Our Church held a walk today November 14th to raise funds for Refugees through Barnabas Fund ‘Safe Havens’ project. We walked 3 miles around the local streets near the Church.
“The Christian community in the Middle East is facing its greatest crisis. The homes of Christians are being demolished by this terrible conflict. They have nowhere to go unless we open our doors to them in their hour of need,” said Sir Charles Hoare Bt, Barnabas advisor, calling on European governments to provide support.
The project has been months in the making – many elements needed to be brought together. The Polish government generously provided visas to the 157 individuals. Barnabas’ partner in Poland, the Esther Foundation, a Warsaw-based charity, organized the reception facilities. Polish churches are welcoming the families and helping them to settle in.
“It is with a heavy heart that we evacuate Christians from ancient homelands where they have dwelt continuously for 2,000 years,” said International Director Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo. “But the plight of these communities is dire and we need to do our utmost to save their lives.”
“The greatest challenge is finding governments prepared to open their doors to these particularly vulnerable families. We have to thank the Polish government and the Polish people for their willingness to help these persecuted communities. We are also very grateful for the many financial donations from a wide variety of sources.”
Many of the evacuees remain fearful for members of their extended family that they have left behind and some are traumatized, but one young couple (pictured with their seven-month-old daughter) have been willing to be quoted, though not by name.
“When the war started in Syria, we had patience year by year we thought it would end. But as it got worse, my wife and I talked and we realized we had to move. When we came here [Warsaw] we had seen lots of things – lots of disasters. But from the moment we stepped off the plane into the airport we felt safe.”
Operation Safe Havens was developed by Barnabas Aid in response to the deteriorating situation in the Middle East, and requests received for help from church leaders in the region. It builds on previous Barnabas Aid rescue missions relocating persecuted Christians to safe places in various parts of the world.
Our Church will hold a sponsored walk on Saturday November 14 to raise funds for Refugees through Barnabas Fund. Our plan is to walk 3 miles around the local streets near the Church. Sign up, raise funds, get educated, be prayerful.
Catechism Class Sunday 9:30am to 10:15am
‘To be a Christian’ is the new Anglican Catechism. It is described as a missional means by which God may bring about conversion to Christ and formation in Christ. It is a small booklet beautifully bound and printed containing 345 questions and answers outlining the Christian faith and life. We will use this most Sunday mornings, covering a short section each week and finishing before a visit from a Bishop in the spring of 2016. At this visit those prepared will be given adult baptism, confirmation or be received into membership of the Anglican Church. Copies will be available for purchase but you can order your own copy through Amazon here or read it online at: – http://anglicanchurch.net/?/main/catechism
In eight months’ time we will rejoin Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) through the Diocese of the Mid Atlantic (DOMA) and hopefully a visit from their Bishop.
Tanzania Mission, August 2015
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).
For the last 10 years Church of the Word has had a significant ongoing relationship with Revs. Given and Lilian Gaula of Tanzania. We first became acquainted with Given as a seminary student attending the Virginia Theological Seminary and later with Lilian when she came to the States to attend Trinity School for Ministry in Pennsylvania. As a church we offered financial and prayer support when Given returned to Tanzania to serve as an instructor at the Msalato Theological School in Dodoma, and maintained a close working relationship when the family moved to New Zealand where Given earned a Ph.D. in Missiology. In 2013, he was unexpectedly called to be the new Bishop of Kondoa, a rural, poor diocese in northern Tanzania that is predominantly Muslim.