Monday, 17 December 2012

Storehouse and Starter Packs 2012

STOREHOUSE
Through our Storehouse ministry we seek to help those who, for many reasons, may have a shortage of food or basic household items. During 2012 we have recieved requests on a regular basis to help people facing crisis or difficult times. Thanks to the faithful giving of Link members we have again been able to respond to every request by providing food parcels and/or Asda vouchers. A typical food parcel contains basics such as teabags, coffee, sugar, salt, tinned goods, pasta and rice and pasta/rice sauces, breakfast cereal, biscuits, toiletries and household cleaning items.

During 2012 Storehouse has supplied:
  • Food parcels - 7 to contacts of Link Church members; 6 to outside agencies (Women's Aid, Fife Gingerbread, Your Oasis)
  • Asda vouchers - £130 in total to contacts of Link members and outside agencies
We also collected again for Christmas Hampers and this year gave four to Women's Aid and two to Link Church friends. Each hamper contained a selection of basic food items and Christmas treats. With each hamper we gave a £10 Asda voucher.
 
Even after all this giving we still have 2 food parcels stored and money in the account, ready to meet emergency needs. We are aware that the Christmas period can bring its own difficulty and crisis to many people, and our contacts at Women's Aid know they can call us at any time should a woman in their care need this kind of help.
 
This year Dunfermline Foodbank has been set up in our town. The Foodbank provides three days of emergency food supplies to local people facing crisis. We are giving some thought at the moment as to how Storehouse will continue to function alongside the Dunfermline Foodbank. Our priority will still be to assist anyone from our own congregation who may be facing difficult times themselves, or who may know of someone that we could help. We have also had requests in the past from Women's Aid for baby supplies for mothers they are supporting, and we hope we can do more of this. We are always open to suggestions and new ideas of ways we can help people!
 
We can only meet needs through Storehouse as we become aware of them. Do you know someone in need? Please speak to Jackie or Ruth.
 

"Thank you to the church for giving us food from the Storehouse. What a huge help! We just couldn't believe how generous people had been."
 
(Comment from family who recieved a Storehouse food parcel this year.)


STARTER PACKS

Through our contacts with Women's Aid we also provide Starter Packs to women who are moving into their own accommodation. In these circumstances, women can receive grants to help with the purchase of furniture etc, but these cannot be used for the basic household essentials which we would all struggle to do without. Each Starter Pack contains essential items such as crockery, cutlery, saucepans, a toaster, iron and kettle. During 2012, there has been a constant demand for Starter Packs and we have given out at least one per month. There have been times when the lack of these items has been the only holdup to a woman finally moving into her accommodation and it has been necessary to put a pack together very quickly indeed! If you would like to know more about the Starter Packs, please speak to Jackie or Mo.

These vital ministries could not do so much without the regular giving of the people of Link Church. Those of us responsible for handing over the food parcels and packs hear so often that they are going to meet desperate needs and of how people have been touched by the kindness and love shown to them through our giving. If you have given in any way to Storehouse or Starter Packs during this year, be encouraged to know that your giving is making a huge difference to many lives.

"This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God."
2 Corinthians 9: 12
 
 



Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Exciting News!

It is our vision to see our premises in Priory Lane be available as a community hub, accessible to all. With this in mind we have been fundraising and applying for grants for some time with a view to installing a disabled toilet in the building.



We are delighted to announce that, due to much faithful giving by the members of Link Church and the award of a grant of £10,000 from Awards for All Scotland, we are now in a position to go ahead with this project. We will be putting the work out to tender very shortly and it should be starting soon!

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Tanzania Trip

Iain and David leave for Tanzania on Tuesday 9th October. They will meet up with John Gaultney in Amsterdam and then travel on to Kilimanjaro together. Here is their itinerary for the trip:

Tue 9th October – travel

Wed 10th – Sun 14th – Meetings in Moshi
 
Tues 16th – Fri 19th – taking services at Arusha Bible College, 7.30 am & 4.30 pm

Sat 20thJohn will be the main speaker at a marriage seminar with Iain contributing 9 am – 12.30 pm; Iain will be the main speaker and John contributing  at a leader's conference 2 - 4.30pm;  in the evening they will travel to Monduli

Sun 21st – services at Monduli

Mon 22nd – Thu 25th – seminars at Monduli

Fri 26th   – flights for home (arrive Sat.)

David will be giving his testimony on occasions and praying with us for those who come forward during meetings. He will be doing some painting at the Arusha Bible College, Link Church will provide the paint.
 
Please pray for:
  • safety and protection while travelling to and in Tanzania
  • good health
  • that God will direct them as they prepare their ministry topics and anoint them for all that they will be doing
  • that they can continue to make and build upon contacts in the area
We'll update the blog with any news we get from Tanzania during the trip so keep checking in!


 

 

Monday, 23 July 2012

A Year of Messy Church


We have been doing Messy Church for a year now, and we hope that you will agree it’s been a huge success. We have had lots of fun making lots of mess, with people of all ages! We have learned a lot, with Bible stories from creation, to the feeding of the five thousand. And talking of feeding, we have enjoyed some wonderful meals created by our hard working kitchen team, with lots of cake too. Thank you to everyone who works so hard to make Messy Church happen, and so much fun as well!

We have met lots of new people, with up to 80 coming some weeks. Here are some of the things they have told us they liked:

* Everyone is very welcoming and friendly

* It is good to spend time as a family

* It is nice to be reminded how much God loves me.
* I feel like this is my church

Next Saturday (the 28th July) we will be meeting at Aberdour beach (weather permitting) and will be playing games, building sand castles, and hopefully enjoying some sun. If you would like to come, meet us there at 4 pm, and bring a packed tea.

The ‘normal’ Messy Church programme will resume on the 29th of September. We hope to see you then, for lots more messy fun!

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Monday, 9 July 2012

Athens Link Update

An update from Iain and Norma on their recent visit to Athens Link Fellowship:


Our visit to Athens Link (ALF) 21st June to 3rd July was very busy but productive.

The Lord is really blessing the scene at our sister church. There  is a real sense of rich anointing on the work. The church is now 2 years old and is becoming stronger in its foundations. Quality people are committing themselves to ALF and there is a real heart for outreach and to be part of a real ‘unity church base’ in the University town.

We ministered at the Athens weekly meetings and also The Potters House, (the Atlanta Mission ministry to addicts) and Dave Staton’s two Methodist churches in Winder and Corinth – the Winder Church has doubled in numbers and is very ‘full of life’ – praise the Lord!

There is a live contact between ALF and ministries from Bethel Church, California (Bill Johnston’s scene).  A recent Love after Marriage course was very meaningful, and ALF members are going through a church Training and Development course from Bethel with a view to leading the course in the future.

Members of ALF are overseas missioning in Mozambique with Heidi Baker, Estonia and of course the Moore’s are heading for Bali as fulltime missionaries in January.

There is a real desire to develop the Link between Athens and Dunfermline and there was muted the possibility of a team from Dunfermline visiting ALF next July.

Keep on praying for the touch of the Lord on the ALF scene.

Iain and Norma

Iain teaching on Wednesday night

 Norma teaching on Sunday

 With Jason and Julie Gunby - Jason is one of the leaders of the Potter's House


Mary Walsh showing areas where ALF are involved in World Missions

 A few photos with old friends....






Many of us have been praying for Diann Floyd (on the right of the photo below) as she has been undergoing treatment for cancer. Iain and Norma had a meal with her and Wayne - Diann is recovering well and is full of life and joy!


A friend of Diana on her first visit to ALF


 It wasn't all hard work!

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Home from Pakistan

Andrew Turnbull returned home from Pakistan yesterday following an exciting and challenging trip where he and his friend Andrew saw God at work in many ways and in many different lives. Andrew is feeling much better, having been unwell for several days during the time in Pakistan. He has some amazing stories to tell and we look forward to hearing them soon!

Andrew thanks everyone for their prayers during his time in Pakistan, he was able to sense that people were praying for them and can testify that those prayers were answered.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Brief update from Pakistan

Andy and Andrew are preaching every morning this week at an early meeting and then at various venues each evening. They are up early and not getting back late in the evenings, but are able to take time to rest and reflect during the day.

They report that although this week does not seem so raw or "exciting" as last week that God is moving in great ways. Please keep praying for God's anointing, strength for the hectic schedule and protection in everything they are doing.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Meet baby Lucy!

Many congratulations to the Moore family on the arrival of baby Lucinda Nell (Lucy). She was born on Wednesday 20th June weighing 7lb 130z.

Here she is!


The Moore Family

Iain and Norma meet Lucy

Praying God's continued blessing upon Luke, Julie, Norine, Silas, Abigail and Lucy.

(Thank you to Diana Zylow for the wonderful photos!)


Saturday, 23 June 2012

TV interviews

Andy and Andrew are now back in Lahore. There were more than 500 people at their last healing meeting in Raiwindi.

Yesterday, today and during next week they are being interviewed for and making TV programmes and Bible Studies. They will do two one hour long programmes today and then a one hour preaching slot Monday to Friday evenings.

They are preaching this weekend in Hope Ministries Church in Lahore.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

More news from Pakistan

Andy and Andrew's host told them he wanted to "show them his church" - they expected a half hour visit to see the building but, instead were taken round the town visiting all the families. The next three hours were spent praying for everyone and blessing the cows and goats! They were given sprite and coke in every house but managed to refuse the offer of milk straight from the cow...

Andy is feeling better but is not able to eat much as food still tends to cause stomach upset. Please keep praying for complete healing and restoration. Pray too for protection as there is some risk to them in travelling and staying where they are just now.

Today they travelled two hours each way in extreme heat to visit an orphanage. They will be preaching tonight at a Healing Service.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Update from Pakistan

The latest update from Andy Turnbull is that he and his friend Andrew have arrived in Raiwindi. This is the second largest Muslim centre in the world but there are many churches too. They were meant to visit a border area today but have discovered it is in a militarized zone which their visas do not cover. The churches there had organised an event so this will obviously be disappointing for them.

They will be overnight in Raiwindi and will visit a school and orphanage there. They will be preaching again tomorrow night.

Andy has not been well for the past few days and has not eaten for a couple of days. He is finding that when he focuses on the Lord rather than on feeling ill that he feels good. Please keep praying for him, that he can keep looking to God for all that he needs during this time and for a full recovery. They have been dealing with extremely high temperatures - 47 degrees - which they are finding difficult.

Andy and Andrew were preaching at St Andrews Church on Sunday and were very encouraged by the excellent response they had from the people there. They value our prayers for them and for their ministry in Pakistan. Please keep praying for God's strength for them and for His anointing on all that they are doing.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Psalm 104

Psalm 104

1 Let all that I am praise the Lord.
O Lord my God, how great you are!
You are robed with honor and majesty.
2 You are dressed in a robe of light.
You stretch out the starry curtain of the heavens;
3 you lay out the rafters of your home in the rain clouds.
You make the clouds your chariot;
you ride upon the wings of the wind.
4 The winds are your messengers;
flames of fire are your servants.
5 You placed the world on its foundation
so it would never be moved.
6 You clothed the earth with floods of water,
water that covered even the mountains.
7 At your command, the water fled;
at the sound of your thunder, it hurried away.
8 Mountains rose and valleys sank
to the levels you decreed.
9 Then you set a firm boundary for the seas,
so they would never again cover the earth.
10 You make springs pour water into the ravines,
so streams gush down from the mountains.
11 They provide water for all the animals,
and the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12 The birds nest beside the streams
and sing among the branches of the trees.
13 You send rain on the mountains from your heavenly home,
and you fill the earth with the fruit of your labor.
14 You cause grass to grow for the livestock
and plants for people to use.
You allow them to produce food from the earth—
15 wine to make them glad,
olive oil to soothe their skin,
and bread to give them strength.
16 The trees of the Lord are well cared for—
the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
17 There the birds make their nests,
and the storks make their homes in the cypresses.
18 High in the mountains live the wild goats,
and the rocks form a refuge for the hyraxes.
19 You made the moon to mark the seasons,
and the sun knows when to set.
20 You send the darkness, and it becomes night,
when all the forest animals prowl about.
21 Then the young lions roar for their prey,
stalking the food provided by God.
22 At dawn they slink back
into their dens to rest.
23 Then people go off to their work,
where they labor until evening.
24 O Lord, what a variety of things you have made!
In wisdom you have made them all.
The earth is full of your creatures.
25 Here is the ocean, vast and wide,
teeming with life of every kind,
both large and small.
26 See the ships sailing along,
and Leviathan, which you made to play in the sea.
27 They all depend on you
to give them food as they need it.
28 When you supply it, they gather it.
You open your hand to feed them,
and they are richly satisfied.
29 But if you turn away from them, they panic.
When you take away their breath,
they die and turn again to dust.
30 When you give them your breath, life is created,
and you renew the face of the earth.
31 May the glory of the Lord continue forever!
The Lord takes pleasure in all he has made!
32 The earth trembles at his glance;
the mountains smoke at his touch.
33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live.
I will praise my God to my last breath!
34 May all my thoughts be pleasing to him,
for I rejoice in the Lord.
35 Let all sinners vanish from the face of the earth;
let the wicked disappear forever.
Let all that I am praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord!

(New Living Translation)

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Moore Family Update

Julie with Norine and Silas

The Moore family are expecting their new baby on June 20th - a sister for Norine,Silas and Abigail. Please pray for a safe delivery of the baby and for God's rich blessings on the family at this exciting time. The ladies of Athens Link recently held a Baby Shower for Julie - here are some of the photos:









Monday, 11 June 2012

Andy Turnbull's Visit to Pakiston

Andy Turnbull is leaving for Pakistan this week where he will spend a couple of weeks ministering with a friend, Andrew Shuttleworth. Andy would appreciate our prayers during this trip - please pray for safe, hassle-free travel; good health; for good relationsships to be built with their contacts and local Christians; for God's anointing on all their ministry and His blessing on all plans and arrangements.

The itinerary for the trip is as follows:

Thu/Fri 14th & 15th June: Travel from Heathrow to Lahore via Dubai

Sat 16th June: Visit to Noor-e-Sahar Foundation (Beautification and sewing centre). Lunch with
                         the staff.

Sun 17th June:      Preaching at St Andrew's Church.
                               8.30 am - Urdu Service - Andrew Shuttleworth
                               10.30 am - English Service - Andy Turnbull
                               5.30 pm ~Visit to Gypsy Tribes

Mon 18th June: Free (Sightseeing?)

Tue 19th June: Day for reflection and meeting with friends
                           5.00 pm - Preaching at Sunder Singh Memorial Church

Wed/Thu 20th & 21st June: Visit to Bethel Church Raiwind

Fri 22nd June: Morning healing service
                           6.00 pm - Speaking at Pastor Zafar's church.

Sat 23rd June: 11 am - 12 pm - Winning Souls TV show
                          Sightseeing

Sun 24th June: Preaching at Eternal Church

Mon 25th June: Morning for reflection and preparation
                            Preaching and teaching at Pastor's seminar

Wed/Thu/Fri 27th - 29th June: Evenings preaching at Healing Crusades

Sat 30th June: 4 - 6 pm - ELM Show on Isaac TV

Sun 1st July: Evening preaching

Mon 2nd July: Return home via Dubai and Newcastle
    

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

World Horizons Update


CORNE & DAVID’S NEWS - MAY 2012

France Overland at Easter...
After a couple of years’ worth of chat and prayer and recruiting and visits to Nottingham, we finally set off on 30th March with the first student mission trip from Joshua’s church (He is the church Student Pastor).  It took a lot of administration and persistence and flexibility but we were off, together, Marseille bound!
But first a detour to Strasbourg to meet with a couple of missionaries who work amongst people from all over Europe who are connected to the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and European Court of Human Rights.  This couple spent a day with us explaining the purpose of each EU Institution and some specific things we could pray about in each place.  The group highlighted this as one of their most significant times of learning & prayer.

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Marseille – 850,000 people, the second largest city in France, approx. 5% of the population from the Comoro Islands and approx. 9% from the Maghreb (Morocco & Algeria).  Both of these people groups are almost entirely Muslim and unreached with the Good News of Jesus Christ.  What an opportunity this represents for mission to Muslims in France!

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This was my first visit and we connected with several WH staff and an excellent, lively, mission minded French church – I was very impressed, WOW!  This French speaking church was made up of many nationalities (though majority French), had members from all age groups, had some Muslim background believers in Christ, was looking to reach out to its local French and immigrant community and was involved in mission trips to Algeria and Libya that month.
We spent a day in the city and went up to a high place to worship and pray over the city, had an afternoon swim at the beach, helped with the boys and girls school classes during the week, were hosted by members of the church, walked around the community giving fliers for the Easter church service and organised an English evening.  An English evening was just what Joshua (American) and I (Scottish) were prepared for!
The evening involved games, a quick English language lesson and cooking 50 baked potatoes and making various toppings.  A couple of mornings were spent in the community again to invite locals to the evening.  The church said it was great to see so many new faces, including 2 local
Muslim families - one of these women was so happy that she was the last to leave & gave everyone a big hug.
‘Mission’ and ‘evangelism’ don’t need to be tough or hard work!  An invitation to an evening with food, then a simple friendly chat at the dinner table as you eat.  This simple and natural expression of love can change people’s lives!

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Clothes for Africa...

In February Corne felt strongly to do something 'small' to raise some money for the famine in the Sahel region at the moment.  
World Horizons have strong links to local communities and churches in Burkina Faso and Niger and are well placed to help some of the most at risk including widows, orphans and the sick.  Grain prices have doubled in some areas and will continue to rise.

So all the money raised goes towards buying emergency grain for those hardest hit by the current food crisis.  It is currently £40 a sack of grain.
So we (Corne and a small team of helpers) held a Swishing Party on the 5th May - IT'S A CLOTHES SWAP PARTY - for those wondering.  We had lots of cakes and STARBUCKS coffee (donated by our local Starbucks) It was generally a great atmosphere and Praise God we raised £821!

                                                 People queuing for grain in Burkina Fas
                                                               Annelie enjoying playing in the Glen.
                                                      With friends at our new house-group



I am a Friend of God

Abbie taught us this new song on Sunday - simple words with a profound message for us all.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

The Spell Begins to Break...

At times we feel things will never change. CS Lewis is a powerful writer. We were reminded of this part of the story in the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe:

"It seemed to Lucy only the next minute (though really it was hours and hours later) when she woke up feeling a little cold and dreadfully stiff and thinking how she would like a hot bath. Then she felt a set of long whiskers tickling her cheek and saw the cold daylight coming in throught he mouth of the cave. But immediately after that she was very wide awake indeed, and so was everyone else. In fact they were all sitting up with their mouths and eyes wide open listening to a sound which was the very sound they'd all been thinking of (and sometimes imagining they heard) during their walk last night. It was a sound of jingling bells.


Mr Beaver was out of the cave like a flash the moment he heard it. Perhaps you think, as Lucy thought for a moment, that this was a very silly thing to do? But it was really a very sensible one. He knew he could scramble to the top of the bank among bushes and brambles without being seen; and he wanted above all things to see which way the Witch's sledge went. The others all sat in the cave waiting and wondering. They waited nearly five minutes. Then they heard something that frightened them very much. They heard voices. 'Oh,' thought Lucy, 'he's been seen. She's caught him!' Great was their surprise when a little later, they heard Mr Beaver's voice calling to them from just outside the cave.


"It's all right," he was shouting. "Come out, Mrs Beaver. Come out Sons and Daughters of Adam. It's all right! It isn't Her!" This was bad grammar of course, but that is how beavers talk when they are excited; I mean, in Narnia - in our world they usually don't talk at all.


So Mrs Beaver and the children came bundling out of the cave, all blinking in the daylight, and with earth all over them, and looking very frowsty and unbrushed and uncombed and with the sleep in their eyes.


"Come on!" cried Mr Beaver, who was almost dancing with delight. "Come and see! This is a nasty knock for the Witch! It looks as if her power is already crumbling."


"What do you mean, Mr Beaver?" panted Peter as they all scrambled up the steep bank of the valley together.


"Didn't I tell you," answered Mr Beaver, "that she'd made it always winter and never Christmas? Didn't I tell you? Well, just come and see!"


And then they were all at the top and did see. It was a sledge, and it was reindeer with bells on their harness. But they were far bigger than the Witch's reindeer, and they were not white but brown. And on the sledge sat a person whom everyone knew the moment they set eyes on him. He was a huge man in a bright red robe (bright as hollyberries) with a hood that had fur inside it and a great white beard that fell like a foamy waterfall over his chest. Everyone knew him because, though you see people of his sort only in Narnia, you see pictures of them and hear them talked about even in our world - the world on this side of the wardrobe door. But when you really see them in Narnia it is rather different. Some of the pictures of Father Christmas in our world make him look only funny and jolly. But now that the children actually stood looking at him they didn't find it quite like that. He was so big, and so glad, and so real, that they all became quite still. They felt very glad, but also solemn.


"I've come at last," said he. "She has kept me out for a long time, but I have got in at last. Aslan is on the move. The Witch's magic is weakening."


And Lucy felt running through her that deep shiver of gladness which you only get if you are being solemn and still."


(From The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Chapter 10, The Spell Begins to Break)

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Love the Lord your God...

On Sunday morning Maureen reminded us of a familiar but very important verse:

"Love the Lord  your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind."

You can find it in Luke 10: 27, but it is something of a common theme in the Bible and a quick search on Google shows that it comes up in a few other places too!

We then sang the words in this great song by Lincoln Brewster:


As you listen and maybe sing along - take some time to consider and ask God to show you, "What does it mean for me to love God with all my heart, soul, strength and mind?"

Monday, 30 April 2012

April's Messy Church


What happens when all the chocolate is gone? That was the question we set out to answer at Saturday's Messy Church - or more accurately, What happens after Easter? What does Jesus death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead mean for me?

So our theme was relationship with Jesus and we had a lot of fun finding out how easy it is to talk to Him! As always there were plenty of colourful, messy, creative crafts to have a go at. We painted candles, made giant cardboard cutout people, paper plate faces, photo frames to put a picture of someone we are praying for into - and a whole lot more!

James seemed to have a lot of fun leading us in two great songs - Whoopah Wahey! and Jesus is my Superhero. Then Anne and Michael did a drama that showed us we can talk to Jesus anytime, anywhere, about anything! We don't have to use fancy words or go to a special place or be a certain kind of person. Jesus is always ready to listen to us no matter who we are or how young or old we might be.

Then it was time to find out what the hard working kitchen team had prepared for us this time - homemade burgers! And, as always, plenty of cake for dessert...

The next Messy Church is on Saturday 26th May, 4 - 6 pm. Invitations are available in Priory Lane - who will you invite to come along?



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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

World Horizons

We had a very special service last Sunday morning as we shared with David and Corne Storm, their family and friends, in the dedication of baby Annelie. There was even a Skype link with South Africa, where Corne is originally from, during the dedication!


David and Corne work with World Horizons on a full time voluntary basis. This welsh based organisation seeks to work in partnership with the UK church to see indigenous church planted in areas of the world where it has never before existed - places for example like Tibet, Turkey, Morocco, Sudan, Iraq and north-west India. For more information on World Horizons, check out their website at www.worldhorizons.co.uk

Corne  is currently on maternity leave & loving being a full time mum, making lots of friends with other mums and babies. David is part of a small team running an adventurous short term missions program. This mainly involves prayer focused trips to the Middle East & North Africa that are usually aimed at the 18-30 year old age group. The overland trips, where they drive from Wales to North Africa, often have a strong emphasis on discipleship, envisioning people for the nations, nurturing faith and first time evangelism to unreached people groups. The fly-out trips often meet with local believers before heading into unreached areas of the country to pray, worship, and to ask God to build His Kingdom and send long term mission workers.

David has just returned from an overland trip in France with a group of English students in early April. They connected with French churches and missionaries in Strasbourg,Bourg and Marseille to learn from them, pray with them and work alongside them for a short time.

David, Corne and Annelie are currently enjoying a two week break in Scotland. Please pray that this will be a good family time of rest and refreshing for them, and that God will continue to bless and direct their work with World Horizons on their return.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Missionary Update

We will be featuring regular updates on our church blog from the missionary families we support.

The Moore Family


The Moore family - Luke, Julie, Norine, Silas and Abigail - live in Georgia, USA and belong to our sister church, Athens Link Fellowship. Many of us met the family (all but Abigail) last June when they visited Dunfermline as part of the team from Athens Link Fellowship.

The Moores are preparing to move to Bali within the next year to work there with an organization called Pioneers. In January, Luke, Julie and Norine went to Bali on a site visit. You can see photos taken during their time there on their blog, and also read updates on how God is working in amazing ways during their time of planning and preparation - www.balimoores.blogspot.com You can even read Norine's perspective on their visit to Bali which is exciting reading!

The Moores are currently seeing their future team placement shaping up. It now looks like they will be part of - and perhaps even leading - a new team, an idea which they find both exciting and intimidating! There are endless possibilities and we know they will value our prayers to know how God is leading them.

This is also the time for them to raise support, which is never an easy process. They have, however, been blessed to see how God is putting things together for them and encouraged to see His provision.

Please pray for the Moore family! They are expecting a new baby girl who is due to arrive soon. Pray for God's continued guidance, wisdom and provision during the coming months. For God to prepare the hearts of the people of Bali, that they would seek freedom, and that the young house churches there would continue and multiply. For more workers to be raised up. For boldness, joy, peace and confidence for Luke and Julie, and those they will be working with.


          





Monday, 2 April 2012

Zimbabwe Update

Our Zimbabwe team have made contact with us over the last couple of days.
They have been working hard to get to know the orphans and to continue working to get the sponsorship scheme firmed up.
Their travel to the different venues and indeed towns has been a little more eventful than they would have liked. Failed breaks and being rescued from spending a night in the car by a farmer are stories from two incidents that we will hear more about. We thank God for his protection and please continue to pray.
400 were at the Mzurabani convention, keen to learn and hear from God.  A heavy rainstorm and a sea of mud made the final sessions more interesting. 
Leadership conference and the Easter Convention to go.  Please pray for strength and God's anointing.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Arrived

Iain and Norma have arrved safely in Zimbabwe and have met up with Jim and Rosemary.  Please pray as they start their busy schedule.  They will be meeting wth many of the orphans in the sponsorship scheme in Harare.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Zimbabwe

Iain and Norma are travelling to Zimbabwe today. When they get there they will meet up with Jim and Rosemary Storm (who have been enjoying a visit to Victoria Falls over the last few days) and together they will all be ministering with Fellowship in Christ over Easter time.

This is their itinerary:

30th March - 1st April - Muzarabani Easter Convention near the Mozambique border (picture 500-600 people under a big tree!)

2nd - 5th April - Leaders convention including Harare

6th - 8th April - Harare Easter Convention

9th April - Return to Scotland

As well as the ministry and teaching the team will be working into our orphan project. They will sponsor a meal with the orphans in Muzarabani and Harare and will be udating details, getting new photos and assessing other possible children for sponsorship. Iain and Norma have taken a suitcase full of pencil cases, pens,pencils etc and cards from the sponsors for the children.

Please pray for this trip! Here are some prayer points:

  • Safe and reliable travel
  • Anointing of God on the team and their ministry.
  • Wisdom on what to share - relevant material for the situation.
  • Refreshing for the people spiritually, emotionally etc
  • Good health for the team
  • Covering and protection of God over all aspects of the trip.
We will update the blog from time to time as we hear news from Zimbabwe. Mercy is going too and always has an interesting story or two so keep an eye on her blog too!