DAI UK April Prayer Update

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DAI UK publishes a News Update and a Prayer Update every quarter i.e. just one email in your inbox every 6 or 7 weeks. If you are passionate about Christian servant-leadership training and would like to keep up with DAI’s global and local ministry please click here and follow the SIGN UP links to subscribe to these updates. Colin Rye (Christ Church member and DAI UK’s Chief Exec. & Senior Consultant for Curriculum Development) and John Rogers (former Christ Church member and DAI UK’s Senior Consultant for Adult Learning) would be delighted to know that you are interested in, and praying for DAI.

Our April Prayer Update is available here.

For more information about DAI, click here to visit our website or email Colin.

Mission Of The Month – Feba

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Please see attached article on all the work Feba is doing, particurlarly in the Horn of Africa.

News From Burundi

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Amohoro “peace ” a typical Burundian greeting.

Imana Ishimwe “praise God” we are well, encouraged and excited about all the positive and thoroughly wonderful things that God is doing through the work of New Generation.

Oh for more understanding of Kirundi (the Burundian language) to understand  better the amazing testimonies of faith in Jesus and the miracles the people experience daily.  Evidence of Holy Spirits grace and strength is in their faces.  The poverty and difficulties of ordinary people and children are beyond what we can imagine. The country struggles on, overcoming the frustrations and injustices. We stay (comfortably) at the Kings conference centre very near to New Generation centre. right now the generator is running loudly giving us electricity, those without generators will have no electricity. The power cuts are daily and for many hours during the day (and always at night after 7 or 8pm) There is much to say about military and police activity!

At New Generation and Oasis church there is prayer every weekday from. 6am -7am the children have breakfast and the morning children go off to school!

They return for lunch and they eat rice and beans together, then those who attend school in the afternoon skip off down the dusty pot holed road to return about 6pm then all have supper together.  In the new dining /living area that has been finished since our last visit, the children have a few small toys ( k-nex, jigsaws, simple board games, and TV when there is electricity.) Part time staff (i.e. physiologist) and volunteers facilitate helping with school work, drawing colouring and listening to children. They now have a folder for each child in the “road to school” programme. (74 kids ages from 5 to 16 or 17) The children’s abilities vary and many are extremely bright some are traumatised so much that time will tell; (all are loved and encouraged) NG teaches them to value education and work hard.

The weekends are full at Oasis church with youth group on Saturday and a very lively and long Sunday service!

A new development since our last visit, is a cooperation with a private school (which teaches the English system) the primary school children of NG benefit from the extra resources. An English volunteer (teacher) is actively involved and the interactive learning in this environment is having fantastic results!

A team of 3 Ex street boys are employed as outreach workers! They identify the most vulnerable children. They seek to befriend kids and record their names and information about them. They give them a form of identity “known by NG” should they be arrested or need medical help.

The dream of the outreach team is to have funding to help more of the street children directly at the centre.

3 ex street boys now attend university, a first for NG. In return for their fees they volunteer in various ways at the NG centre.

No time to tell you of other activities: entrepreneurship training, healing of memories and peace and reconciliation events. Football and NG clubs! Extra English lessons, computer training, and simple music lessons.

We continue to pray for Gods work here. It’s a privilege to be part of it in some small way. In practice Rod is advising and enabling better organisation structure for the staff and volunteers (especially financial management) I mostly watch the daily activity, pray and encourage, children, staff and volunteers and participate as opportunities present.  Rod and Anita Whitehead.

Mercy Ships Update

From left to right: nurse, surgeon, nurse, anaesthetist, anaesthetic assistant & nurse!

Please see below for an update from Lynn Eastlund following her arrival in Benin.

Dear Christ Church family

I arrived safely in Cotonou, Benin on Sunday evening after a long day travelling. I have the privilege of spending two weeks on the Africa Mercy, the ex-train transporting ship that Mercy Ships had re-fitted as a hospital. I am here in the role of anaesthetic assistant, supporting the anaesthetists in the operating theatre. This week we started the women’s health program that is running alongside their ophthalmic, dental and maxo-facial/head & neck programs.

Due to the lack of access to proper obstetric care here in Benin many women present with surgical needs that you and I could never dream of. One very important operation we provide is vaginal fistula repair. Many women are rejected by their husbands, families and communities due to the consequences of developing a fistula through childbirth. Our VVF program restores these dear ladies to their families and communities as whole women, no longer constantly smelling of urine (and in some cases faeces). My favourite part of the operation is when they wake up – as I call their name I also say “C’est fini”. Can you imagine the freedom they will know from now on. Unfortunately I won’t be here long enough to attend the “New dress celebration” – the service of thanksgiving and celebration when each lady is given and new dress to signify their healing and new life! I’m reliably informed these occasions are full of joyful smiles, dancing and singing.

What a joy too to pray together as an operating room team before each list begins and also the surgeon will pray just before “knife to skin” for help and safety for them and the patient. Perhaps this practice should be adopted as part of the internationally accepted World Health Organisation “Time out”! Thank you for partnering with me here in Benin. You, by extension are being the hands and feet of Jesus here, bringing the much needed hope and healing to some of the world’s poorest people.

East To West Amy & Toby’s Story

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Amy was 16 when her tutor at school noticed that she had become reserved, withdrawn and tearful.  The east to west RSW spent some time with Amy and she told her that she had found out she was pregnant, just before she began revising for her exams.  Many tears later, with the help of Options Pregnancy Crisis Clinic (arranged by the RSW) she decided to keep the baby and Toby was born later in the year.  Amy is proving to be a great Mum and she achieved 7A-C grades in her GCSEs.

Our team at east to west believe that there is Hope in every and any challenging situation a child, young person, family or school staff may be facing.

At the heart of east to west is Relational Support Work which we define as ‘a long term commitment to actively journey with children, young people and families through the issues they are addressing for as long as it takes’.  This approach is woven through all our work and projects.

Founded in 1996, based in Egham and working across the northern boroughs of Surrey and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead; east to west supported 1438 children, young people, and families last academic school year.

Thank you Christ Church for your support

The simple fact is that this last academic year we could not have supported the 1,438 children, young people and families without the support of Christ Church Virginia Water and other local churches in the area. We are so grateful for their prayers, the group of fantastic people who have volunteered in schools, for giving us a room each month so that we can deliverer training for our team and have been hosts in our Supported Lodgings project that ran for 9 years. We are also grateful for the financial support that both the church and individuals from the church have given. We would like to give a special mention to the many years of support that Rev. Stephen Sizer has given during his time as Vicar and ask for God’s blessing in Stephen’s next chapter as he moves from the Church.

If you would like to talk to us about supporting our work in some way, please do not hesitate to ring or email me at anthony@easttowest.org.uk or call on 01784 438007.

Many thanks

Anthony Horton

Chief Executive Officer

Old Laptops And Mobile Phones For Burundi Please

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Rod and Anita Whitehead are going to visit our mission partner New Generation in Burundi for 3 weeks on Friday 24th Feb. Christ Church school and the church family have given them plenty of clothes and shoes to take for which they are very grateful. What New Generation needs more than anything is old laptops, mobile phones and soccer boots (size 5 and bigger).  If you have any, please contact them on 01344-842958 or rodwhd@gmail.com.

New Generation has started giving computing lessons for the street children in their refurbished training room. And they have raised the funds to send 4 boys to local universities – the first of their children to go, which is very exciting. So these young people need mobile phones and laptops…..

Dieudonne made a brief trip to the UK last week to speak at a big fundraising dinner in London in aid of New Generation organised by Tulcan Communications, a company which supports them. It was very successful and should enable New Gen to buy its own site which will both reduce its costs (no rent) and enable it to help many more street children. Praise the Lord!

New Generation will be Misssion of the Month in July, so you will hear more then.

East To West Abram’s Story

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When Abram’s father became ill he didn’t know how to cope.  With trips to the hospital, medications and all the worry about the future, it was nearly impossible to concentrate at school.  Abram became more and more irritable and started getting in trouble but he didn’t tell school about the problems at home.  After a few sessions with his RSW, he opened up about his fears, looking after his little sister and the struggles of completing homework.  Having someone to talk to throughout changed everything, especially when Dad died later that year.

Our team at east to west believe that there is Hope in every and any challenging situation a child, young person, family or school staff may be facing.

At the heart of east to west is Relational Support Work which we define as ‘a long term commitment to actively journey with children, young people and families through the issues they are addressing for as long as it takes’.  This approach is woven through all our work and projects.

Founded in 1996, based in Egham and working across the northern boroughs of Surrey and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead; east to west supported 1438 children, young people, and families last academic school year.

If you would like to talk to us about supporting our work in some way, please do not hesitate to ring or email me at anthony@easttowest.org.uk or call on 01784 438007.

Many thanks

Anthony Horton

Chief Executive Officer

East To West Hannah’s Story

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Hannah was regularly emotional, very tearful and not coping at all.  After spending a year working with her Relational Support Worker (RSW), she finally disclosed something that happened when she was little.  Suddenly lots of people were involved.  Her RSW was there with her all the way. She’s now at a point where there is some closure on the case, she has taken on board what’s been discussed, the little nuggets of intervention.  Now she is more settled, making positive choices, has better friendship groups, is maturing and stabilising.

Our team at east to west believe that there is Hope in every and any challenging situation a child, young person, family or school staff may be facing.

At the heart of east to west is Relational Support Work which we define as ‘a long term commitment to actively journey with children, young people and families through the issues they are addressing for as long as it takes’.  This approach is woven through all our work and projects.

Founded in 1996, based in Egham and working across the northern boroughs of Surrey and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead; east to west supported 1438 children, young people, and families last academic school year.

If you would like to talk to us about supporting our work in some way, please do not hesitate to ring or email me at anthony@easttowest.org.uk or call on 01784 438007.

Many thanks

Anthony Horton

Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

East To West: 20 Years Of Bringing Hope To Young Lives

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Josh’s Story:

Josh’s Mum refused to engage with his infant school as she herself had been badly bullied at school. She seemed to create a negative atmosphere about school and it rubbed off on Josh, leaving him anxious, underachieving and scared of being in school. Our family link worker helped her to face her problems. She has changed her language around school completely. They now enjoy reading together, have fun playing maths games and Josh is thriving with lots of friends. Our team at east to west believe that there is Hope in every and any challenging situation a child, young person, family or school staff may be facing. At the heart of east to west is Relational Support Work which we define as ‘a long term commitment to actively journey with children, young people and families through the issues they are addressing for as long as it takes’. This approach is woven through all our work and projects. Founded in 1996, based in Egham and working across the northern boroughs of Surrey and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead; east to west supported 1438 children, young people, and families last academic school year. If you would like to talk to us about supporting our work in some way, please do not hesitate to ring or email me at anthony@easttowest.org.uk or call on 01784 438007.  Many thanks Anthony Horton Chief Executive Officer

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World Jazz Collective At Christ Church – Saturday 25 March

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Join the “World Jazz Collective” on Saturday 25 March at 19:30 to listen to a variety of styles of music found throughout the world, performed by local musicians who are filled with a passion for playing jazz. Enjoy some well known tunes performed with a twist of something different, along with some composed by the band director, Martin Pyne. See what might inspire you on your own musical journey…

Bring your own favourite drinks and snacks.

Entrance: Adults £5, Concessions £3, under 16s free. Profits will go 50/50 to Runnymede Food Bank and East to West charities.