Global Mission


We support

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

  • TryPraying
  • Tearfund
  • Scottish Bible Society
  • Our local community
  • Embrace the Middle East
  • Baptist Missionary Society (BMS)
  • Bethany Christian Trust
  • Mary's Meals
  • Hope Fuelled Design
  • Foodbank
  • Platform 67
  • 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
21 May 2021

Pray that the banner and poster on the church wall in Dewar Street will prompt some people to pray who have never thought about doing that before. There are some amazing stories of healing, and answered prayer on the Trypraying website which are well worth a read.

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’.

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.

Scottish Bible Society

https://scottishbiblesociety.org/
21 May 2021

One of their current projects is supporting The Faith Comes by Hearing programme in Ethiopia. A high percentage of the population of Ethiopia are illiterate and this includes most church attendants. The Bible Society endeavours to reach these people with the Scripture listening programme so that their faith is strengthened and their lives changed. The programme also addresses the needs of those who cannot afford to buy a printed Bible.

The programme also reaches people in rural areas – mostly farmers and labourers, who do not have the opportunity to go to church as they do not live near one. It means that they too, are able to listen to the Word of God.

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.

Our local community

https://dwb.church/events
21 May 2021

The Community Garden is still causing interest and prompting conversations with those who walk up the road and also live in the houses nearby. One lady said ‘I smile every time I pass by the garden’. Martin has painted a lovely sign which will soon be displayed in the garden.

Please pray that the ‘Welcome to the Community’ cards which are put through the doors of houses changing hands will be effective in connecting with others who have just moved into the area.

Embrace the Middle East

https://embraceme.org/
21 May 2021

We are asking for your help: we are getting heart-breaking updates from our partners who are trying to continue their medical support to the people of Gaza. Buildings near Al-Shifa Hospital (Gaza’s main hospital) have been bombed and doctors who worked in the hospital were killed with their families in the blast.

With families being bombed out of their homes and entire apartment blocks flattened in airstrikes the death toll continues to rise – over 60 children have already been killed

We are asking for your help.

Help people in Gaza now

Embrace asked churches throughout the U.K. to pray for peace in Israel/Palestine in the light of the escalating conflict there. This we did during the service last Sunday (16th May. Embrace and its partners work in East Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank, providing health care, and are involved in running Centres for children and vulnerable adults and those with disabilities. Please pray for their protection, and peace for those whom they are seeking to care for, for whom the present situation will be very traumatic and may prevent them getting to their rehab Centres etc.

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.

Baptist Missionary Society (BMS)

https://bmsworldmission.org
21 May 2021

Over the next 2 weeks we will be remembering BMS’ Relief and Disaster Recovery Work and the fact that they are encouraging ‘Creation Care’ principles in all the work they are doing both in their offices and training centres in the U.K. and their projects abroad. We will have our soup and bread and cheese lunch after morning worship on 30th May.

Please pray for Laura-Lee Lovering on home assignment at the moment. With the restrictions she is limited in how much face-to-face contact she can have with supporting churches, but she will be enjoying seeing her family again.

Daniel, Regiane and Ana Sophia are also on home assignment from Peru and will have been able to see Daniel’s parents again after 3 years. Again theirs were mostly ‘zoom’ visits to churches but they have been busy with continuing contact and ministry in Peru while here in the U.K., which means they are living their lives in 2 time zones at the moment. Sunday morning services at Bethel Baptist in Lima start at 5pm for Daniel, and he is sometimes teaching students at 2.30am! Ana is studying for her final exams and her day runs from 2-8pm. Regiane is engaging with a Church and Community course being promoted by BMS.

Vaccine rollout in Peru is slow and new variants of the virus are very infectious. There are many older pastors in the Baptist Convention, and it is sadly quite a common occurrence to hear about ministers becoming infected and passing away. They ask prayer for families and churches that have to adapt to this sad, and challenging reality.

They hope to return to Peru in July, though the future is still uncertain and a second round of votes in the Presidential election has left two candidates, one from the far left and one on the far right, both representing the extremes of Peruvian politics.

You can find out more about 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/
21 May 2021

We are hoping to have a speaker from Bethany on 15th August at the church. We are asked to remember their Supported Housing Service in Dumfries which has been in operation since 2002 and helps people to address issues that undermine the ability to live independently within the community.

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.

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.

Hope Fuelled Design

https://hopefuelled.design
21 April 2021

It was good the Easter theme was reinforced as people moved around the town, with different churches using the same banners and posters. Pray that the wider mission might be fuitful.

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

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.

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.

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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