As we look towards Easter the James Hannington Memorial Trust highlight projects we would like to invite the church family to support. This year, they are:
PROJECT 1: GRAHAM & DEBBIE FRITH, AYLA MISSION TRAINING SCHOOL, BOLIVIA.
‘AYLA’ means ‘Light of the Moon’ in Hebrew, and the name of this new venture was chosen because it represents that we do not shine with our own light, but we seek to reflect God’s light through our lives.
AYLA is a brand new project, the first missions training school of its kind in Bolivia, and is being established in partnership with the El Alfarero ministry in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. (www.alfarero.org)
El Alfarero is a partner ministry of Latin Link UK. AYLA will be a 6-month, intensive, residential, integrated missions training school, with a view to preparing Latino missionaries for the mission field.
Currently, 40% of unreached people groups are located in Asia, many in countries that are difficult to access for traditional western missionaries. But there is a huge growth in the missions movement from Africa and especially Latin America, with a view to sending missionaries to places that are still accessible to missionaries from those continents. However, whilst the missions movement in Latin America is growing, many missionaries are sent out unprepared, and return home broken and burnt out.
AYLA seeks to be a part of the growing missions movement, but with a view to preparing Latino missionaries in deeper and more integrated ways.
The Lent Appeal at BH will go towards equipping the AYLA accommodation area, particularly with a view to buying enough beds & bedding for the potential students (approx. £2747).
The accommodation construction has been recently finished and is an extension to the existing El Alfarero building in Santa Cruz.
PROJECT 2: NEW GROWTH MINISTRIES, ZIMBABWE
A message from Mark Mackenzie:
Thank you so much for partnering with us so amazingly over the years. God is now leading New Growth Ministries into a new and exciting period building on the incredible legacy of Rob and Hilary and I’d like to briefly share something of that with you.
A new board in Zimbabwe has been set up to oversee the ministry on the ground and Mark Mackenzie (Rob and Hilary’s son) is chairing that new board. Also on the board are 2 of the early orphans that NGM looked after. Ben, who is now an accountant and Nura who is a Neurosurgeon. Also on the new board is Willard who was in one of the first groups of pastors who graduated from the All Africa School of Theology that Rob and Hilary ran, and now runs a church of 200 people. It’s so exciting to see how God is using these young men, whose lives have been so impacted by NGM over the years, now taking on these leadership roles within the ministry.
The vision that God has given us for NGM going forward is threefold:
Stabilisation – of education, mentorship and nutrition of the boys, with regular visits from Nura and Willard who will be providing medical, emotional and spiritual help and support for the boys.
Revival – reviving some of the areas that generated local income like cattle, chickens and eggs. This way there is local money available as well as support from the UK.
New Growth – this is where the ministry of NGM grows into areas that God leads us into as he has done in the past.
We’ll be appointing an Operations Co-Ordinator, called Dave Martin. He’ll be unpaid, except travel expenses. He’ll be responsible for building a team of volunteers who will become involved in the day to day running and support of the ministry.
The specific areas that we are needing funds for at the moment are:
For more information please see our video by clicking on the link below
Thank you again for your encouragement, your prayers and your support.
If you would like to give to either of these projects then please either see the details in the BH news or contact the church office for more details.
Bishop Hannington Church supports mission all over the world. Through the charitable trust, the James Hannington Memorial Trust, the church gives money and other resources to support gospel work in many different nations.