World Mission enews: 04 October 2017

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Calling All Church Ministry Workers!

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A day of workshops will take place in the following places from 10am - 3.30pm:

·         Wednesday 1 November 2017 – Inverness – Old High St Stephen’s

·         Wednesday 8 November 2017 – Glasgow – Renfield Centre, 260 Bath Street

·         Thursday 9 November 2017 – Edinburgh – St Andrew’s & St George’s West Church

·         Tuesday 21 November 2017 – Aberdeen – Torry St Fittick’s

 

A Pilgramage to Palestine and Israel

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After the success of the last pilgramage to Palestine and Israel, the Church of Scotland has arranged another. This will take place from 4-14 May 2018.


You will spend ten nights, and eleven days away, staying at Scots Hotel in Tiberias, and St Andrew’s Guesthouse in Jerusalem.  You will be visiting and hearing from Church of Scotland partners and the local Christian communities, and will visit some of the historical sites. 

 

This trip is perfect for someone who would like to find out more about the region and the current situation, whilst also seeing Pilgrimage sites.  It is also ideal for those who have not been before or not been for a number of years.

 

The guide price is currently around £1,650 based on sharing a twin room, on a Half Board basis, with some lunches also included.  Bursaries may be available.

 

For more information / to book, please contact Kenny Roger, on Kroger@cofscotland.org.uk

 

Rohingya Emergency DEC Appeal

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The DEC, which brings 13 development organisations together in times of crisis, has launched an emergency appeal for the people who have been impacted by violence in Myanmar.  

 

Christian Aid, a member of the DEC, said:

 

"Escalating violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State in late August 2017 has forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, including many Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh, fearing for their lives.

More than 500,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed the border into Bangladesh and unknown numbers remain displaced in Myanmar. As villages in Myanmar continue to be destroyed, figures are expected to rise, with up to 15,000 people crossing the border each day
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Please pray for the people of Myanmar, and for those responding to the crisis.

 

Photo: Christian Aid

Recognising Outstanding Teachers

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5 October is World Teacher Day, and as such, we are celebrating the achievement of Mr. Albert Chituka, the head of Chipembi Girls School in Zambia.

 

Keith Waddell, our Mission Partner in Zambia, wrote to tell us about the Albert's success: 

 

"The Ministry of Education has awarded Albert a Certificate of Excellence for his leadership of the school, and the 100% pass rate achieved over a period of 7 years. These results are not just remarkable in a quantitative sense, but qualitatively they are outstanding.

 

In 2014 93% of graduating pupils were eligible for University, this rose to 95% in 2015 and then 98% in 2016.

 

The Ministry have on numerous occasions asked Albert to share the Chipembi model of improving attainment to other schools both provincially and nationally."

 

 

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. If you are interested in hosting an event, please contact Carol Finlay from the World Mission Council cfinlay@churchofscotland.org.uk or Val Brown, from Christian Aid, VBrown@christian-aid.org

 

·         ‘More Slaves Today than at any Time in Human History’ Exchanging Scottish and International Perspectives on Human Trafficking. This one day conference on 7 October, explores current issues related to human trafficking, from different contexts and perspectives.There will be keynote speakers, parallel sessions for short research papers, an exhibition and to conclude the day, a panel discussion. The conference is being co-hosted by ACTS Anti-Human Trafficking Group, The Albertus Institute and The Centre for Theology and Public Issues (CTPI).

 

·         What have faith and money got to do with Climate Change? Thursday 12 October 2017 9:45am – 13:05pm St Andrew's and St George's West Church, Edinburgh, EH2 2PA. This event explores key issues around how we can invest our money ethically to have a positive impact on Climate Change. This event is free but you need to register to attend. Click here to do so.

 

·         Luther Exhibition. 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's publication of the 95 theses against the sale of indulgences, which is regarded as the starting point of the Reformation. The German Consulate General, with the support of the Church of Scotland and the University of Edinburgh, will host an exhibition from 12 October until 'Reformation Day' on 31 October in St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh.
This exhibition explores the evolution of Martin Luther's movement, from its emergence in the late Middle Ages to its rapid propagation through Europe thanks to the new medium of book printing, and how it ultimately altered western society and culture forever. More information about the exhibition can be found at #HereIstand

 

·         Rainbow Turtle's Producer Visit & The Scottish Fair Trade Forum Awards will take place on 12 October. Rainbow Turtle and The Scottish Fair Trade Forum will be combining forces this year for an event incorporating a producer visit, a Fair Trade 3-course meal and the Scottish Fair Trade Forum's 5th Annual Awards. Register here.

 

·         You are invited to attend the Scottish Medical Aid for Palestinians Fundraising Day on 28 October. This will take place from 10am - 2pm in Christ Church Hall, Morningside Road, Edinburgh. SMAP are delighted to welcome Aimee Shalan Chief Executive of SMAP as their main speaker and also Alison Waugh who has recently returned from Palestine after 3 months with the EAPPI (Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel) as their supporting speaker.

 

·         The Balfour Centenary, Britain's Broken Promise:Time for a New Approach will take place in Methodist Central Hall, Westminster on Tue 31 October 2017 18:30 – 21:00. This event is being organised by the Balfour Project.

 

Opportunities

·         Read the latest WM magazine: 'Celebrating the World Church'

 

·         The World Mission Council is currently looking to recruit people to fill various exciting roles in Nepal and Malawi. Click here for more information.

 

·         The World Communion of Reformed Churches is offering an internship programme for young people who are interested in gaining valuable experience working with an international ecumenical organisation. Click here for more information and to apply. Applications close on 15 October.

 

·         "Through the Eyes of The Women of The Bible"- a pilgramage to Palestine and Israel organised by the Bible Land Tourist Bureau is now available.

 

·         Follow us on Instagram

 

·         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.

 

New Resources

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Women in the World Church
Our new Popular Report is available for you to order, and will be online soon! This report is a condensed, easy to read version of the World Mission Council's report to the General Assembly.


Postcards
We have created a set of postcards to go alongside the Popular Report. These include discussion points and actions to help you engage with the theme of Women in the World Church. This resource is suitable for small groups or for use at cafe church.

Harvest
Our havest resources are available online. The focus this year is on South Sudan. Use our list of resources to create a harvest service which engages your congregation with the world church.

 

 To order copies of any of our resources, contact us on wmoutreach@churchofscotland.org.uk

 

Prayer

Loving God, you make us in your image.
Forgive us when we fail to see your image in each other,
when we give in to greed and indifference
when we do not question the systems that are life-denying.
As we are made in your image,
let us live in your image
and be Christ-like
in service, endurance and love.


Amen

 

Available from: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/resources/worship/loving-god-you-make-us-your-image