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Boat Capsize on Lake Malawi

On 16 April, after an Easter Sunday service, several members of Mlowe Congregation in Rumphi District, Malawi, got on a boat to travel along Lake Malawi. Tragically, the boat capsized, and all passengers were thrown in to the water. 5 people have died, 11 are missing and feared dead. 54 people survived, thanks to local people using canoes to rescue passengers.

The Church of Central Africa Presbyterian Synod of Livingstonia has declared this Easter accident as a church tragedy. Please remember them in your prayers. Remember especially the grieving families. "May those who died rest in peace."

 

The World Council of Churches Call for Peace on the Korean Peninsula

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has released a statement on peace and reunification in the Korean Peninsula. We have witnessed rising tensions within the Peninsula recently, resulting in great concern. The WCC has responded with the following statement:

 

"WCC has been engaged for more than 30 years in promoting dialogue and encounter between North and South Korean Christians, accompanied and supported by representatives of the global fellowship of churches in WCC membership. Our purpose has been and continues to be the promotion of peace and reunification of a country and people divided by an unresolved conflict."

 

"We call urgently for measures to reduce tensions and promote dialogue and negotiations, rather than initiatives such as those now being taken that can only increase tensions and the risk of conflict that would prove catastrophic for all Koreans, North and South, as well as for people throughout the region and the world."

 

"We call for all people of good will to join in praying for wisdom and restraint on the part of all those with the instruments of such deadly force in their hands, and for peace and unity among the people of the Korean peninsula."

 

 

The Arrest of Lousi's Son

Some of you may remember Lousi Al Badawi from Palestine who had visited the UK earlier this year. We are sad to have heard that Lousi's 16 year old son, Wadea Al Badawi, has been arrested. 

 

On the 5 April around 2.30am, about a dozen armed Israeli soldiers entered the Al Badawi’s home in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, handcuffing Wadea and taking him away along with 2 other boys from Al Aroub.

 

He is currently being held in prison on charges of stone throwing, but due to the Pesach holidays, his trial will not take place until 24 April. He will remain in prison until that date.

 

The 3 teenagers from Al Aroub are being treated under the same case. Please pray for the Al Badawi family, and the families of the other two who were arrested, that justice will be done.

Going Potty for Professor Potty!

Stephanie Thomson, our Outreach Officer, has created a wonderful Time Machine for our office.

 

You might think that this is an attempt to improve our ability to reach time-bound targets... it is not. It is more exciting than that... it is our very own World Mission Council holiday club resource!

 

Join Professor Potty on his time travelling adventures as he learns about issues facing today's global community though chatting with people from the Bible, and people from all over the world, including Scotland! There are craft and game ideas, engaging Bible studies, and songs to sing along to.

 

Download yours here or contact us on wmoutreach@churchofscotland.org.uk  to order yours.

Easter Greetings from the South Sudan Council of Churches

Events

 

  • 24th of the Month Event. We are joining with Christians around the world to pray for peace in the Middle East on the 24th of each month. We pray with and for our sisters and brothers in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory who have called for an ecumenical prayer vigil across the globe on the 24th of every month. The next event will be on 24th April at 7pm, Wellington Church Glasgow.All are welcome. If you are interested in hosting an event, please contact Carol Finlay, World Mission Council cfinlay@churchofscotland.org.uk or Val Brown, Christian Aid, VBrown@christian-aid.org

 

  • Eco-Congregation Scotland are holding their annual gathering on Saturday 22 April 2017, 10:00am – 3:15pm at Burnside Blairbeth Church, Church Avenue, Burnside, Glasgow, G73 5BX. Author and keynote speaker, Alistair MacIntosh, will be speaking on themes from his latest book, Poacher’s Pilgrimage: An Island Journey.The day will offer a chance to network with other Eco-congregations and attend workshops from Christian Aid, Tearfund, Meet-Your-MSP Project, RSPB*, and the Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum. Click here to register, and get more information.

 

  • West Lothian Presbytery World Mission Conference. 22nd April, 10.30 am, Strathbrock Church Hall, Uphall, West Lothian. Speakers: Dr Ruth Shakespeare, Medical Director, Mulanje Mission Hospital, Malawi, and Stephanie Thomson, World Mission Council.  Stephanie will be including information about the new World Mission Holiday Club materials in her talk.  Light lunch after the conference.

 

  • Hamilton Presbytery’s World Church Conference takes place on 22 April in Dalziel St Andrew’s Church, Motherwell from 9:30 (for Fairtrade tea and coffee) starting at 10:00, concluding by 13:00.  Liz Cotton from Rainbow Turtle will be speaking about her work with Fairtrade and then Trev Gregory will talk about how he developed Carishea from the Shea nuts in Ghana to cosmetics in Scotland. The conference is for all churches from any Presbytery and also for all people interested in learning more about Fairtrade and how churches can become registered as Fairtrade churches.

 

 

  • Embrace the Middle East, which supports the work of Christian organisations in the Middle East, is holding its first retreat in Scotland on Friday, 2 June 2017 to Sunday 4 June 2017. Click here for more information.

 

  • St Andrew's and St George's West, George Street, Edinburgh, are holding their annual Christian Aid appeal for the 2017 Booksale. Items are to be brought to the church from Monday   1 May to Wednesday 10 May (excluding Sunday 7 May), from 9am-9pm. Visit their website for more details.

 

  • Tent of Nations is celebrating her 101st anniversary in 2017. Old and new friends around the world are invited to the Week of Celebrations, from Monday May 1 until Thursday May 4, to show friendship, solidarity and support. More information here.

 

  • ALTERnativity will be holding an event in August to launch their new resource pack for challenging loneliness in the community: "Loneliness...who cares? Simply Connecting at Christmas". The exact date, time and location of the event are yet to be confirmed but keep an eye out for more information, which is coming soon!

Opportunities

  • Read the latest WM magazine 'Scottish Global Connections' online.

 

  • In partnership with PROCMURA (Programme for Christian & Muslim Relations in Africa) and their regional offices in Rwanda, the Church of Scotland and key Islamic institutions in Scotland have embarked on a project that aims to build the capacity of young people to become interfaith leaders both locally and internationally. A selected group of young people (aged 18-25) will have the chance to explore their faith, issues facing young people, religion, and international relations over the next 18 months. Click here for more information and application forms.

 

  • Feed the Minds are looking for a Community Engagement Co-ordinator who will co-ordinate work with Churches, individuals and groups across Scotland. The closing date for applications is 23rd  April at midnight. For a job description and application forms contact Adam Sach on asach@feedtheminds.org

 

  • World Communion of Reformed Churches are looking for applicants for two senior posts. The closing dates for applications for the posts of Executive Secretary of Justice and Witness and the Executive Sectretary of Communion and Theology, is 30 April 2017. Click here for more information and to apply

 

  • Eleri Birkhead, Development Officer with the World Mission Council, has written a blog about her recent visit to Pakistan with the Violence Against Women Task Group. Have a read here.

 

  • The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel is currently recruiting volunteers to serve for three months in the West Bank in 2018 as Ecumenical Accompaniers.  For links to information on the programme and how to apply, click hereThe closing date for applications is 28 April 2017.

 

  • Read the latest news from the Evangelical Theological Seminary Cairo on Mission Partner Colin Johnston's Blog.

 

  • Read the latest from Mission Partners Keith and Ida Waddell in Zambia on their blog.

Prayer

Prince of Peace,
You were born into a world
Where terror reigned and fear ruled
And live today in a world crucified by war.
Fill us with your passion for justice
That wherever we see evil abound
We may live to disturb its path
And strive to build bridges of reconciliation.
In the darkness, beckon us with your kindly light
That we never lose sight of your vision of peace
In which the lion lies down with the lamb.

Amen

 

Prayer written by Annabel Shilson-Thomas.
Available from: http://www.christianaid.org.uk/resources/churches/prayer/south-sudan.aspx