We have watched a horrific situation unfold before our eyes with the current refugee crisis. Have you been struggling to find ways to respond? Watch this video below with different practical ways to respond.
Also, at Ebenezer Church, we have supported Rachael Bee for years and her work with Bristol Hospitality Network (who work with destitute asylum seekers in Bristol). Get in touch with them to find ways to volunteer here in Bristol immediately and for the longer term.
REFUGEE CRISIS SPECIAL OFFERING
Next Sunday (13th), we will have a special offering towards the refugee crisis and our giving will be split equally between Open Doors (who are working on the ground in Syria) and Bristol Hospitality Network. Please come prepared to give to these organisations.
1. Pray – 24/7 prayer global prayer week
2. Connect – Make properties available to those seeking asylum, please get in touch with Citizens UK.
3. Foster – Sign up to a national database (organised by Home for Good) to provide foster care to children and young people coming without parents.
3. Welcome – Churches need to be ready to welcome refugees into our communities and help them to integrate. Also check out the work of b.friend already happening in Bristol. Open space conversation event happening in Lockleaze in early October, details here.
5. Give – Open Doors has launched a special appeal to help those facing persecution in Syria.
Lydia went to Constanta, Romania from 25th July to 2nd August, with the Post-16 team from Woodlands Church. Here is a short update of how it went.
What did you get up to whilst in Romania?
We stayed at the PRR Boys Home for the first weekend, and headed to the camp on Monday with all the kids- 55 in total, ranging from 4 to 18 years old. We were basically there to become friends with the children, and to help with the running of the camp ie. running the morning and evening sessions for the children, and general organising of craft and games. The camp finished on Friday and we went back to the boys home. On Saturday we met with a Scottish couple (Heather and Alex Chalmers) who have been living in Romania for the past 10 years and have set up a church in the local community and also run a kids club. We also visited the some of the children's homes, which was an experience, as the conditions are very different to what all of the team were used to. We finished our trip with Church at the Boys Home and then set off for the airport home!
What did you do in the summer camp?
We started off with a team meeting in the morning, and then had breakfast, followed by a meeting with all the kids, which included songs and drama, all focused on the theme of shining like stars (Philippians 2:15). We then did craft centered on the particular theme of that day, and some games. In the afternoon we went out somewhere, for example we went fishing, to a waterpark, and on a boat trip. We would then head home and have tea, and finish of with an evening meeting with the kids :)
What were some of your highlights?
Highlights were probably the times in between all the activities, where we just got to chill and make friends with the kids. We all made really close friendships with them, so the relationship between all of us is a definite highlight!
What did God do in you?
I was shown how easy it is to share God's love with people, it can be as little as letting them play with your hair, or as big as standing up and doing a drama in front of all the children. A little love can go a long way, and i was shown that throughout the week!
Would you recommend others did short term mission like this?
And YES, i definitely would!!! Especially if you feel you need a change of scene or perspective, get on a trip asap!! It was amazing.
Lydia is off to Constanta, Romania from 25th July to 2nd August, with the Post-16 team from Woodlands Church. It's a really exciting opportunity for her, so check out what she is going to be doing and how we can pray for her.
What are you going to be doing?
We are going to be running a kids camp for a week, for children from the orphanages in the area, from Monday to Friday. We are also planning to visit one the orphanages for a day, which is something I am looking forward to- it will be good to see where the children have actually come from and will hopefully give us an idea of how important the camp is to them!
What are you looking forward to?
Prayer for energy as we will constantly be with about 70 kids for the whole trip would be good, as there are loads of them and only 14 of us (10 post-16 and 4 adults). Also the language barrier- none of us speak Romanian and I imagine the kids won't know much, if any English, so being able to communicate with them would be a plus.
As part of the Climate Coalition, Tearfund has always been at the prophetic edge of leading the UK church and influencing society to tackle justice and poverty issues from a Kingdom perspective.
This new campaign launch (Bristol is one of 6 UK cities to take part) seeks to inspire us as a city to understand and adopt radical biblical values in making local and global development more God-shaped and sustainable. Alongside national speakers we will be showcasing inspiring local initiatives from allied agencies to help shape our response and also opportunities to browse local organisation stands for ideas and support for action.
Wednesday 29th April
7.30pm at Woodlands Church, Woodland Road, Bristol, BS8 2AA
Guest speakers: Dr Krish Kandiah and Henrietta Blythe
Music and spoken word from Robin & Joey Mitchell
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