MISSIONARY OF

THE MONTH

for

MARCH 

 

 Are you scared of flying? You think you can’t learn another language? So could you be a real live missionary?

Yes, in London! People have come from all over the world to London to work, to travel, on business, and on holiday. They come from ‘closed countries’, and most of them speak some English.

I love going to London every 6 weeks, and speaking Moroccan Arabic, Algerian or Tunisian dialects at the school gates when my Tangier friend and I pick up her 3 children. 

In 1838 London City Missioners started sharing the Good News with Londoners in their place of work. They go as official chaplains to railways, underground and bus staff, police and ambulance workers, theatre staff, post office workers, taxi drivers, news vendors, sea farers, and market-stall holders.

LCM works in ministries to children, hospital patients, residential homes, ethnic groups (Spanish, Arabs, Asians, Jewish, Kurdish, Chinese, New Age, and Travellers). They have Christian centres, and some workers are attached to local churches. One couple reach out in ministry to prostitutes. 

London is a great mission field. There are needy people of every faith and none. So LCM are real live missionaries right here in the UK.

 

 

Lois Morriss

 

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              MISSIONARY OF

THE MONTH

for

FEBRUARY 

 

  World Vision 24 Hour Famine

choose health, choose life,

choose to make a difference

 

World Vision is an international Christian relief, development and advocacy organization, currently helping more than 100 million people in nearly 100 countries. They work with children, families and communities overseas to overcome poverty and injustice. They work in areas which have been affected by disasters to provide immediate help, and they also work in countries like India, where poverty is a long-term problem. Working alongside communities to achieve lasting solutions in areas such as healthcare, education and clean water. In everything that World Vision do, they place a special emphasis on ensuring the needs and rights of children are met, as they are often the hardest hit by conflict, disaster and poverty. Child Sponsorship is one of the ways that is used to help in this work.

 In Rajasthan, one of the biggest HIV hotspots is along National Highway No. 8, the main road link between Mumbai and Delhi. Over 25,000 truckers use this highway every day.

 This year, the World Vision 24 Hour Famine 2009 (taking place between 13th-15th February) will be raising money for ‘Jeevan Asha Healthy Highway Programme’ which is a project based in 'the Pink City' of Jaipur, Rajisthan, in India, working on the issue of HIV and AIDS along National Highway 8 where the sex trade is

 

prevalent.

The National Highway 8 links Deli to Mumbai, running through Rajasthan and right passed Jaipur 

 Young girls, who see it as a means of supporting the family, are particularly at risk. World Vision is working to reduce the risks of HIV and AIDS by giving information, education, care and support. This will help the girls and their families make a new journey out of danger and to a new life full of opportunity.

 

For this ‘famine’, sponsorship is obtained so that you go without something for a full 24 hours. The typical way to do it is to go without food for 24 hours, or you can go 'alternative' by doing without your gadgets or by being silent for 24 hours.

We would like many of us from Carley to participate in this 24 hour famine and would welcome any suggestions and creative ideas. Please listen out during the notices for further information more nearer the time.

 

 

Visit the website: www.thepinkcity.org to find out the latest on who is supporting the World Vision 24 Hour Famine and to find out what's going on in India and the UK.

                                   Bina Geyer

 

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MISSIONARY OF

THE MONTH

for

JANUARY 

 

 Will the ‘credit crunch’ affect missions? God has been meeting our needs since the 1890’s, so we can trust Him. But we also rely on your prayers, practical help, and finances as God leads you.

We work in the Arabic speaking Muslim world in North Africa, and the Middle East. The early missionaries walked or rode donkeys, visiting villages, trying to give out tracts in the market places.

The men had heated discussions in the mosques and café’s. Now many work through the media – radio, Bible correspondence courses, training nationals to be leaders, the internet, chat rooms where questions can be asked and answered, texting Bible verses on mobile phones, video’s and DVD’s.

Many Muslims searching for God see Christ in dreams. One lady had a dream and after several years of prayer for her husband he had a dream and they both followed Christ. So now there are no ‘closed countries’ where God can’t get in.

Christ is building His church in these areas. There is one church run by nationals where 700 attend, some inside and some outside! They are thinking of extending the walls. Others have to meet secretly in small groups.

We used to be mainly English, Americans, and a few Europeans. Now we have workers from Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia. This can cause cultural misunderstanding so we need your prayers. We have a number of converted Arabs working in leadership, media, websites, etc. Christ’s church is growing in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.

 

 

Lois Morriss