Praying with Christians from Asia-Pacific: Spring Update

Praying with Christians in Asia and Pacific Days 15 to 25

Spring 2016 update

 

                                           Prayer Handbook Pilgims on a Journey

 

Day 15

John Howard will begin working as a Mission Partner in Palestine and Israel in September. His work will be to share in the leadership of the Methodist Liaison Office, set up jointly by Methodist Church Britain and the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church with the support of the World Methodist Council. The office, which receives a regular grant from the World Mission Fund, is located in Jerusalem at the Tantur institute for Ecumenical Studies and helps Methodist Churches worldwide to broaden their relationships with the indigenous Palestinian churches, to provide resource materials and to assist with pilgrimage/alternative tours and volunteering opportunities.

The World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel is in September, an initiative of the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) of the World Council of Churches. For further information please visit www.worldweekforpeace.org

We have decided to end the formal partnership with the Middle East Council of Churches but please continue to pray for the declining numbers of Christians across the region. We continue to support the Ecumenical Accompaniment programme (EAPPI).

 

Day 16

Rachel Lampard visited Pakistan in March in her role as Vice-President designate; watch out for her reports, reflections and talks once she takes office in July. My report is on the world mission pages of the website /mission/world-church/asia-pacific/asia-pacific-visit-reports .

Rachel Ullmer is sent jointly by the Methodist Church and CMS to work with the schools run by our Partner, the Church of Pakistan; she helps with curriculum and teacher training, she will be in Britain during the summer.

It is three years since the devastating building collapse at Savar in Bangladesh. Follow details of the ongoing campaign to improve conditions for garment workers in Bangladesh on our news page http://www.methodist.org.uk/media/932282/New%20Justice%20for%20Bangladesh%20leaflet.pdf .

 

Day 17

We have renewed our partnership with the National Council of Churches in India and are delighted to be funding interns in several areas of their work on behalf of member churches. Peter Hancock, one of our Chairs of District, visited the NCCI General Assembly for us in April and his report will be available soon thereafter.

 

Day 18

Mission Partners Malcolm and Cati Ramsay complete their placement in Nepal this summer. Malcolm expects to return to parish duty in the Church of Scotland. As with all our returning Mission Partners, requests for speaking engagements can be made through the WCR Office. (Email wcr.admin@methodistchurch.org.uk

Finlay and Rachel Hodge were Mission Partners in Nepal some time ago but after the earthquake we responded to a request for help from our Partner, United Mission to Nepal, by sending them to work as volunteers for a year. They also return to Britain in the summer.

 

Day 19

We have new Mission Partners beginning work in Sri Lanka. Raing and Mervyn McCullagh take up their roles as consultants with the National Christian Council in June. Mervyn will focus on strengthening the Council's international partnerships and Raing will use her experience on the programme side, especially in peace building, ecology and conflict resolution.

Angleena continues to thrive leading the English language congregation at Colombo's biggest Methodist Church.

Our first volunteer on the new Encounter World Wide programme is Anne Baldwin and she will be serving for three months (May-July) at the Theological College of Lanka helping students improve their English.

 

Day 20

Eden Fletcher is a new Mission Partner working in south-east Asia. He is the first to be sent jointly by the Methodist Church in Britain and the United Methodist Church; having been commissioned in Newcastle last year, he receives his UMC commissioning at the General Conference in May this year in Portland, Oregon.

 

Day 22

Korea has been a particular focus over the last year as we endeavour to support our partner the National Council of Churches in Korea with their peace building efforts. I have joined two visits to North Korea and on the second assisted production of the Pyongyang Appeal, which requests the global Christian community to use its best efforts to promote peace between North and South Korea refusing the easy clichés and antagonistic posturing of the major powers. The military escalation in the region is a real cause for concern.

Syntiche Dedji, WCR's  Partnership Support Officer, will visit Korea for a peace building workshop in May and promote further actions for peace on her return.

Steve and Lorraine Emery-Wright will travel to Seoul in July, the first time we have sent Mission Partners to Korea. Steve will work at Hyupsung Methodist University and Lorraine will work with Shin Kwang Methodist Church in Dongtan, helping them build a new English language congregation.

 

Day 24

Wande Ebofin finished her first term in Papua New Guinea earlier this year and is now returning to a new post, on a different island, for her second term. She continues to support the United Church in its schools work, sharing her expertise in a new school in the diocese of New Ireland and expanding her national training/consulting role.

 

Day 25

I will travel with Craig Gaffney, our Youth President, for an official visit to the Methodist Church Fiji in July. We will be able to express our solidarity with Fijian communities following the catastrophic cyclone Winston, which struck earlier this year and has been described as the worst cyclone ever to hit the South Pacific.

Richard Clutterbuck, one of our ministers and Principal of Edgehill College in Belfast, is currently in the region engaging with the Methodist Consultative Council of the Pacific as the three Methodist theological colleges in Samoa, Tonga and Fiji  cooperate to produce study papers on 'Methodist Identity' ahead of its biennial gathering in Tonga next year.

Our Mission Partners Val Ogden and Julia Edwards continue their important regional roles from their respective bases in Fiji.

 

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