Let’s give thanks that the proposed degree course at FEISA, the Anglican Training College for Early Years Teachers in Paraguay, has been accepted and approved. Please pray for a good intake of students for its commencement next year, and for rest and refreshment for Head Estela de López and her staff during the summer recess.
Friday Night Live – Friday 1st February 2008!!
Denis Johnston and Bishop Ken Clarke are visiting South America during the next few weeks.Denis leaves on Friday 26th October for Paraguay where he will meet up with Elaine Hutchinson and Claire Holmes in Asuncion, and also have meetings with Bishop John Ellison and other church leaders and the head of St Andrew’s College where Elaine works. He will be joined by Bishop Ken on 31st October in Paraguay and then on 1st November they fly to Santiago in Chile for SAMS International meetings. Here they will be joined by representatives of all the Dioceses in South America and the leaders of SAMS Great Britain, USA and CANADA. They also hope to meet Gerardo and Suyai Gimpel, Pablo Ochoa and Raquel Greco who all spent time in Ireland in recent years and also Samuel Lago who is due for a year’s placement in 2008. Denis and Bishop Ken return on 8th November.Please pray for good health and safety in travelPray for wisdom and discernment at all the meetingsPray for Bishop John and Judie Ellison who are due to retire after 20 years in Paraguay and for a successor as Bishop of ParaguayPray for the SAMS International meetings at this time of great change in the Anglican Communion and in Mission
Denis was joined by Bishop Ken Clarke last week and they are now in Chile for the SAMS International conference – one of the most important international conferences in recent years. Read more in the Pray section.
Denis arrived in Paraguay on Saturday 27th of October. He spent the first weekend visiting the Annex School on its 35th anniversary, seeing the Chacarita where many Annex pupils live, meeting Mission Partners and visiting local churches. This week he will meet with Elaine Hutchinson and Claire Holmes, and spend time with Bishop John and Judy Ellison in their last few weeks before retirement. Later in the week he will be joined by Bishop Clarke before going on to Chile for the SAMS International conference. Read more in the Pray section.
Denis Johnston and Bishop Ken Clarke are visiting South America during the next few weeks. Read more in the Pray section.
Hugo & Techi Vergara visited Northern Ireland this week. They are working with SAMS Ireland on project ‘La Caldera’. This will see the restoration of a church centre near Salta, Northern Argentina by a 2008 BTN team from Down and Dromore Diocese.
Raul Valdiviezo (Cecilia’s dad) was also with us for two weeks. It was a pleasure to welcome Raul to Ireland for his first time. Raul is held in high regard by all our Gap Year volunteers who participate in the Red Box Project as he is the person who does all their washing, amongst serving in numerous other ways!
The SAMS Ireland AGM was held on Thursday 11th October 2007. General Secretary, Denis Johnston, reported a very successful year, and chairman, Bishop Ken Clarke, remarked that SAMS Ireland is entering a period of expansion. The committee looked forward to another good year in 2008. Download the report.
Elaine Hutchinson, the latest SAMS Ireland volunteer writes –
It’s been a cold winter, but now it’s hotting up. It’s 30 degrees Celsius and the others say this is not even hot yet!
School is going really well, I’ve settled in, go to the gym and really enjoy it here. I’ve noticed how friendly everyone is and, even though they work really hard and long hours, they still have time to eat together and invite others for dinner. I’m enjoying inviting friends round for dinner in my wee flat too.
Church is going really well. I’m going to a local Baptist in the morning and the Anglican Youth congregation on Sunday evenings. It has really grown in the last few months. When I first arrived there were only a handful of people, now lots are coming. There were two baptisms on Sunday night which was very exciting. The Alpha Course is really interesting as the answers people give are very different, many still believe in Jesus as Lord, but it’s translating that to their lifestyle that counts.
I’m hoping for a holiday in December to escape to Chile from the heat of Asuncion.
Thanks for all your prayers,
Linn Tedman reports “In the Chaco there has been no rain for months and people are suffering a lack of water. There have also been fires on a scale never before witnessed in Paraguay. Whole regions of the country have been burned. Thousands of people have been affected and many have lost homes, crops, cattle, forests and livelihoods.
The Church has been supporting the Chaco Anglican communities through the problems of drought. With help from the Fire Brigade water has been sent to fill some wells built by our students. We hope to send more as needs arise. At the moment there is still a small amount of water in some communities. At El Estribo it is very dry. Apparently some of the Indians are lacking in vitamins as their vegetables in their veg patches have died for lack of water. Some Indians are also anaemic.”