes all a Happy New Year! There has been more restrictions in Peru with a renewed short-term lockdown, though the region of Loreto where Laura works is in the lowest risk category. The community’s Thanksgiving Service was able to be held just before Christmas with music groups, Christian puppeteers and a youth drama group.

In early January the local Nauta team organised a ‘minga’ to erect a temporary retaining wall beside the Centre’s wall which fell during a storm in October. A ‘minga’ is a community voluntary work morning where the volunteers are rewarded with lunch after a busy morning. Impressively they completed the 70m long wall in a single Saturday morning.

Because of the pandemic and the difficulty of planning with confidence, the team has agreed to using Nauta local radio for evangelism and teaching but they need a committed team to manage programming over the long term. This month they are hoping the low prevalence of the virus will continue as they are planning to spend 2 days travelling and teaching up-river where there are 25-30 small jungle churches.

There are big changes for Laura too. After Home Assignment in May-July (hopefully) she will be returning to the city of Piura on the north coast of Peru in her new role working on the implementation of the BMS’ Creation Stewardship Policy across the non-UK based operations. I am sure she would value our prayer support.

A copy of their letters in full is on the notice board in the church hall.

Bethany Christian Trust

https://www.bethanychristiantrust.com/
19 February 2021

A national charity whose mission is to relieve the suffering and meet the long term needs of homeless and vulnerable people in Scotland.

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.

Please pray for the staff and volunteers involved in these projects as they seek to be messengers if hope within each area, helping to meet their physical and spiritual needs as they direct people to Jesus. Pray that by being visible and active in Aberdeen, Midlothian, Leith and the Calders as well as Glasgow’s Tollcross, Possilpark and St George’s Cross, homelessness will be prevented and people will find new life in Christ.

Obviously the annual ’Big Sleep Out’ cannot take place in its usual format this year, so folks are being encouraged to sleep out in their own garden, shed, etc. or ‘build a fort’ in their living room on March 12th.

Platform 67

https://www.platform67.org/
19 January 2021

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.

More Muslims are coming to faith in Christ than at any point in history, including refugees. Come, follow me is a widely-used discipleship course written specifically for new believers in Jesus from a Muslim background. It is now being made available as an app for tablets and mobiles. One partners writes ‘Migrants on the move carry little luggage with them, but their phones are their vital contact with the world, so having Come, Follow Me on their phones will help them. There are reports of believers in migrant camps being persecuted by Muslim occupants, even in Europe, so it is safer for them to have the course on their phone rather than a visible book’. One worker writes ‘this is a really helpful guide for directing conversation down routes I wouldn’t always have thought of when it comes to discipling people from a Muslim background. The course seems to have been of great benefit.’

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.

Hope Fuelled Design

https://hopefuelled.design
19 January 2021

Hope Fuelled Design is a digital media mission initiative formed out of a team of creatives in Scotland.

The initiative was founded by our pastor Anthony who has a background working in the creative industry.

Hope Fuelled’s mission is ‘to communicate the gospel story into everyday lives in a relevant, innovative, varied and up to date way.

Our team was assembled out of the shared desire to bring Christ shaped hope into the world, by serving with our creative God-given gifts and fostering collaboration between local churches and groups.’

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

Embrace the Middle East

https://embraceme.org/
19 January 2021

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.

When Covid-19 reached Lebanon, the country was already in a dire financial situation, with many facing food shortages, high rents and unemployment. Life for many of the Syrian refugees there was particularly tough, with Lebanon’s residency policy making it difficult for them to maintain legal status and find work. The pandemic just increased the difficulties.

After a brief pause, one of Embrace’s partners in Lebanon was able to keep their important sewing project running. The women in the project learnt valuable skills as well as earning an income. Some participants are widows, other have husbands who have lost their livelihood, or have sick children. They also produced thousands of washable and re-usable masks to help fight the spread of Covid-19 which were given out as part of hygiene kits, which were distributed freely through their network of churches and centres across Lebanon.

As a fellowship we have just sent £130 for the work in Lebanon which was the offering taken at our Carol Service.

It was good to hear through Tearfund that the Scottish Government had awarded £100,000 through their Humanitarian Emergency Fund to support the most vulnerable people following the devastating explosion in Lebanon last August.

Mary’s Meals

https://www.marysmeals.org.uk/
15 December 2020

It’s 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.

Our government is doubling every gift they receive until the end of Jan. 21 and they have a Christmas initiative whereby people can give by ‘setting a place at the table’ for a child. Whilst we as a church have never given a gift to this charity, some individuals have supported it.

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.

We have sometimes had local reps of Gideons to share in our services and given a gift following that.

Foodbank

https://dunfermline.foodbank.org.uk/
15 December 2020

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.

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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