Friday, 13 May 2011

Prayer letter, May 2011 - Back to Africa!

Dear Friends,
It’s been quite a term! I have lots of things to share with you about the past term and our future plans in BirminghamNavs.
Up until now we’ve focussed on small group Bible studies and one-to-one discipleship, giving students a place to grow in faith and be invested in as an individual as well as part of a group. I’ve been meeting with 5-6 girls myself and have seen their hearts open and faith grow as God does marvellous things in their lives.
Here’s a good story. A friend of mine, let’s call her Sarah (not her real name) is a Chinese international student. When she joined us in October she’d never opened a Bible before, but kept coming because a friend brought her and she said she felt like part of a family. Since then, Sarah been attending my small group once a week and has slowly come to a realisation that Jesus died so she could have a relationship with God, has begun to live her life in honour of Him, and feels comfortable talking to Him in prayer. It has been a real blessing to be involved in her life and share this journey with her. She came to our national student Big Weekend in Feb and came back saying she hadn’t realised Christians could actually be fun!
New look summer term – we will be having different courses for people to choose, including leadership development and an introduction to mission to people from Asia. We want to encourage our students to become outward looking and seek opportunities to share their faith. I will continue to meet individually with certain girls, but my main focus will be fundraising and training for our Summer Mission Trip to Uganda!
Back to Africa – yes, you read right. You knew it wouldn’t be long! I had been praying for an opportunity to continue the work with young women that I had begun last year, and was thrilled when I was given the go-ahead to develop a team of girls and return to Mbarara, Uganda for July 2011. I will be co-leading with Beth Yearsley; she is a connect worker in NottinghamNavs and very gifted in women’s ministry.
The team: it’s made up of 10 girls from Birmingham, Nottingham and GlasgowNavs and together we need to raise roughly £13,000. I personally need to raise about £2000 as I will be going for 1-2 months longer than the rest of the team.
Our plan for the trip is to spend time with “Girls Empowered To Serve”, a young women’s ministry in Mbarara that I taught at last year. We will join them in outreach and volunteering in the local community as well as running a Young Women’s Conference with them at the end of our trip, open to all (eligible!) residents of Mbarara. The ministry we will join works to highlight the lack of care and attention women and families get from the government and local NGOs and work to equip people with the skills and resources needed to lift themselves out of spiritual and physical poverty.
What next for me? I’ve recently returned from Tanzania teaching at a programme similar to GETS, giving young people life skills, and I was also in Uganda to begin on-the-ground planning for the summer trip, before returning for the new term in Birmingham.
I’d like to invite you to partner with me in these next few months by praying and considering partnering with me financially.

Prayer Points
-        Pray I will keep trusting God as I am still struggling with finances (if you feel called to partner with me please get in touch)
-        Praise God that people’s lives are being touched by our ministry – may it continue, particularly pray for Sarah as she grows in her new faith
-        Pray for Term 3 as we challenge students in leadership and thinking globally, and for our team’s preparations for Uganda

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