Archive for August, 2019

Do not disturb

‘Let nothing disturb thee,
Nothing affright thee
All things are passing;
God never changeth.’ St Teresa of Avila

I always find St Teresa’s words comforting, largely because I get ‘disturbed’ quite easily – I’m a bit of a worrier. And there’s a lot going on in the world at the moment which could disturb us, if we let it.

After a year of Ebola in DR Congo, 2,300 people have been infected and, if anything, the spread of the virus is accelerating. In the UK, we are facing the prospect of a no-deal Brexit, carrying the threat of food and medicine shortages. New research is revealing just how extreme the climate emergency is. And for us and our project partners, the issues affecting the children we serve are huge; at times, those issues seem completely intractable.

Yet, there is still hope. Our God is the same, ‘yesterday, today and forever’ (Hebrews 13:8). He is strong, he loves us and he is utterly faithful. So we should not be disturbed, whatever is going on around us.

Of course, that’s not to say that we should just ignore the problems in the world. Far from it. We have the power to act: to bring change on big issues, to influence decision-makers when we can’t bring that change directly, to play a part in God’s plan to make Earth more like heaven. When the challenge is just too great, we can pray to the one who endures forever, who can literally move mountains. There are some alarming things going on in the world but then, that’s always been true. It’s up to us to choose whether or not those things disturb us!

We and our partners are bringing change on issues that harm children. You can be part of this work, too. Here’s how.

 

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Susie in Rwanda

Susie with APRECOM’s Odeth (centre) and Emma (right)

Our Director, Susie Howe, is currently visiting APRECOM, our partner in Rwanda.

Susie says: ‘It’s a joy to be visiting APRECOM again. Whenever I spend time with Odeth and Emma, the extraordinary women who run APRECOM’s work, I come away inspired and thankful that BCT has the privilege of being a running partner with them.’

Susie has already been in Rwanda for a week and will be returning home in another week’s time. In the meantime, she asks for our prayers, particularly for the following points:

  • Pray that Susie and the APRECOM team will keep in step with the Holy Spirit, be filled with his presence daily and be effective in imparting his truth and word through training seminars.
  • Pray that, through those training events, God will bring outcomes that exceed all our expectations.
  • Susie will have very little rest, so please pray for supernatural strength and energy and for the joy of Jesus to flow in all that she does.
  • And please pray that Susie and the APRECOM team will be alert and sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading, hold things lightly and be ready to respond flexibly to every situation and circumstance, confident that God has everything in hand.

Thank you so much for praying.

Find out more here about APRECOM’s work, supporting children affected by HIV or living with disabilities.

 

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