The international Bible Training Institute in Burgess Hill was founded in 1947 by Frederick Squires an evangelist with a burning desire for opening a bible school for mission in Europe. This continues with many students from many parts of the world training to share the light of the Gospel. “Go in to all the world to preach the Gospel” Mark 16.15
- Give thanks for the 34 students from 9 different nations. Pray for more being added in January.
- Give thanks for all the volunteers, giving practical help throughout the college from teaching, caring, feeding, and maintaining building and grounds.
- Pray for the building project initiated by John Wildrianne 6 years ago. For more to commit to the ‘Vision 500’ appeal, 500 partners to each commit to raising £1,000.
- Pray for leaders, Elaine and John Whyle, for good health, strength and wisdom.
ROC continues to see unprecedented levels of interest by the police and local authorities wanting to work in partnership with churches. This in turn, has opened the door for Churches to engage and share the love of Jesus much more widely across their communities.
ROC now has a wide variety of projects across the country, including ROC Café youth clubs, Mentoring & Support schemes for families and young people, Roc Advice centres, ROC visiting schemes for the elderly, Restorative Justice projects and much more. Points for prayer:
- Praise God for continued blessing and many open doors.
- For preparations for the launch of ROC in Scotland early next year
- For continued favour for ROC across the country in the many meetings with local authorities and police.
- For the emerging ROC projects in Mid-Sussex focussed on working with families, also people who are lonely and may be facing the challenge of dementia.
- For the upcoming 'ROC Conversation' community consultation event in Brighton on 2nd December, that it would be well supported by local churches and positive outcomes emerge from it.
A partnership of Bible-centred churches in Sussex working together to train leaders, strengthen and plant churches and advance the gospel.
- The Annual Conference of the Sussex Gospel Partnership took place at All Saints yesterday. Give thanks for the wonderful teaching (from Hugh Palmer, Rector of All Souls, Langham Place) and fellowship, but pray that it may lead to transformed lives.
- Ministry Training Courses and Saturday Morning Bible Training Courses will soon be pausing for Christmas. Give thanks for those who teach, continue to pray for them and for the students as they juggle their studies with their other responsibilities.
- Local churches are planning special activities for Christmas. For many people, young and old, this is the only time of the year that they enter a church. Give thanks for the opportunities that this season offers, but pray that the gospel will be presented clearly to all visitors and that some may come to faith.
- Thank you to so many of you who have quietly prayed for us over these last few weeks.
- The main news is we are going to continue with Opera Brava. We have been shown a way forward that will enable us to run: a viable enterprise, to at last have some regular remuneration and have a concrete plan of debt repayment which has already been put in place.
- We will be working with at least 6 schools on week long projects and some more on individual workshops.
- There will be several new venues in the summer including The Ardingly Festival in June. So we hope to see some of you there. Our new production, Tosca, opening night is Saturday May 31st at The Leatherhead Theatre. Incidentally this is the only theatre in the country run by Christians.
- So our biggest thanks goes to The Lord. He is faithful in all his ways and as we sought His face – He answered our cries – and your prayers
- Pray for protection for Pakistan's Christians who often stand to suffer in the political events between the Taliban and the US.
- Pray for the one million people made homeless by cyclone Phalin in the south of India, and for Tearfund trying to provide food and shelter to them.
- Pray for Sarah as she prepares for meetings in Egypt in two weeks time, and for safety as she travel.
Today Caminul Felix has two villages in Oradea, in the western part of Romania. This consists of 16 families caring for over 200 children. Their mission is to give families to the children of the world.
- Thank God for the successful team visit from All Saints in September.
- Pray for house parents Dima & Monica that they would have all the patience, wisdom and love needed to care for the children in their house.
- Pray for Mircea and Lars as they visit Tanzania, Kenya and Zimbabwe and as Caminul Felix seeks to build relationships in these countries, with the aim of starting African Caminul Felix.
- Thank God for the opportunity we have through the Aspire project to build a house for a young family, pray for finances to be forthcoming and for people to be inspired to join a trip next year.
John and Priya Buzzard and their two children Joseph and Ayesha are working in Zambia. They have recently handed over part of their work - School Mission - to another mission already working in Schools. They continue to run North Star - a Christian organisation they started and have developed to run courses in churches, Schools, NGOs and large firms. These aim to help individuals to develop and work for better understanding in the groups and workforce. They believe God is now leading them to return to the UK at some stage.
- Please give thanks for the smooth handover of School Mission
- Please pray for: John and Kristi as they run the North Star courses each week
- Please pray for: John and Priya as they follow God's leading into the work He has for them in the UK.
That the Isubilo children are mostly healthy and doing well at school, with above average exam results and offers for places at further education and training centres. Even more encouraging, are reports from these colleges and centres about the good behaviour and influence for good that these youngsters are having on their communities, sometimes in small ways. For example George, training with Mechanics for Africa, was being teased for washing up his own plate and cutlery after lunches, culturally not a ‘cool’ thing to do for men but over time, he has influenced others to do the same. He said his training at Isubilo had taught him the importance of doing these ‘menial tasks’ to help and serve others as Jesus did. A younger lad, still at Isubilo helps the ladies cook lunches for the children on Saturdays ‘because George used to do it before he left’. Another recent encouragement was the behaviour of the girl's basket ball team who were provoked by rough and rude opponents, not playing by the rules. They didn't react even when the ref- brought along by the opposing team - was heavily biased against them. (they still won the tournament!) For us, these might seem examples of normal expected behaviour, but in the tough township environment they are cause for great encouragement and witness to the power of God to change lives. Pray for
- Funding for the children's school and further education fees for the coming year, while thanking God for His faithfulness in meeting these needs year by year.
- Finances to buy maize before the price goes up. This is to feed patients and the children and also to sell to help provide income for the coming year.
- Continued interest in the building plots Isubilo is selling to fund the building of a number of Isubilo houses to rent out .
All Saints’ has supported the Diocese throughout the 28 years of its existence, currently providing financial support for theological students at Uganda Christian University and Bishop Barham University College and lay readers in training at Kisinga Divinity College.
- Progress towards the introduction of internet resources at Kisinga Divinity College, so that students, including those supported by All Saints’, may access up-to-date study materials.
- The completion of an updated website for the Diocese.
Please pray for:
- The ongoing difficulties of local people who have lost homes and possessions in the serious flooding around Kasese, as they begin to rebuild homes and re-plant crops.
- Sufficient rain as people plant seeds during this season Sept–Oct.
- Progress for practical proposals for using the site of the large property owned by the church in Kasese town
- The success of income generation projects being established by the Diocese to reduce dependence on weekly collections, particularly for staff salaries.
- Lay reader and theological students supported by All Saints’ as they approach the end of their courses, with graduation/ordination planned for early December.
- The establishment of the water harvesting from the cathedral roof.
‘Every child deserves a family’
- Thank God for the recent young people’s trip to Caminul Felix, that they would grow in faith through all they have seen and experienced.
- Pray for Mircea and Lydia Toca as they move into the ‘transitional house’ over the next few weeks, that they would settle in quickly.
- Pray for the young people of Caminul Felix as they look for jobs in a difficult economic climate.
- Continue to pray for funding as more young people wait for homes to be built to start their family life.
- Pray for the people who live by the dump as the police destroy what little they have. Pray that the government would be compassionate to their needs.
- Pray for Mircea and Lars as they visit Africa shortly to look for a site to build homes to help more abandoned children. Pray that they would be able to finalize the land title deeds that they need.