May/14: Mission Partners

Lucy Jones and Fran Tanner, Angola, Short Term Mission

Lucy and Fran are on short term mission in Angola with 'Serving in Mission'.  They spent a month in Portugal learning Portuguese and flew out to Lubango in the south of Angola in mid-April.  They are both doctors, and are working in the Evangelical Medical Centre of Lubango Hospital until mid-July.

We are asked to pray that they will quickly learn and acquire new skills, and adapt their medical skills to a poor-resource setting.  Pray that they will fit into the hospital environment and be a blessing to the hospital staff.  Pray too for opportunities to share the gospel and for boldness and clarity as they seek to share their faith.  Pray that they will continue to improve their language skills,  for safety, particularly during travel, and that they will remain in good health.

Andrew and Uta Buckler, Thomas 15, Samuel 14, Daniel 12, Lois 8, Amélie 5, Paris, France

In their latest prayer letter, Andy and Uta have asked us particularly to pray for them as a family.

Thomas loved a summer camp with ‘Young Life’ and being a young leader at ‘New Wine’.  Give thanks for this and that he passed his Brevet (French equivalent of GCSEs). Samuel has spent valuable time in the UK with Tim, his uncle; some will remember Tim growing up with Andy in St G's.  Give thanks for this relationship with Tim. Last year Samuel joined the Youth Section of the Fire Brigade.  Daniel started boarding school in September where he loves learning to play rugby and wave board.  Give thanks that he is well looked after in his school. Lois and Amélie go to the local primary school. Lois is outgoing, imaginative and loves reading; Amélie is reserved, stubborn and writes her name backwards. They complement each other well.

Uta works part time near Paris, runs the 'family enterprise' and has recently taken on the children’s work (7-9s and 10-12s) in their church. Pray for her that she can fulfil all these responsibilities well.  Uta's father was killed in an accident last year.  Give thanks that her family have grown closer through this tragedy.

Andy continues to be amazed by the ministry opportunities that open up through his national leadership role. Building a new team (15 people) to oversee and head up training and evangelism initiatives was a particular challenge. We should continue to pray for Andy in this strategic role.

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