Posts Tagged 'world mission'

LFS Introduces…Fran Brady & Love Ghana

Hello. Thanks to LFS for the chance to be a guest post. My real name is Frances Young but my penname is Fran Brady so that’s what I go by on Facebook. My maiden name (such a funny, old-fashioned expression that seems now) was Brady so I am really me by either name. A rose by any other.

I started writing fiction about four years ago. I’d always wanted to write (something a bit more imaginative than research reports, feasibility studies, staff appraisals and funding proposals, which I spent my professional life on) but it wasn’t until I reached the great age of retirement that I got the chance. Since then, after a few creative writing courses, I have been hooked.

To my own and everyone else’s astonishment, I have churned out millions of words resulting in one published and one unpublished novel and another one in first draft form at present. My published novel is The Ball Game and you can buy it on Amazon and in some bookshops.

Recently one of my daughters set up a new charity to raise money for mothers and children in Ghana. “What would I like to do for it?” she asked me. Dreading another sponsored walk – I love the walking but hate collecting the money – I decided to put together some of my short stories, fund the first print run and sell them at £5 each. The full £5 from each copy goes to the charity, which is Love Ghana


So Tales to Dip Into is now available from: franbbrady@aol.co.uk. Just email me that you want one (or more) and I will send you an order form.

Then relax, uncurl your toes and dip them into this little book… Meet a mad woman in the streets of Florence, a baby speaking from the womb and a nonagenarian going courting. Watch Facebook ‘friends’ at the Edinburgh Book Festival, go to garage sales in Toronto and attend the last performance of a stage legend. And much more! Fifteen funny, romantic, sad, dark and quirky tales – three of each.

Indulge yourself and support a wonderful cause at the same time.

Go on… You know you want to.

You can get a copy of Tales To Dip Into to support Love Ghana by e-mailing Fran (click here) Find out more about Fran Brady by heading over to her website www.franbrady.com. You can also find out more about Love Ghana on facebook or by heading over to their website.

Thank you Frances (aka Fran!) for sharing with us, I love your writing, and hope that the book raises lots of funds for Love Ghana!

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LFS Introduces…Liam & Rachel Byrnes in Masi, South Africa

Please introduce yourselves, and tell us about what you are doing in South Africa just now?

We are a newly married couple in our early twenties with a sneaking suspicion that Jesus has an amazing plan to see the World made new, humans brought back to relationship with himself and each other, and that the place we should be doing that right now is in Southern Africa. More formally though, Rachel grew up in Aberdeenshire, Scotland and has been serving Church plants, loving her nieces and nephews, and loves culture. I (Liam) grew up in Cornwall near England (that’s a South-West joke) studying Theology in Aberdeen with a background in Politics and Economics and until 4 months ago was working in the oil Industry.

We are working in South Africa helping facilitate locally led, home based simple churches/bible studies, giving people the tools and education to lift themselves out of oppressive poverty, teaching people the skills to have life giving family life and care for Children.

How did you get involved with/what inspired you to work with YWAM?

YWAM just happened to turn up at the right time really. We love YWAM’s core values and have some great friends who are involved in it. YWAM is also releasing and broad enough that you can pretty much work in any sphere under their banner.

All that being said although we are relationally connected with YWAM we don’t have any long term commitment as of yet, but their DTS* program (which we are currently involved in) seemed like a good intro to our more long term plans in South Africa. We are very much of the mind that we want to build a Kingdom not an empire, so as long as being involved with YWAM serves that we will probably stay connected with YWAM.

*DTS = Discipleship Training School

What is 2010 shaping up to look like for your work with YWAM?

Well from January to March we will be in South Africa continuing to scope out the land and make arrangements for our more long-term return later in the year. As part of the DTS program we are doing we have to go back to our sending YWAM base Kona for a little while, after that we are hoping to visit a few churches and friends in mainland USA for a couple of weeks up until end of April. Then from May to July we will be back in the UK to visit Churches, family and find some short-term employment to help towards our return to South Africa in August.

What is your favourite thing about the work you are doing?

We get to see people all day and we get the opportunity make a real difference to help them out of poverty.

Spiritual poverty: the sense that they don’t matter to God or have anywhere to take their burdens.

Financial poverty: helping people realise they can really step out of poverty and that it is something that is on God’s heart for them.

Relational poverty: networking them with people who care about them and want to engage in community with them.

All those areas are something that we are passionate about and so being able to work with people in those areas can be very enjoyable.

What is the most challenging thing about the work you are doing?

Situations that feel hopeless have been challenging, we are working in a community of 30,000 in a 2sq mile area – there is more depravity, poverty, and brokenness than I ever thought imaginable. We often see heart breaking injustice: an alcoholic mother who neglects her baby to the point of serious malnutrition; a refugee working 12 hours a day, 6 days a week for not enough money to pay rent.

There is so much need, as soon as one problem seems to be solved; a new one comes to the fore. It just reminds us that this community needs more than just initiatives, programs or even money; it needs Jesus-centered restoration in every category.

Who do you have supporting you? How do they support you?

Our families particularly have been incredibly supportive; Rachel’s parents are even currently visiting with us. We have lots of faithful friends who pray for us regularly as well as keep in regular contact (which is actually more of a support than you would realise!). The Church I grew up in, in Cornwall has committed to pray for us as a church, and our house group and great friends in Banchory from the Aberdeen Vineyard Church really support us as our home community.

In relation to financial support, Rachel and I saved for around a year – I did some web design projects on the side back in the UK to raise money. We also asked people to gift us money for our wedding instead of the normal gift registries. A number of friends and family gave us generous one off gifts, a couple others have committed to giving to us monthly which has been of huge help but is less than 20% of our current monthly outgoings. Financial support is one of the main reasons we have to return to the UK for a few months this year.

Do you partner with any other organisations?

Yes, we love to in fact. We are working closely with All Nations, a local organisation focused on planting small simple churches in peoples houses. We are working with them to integrate a business training initiative we’ve been working on for some Zimbabwean refugees who can’t find work into a more advanced program that All Nations run. We are also working on a policy and advocacy level with Justice Acts/IOM, a part of the Counter Trafficking Coalition, on a human trafficking and prostitution prevention project for the World Cup later this year.

What piece of advice would you give to anyone that is thinking about doing mission/charity work overseas?

1) Do your research – cultivate a cultural, historical and spiritual understanding of the country, understand the main difference in the culture you are coming from and the one you are entering. Find out what groups are already at work there, and understand how you want to partner with them. Learn some of the language.

2) Create Community – lack of support is the number one reason people leave missionary work, whether it be an organisation you are working with, a home church, a house group, your family, friends, a society, find a group of people who will partner with you, believe in you and what you are working for, a support team is really integral to any long term sustainability in missions.

3) Love God, Love Others – Missions work, especially in developing nations can be relationally, emotionally and physically exhausting, if you are not rooted in an understanding of the Love of God for you, and for the people in the World it must be entirely unsustainable. Relational conflict amongst missionaries is another major reason people leave missions work, get ready to be humble, submit to each other in love, you will likely come with cultural baggage and other westerners will more likely rub you up the wrong way than the local population. Bonhoeffer said in his book on living in Christians Community called Life Together – “If you love the vision you have for community, you will destroy community. If you love the people around you, you will create community.” There is no integrity in showing the love of God to a local community if you can’t practice it between other people working to the same end.

How can others engage with you and support you in the work you are doing with YWAM?

I think I’ve already been too long winded so I’ll direct you to our website for that! –

Click here to help us by praying with us, follow us on our blog or you can sign up to receive our email updates. You can communicate our story to your local Church or housegroup and we would also hugely appreciate anyone prayerfully considering financially supporting the work we do in South Africa on a regular basis, you can find more about that here.

If people would like to pray for you, what would you have them talk to God about on your behalf?

1. Safety – Everyday we are working in a community with a shockingly high violent crime and murder rate and sometimes getting involved in difficult social and family situations, we haven’t had any issues so far but we certainly need God’s continued protection as we seek to be light in the darkness here.

2. Wisdom – We could get involved and see meaningful transformation in almost every sphere of society if we were to give our time to it, so please pray that we would work in strategic areas to help bring about the radical transformation Jesus announced when he was on earth.

3. Marriage – We consider a strong and loving marriage to be one of our most compelling witnesses in a community with so much unfaithfulness and broken families, please pray that we would continue to grow in our love for each other and commitment to each other.

Thank you so much for sharing with us Liam & Rachel! We will be praying for you as you prepare to get settled long-term in South Africa.

To keep up to date with what Liam and Rachel are up to, and to find out more about the different ways people can support them go to their website & blog at www.liamandrachel.com

LFS Introduces…the Collie Family & Samaritan’s Feet

Please introduce yourselves, and tell us about what you are doing in South Africa just now?

Hi! We’re Mark and Caroline Collie. Mark is originally from Welkom, a wee town in South Africa, and I (Caroline) am originally from Washington, North Carolina, in the States. The story of how we ended up together (including how we met in Scotland) is very lovely but also very long so perhaps I’ll save it for another post! We are currently in South Africa working for a missions organisation called Samaritan’s Feet. Their lovely story is also quite long, but you can check it out here.

We share the Gospel by giving shoes to children and adults who need them. We measure them up for the right size shoes, wash their feet, tell them about Jesus, and bless them with a new pair of socks and shoes. We get local churches and other organisations involved to help make this happen.

What inspired you to work with Samaritan’s Feet and how did you get involved with them?

For a while we’d felt like the Lord was leading us to a new country for a season, perhaps before settling down in the States. After the birth of our first child (while we were still in Scotland) we began considering moving to South Africa for a season, to be closer to Mark’s parents and to serve the Lord in poorer areas, because His Word so often encourages us towards that. We began looking for missions organisations and through another long and lovely story got connected with Samaritan’s Feet. They’ve been hoping to give away 100,000 pairs of shoes in the cities in SA where the World Cup is being hosted this year. And for people who live in impoverished areas, a pair of shoes can change a life.

A person with HIV can die simply from getting a cut on their foot while walking along the road. With poor sanitation in some areas, shoes are really a very significant thing to have. Using a pair of shoes as an instrument to bless people, and meet a very practical need while sharing with them about the Lord is exciting for us.

What is 2010 shaping up to look like for your work with Samaritan’s Feet?

We’re going to be partnering with local churches and organisations like YWAM to make distributions happen around the country this year. We are currently working on setting SF up as a trust so that we can import shoes without paying duties. (K-mart recently donated a million pairs of shoes to SF in the States, so they’re waiting for us there!)

What is your favourite thing about the work you are doing?

I (Caroline) really love being a blessing to people, especially children. It warms my heart and feels like we’re doing what the Lord told us to do. We’re only just getting started, preparing for the distributions to kick off, so we’ll probably have more to say to that question soon!

What is the most challenging thing about the work you are doing?

Right now, it is #1, being away from family (for Caroline) and #2 continually trusting the Lord for financial provision. As is the case with a lot of charitable work, money is a challenge.

Who do you have supporting you? How do they support you?

We have a team of folks back in the States, and a few folks in other parts of the world (Canada, the UK, and South Africa) who make regular contributions to support our ministry with Samaritan’s Feet. For example, they might send $100/month to SF to support our ministry here. We are incredibly blessed to have this team of folks behind us. They are such an encouragement, genuinely just great, great people, and we couldn’t be here ministering without them!

Do you partner with any other organisations?

As mentioned above, we’re looking forward to working with YWAM this summer. Other groups may send missions teams our way, and we partner with some humanitarian aid projects in the north of South Africa as well. We also look forward to connecting with lots of local churches throughout the country to make the distributions happen!

What piece of advice would you give to anyone that are thinking about doing mission/charity work overseas?

Get grounded in God. The faith you build at home will help you through the tough seasons when you’re sent out. Learn to deeply ground your trust in God. Find wise mentors to counsel you through the sending process. (We’d probably add this opinion: that you should make sure you’re well funded before you go, and take the time to raise a full support team. This is of course subject to the Lord’s leading! If He says go, then go!)

How can others engage with you and support you in the work you are doing with Samaritan’s Feet?

You can leave a comment anywhere on www.carolinecollie.com if you’re interested in getting in touch with us. You can also follow our story there, and find details about partnering with us if you click the “How you can help” tab!

We would love to share more with anyone about what we’re doing in SA and invite others to be a part of it!

If people would like to pray for you, what would you have them talk to God about on your behalf?

As you may have guessed, additional finances, and new partners joining our team is a big prayer request at the moment! However, we really desire a deeper intimacy with God…just to continue to know Him more and more, and to follow Him closely as we aim to do His will here.

Thank you so much for sharing with us! The work you are doing is really exciting and dare I say, a little bit different (I’m thinking about the feet washing thing here… 😉 ).

If you would like to find out more about Samaritan’s Feet you can go to their website here. You can also check out Caroline’s blog From Africa, With Love on www.carolinecollie.com


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