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St Mary's and All Souls Global Vision News

October 2018

PARISH LINK WITH BUTERE DIOCESE, KENYA THROUGH FIVE TALENTS
The Bishop and Chair signed an initial Grant Agreement with Five Talents (September 2018) and Five Talents has sent their first ever grant  funding to pay the salaries of Cynthia and Leah, the new staff who have been appointed to run the programme. Thank you for making this possible! 

Year 1 of the five year programme will begin on 1 January 2019 so this is a 'bridging grant' to help with some of the initial set up and training. 

Leah and Cynthia are already in post and will be having their first Skype call with Five talents (5T) Programme Manager, Hannah, next week, once they have bought a laptop
Bishop Tim Wambunya

Bishop Tim Wambunya,  Bishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya, Butere Diocese.  This is the visionary leader that Five Talents is now working with in Western Kenya.

He has been educated in England and has worked in London.  He had a distinguished career in the Navy and in engineering before joining the ministry.  He is keen to see a Five Talents programme flourish in the Diocese of Butere.  He has committed to give free office space and his personal support to the programme.   In the areas Karen and Helen visited in March they witnessed how key the Bishop’s support is to the success of a Five Talents project. Five Talents aims to give financial services, literacy and business skills to over 2,500 households in Butere over the next 5 years.

As part of our support for this new link we hope to arrange exchange visits and you could be part of a visit possibly in 2020!We will also aim to pray regularly for our link diocese


July 2018

Oxtrad donation photoA small group went to meet with Bishop Michael in July. We were able to learn more of his recent work, pray with him, encourage him and present him with a cheque for support of OXTRAD.







April 2018

Lent Collection
With thanks to God and your generosity our Lent Collection raised £1,200 in support of leadership training in the Diocese of Raiwind, Church of Pakistan. This is a fantastic response. We hope to further develop our relationship with this diocese over time.


January 2018

IMPACTING LIVES

Helen Coomber and Karen Harcombe are stepping out in faith to join a 'Learn and Return' visit to the Church of Kenya (March 10-17). They will see the transformational work of the dioceses of Nakuru and Thika in partnership with Five Talents www.fivetalents.org.uk

Archbishop Justin Welby says,' I am pleased to be Patron of Five Talents, an organisation that, working through the local Anglican church around the world, celebrates the creative potential of enterprise to bring human flourishing and to support people in lifting themselves out of poverty'

Please pray for Helen and Karen as they go.


Our current mission involvements:

We support Tim & Kathy Hyde working with Church Army in Southampton.

You can find out more about this by visiting the Church Army in Southampton website



OXTRAD -  Oxford Centre for Training, Research, Advocacy and Dialogue

Bishop Michael NaziraliOxtrad seeks to enable Christian workers and pastors to engage with these challenges and to bring the Gospel to bear on the important questions they face. Heightening tensions between the West and Islamic countries in the Middle East, Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, for example, have impacted Christians and churches in the region. The Oxtrad vision arises from the growing challenge of international religious extremism, terrorism and ideological secularism faced today by Christian leaders and the churches they lead.

Oxtrad is a venture of faith and vocation. We depend on the prayer, support and generosity of Christians to make this vision a reality.Most of all, we seek to glorify God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in all we do for God’s Church and God’s world.

For more information visit Bishop Michael Nazirali's website

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali -  current President
of OXTRAD and former Bishop of Rochester


Global Vision Prayer News

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali at OXTRAD asks prayer as follows:
It was a privilege to address a gathering of heads and senior officers of the Police forces in England and Wales on a proper basis for community relations. On St Valentine’s Day, I arrived in Uganda to preach at the 40th Anniversary Commemoration of Archbishop Janani Luwum’s martyrdom (16 February). This day is now a public holiday and the congregation of 10,000 included the Prime Minister and the Vice-President. Some discussion has begun about a possible consultation on reaching unreached groups in Northern Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, with the emphasis on Christian missionaries from the Islamic world working among such groups. Please pray for this possibility and the resources for it. To bring together some 25-30 people around £25,000 will be needed. Please continue to pray for the right people to come for the
consultation of younger leaders in business this coming September and for adequate resources to see us through. Please pray for Karl and Richard as they prepare to attend this