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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.
01 December 2022
Please pray for the families who have recently joined us for Sunday worship that they may feel part of the Fellowship and want to get involved. We give thanks for Anthony and Rachel’s ministry among us, but please pray for the deacons and the Search Group as they seek God’s guidance now we have entered a period of vacancy and that we may all hear what God is saying to us. We have our Christmas Fun Day on 3rd December and a Ceilidh in the evening at 6.30pm Pray people from the community may join with us and also for our Christmas Eve programme. Pray that people may also come along to the CAP Job Taster on that day.
21 November 2022
Qatar -The few Native Qatari converts face opposition in ways that are not unusual in the Muslim world where conversion is illegal. State, cvlan and family opposition to anyone converting to Christianity is real and dangerous. As in much of the Gulf, foreign Christians, who make up the overwhelming majority of believers, are often given more freedom to gather and worship in ways permitted by law. That said, many Christins working as migrant workers have faced intolerable abuse. At this time of worldwide focus on this tiny nation, ask the Lord that the testimony and influence of our believing brothers and sisters would spread throughout Qatari communites for Christ’s sake.
21 November 2022
Trypraying are encouraged by all that has happened over the last 12 months. 25,000 booklets have been distributed; of the 5 million people who live in Scotland, trypraying bus advertising reached over 2.74 million with each person seeing it up to 7.84 times; other bought media – train ticket barriers, digital screens etc. multiplied the impact; banners outside churches were seen across the country; 6000+ churches made use of trypraying resources this year; of Christians who completed the recent survey, 86% said they had passed the booklet on to others.
There have been numerous stories of people feeling able to share their faith through passing on the booklet - people coming to faith through conversations prompted by the booklet in various places like the gym, debt centre, swimming pool, health centres, and among a group of dog walkers! Plans for 2023 are well on the way.
21 November 2022
Mozambique – In Mozambique, 60% of the population cannot read. It is predominantly an oral culture where storytelling and the spoken word are the primary ways a message is delivered and understood. The Bible Society of Mozambique recognises that providing printed Bibles is not the most effective way to share God’s Word in this context. Their Faith Comes by Hearing project presents the Word of God using Audio Bibles. The initiative brings people together to listen to a recorded Bible in the local language, for at least 30 minutes each week. Group participants hear and are then invited to discuss the message. Sometimes whole villages hear God’s Word from just one audio device – and many lives have already been transformed. Pray for a discussion with a radio station about the possibility of playing audio Scriptures over the airwaves.
21 November 2022
The olive harvest is just over and this is the 7th year Embrace haven involved in the Olive Tree Project with volunteer helping twice yearly to plant trees and then harvest the olives. Over that tie over 15,000 olive trees have been planted for peace which helps to keep alive hope for Palestinian farmers. You may feel you could not get involved in the actual work round Bethlehem and the West Bank, but there are a variety of olive wood decorations, pocket crosses and olive print stationery etc. online Embrace’s shop. Please pray for believers in the region as Christmas draws near. Although a time of celebration, it can also be a flashpoint for unrest.
21 November 2022
The plight of those in Afghanistan may have slipped from the headlines this year, but their lives certainly haven’t improved. With unemployment rates rocketing, intense drought and natural disasters wreaking devastation and inflation rates rising astronomically, the need is great. Tragically, the help is scarce. Many aid workers, forced to leave last year, have struggled to return.
BMS has been fortunate to have been able to send some of their colleagues back. Ruby (name changed) a BMS agriculturist is working in the mountains of rural Afghanistan where crops are meagre and there seems little hope is one of them. Ruby has the skills to teach and partner farmers in dire situations but needs resources. This work will be the focus of the BMS Christmas appeal this year. Please pray many churches will respond.
Laura-Lee has recently been reviewing the BMS Creation Stewardship Policy document, which is reviewed every 3 years. The first bit explains the Biblical principles for Creation Stewardship and how they fit into BMS’ vision for integral mission. As neither the Bible nor BMS. Vision has changed since the last policy review in 2019 she didn’t have to make any updates but she points out two things. The policy is NOT a climate change policy, it’s a creation stewardship policy in response to the Biblical mandate which predates the current environmental issues by at least a couple of millennia. And secondly, who saves the world? As a Christian she says she is in no doubt that the true existential risk to human beings is not climate change, biodiversity collapse or 3environmental pollution, the triple threat actually facing us and our way of life. It’s sin. It’s a very challenging blog she’s written and the whole can be found on her blog at BMS.
We hope to have a visit at West Baptist from Laura on 11th June 2023.
Daniel and Regiane Clark
The surgeon was a Christian who spent time answering their questions and doubts. Pray for a good recovery for Regiane. Her mum came from Brazil for a couple of months which was great as it allowed Daniel to maintain most of his responsibilities. Regiane is not allowed to drive until January when hopefully she will be well enough to return to most of her normal life.
Please pray for the end of term at the seminary and Daniel as he concludes his courses and helps finalise student grades. Pray for Ana as she continues her final year at school and deals with university applications.
Full letter on notice board in church hall.
21 November 2022
The Rapid Re-accommodation Welcome Centre provides people who would otherwise be sleeping rough with 24 hour support including, shelter, hot food, professional services and tailed support with a clear focus on rapid re-accommodation. Pray for this season’s team that they may be united in love and care for everyone who comes through the doors as winter approaches and Christmas can be a particularly challenging time. Pray that at all times the team may look to you but especially when things get tough or tiring and when decisions need to be made.
15 May 2022
Tearfund reminds of the effect climate change is having in Jos in the Plateau State of Nigeria. 20 years ago, Jos could get as cold as 2 degrees during autumn and winter and during the dry season only as hot as 27 degrees. But now the temperature can get as high as 42 degrees which means an increase in pests and diseases. Rain has become unpredictable, disrupting farming cycles and reducing the chances of a bountiful harvest. The result is increasing poverty rates.
In southern parts of the country, the increase in sea levels is displacing coastal communities and causing them to lose their indigenous lands and entire communities have been flooded due to severe rainfall. In the north, temperatures can reach 48 degrees with people facing droughts and rapid desert encroachment. We can help by signing Tearfund’s petition to call on the UK government to influence wealthier nations to deliver the 100 billion dollars per year that was promised to help vulnerable communities respond to climate change. See Tearfund Campaigns.
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.
15 April 2022
Pray for the Creatives using their talents to produce Christian literature, for some of this which was taken at the Easter Fayre that it will be read and fruitful.
20 February 2022
Mary’s Meals are already feeding around 70,000 children in South Sudan every school day but they are seeking to serve nutritious meals in more schools where 2.2 million children are out of education – the highest rate in the world.
Education across the country has been drastically hindered by years of violence and upheaval, resulting in deep poverty and internal displacement. Life for families is a real struggle, with survival often taking priority over children attending school.
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.
25 October 2021
Oi Lin took the gifts that were brought on Sunday to the Foodbank. With the end of furlough, the extra money for Universal Credit and increasing energy bills, this service will be critical for many families over the winter months.
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.
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.
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