Give thanks for the CMS People in Mission conference last week at All Nations Christian College. It was the first such in-person gathering for people in mission since the start of the pandemic and it was so good to be together.
Our people in mission, Alison, Valery and Anya, are back in the Kyiv region and ask for prayers for safety as there are ongoing concerns about airstrikes and living with the tension is difficult. Next week the church Valery leads will be hosting a camp for children in a nearby village. Pray that this will […]
Ukraine update 26 July 2022
We have heard recently from Alison, Valery and Anya, our people in mission in Ukraine, who have been working tirelessly, loving their neighbours during precarious times. The church that Valery leads has been serving in the Kyiv region, in villages that have suffered from Russian aggression. They are involved in humanitarian aid, spiritual and emotional […]
Mission partner Alison Giblett has had to leave Ukraine and travel to Romania to re-apply for her residency visa. Pray for favour with those she comes into contact with and for her paperwork to be processed quickly. Pray, too for local partners Valery and Anya and their church as they bring hope through providing food […]
UK: mission partners on leave
Many of our people in mission are in the UK on leave, catching up with family, friends and link churches over the summer. Please pray for our mission partners and their children to find rest in the midst of the busyness and the many people they are here to see and things they are here […]
Living hospitably in the Czech Republic
New mission partners Lea and Petra Williams on how getting to grips with a new ministry has been shaped by the war in Ukraine
Ukraine update 27 June 2022
Despite also needing to contend with the destructive aftermath of a fire in her flat in Kyiv, Alison and our other people in mission continue to coordinate practical and spiritual care for the people of Ukraine who are dealing with so much trauma and loss. God has provided the ministry team a very good base […]
Ukraine: fire in flat
Mission partner Alison Giblett’s flat in Kyiv has been severely damaged in a fire caused by an electrical short in the building. There has been much destruction to the structure and contents of the apartment. Alison and some friends have been trying to clean and salvage what they can but the fumes have made them […]
Romania: serving Ukrainian refugees
Local partner Sergiu Brădean and his church in Romania are still hosting and serving Ukrainian refugees. They are receiving refugees directed to them by other churches closer to the border, and as well as emergency accommodation, friendship and advice, a team of volunteers has now started Romanian language lessons for them. Pray for strength and perseverance for the team and for the future hope of the refugees.
Pray for short termer Mark Rowel who is teaching English online and trying also to build relationships with his students online. Mission associate and speech therapist Sharon Rose is planning to return to Moldova in July and resume work with the church community in Dancu, which has been very involved in supporting Ukrainian refugees.
Brick by brick
A message from mission partner Alison Giblett, received Wednesday 19 May 2022:Thank you everyone, for your prayers for the work and restoration we’re starting here near the Kyiv region. The situation is not nearly as bad as it was probably a month ago straight after all of the damage and bombing in this area. So we’re seeing lots of destroyed buildings, but the mess all over the ground has mostly been cleared up now. We really praise God.Yesterday we had a very good day. We visited some people on Monday where there was a crater where a 500 kilogram air bomb had been dropped in the middle of the road and all the houses around it had serious damage. One family we saw were still trying to pick up the bricks and clean them so that they could be reused again. And so we offered help, and five of us came back yesterday, and they were so encouraged by the fact that we were willing to come and get involved, hands on. And we were able to see a significant amount of clearing done. And the whole front wall that had crumbled, we were able to clear, and sort between the rubbish and the reasonable bricks that could be reused.To our surprise, they gave us a very nice lunch, which was a really, really lovely expression of gratitude, and we’ll certainly continue visiting and supporting them. We had some other very good contacts as well. We met a lady in the village who used to be a sort unofficial regional leader. She helped 180 people in the village evacuate during the worst time of the bombing. And so praise God, there were far fewer people in the village who actually died, although over 40 houses have been destroyed.Thank you for your prayers. It’s good to be able to share the ongoing progress with you. God bless you.
Ukraine: restoring the broken-hearted
After a recent visit to villages on the outskirts of Kyiv, our people in mission have decided to return to an area west of the city to begin ministering among people who are traumatised and coming to grips with massive loss. They will be staying in flats owned by a local children’s home – all […]