Monday, 29 December 2008
Christmas in India:
Mission International raised funds during 2008 to support a number of Christmas time initiatives for the poor. The picture below shows the distribution at Padmanabanagar, Visakhapatnam city area Andhara Pradesh, where Pastor Nathaniel Vara Prasad and his wife Beulah distributed food and clothes to leprosy patients and their children.
To see more visit the Gideon Evangelical Ministries (GEM) blog click here.
Friday, 26 December 2008
A Christmas Carol:
Read Blow an extract from Dikens' A Christmas Carol:
The chimes were ringing the three quarters past eleven at that moment.
``Forgive me if I am not justified in what I ask,'' said Scrooge, looking intently at the Spirit's robe, ``but I see something strange, and not belonging to yourself, protruding from your skirts. Is it a foot or a claw!''
``It might be a claw, for the flesh there is upon it,'' was the Spirit's sorrowful reply. ``Look here.''
From the foldings of its robe, it brought two children; wretched, abject, frightful, hideous, miserable. They knelt down at its feet, and clung upon the outside of its garment.
``Oh, Man! look here. Look, look, down here!'' exclaimed the Ghost.
They were a boy and girl. Yellow, meagre, ragged, scowling, wolfish; but prostrate, too, in their humility. Where graceful youth should have filled their features out, and touched them with its freshest tints, a stale and shrivelled hand, like that of age, had pinched, and twisted them, and pulled them into shreds. Where angels might have sat enthroned, devils lurked, and glared out menacing. No change, no degradation, no perversion of humanity, in any grade, through all the mysteries of wonderful creation, has monsters half so horrible and dread.
Scrooge started back, appalled. Having them shown to him in this way, he tried to say they were fine children, but the words choked themselves, rather than be parties to a lie of such enormous magnitude.
``Spirit! are they yours?'' Scrooge could say no more.
``They are Man's,'' said the Spirit, looking down upon them. ``And they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased. Deny it!'' cried the Spirit, stretching out its hand towards the city. ``Slander those who tell it ye! Admit it for your factious purposes, and make it worse! And bide the end!''
``Have they no refuge or resource?'' cried Scrooge.
``Are there no prisons?'' said the Spirit, turning on him for the last time with his own words. ``Are there no workhouses?''
The bell struck twelve.
Thursday, 18 December 2008
Monday, 15 December 2008
A container for Christmas:
Thursday, 11 December 2008
Big names raise awareness of the poor:
Click on the image below to see how many of the big names in the Christian music scene are pooling resources to help the poor.
Monday, 1 December 2008
...which I found on the Hope Centre Burundi website, have a look at the website when you are there, you will see the amazing developments to the project there. www.hopecentreburundi.com
In this issue:
Welcome to the Mission International Christmas 2008 e-Newsletter!
Below you will find a short account of each country/project in which Mission International is involved and a link to the related blog where more detailed information can be found. Please also visit our website www.mission-international.org there you will find a link to our prayer blog, we would really value your prayers as we seek to share the Good News with many and serve God amongst the world's poor, including many Christians who are in desperate need. If you feel you would like to get involved by going on a team or perhaps you can pray for Mission International and our partners then we would love to hear from you.
If you can help support our projects/partners financially in even a small way please print the appropriate Bank Mandate (regular giving) form and GiftAid form or One-off donation Form (Includes a giftaid section), and send in your donation to:
25 Tait's Lane,
Dundee, DD2 1DZ,
This year has been busy in Uganda. Our partners there are all making progress and much has happened during the course of 2008.
Mighty Meals (Bweyogerere): Mighty Meals Blog Page click here
Bweyogerere Multi Purpose Primary School has now been running the Mighty Meals programme for over one year. Many children are receiving food every day whilst they are at school. Orphan children and those from very poor families may be able to have a place in school but the hunger pangs which they feel daily interrupt their education.
Africa Renewal Ministries (ARM-Gabba): ARM website click here
Menzieshill High School Team:
During October 2008 a team of 8 pupils and 3 staff from Menzieshill High School in Dundee accompanied Hugh Henderson to Uganda. The team was based in Gabba with ARM and travelled to Bethany Village and Namutamba to be involved with the communities there. The team were able to resource schools and medical centres as well as fund a sports field for the Bethany Village school and community. As a result of their visit to Namutamba the team has agreed to support that work with child sponsorship and the future development of the school on a new site. The team also visited some of the tourist attractions like the source of the Nile, the equator and the Murchison Falls and game Park.
Mission International has began a partnership agreement for child sponsorship with ARM. We currently have the names of 20 children who we have agreed to sponsor, please consider how you might help in this crucial programme.
Mwangaza Children's Choir UK tour:
The ARM team have asked Mission International and others to host a UK tour for the Mwangaza children's choir in 2010, we will keep you posted about this as and when all of the agreements are in place.
Parental Care Ministries: (Mbarara): Henderson School Blog
Mbarara Pentecostal Life Church
Currently the church has a piece of land for which they have made part payment. The church currently meets under polythene in the Henderson School grounds but it is hoped that funds can be found to finally purchase the church land and construct a permanent building for worship.
This school has developed quickly over the last few years. New government regulations have made development of the school a lot more difficult but the team there are willing to do their best to comply. After a recent UK tour by Pastor Emmanuel Nnyanzi and his daughter Grace there is now in place a draft plan for the future which UK and USA partners will adopt and work toward making the future of this vital ministry more secure in the long term Parental Care orphanage Henderson School currently educated 191 pupils all of who require some sort of care. There are those who are orphaned by one or both parents, there are those who are abandoned by one or both parents and there are those who come from extremely poor families and backgrounds. All of the 191 children fall into one of these three categories. The orphanage is designed to house and care for these children whilst they are at school.
Child sponsorship programme
The child sponsorship programme, run in partnership with Mission International, wants to bring financial support to the children of the Henderson School/Parental Care orphanage in order that their basic needs can be met. The financial support raised will make sure that the children are well fed, clothed, housed and educated, as well as provide basic medical care.
Star School - Star school blog click here
Star School, the vision of Rev. Nathan Amooti Rusengo of Rwanda to provide high quality education for the children of Rwanda, is currently in need of resources to fund furniture and equipment for the school. The school need beds, and desks and books etc. If you feel you can help resource this exciting project please print off the forms linked to this message.
How about a team of carpenters and engineers heading for Rwanda for a few weeks to help put some beds and desks together?
To download a teams application form click here.
Currently Star school requires an administrator, based in Rwanda, if you would like to know more please let us know. Please contact us on email@example.com for more information
Rema Team - Rema Team Blog and Rema UK website
The REMA team is a very strategic resource to the nation of Burundi. Currently Burundi is the poorest country in the world, politically sensitive and financially desperate. During their time in exile a team of refugees gathered to pray for their beloved country and seek ways in which they could support those in need including their fellow refugees and those with HIV/AIDS. Their efforts have been very successful but still there is need for much more support. Mission International has entered into partnership with the REMA team to find strategic ways of supporting the team in order that they can go about their work unhindered. To date Mission International has funded income generating projects for the team so that they can commit themselves to the ministry. Your help in this endeavour would be much valued.
Burundi Summer Team - Teams blog click here and Teams application form click here
During July/August 2008 a team of five from the UK visited Burundi and were involved in evangelism, discipleship training and income generating project work in centre around Burundi. The team visited, Gitega, Rutana, Rumonge and Gatumba, their ministry, support and friendship was very much appreciated. Mission International is planning a Burundi team for 2009, if you would like to be considered for that team please complete an application form and return it to us.
Hope Centre - Hope Centre website click here or Hope Centre Blog click here
We are so grateful to God for the involvement of Charles & Val Carr and their family in the development of this project. The Carrs were seeking a place to serve God where they could use their skills and contacted Mission International to see if there was a project in which they could become involved. Of course they got in touch at the right time since a new project was about to begin in Burundi called the Hope Centre. The Carrs agreed to go, supervise and manage this project and as a result there has been wonderful progress to this heart rending situation. A weekly update is posted on the Hope Centre website so please make sure you have a look.
India Village Ministries (IVM): IVM website click here
Summer Team 2008.
A team from Woodhill Evangelical Church visited both IVM & GEM over a two week period in August 2008. The team were involved in evangelism, church ministry and children's ministry, they also visited those who are suffering from leprosy. Mission International hopes to send a team to IVM in 2009.
Gideon Evangelical Ministries - Visakapatnam: Gideon Evangelical Ministries blog click here
Pastor Nathaniel Varaprasad and his wife Beulah serve in the villages surrounding the town of Visakapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. Currently Mission International is working with Pastor Nathaniel to develop income generating projects to provide support for those affected by leprosy.
How to send your support:
If you can help support our projects/partners financially in even a small way please print the appropriate Bank Mandate (regular giving) form and GiftAid form or One-off donation Form (Includes a giftaid section), and send in your donation to:
25 Tait's Lane,
Dundee, DD2 1DZ,
Friday, 28 November 2008
The Run up to Christmas:
Did you know that over 15 Million children die due to hunger every year? That is over 41,000 every day. That is not counting the many adults who are struggling to survive due to lack of food and basic resources.
The BIG Meal:
You can help; this Christmas Mission Internationals 'BIG Meal' is providing a Christmas day meal for children and families in the developing world. For £3.00 per child a meal will be provided on Christmas Day 2008. The meal is not provided after a search through the local rubbish dump or even the basic porridge meal that many poor children receive when some food is available, no, this meal will have some meat and a bottle of Soda included giving those who are fed a special celebration on a very special day.
To provide a BIG Meal click here.
To see the BIG Meal blogsite click here.
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
Focus on prayer:
7 days without prayer makes one weak!
To view Mission International items for prayer please click here.
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
Nnyanzi on Tour!
Your help is needed:
Please consider how you can help Parental Care Ministries and Henderson School become firmly established. Please consider a donation towards this worthwhile cause.
Click here to find a (regular monthly giving) bank mandate form to donate to Parental Care Ministries:
Click here to find a Gift Aid form:
Click here to find a one-off giving form to donate to Parental Care Ministries:
Friday, 29 August 2008
Menzieshill High School - Uganda Trip:
Staff and pupils of Menzieshill High School in Dundee have spent the last two years raising funds and preparing for a trip of a lifetime. Over the last two years the team and their classmates as well as staff and parents have worked tirelessly to raise the fares and project funding required to prepare for the trip. Local businesses and donors have supported the team, allowing them to find ingenious ways of raising funds, from car washing to ceilidhs and auction sales the events have been coming thick and fast. Thank you to everyone who has been involved. To see some more information click on the following links.
Uganda team blog http://dc2blog.ea.dundeecity.sch.uk/uganda/
School website http://menzieshill.ea.dundeecity.sch.uk/news_and_events/2007-2008/june/UgandaChequePresentation.htm
Burundi Mission Team report
The Burundi Mission team are now back home in the UK after a taxing but useful and eventful trip. To see a more detailed report follow this link http://mission-matters.blogspot.com/
The India Mission team have reported having a wonderful time, their report will appear here in due course.
Monday, 21 July 2008
Burundi mission team set to depart:
The Rema Ministries team in Burundi are about to host one of Mission International's summer mission teams. The five strong team will leave Gatwick airport in the UK on Wednesday 23rd July and from there fly to Brussels where they board the long haul flight for their three week trip to Burundi. During their time in Burundi the team will engage in activities prepared in advance by Rema. The team's base will be at the Rema Centre in Bujumbura, Burundi's capital city, and from there travel to various parts of the country. Rema has projects around the country dealing with the issues which affect returning refugees as well as those who remained in Burundi during the time of conflict. HIV/AIDS of course is a huge problem there and so the team will be involved in the support projects designed to generate income for those with HIV/AIDS, in particular women who are now unable to work in the fields and so require a means of raising support to feed their children. Part of Mission International's purpose is also to share the Good news of Jesus wherever we go and so the team will also take part in various church services arranges in the places to which we will travel.
To find out more information about Rema Ministries click here.
To find out more about Mission International teams click here.
To download a Mission International Mission Teams application form click here.
Thursday, 17 July 2008
Maternity Unit required!
Women, in the village of Nyembuye Burundi, who develop complications during child birth currently have to be stretchered by four men for two days to the nearest maternity unit. The village, mostly inhabited by returning refugees, has recently acquired a small medical centre which has improved the lives of the local inhabitants. However those women unfortunate enough to have difficulties during the birth of their child find themselves carried for the 20 miles or so to the nearest help, most don't make it on time. Mission International would like to raise funds for this centre and thus bring about a major change for the benefit of the whole community but in particular expectant mothers.
Printable Bank Mandate form for regular giving click here.
Printable Gift Aid Form click here.
Printable one-off donation form click here.
Wednesday, 16 July 2008
For some the offer of a chance to serve in the developing world is just what they have been looking for. It may be because they are looking for a new challenge or that retirement has finally come and they want to share their life's skills and experiences with those who would benefit from them. Whatever the reason Mission International may be able to offer an opportunity to serve.
What is available?
There are a number of options for service abroad, from a few weeks as part of a Mission Team up to a year helping develop a Mission International partner project. All opportunities are self funding and require committed people with a live Christian faith.
Administrator Star School Rwanda:
Currently the Star School in Rwanda is seeking the services of an experienced administrator. The right person will firstly have a love for children and the administrative skills to support the staff in the new and rapidly developing school. It is hoped that the position will be for a minimum of six months and a maximum of two years, where the candidate would have the opportunity to train other indigenous staff.
The candidate would need to raise the support required to live in Rwanda (in the region of £1000/month) as well as their air fares. If you would like to know more read on.......
To see the Star School Blog click here.
To find out more information about this and other opportunities please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission International Teams:
You may also be interested in becoming part of a Mission International team, if so you will find more information here
To download a teams application form please click here
Sunday, 13 July 2008
School fundraising giong well!
School pupils from Menzieshill High School in Dundee, about to go on a trip to Uganda in October 2008 with Mission International, have been fundraising relentlessly for over a year. Recently they were pictured here receiving a cheque from a local company who is supporting their trip. Keep a look out for news on how this team get on as they finalise their fundraising and set out on the long journey to Uganda.
Click on the image to enlarge it
Thursday, 10 July 2008
Mission International Information Brochure list:
Below is a list of brochures relating to a number of the small projects in which Mission International is involved. The brochures give a little more information on the small projects as well as give the opportunity to donate to them. Please take a look and feel free to use them in any fundraising activities you do for Mission International.
seeds and tools project brochure 1
global citizen support fund brochure - mable nakazibwe
global citizen support fund brochure - francois nitunga
teacher project brochure 1
leprosy child sponsorship brochure 1
fishing project brochure 1
cow project brochure 1
bike project brochure 1
child sponsorship brochure ver 2 .1page
bible-a-month club leaflet
church building fellowship leaflet
mighty meals leaflet
scholastic materials brochure
Monday, 7 July 2008
The container is on its way!
A 40' shipping container filled with materials for the Hope Centre in Burundi left Westhill in Aberdeenshire to make the epic journey to Mutimbuzi on the outskirts of Bujumbura, Burundi at the weekend. To see some some further information click here.
To find further information on the progress of the Hope Centre Burundi see the official website.
Friday, 27 June 2008
Education Education Education!
There are those who believe that education is key to the development of any community and I am one of them. What shape that education takes is important but the fact that there is some sort of basic education made available for the young as they grow and develop is crucial. I personally believe it is the responsibility of the church community to make sure that a quality education provision is made available for children everywhere and across the developing world in particular. The Jewish community have maintained a basis of education in their communities around the world. This was established at the direction of God who intended that His people would be special and that meant that no matter what they were doing or where they were, who was in charge of them or what conditions they were in, education needed to be maintained. This has paid dividends for them and any nation of community who sees education as a priority will reap the benefits of that very quickly yes but certainly in the long run.
As far as I understand Scottish history, the church in Scotland was the initiator and maintainer of education for the masses i.e. the poor. As a member of St Peter's Free Church in Dundee, Scotland I am aware that this was the church in which Rev Robert Murray McCheyne preached. He was a great proponent of education for the poor. During his ministry the halls of this church were built partly to accommodate classes for young mill workers who wanted to break out of their poverty trap and make progress for themselves and their prospective heirs. During his sermons McCheyne would use his considerable artistic skills to draw scenes for his stories to the children entertaining them and educating them at the same time.
We have let go of our heritage:
Today's church often has little interest in education, some would say to our great loss, since it is now the domain of the state. But we have an opportunity to take a very important interest in education today. Te Bible encourages us to "...lift up your eyes round about and see...." If we take this to heart we will see that there are millions of children and young people in our world who are clamoring for a quality education, just as the young mill children in Dundee once did. Their poverty trap is just as locked in and their desire to escape just as deep. If we take this opportunity to help them receive an education then our world may be a very different place in the years to come.
You can help:
To find out how you can help have a look at the following links. Star School in Rwanda is in need of desks and beds etc. http://star-school-rwanda.blogspot.com/ Henderson School in Uganda is trying hard to complete their building works http://henderson-school.blogspot.com/ and Mighty Meals in Bweyogerere Multi-purpose Primary School has a continuing need for food for their children on a daily basis. http://mighty-meals.blogspot.com/
Please get in touch with us on email@example.com if you need to discuss matters further or if you would like us to send you out a printable response form.
Tuesday, 24 June 2008
The Mission International summer teams training event took place in Glasgow at the weekend (21st June 08). The teams, which are heading for India and Burundi, were present and learned lots of detail about what they are to be involved in whilst on their respective trips. Issues of location, culture, public speaking and practical involvement were all covered and much more. The atmosphere of excitement could hardly be disguised as everyone began to realise that their time of travel is fast approaching.
Who will benefit?
Mission International teams are designed to bring cultures together for their mutual benefit, it is very true that team members for the UK will carry skills and ideas to help support poor families and communities, but they will also benefit from the rich and varied cultures that they will meet, carrying home these attributes for others to share.
Monday, 23 June 2008
Challenge to the suits!
Have a look at this video and hear a child challenge the UN on their response to the planet and the poor. Click Here to view the video.
Thursday, 5 June 2008
Star School Rwanda gets underway:
Rev. Nathan Amooti Rusengo, a Rwandan pastor has begun to realise his dream of a school of quality to be started for children who will one day be leaders in their communities and in their country.
Desks, Beds & Mattresses:
Although much of the construction is complete the school still requires, desks, beds and mattresses for the pupils as well as scholastic materials like pencils and paper etc. These are expensive for pupils to provide and so Mission International has agreed to help raise support for these.
Tuesday, 3 June 2008
Hope Centre Burundi - developments:
Friday, 30 May 2008
Raise funds to support work:
Mission International is constantly finding new and innovative ways to bring a ray of hope to those whose lives otherwise might be hopeless. The drive to support the growing number of poor is resourced by 'Ambassadors for the Poor' who serve here at home in the UK in all sorts of ways. Of course there are many ways of raising funds and you can become involved in the process of becoming an 'Ambassador for the Poor' by raising some support in your area, no matter where you live. Young and old alike have something they can offer, whether it be their boundless energy or their experience and skills learned over many years. Please consider putting on an event in your area like a coffee morning/sale of work or a sponsored walk or cycle run. Click here to find out more about 'Ambassadors for the Poor'.
The craft skills of this couple were put to good use as they helped raise £800 at a Christmas sale and coffee morning.
Face painting requires little in terms of input but can raise support as well as attract lots of kids along to your event.
At Christmas time in particular people are always looking for that special gift that is a little bit different. There are lots of people who have many skills in your community and who would love to get involved with you to serve in this way.
Not forgetting the small army of cooks, bakers, tea makers and servers who see to it that the throng of shoppers is given sustenance as they shop.
To find out more about ambassadors for the poor click here.
Wednesday, 28 May 2008
Behind the work!
Mission International is run by a group of trustees who meet regularly and who take seriously their 'calling' to serve God in this way. Victor Willis from Glasgow is the Chairperson and Phil Dryden a local businessman is a trustee, Hugh Henderson is the secretary and Mags Wills a further trustee, Marie Henderson is the treasurer.
Hugh & Marie Henderson relaxing at a North of England beauty spot on a rare excursion away from the Mission International base.
The team of trustees is given some oversight by a local church's eldership allowing them to feel secure in their mission to reach the world with the Good News and to support the poor in the developing world.
Monday, 26 May 2008
Keep up to date
Current News: - May/June 2008
The Hope Centre, Burundi is to be built during 2008/09. Charles & Val Carr and their family will leave Aberdeen and head for Burundi during July 2008 and will begin the process of surveying, planning and resourcing this essential project designed to hose a family of over 40 orphan children acquired by Pastor Leonard Tuyishimire and his wife Jollie. The project will provide homes each designed for eight children and a Mama, to find out more click here. To see a commentary on the initial trip Charles & Val took to Burundi click here. If you would like further details on the Hope Centre, Burundi click here.
Henderson School Uganda - Government regulations on safety have meant that schools around Uganda are being inspected to see if they meet the standards required. This is of course good but it does mean that poor schools are required to find resources to meet government directives without any government help. Click Here to see a report on Henderson School.
Mighty Meals - For £25 for an academic year children can have a simple yet nourishing meal every day whilst they are at School. Click Here to find out more about Mighty Meals.
Fundraising for Mission International - You can greatly advance the work of Mission International by getting involved in some simple fundraising. These events can be very rewarding as you involve your friends, colleagues or members of your local community in serving the poor. Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you a fundraising pack, alternatively download the information from our website http://www.mission-international.org/
You can find out more on how to support the work of Mission International by checking out out 'Ambassadors for the Poor' page, please click here to find the page.
Mission International Teams 2008 - Four teams will head for different parts of the world during 2008. The first will be a team of three to Burundi to view the site and possible designs for the Hope Centre in Burundi. To read the blog of this trip click here. A second team will visit Burundi in July August 2008 hosted by REMA an indigenous Burundian NGO. A third team will be going to India to work alongside India Village Ministries, their mandate is to serve the IVM team and to work alongside them as they implement projects for the poor. Finally a team from Menzieshill High School in Dundee Scotland will be heading for Gaba, Uganda to work with ARM a local church based organisation. To see the Teams blog site click here.
Star School - Rwanda - Rev Nathan Amooti Rusengo has followed his dream of building a school to educate poor children and give them the opportunity of reaching their full potential. Star School is designed for this purpose. To see how this venture is progressing click here.
Rema Ministries - The Rema team have served the Burundian refugees from their own place of exile during the last 15 years, due to civil unrest in Burundi. Now that the refugees are returning to a more peaceful homeland Rema continues to find ways of supporting this weary people. To visit Mission International's Rema blog page click here.