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East Africa Crisis Appeal

As part of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) National Appeal, Christian Aid, our partner organisation, have launched an East Africa Crisis Appeal to respond to what has been described as the 'worst humanitarian crisis since 1945'.

 

Christian Aid said: "Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, where 100,000 people face starvation and nearly 5 million people urgently need food. This crisis follows more than three years of devastating conflict, which has left millions of people without a safe place to call home.

 

The situation is also grave in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia where 14 million people are going hungry every day, caught up in the region’s worst drought in 50 years. In Somalia alone, over 360,000 children under five are extremely malnourished."

 

Urgent action is required. Click here to donate. 

World Mission Holiday Club Material

Join Professor Potty and his whacky assistant Dippy Di and begin a journey of discovery through the Bible and around the world, meeting people and hearing their stories.

 

Over the course of the week the children will be introduced to different Bible characters that will help them to learn and explore the themes of; caring for the world, giving, friendship, health and how Jesus is for everyone. They will also meet people from the World Church who will share how these different attributes are not just stories in the Bible, but are real for them today.

 

If you are interested in receiving the Holiday Club materials, please contact Stephanie.thomson@churchofscotland.org.uk

Mile Long Queues and Fixing Loos

When Lynne and Bob Conolly from Dunfermline retired, they decided to put their skills to good use. Lynne, a dermatologist, and Bob, a health and safety expert and handy-man, went to Zambia and Kenya last year to work with Church of Scotland partners. They enjoyed the experience so much that they decided to go back this year.

 

They are currently in Zambia, and have been keeping us updated. Lynne, who has been given a room in Mwandi Mission Hospital to treat patients with skin conditions, has had huge queues of people waiting to be seen. Bob has been fixing toilets in the hospital, much to the relief of staff and patients.

 

When describing the average day for her in Zambia, Lynne said: "I check in with the hospital to see if any of the inpatients need attention and then go to my "sweat box" (room!) to receive the outpatients. One wee five month old baby girl, Limpo, (meaning a gift) is currently in an isolation ward as she has a bug which is taking it's time to respond to antibiotics. Limpo is absolutely gorgeous. She received a wee knitted set from Kincardine ladies, which mum promptly put on her and she looks wonderful!"

 

If you are taking a career break or have recently retired, and would like to use your skills and visit our partners, get in touch using world@churchofscotland.org.uk to discuss the possibility of doing short term work abroad.

The Basic Human Right to Health Care: Pakistan

Our partners, Community World Service (CWS), are responding to what they have found to be inadequate health care in Pakistan. In a survey conducted in  the district of Umerkot in 2015, CWS found that health care was expensive, that postnatal and family planning services were lacking, there was a lack of female medical staff, and a lack of medication.

 

After analysing the results of the baseline survey, three Rural Health Centres (RHCs) were set up by Community World Service Asia. All three of these RHCs are functioning with a focus on delivering primary healthcare services in the district of Umerkot.

 

Their social mobilisers have formed two health committees in addition to six pre-existing committees formed last year. An advocacy forum has also been developed at district level to address emerging health issues. The village health committees and advocacy forum consists of eight to ten members including female and male activists from the community, who are responsible for facilitating and supporting health services provided under the project.

 

 

Photo: CWS

Events

 

  • 24th of the Month Event. The next event will take place on Sunday the 26th of March, from 7-9pm, in East Craigs Church Centre, 3 Bughtlin Market, Edinburgh EH12 8XP. 24th of the Month Events are an opportunity to gather together to pray for peace in the Middle East. Ian Alexander from the World Mission Council, and Val Brown from Christian Aid will be speaking.

 

  • Joint World Mission conference – Dumfries and Kirkcudbright, Annandale and Eskdale, Wigtown and Stranraer Presbyteries. This will take place on the 25th March in Dalbeattie & Kirkgunzeon Church, Craignair Street, Dalbeattie.  Registration 9.30 am, finishing at 1pm with lunch. Cost is £5, retiral collection is for a Hungarian Choir Visit, and there will be a Traidcraft and Fairtrade Stall. Numbers attending to Lilly Stevenson, lillydbtpo@mypostoffice.co.uk or 01556610131.

 

  • The Scotland Malawi Partnership is pleased once again to be hosting a series of language and culture workshops for its members and interested stakeholders. These will take place in Edinburgh and Glasgow in March. Please click here for more information on dates and locations. These workshops will be ideal for individuals and groups travelling to Malawi for the first time, or for those who would like to brush up on some of the basics. A cultural evening will take place in Glasgow on either the 27th or 28th of March between 6 and 9pm. This will be an evening of Malawian food and opportunity to learn more about Malawian culture.

 

  • Honest Conversations: Mission and Belief in Dialogue. The Church continues to navigate its role and mission in an increasingly diverse Scotland and a changing World. This conference offers the invaluable opportunity to explore and discuss the central issues of interfaith dialogue for the Church of Scotland and beyond.

    Tickets to this event cost £20-£30 and are available from churchofscotland.eventbrite.com. The event will take place on Thursday the 20th of April 2017, from 9.30am-4.00pm in Queen's Park Church of Scotland, 170 Queens Drive, Glasgow, G42 8QZ

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

Opportunities

  • Read the latest WM magazine 'Fairtrade for a Fairer World' online.

 

  • 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

In a world filled with fear due to:
Conflict and climate change,
Disease and discrimination,
Starvation and solitude,
Prejudice and persecution,
We hear you calling out to us:
Do not be afraid,
And ask you to guide us to be:
Bold and brave,
Wise and welcoming,
Protective and protesting,
Supportive and strong.
We ask to hear you once again say:
Do not be afraid.

Amen.

 

Prayer taken from Christian Aid.