BMS World Mission
Our prime partnered mission worker is Annet Ttendo a Ugandan lawyer working in Biera Mozambique since Jan 12 to establish a Christian Lawyers fraternity in partnership with the Mozambique Baptist Convention. Annet has alongside her Kathy Russell a UK solicitor with a background in practising law in both the UK and Australia, with previous experience teaching English and Law in China. Annets team address gender based violence in the community, including campaigning for self-worth to break the silence on sexual harassment in schools; educating teachers in the need to observe professional ethics to protect children from abuse, with training in child protection and the law.
Our trio of partnered mission workers is made up by Linda Darby the Kenyan wife of Tim Darby who with their two young children Joshua and Annabelle are based in Gulu Uganda, where Tims own professional qualifications in geology and water and environmental development, are also to the fore in sanitation and water improvement projects.
Linda works alongside the Ugandan Christian Lawyers Fraternity providing legal education to vulnerable people, addressing the issue of corruption and bribery which is endemic in many aspects of their work, bringing honourable Christian values into a generally dishonest system.
Robins new occupation finds him on a dredging vessel ( the Charlemagne) with responsibility for its general operations as it loads marine aggregate from the seabed, operating out of various ports. He is sharing a house in Antwerp with three others who speak good Flemish which he is attempting to come to terms with.
This move has brought him into contact with a Christian fellowship called St. Egideo which works with the homeless, elderly, and youth in need, and Robin has begun to deliver food by bicycle, meeting homeless people on the street and beginning new relationships, as well as joining with the team for Catholic mass.
Gillian has been exposed to the difficulties of working in South Africa, which have included theft of her cars wheels, and a lengthy postal strike which significantly disrupted their work.
Pre Christmas, Zoe was located in Mandeville Jamaica helping with the Mandeville Baptist church general administration, youth choir, bible study, young person’s fellowship, youth group and women’s federation.
Zoes work also included helping at a basic school in Greanvale assisting in classes for 3-6 year olds, which was challenging as most of the children came from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Post Christmas the team moved to Montego Bay, and have immersed themselves in a variety of activities including school morning devotionals, recorder and dance lessons, and home visits to those no longer able to attend church. In addition they have assisted in feeding the homeless, visiting the infirmary, and one off visits such as that to a deaf school.
Sundays have been spent at different churches on the circuit, as well as assisting in the annual Jamaican Baptist Assembly, and all the team are much looking forward to performing the song Mighty to Save in early March, with Jess and Judith playing in the band, Lydia singing, and Zoe doing a dance with the girls she has been teaching.
FEBA recently celebrated 50 years of ministry in India, where their broadcasts have helped to educate and transform whole communities across this vast land, with radio ministry in the lives of street children in Kinshasa in Africa being yet another example of new opportunity for the life giving media which FEBA brings.