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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.
23 January 2023
The Autumn/Winter magazine of ‘Good News for Everyone’ is full of interesting and innovative stories of people sharing the Good News by making the Scriptures available for example, at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, large print copies to Care Homes, during the Commonwealth Games, in schools, shopping centres, and on missions to Chile, Serbia and Macedonia. Pray that people may read the literature they received and it will bear much fruit for the Kingdom.
23 January 2023
Mongolia About a quarter of the men in Buryatia, a Russian republic, have been drafted by the Russian army for the war in Ukraine. Many are of Mongolian background. Some of the believers among them have fled Russia and headed back to Mongolia to ask the Lord to give Mongolian churches the vision and desire to help anyone coming to their country in need. May they extend a broad, gospel-hearted welcome to the outsider. Remember the families that the men left behind in Buryatia. May He give grace and peace to troubled hearts
23 January 2023
The monthly litter-pick up did take place this month, despite it being a very cold and frosty day. Please pray it will help to start conversations as we meet passers-by.
The Search Group recently met with Rev David Wilson our new interim Moderator. Please pray for wisdom and guidance that as a church, we may be shown the person of God’s choice for us. On February 12th we celebrate our Church Anniversary when David Wilson will be the speaker and the service will be followed by a soup and dessert lunch. A Coffee Morning in the hall is proposed for February 25th from 10am-12 noon. Pray that a Job Club Coach may soon be found to work alongside Dawn and facilitate the start of the CAP Job Club. Pray for the new Arts and Crafts Group meeting Tues 1-3pm in the church hall, that people from the community may come along and find friendship, new hope and new life.
23 January 2023
The Scottish Bible Society is supporting the Ukrainian Bible Society who in turn are bravely supporting Ukrainian people as they seek comfort and encouragement in the midst of the horrors of war. There is an overwhelming spiritual mobilisation in Ukraine with the Bible Society there working with churches and Christian organisations to bring supplies to the frontline areas. They offer shelter, support and share the Gospel in full confidence that this is the only truth that can guide their nation through this valley of darkness.
There is an unprecedented demand for Bibles. Every day, pastors and priests ask for free Scriptures as they reach out to people living next to the frontlines, to the military and their families and others across Ukraine. People are in desperate need of certainty and firm ground – and it is through God’s Word that people are receiving this.
Pray for the safety of Bible Society staff and volunteers who are putting the spiritual and physical needs of their communities before themselves. Pray for peace in Ukraine and God’s guidance of the governments of all countries involved in the conflict.
23 January 2023
Syria has all but disappeared from our news headlines, but although off the radar, the country’s problems haven’t gone away, and the suffering of its people has only plumbed the depths, turning into a ‘stagnant conflict’. The overall levels of violence may be lower than in previous years, but lawlessness is rampant with mafia groups operating across the country. Many people live in fear of renewed bombing or of kidnapping or arbitrary detention. With many Syrians only having limited access to clean, safe water, it’s unsurprising that cholera is now an additional threat. The situation is bleak. So, what are Embrace’s partners doing to help? In 2022 Embrace’s partners were able to bring psychological and educational support to more than 650 children in three governorates through the Child Friendly Spaces project. In Aleppo, Embrace funding helped 982 people access life-saving hospital treatment and medicine. These may seem like drops in the ocean, but their partners are committed to bringing hope and help to those who need it most. Although Embrace’s programme work in Syria remains relatively small-scale, due to complexities of international funding transfers, their aspirations are not.
23 January 2023
Folks at Dunfermline West have been very generous giving to the Ukraine appeal, with the U.K. total raised standing at 1.6 million pounds. In this quarter’s ‘Engage’ magazine, BMS say that gifts to this fund made it possible for Ukrainian children to attend youth camps run by churches in Poland last summer. The camps were made available to children across the country and built on work already being done by Polich churches to develop relationships with Ukrainian families through English and sports classes, Sunday schools, teen and youth meetings and family meetings. The camps involved trips to the beach, swimming, trampolining, singing and more. Even through the despair of war, the children were given a chance to have fun together, play together and pray together. Dunfermline West also supported the BMS Harvest appeal, (we gave £265) ‘Good Land,’ which highlighted the need in a mountain community in Nepal. This appeal has raised £104,538 so far and transformed Ghusel village through training in goat breeding and veterinary training, using the manure from the goats to help grow vegetables, water management and bringing sustainability to families. Self-help groups have been set up and BMS partner MCDS has been implementing activities through the self-help groups. One group has been visiting neighbouring communities to clean and tidy communal areas, roads and trails. 5 young people from Baptist Churches have joined BMS Partner MCDS as interns this year and 641 people have been trained in livestock care, goat raising and kitchen gardening so far.
Daniel and Regiane Clark, Lima, Peru: They ask prayer for the political and social context in Peru where there has been much unrest, riots and deaths and much uncertainty for the new year with the powers of darkness flexing their muscles, though Daniel encourages us never to forget that Jesus has defeated all evil. For Regiane has she continues to recover from her neck surgery For daughter, Ana as she continues to go through the UCAS university application system. For the Baptist Assembly in Piura (where Laura-Lee is) this month in which important decisions will be made with regards to the ministry of the Mission Board. (Letters from Clarks and Laur-Lee on notice board in Church Hall).
23 January 2023
This year Bethany celebrates their 40th anniversary and their prayer diary highlights a prayer a month. Contributors include people who have received support, members of staff and volunteers and supporters from across the years. God has been so faithful to us as we seek to fulfil His purposes. Together as ‘People of Bethany’ we seek after God for His help as we aim to show His heart and love for people in the most challenging of circumstances across Scotland. We continually seek to sow God’s love into the hearts and lives of people in our communities, developing new services that respond to the multiple needs affecting people today. January’s prayer is written by John Rodgers, Director of Income Generation (and life-long Hearts fan!!) ‘Father, I thank you that the words of Psalm 40 are a living testimony for me. When Alan Berry took me into Bethany in 1987 from a life sleeping rough outdoors, I experienced first-hand the love of God. ‘He lifted me out of the slimy pit’ and ‘gave me a firm place to stand’. I pray that through the work of Bethany across Scotland, many more souls will experience the redeeming love of Jesus and full restoration in their lives.’
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.
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.
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