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For Joel’s sake

Joel’s story shows the extent of the need for good quality training resources

Joel’s childhood ended when his father died of a heart condition and his elder brother was killed in a car accident.

A local ‘prophetess’ branded him a witch and the reason for his family’s woes. She held him captive for three months and subjected him to elaborate deliverance rituals, including shaving his head, starving him and dripping hot wax on his head. Joel fled on to the streets.

When Joel eventually met EPED, they invited him to join their football team. Through EPED, he was introduced to a third-division team, who took him on. One of his coaches is teaching him to read and write, and EPED is giving him spiritual mentoring. Crucially, he’s now reunited with his family whom he visits each weekend. ‘He’s found joy and peace again,’ says EPED’s Pastor Ngolo.

Joel’s story is a vivid illustration of why BCT’s Transformation Resources are so important. Through this new programme, we aim to offer free, practical, culturally relevant, Bible-based materials which can be used effectively by anyone with some training experience. Transformation Resources could bring lasting change in communities all over the world.

Check out the latest edition of Bethany magazine for more news on this exciting projects.

And please consider investing in the Transformation Resources project. By doing that, you can play a part in changing people’s hearts and minds, so they can transform their communities.

 

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Disability Day

December 3rd marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, as proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1992. This is a day to promote the rights and well-being of people living with disabilities. For BCT, it’s also a good reason to shout about the amazing work our partners are doing to help disabled children fulfil their potential.

In particular, Wukwashi in Zambia are supporting hundreds of children with disabilities and their families. Here’s a fantastic example. Jade was left unable to walk after a severe bout of malaria. Thanks to the physiotherapy, encouragement and orthopaedic shoes provided by Wukashi, Jade can now walk unaided. This clip shows the moment she took her first independent steps in over a year!

 

To find out more about Wukwashi’s incredible work with disabled children, click here.

 

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Trustees’ Week

13-17 November is Trustees’ Week – a chance to honour our Trustees and celebrate what they do. BCT’s Trustees work tirelessly to lead our development and keep our vision front and centre of our work. But the great majority of what they do is behind the scenes. It’s time to showcase the vital contribution they make.

Andrew Forsyth is BCT’s Chair of Trustees

Andrew Forsyth is our Chair of Trustees. He explains what the role involves and why he does it:

‘Being a Trustee is a big responsibility. We’re the people who help set BCT’s direction and goals, who make sure we operate according to best practice and fulfil our legal obligations. We try to ensure BCT is wise in how it operates, but at the same time stays faithful to God’s calling, which can sometimes lead to a balancing act. It is a varied role, too, with quarterly meetings, reports to read, governance issues to keep on top of and also attending supporter and fundraising events.

‘So why do it do it? Mainly because I really believe in what BCT does. It’s so important to reach the world’s marginalised children and I’m really glad to be able to contribute to an organisation that’s doing that. I think our approach in empowering local projects to meet the needs of children in their communities is excellent. And it works. We’ve seen so many lives and communities transformed in the name of Jesus. It makes all the hard work worthwhile.’

Our Trustees play a crucial role in ensuring BCT is effective in its work, by supporting our excellent staff team. We’re recruiting for new Trustees, too. Could you help BCT to grow and achieve its vision? Click here to find out more.

 

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Rwanda report

Thank you so much for praying for Susie while she was in Rwanda, visiting APRECOM, our local partner.

Susie tells us: ‘I left Rwanda on Sunday after an incredibly full-on and remarkable 3 weeks, in which I have experienced and seen God at work in ways that have left me literally kneeling on the floor before him. He is truly amazing! Heartfelt thanks for everything you do to strengthen the work of APRECOM.’

Susie has written a full report on what she saw, heard and did while she was in Rwanda. If you’d like to read the report, you can download it here.

 

Click here to find out more about how we and APRECOM are serving marginalised children in Rwanda.

 

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Trustees wanted

BCT has a passion and vision to see the Christian Church leading the way in creating local and global societies where every child is valued, kept safe, nurtured and free to reach their God-given potential. If you share that passion and want to use your skills and some of your time to help bring about change and transformation, you might be exactly the kind of person we want to hear from.

It’s an exciting time for BCT. We’re seeing growth and new opportunities in all sorts of areas. At this point, we need 2 or 3 new trustees to oversee our development and make sure our God-given vision remains at the heart of everything we do. Could you be one of the people we’re looking for?

 

To find out more about the role of Trustee, click here.

 

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Susie in Rwanda

Members of APRECOM’s Inshuti Nziza Troop in Bukora

BCT’s Director, Susie Howe, has just arrived in Rwanda, to spend two weeks with our local partner, APRECOM. While in Rwanda, Susie will spend time with the APRECOM team, review their work, offer counsel and encouragement, and help them plan for the next year. Following that, she will spend three days with Rev Jean-Paul of LVLE, who will cross the border from DR Congo to meet her.

Visits like these always provide invaluable insights into what the situation ‘on the ground’ is really like for our partners, and how we can best support them. So please pray that this trip is as informative and as mutually-encouraging as it could possibly be.

Susie asks for prayer on one or two specific points:

‘Please pray that God will enable me to fulfil his plans for this trip – to be alert to the leading of Holy Spirit, to step out in faith, to go beyond the obvious and to glorify Jesus. Pray that the children, their families and the local team will be my teachers and that I will learn from them. I pray that Holy Spirit will graciously impart such wisdom to me that I can share his blessing, truth and encouragement with everyone I meet.’

If you’d like to know more, please click here for Susie’s full itinerary and more details on exactly what she will be doing.

 

And if you’d like to pray for BCT and our partners more regularly, you can find the latest prayer requests and our quarterly prayer diary here.

 

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Witchcraft workshop at the UN

Last week saw a ground-breaking workshop on witchcraft and human rights at the UN, in Geneva. Carolyn Gent and Emilie Secker had the fantastic opportunity of presenting SCWA‘s work there, alongside friends from DR Congo and Nigeria.

Bob Priest (Trinity Divinity School), Emilie Secker (Safe Child Africa), Carolyn Gent (BCT) and Pastor Abel Ngolo (EPED)

Carolyn tells us: ‘The workshop went well and was definitely worthwhile. It was also a good opportunity to reconnect with old friends and forge some new contacts. Christians were well represented there and although there was a little more hostility of tone towards the faith based panel, it was clear that the Church is taking a lead in addressing witchcraft accusations against children.’

Our hope is that the workshop will prompt the UN to recognise witchcraft accusations as a harmful cultural practice, and therefore put pressure on governments to enact laws against it. Please join us in praying for this outcome.

 

Click here to find out more about how we are tackling witchcraft accusations against children.

 

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They did it!

On Saturday, our five intrepid trekkers completed the Walk for Wukwashi, raising vital funds for our Zambian partner’s work with disabled children. The route took in 26km of London’s roads and paths between Putney and Southwark, crossing 16 historic bridges on the way. Huge thanks and congratulations to Caroline Daley, Jane Mallac, Heather Brazier, Jaqueline Kerwin and our own Andy Wileman.

Two other BCT supporters, Harry and Diane Barrett, arranged a sponsored walk of their own in Exmouth. Thank you so much, Harry and Diane!

We’re still counting the pennies but will update you soon on how much our heroes have raised.

 

Click here to find out more about our Zambian partner and how the money raised through the walk will make a difference.

 

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Why we do what we do

BCT’s vision is to see the worldwide Church leading the way in building a local and global society where all children are loved, safe, nurtured and free to reach their God-given potential. Our purpose on the planet is to do all we can to help make this vision a reality.

We work with, and through, our partner projects to:

  • combat ignorance and cultural beliefs that leave children at risk of harm.
  • teach parents about ways to bring up their children.
  • provide families with ways to earn a living and provide for themselves.
  • mobilise local churches to model caring for vulnerable children; speaking up for them, giving them opportunities to actively participate in their communities, and leading the way in creating societies where children can flourish.

But why do we do that?

Because we won’t accept a world where children suffer. Multiple millions are abused, exploited or neglected because of ignorance, harmful societal conditions, stigmatising beliefs and human sin. We will work with every ounce of strength and insight God gives us to change the attitudes and issues that make children suffer.

Because God cares even more than we do. The Bible rings with his fathomless love for children, for the downtrodden and for the marginalised. If we are to be faithful in following Jesus, we must take care of the ones he loves.

Because we believe in the Church. The Church is God’s plan to reach, serve and restore the world. And when local churches mobilise their people, resources and God-given authority, beautiful things happen. Churches are ideally placed to bring change. We’ve seen many churches influence their communities to become environments where children can thrive. And we’re committed to enabling more of the same.

Because things are changing! We’re thrilled to see individual children thriving and communities beginning to realise how valuable their children are. It is such a privilege to play a small part in the divine work of transformation, and, with your help, we want to keep doing it. The Kingdom of God is coming. And we’re hugely grateful to you for joining with us to serve him.

 

Find out more here about how you can get involved in BCT’s work to help children thrive.

 

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Pray for Kenya

Well, perhaps it’s not surprising, but it’s disappointing, nonetheless. Following this month’s election, Kenya’s opposition are alleging electoral fraud and taking their case to the Supreme Court. There doesn’t seem a great deal of evidence for irregularities, but we’ll have to await the outcome of the case to see what comes to light.

What’s troubling about this is not the result of the election itself, or the alleged fraud. What’s troubling is that 28 people have already died in violence linked to the election, and a disputed vote in 2007 led to widespread unrest in Kenya. Nobody wants to see that kind of unrest repeated, especially given the horrifying situation in DR Congo at the moment, which was itself triggered by a political dispute.

Please join us in praying for Kenya:

  • Pray that the questions over the election result will be resolved quickly and fairly.
  • Pray, above all, that peace will prevail in what is usually a stable country, and that nobody else will be harmed through political violence.

 

For more prayer points from BCT and our partners, click here.

 

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