Caroline with the help of Iris Ministries, set up a baby house outside the capital city of Madagascar, Antananarivo, to rescue babies abandoned on the streets. Over that time, God has brought 80 staff to help and 118 children to care for, some of them with physical and developmental difficulties.
Caroline and her team also :
· support 50 families (120 children) with food and school fees so that the children can stay with their families
· have a milk program for 50 underweight and malnourished babies who’s mothers have died or are ill, with bible teaching for the parents
· a lunchtime feeding program for 200 of the poorest children in the area
· a craft program for women to make things to sell and thereby become self-supporting.
· a ministry to those who live on the Rubbish Dump to make sure they have access to medical treatment, basic needs and the gospel.
God is now leading Caroline to open another base in Mahajanga, on the west coast of Madagascar, for children at risk of being trafficked.
- Madagascar can be a very unsettled country, pray for protection and security of the team
- Continued financial support.
- Pray for Caroline and those she works alongside, all the children they care for in the home and all the families and local people they serve.
- The establishment of the new base
Latin Link aims to develop communities through relational and occupational mission. Janka leads a team in microfinance working with women in 3 poor communities of San Jose; Los Guido, La Capri, and Las Fuentes. They encourage women to discover their value and identity in Christ and the gifts that God gave them to develop their business and finance skills to improve their lives and that of their families. Alongside that, they disciple them and help them to knowJesus.
Between May and August they had many short term outreach teams from American colleges/ universities visit to help them with teaching business skills and ministry. They were a welcome addition to Janka and her team bringing energy, joy and enthusiasm during a time when it was needed. They have also shown that to show God’s love, you don’t need to speak the same language.
- For the microfinance team as they think about having its own centre to cater for growth.
- That Janka would be able to trust in the Lord’s hand as her time in Costa Rica comes to an end for the next direction
- The women touched by the project: that they would come to know God and grow in their love for Jesus.
Carolyn is the Deputy Head of a Christian school in Lethoso which provides free education to the local community. Part of that role is to lead the children into knowing Jesus personally. Six children were baptised in June. The school has seen whole families come to know Jesus because their child attended the school.
She leads the pre-Primary stage of school children into the discipline of daily time with their bibles andworship in their native tongue, Basotho. “We are thankful to God for healings of headaches, colds, and sore parts! “
At her local church she oversees the children’s ministry where they are teaching the children about the Holy Spirit. She is also the adult leader of the youth team. A training session was attended by 30 staff from their 3 church plants who were very motivated and encouraged by new vision and fresh ideas.
- The children who attend the school and the families who are served by the support of the church and school.
- New leaders for the church children's work
-That Jesus will continue to provide for Carolyn and that she will continue to be used o further God’s Kingdom.
- identity papers for the orphans from South Africa
Jes and Jane Bates
Jes and Jane work as doctors in Blantyre, in southern Malawi. Their sons, Tom and Peter are 17 and 15. Jes is an orthopaedic surgeon and teaches/mentors medical students. He is also part of the Eldership at the church. He recently convened training to encourage people who are leaders in their workplace to be rooted in their Christian identity. Over 60 people attended. He is Chair of the management team of the church’s water bottling plant providing cheap, cleaner water though is keen to pass this on to someone else.
Jane’s focus is palliative care for patients suffering from TB, Cancer and HIV and is the Chair of Board of Trustees at Palliative Care Support Trust which oversees palliative care services at the hospital and surrounding communities. She leads the discipleship of Christian doctors and students through the Christian Medical and Dental Fellowship group. She is hoping to do a PhD in Palliative Care and is looking for funding.
- The Bates family: That their ministry would continue to bless those around them, and they would continue to find practical ways to help the local community. Also that Jes and Jane’s sons, Tom and Peter would continue well in their A levels and GCSE's respectively.
- Their patients: that they would experience God’s healing power.
Based in Lancaster, Ambassadors Football UK works with colleagues around the world to deliver programs that result in people being discipled for Jesus who may not otherwise visit a church, using the medium of football. The staff are accepted in the football world as they are well qualified to teach and coach football which opens doors to ministry that would not otherwise be possible. Worldwide there are more people on football pitches than in church on a Sunday. Ambassadors Football sees its role within the body of Christ to inspire, train and model ways in which the church can get outside its walls into the community with football. Martin became the GB Director in June 2015 which means he is responsible for fulfilling the mission and vision of Ambassadors Football by developing relationships and partnerships. There are 10 staff in Britain with 5 in USA, Nepal and Indonesia.
The UN acknowledges that sport is a great way to help children to recover and process the trauma that can come from natural disasters. Following the earthquake in Nepal earlier this year, Football Nepal held trauma relief camps in various villages with church contacts which resulted in the local population seeing that the church is a gateway to help and hope.
- That through Ambassadors Football, people would develop relationships with one another and with Jesus.
- Development of relationships with more churches
- For the practicalities of the Bateman family life as Martin's new role involves more international travel.
Other Mission Partners
There is a few more mission partners that Pip n Jay support but we are unable to give details of their work here for security reasons. If you'd like to know more about their work, please check out the Mission Partners Notice Board in church or drop us an email.