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February News

The great news is that Jesus is risen from the dead!

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February 2018

All Saints Graveyard: Holly wreaths and other Christmas seasonal flowers left on loved ones graves should be removed by Candlemas [end of January] to keep the churchyard looking at its best. As the spring flowers [snowdrops daffodils and bluebells] appear, the Holy Mowers will be clearing  the Christmas floral displays.

If you wish to hire St James please contact Administrator Sue Wills at the Parish Office (in St James) on 01206 30 23 78 or email  her at brightlingseaparish@btconnect.com The rate of hire is £15.00 per hour

David Salmon. It is a mark of the man that in his wallet Linda found a piece of paper with this quotation from C S Lewis:

‘I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else’.

It was a shock to hear of David’s sudden death on Monday 15th Jan. especially as he had been at church only the day before. He had a heart attack while swimming with Linda. David was a true pillar of the church. He was church warden for 6 years until 2012, a member of the PCC, a member of the Interregnum Worship Group, one of our Deanery Synod representatives, present every Saturday coffee morning, familiar with his apron serving breakfasts on the 3rd Saturday of the month, an organiser with Linda of Stations of the Cross in Lent and Advent and faithful in attendance not just on Sundays but also Tuesdays and other days of the week. Above all he was faithful to our God. His testimony about his witness to his work colleagues was memorable and inspiring. Not only that, he was a visible member of the Brightlingsea community We will all miss him terribly. We pray for Linda and their three daughters and grandchildren that God will support and sustain them. May he rest in peace and rise in glory. Amen.

From the February News Letter

David Salmon – What a lovely man!  He is sorely missed.

Thoughts that would surely come into the mind of anyone who knew David on hearing that he had died on the morning of Monday 15th. January while swimming with his wife Linda.

He was a person familiar in Brightlingsea to many, many people. In St. James church and other churches of the St. Osyth deanery, at Brightlingsea Regent and Colchester United football clubs, at Brightlingsea photographic club and on the mini- bus taking elderly people to their Friday lunch in Brightlingsea Community Centre. In these and other organisations he was recognised and liked for humour, willingness to take on tasks and complete them while others were still thinking about doing them and for his compassion towards all in need.

Beyond this he was a person who loved his family, his wife Linda, three daughters and four grandchildren. Some live in Brisbane, Australia and David and Linda had visited them. Music, theatre and travelling were pleasures for both and they enjoyed good food and drink shared in company. It was David’s gift to walk into bar, a party or a church quiz night and quickly create a rapport with those around him. He lived life to the full and in doing so brought great benefit to many others.

St Mathew’s gospel, chapter 25, says,’…. when the son of man comes in his glory…he will say to the righteous ‘…come enter …. the kingdom that has been ready for you since the world was made. For when I was hungry you gave me food, when thirsty……. drink, when… a stranger you took me in……. when naked you clothed me, when …. ill you came to my help….’ Then the righteous will reply ‘Lord when was it that we saw you hungry… thirsty…. a stranger…. naked…or ill’. And the king will answer, ‘I tell you this: anything you did for one of my brothers or sisters here, however humble, you did for me’.

These must have been the criteria informing David’s deeply held Christian faith and all that flowed  from it.

Those who are ill for whom we have been asked to pray are: Ruth Askew;  Simon and Karen Birnie;  Sonia Bones;  Mylie Brooker;  Emily Cannon;  Arthur Cole;  Brenda Collins;  Bonnie Day;  Tom Dale;  Becky Dines;  Alfie Taylor Fenwick;  Willie Gant;  Johnnie Russell;  Jeff Scott;  Rita Smith;  Nicola Springett;  Karen Talmey;  Christopher Williams;  Amy, Lily and Poppy Wright.

Book of the month. The Grace Outpouring  by Roy Godwin and Dave Roberts. Be jaw-droppingly amazed at what God is doing in Ffald-y-Brenin in  Wales, in Britain and in other countries as a result of this ‘House of Prayer’ in a remote Welsh Valley. Available from Ffald-y-Brenin website http://www.ffald-y-brenin.org/ or there are 3 copies on the top of the book rack in St James or ring Chris Bloor (30 33 31) who can lend a copy to you.

The ‘Holy Mowers’ meet on Thursday mornings 10.00-12.30 with a half-hour break for coffee. Come as often and for as long as you want. The churchyard looks as it has never looked before! Contact Sheila Crowe (pictured below) on 30 65 74. On Sat 17th Feb at 11.00 instead of working at All Saints we will be tidying up around St James for an hour or so. Please bring gardening gloves and a spade, fork and other gardening implements. You could come for coffee or breakfast (8.30 til 10.00) beforehand if you like!

Beacon of Hope for Widows, Vulnerable Women and Children (BHWVC) 

Contacts: e-mail beaconofhope67@gmail.com 

August 17th 2017  Greetings and update about orphan education

I warmly greet all of you on the behalf of the orphans we serve with you. Many children ask about you but their understanding of the world is so little that they often think you could come over a week-end, visit with them and go back. This year again we sincerely thank God for all of you. With your help 104 orphans attended school and two of them came first their classes. Generally there are about 50 to 60 children per class here. This year, a boy you have supported for 7 years successfully accomplished his secondary education. He lost both of his parents in ethnic violence in 2003. We have kept our eyes on him for he has been very angry and could have become a criminal. Years of your support has transformed him to a good young man. He now has no intention of revenge and spends most his time with his local church choir. As I write now, he is away with his choir where he plays the guitar. That’s why I am not be able to include his photo this time. He can now work as a primary school teacher if he wishes. May the name of the Lord be blessed.

The blessings of holidays Bible camp

For about three years we have projected to have a holiday Bible camp for children in Bogoro but security situation has not allowed it. Militias tend to become more active during this time of year so parents and caretakers tend to move children away from Bogoro. Though nothing much changed this year, we decided to hold a Bible camp for there are always some children left in the village. We planned on having around 50 children according available fund. So we planned to start the Bible camp from August 10th through August 16tth.

Thursday August 10th it rained so hard early morning that the two little streams that flow around the center became rivers that children could not ford by themselves. In addition, it was so cold for the children (24 Celsius degrees here) so until 9:00 O’clock very few of them had managed to come. As soon as the weather warmed, we were overwhelmed with the number of children trying to cross the river at various spots. Women cooking food outside helped us monitor the coming of children. By God’s grace every  child closed safely.  Around 11:00 O’clock we had around 80 children. The lessons began with God the creator and God being pleased with his creation. Then followed the fall of man and God’s plan for salvation.

For three days in a row we had Bible lessons, we played games and ate together. The number of children grew daily as they brought their friends. The third day we had 90 to hundred children.  Unfortunately the third day we ran out of food and could not continue! So, we only had 3 days of Bible camp instead of a week as we had planned. Though we did not accomplish the number of days we intended, we are overjoyed with the blessings the Lord brought within those few days.

After hearing about Jesus the Messiah, the one who brought grace and reconciled the fallen mankind with God, 70 children came to faith and decided to follow Jesus. We know that some of them are so young but we were comforted by testimonies coming from the village. A mother of 5 year old girl came to report how her daughter had challenged her elder brother. She had just been taught that Jesus loves children but He hates sins. When the little girl saw her elder brother pick up one sweet potato from her mother’s basket and hide it, she shouted so loudly that the entire family was startled. She was telling her brother “Don’t you know that Jesus loves children but He does not like children stealing? Give me back this potato, take it back to mum”.

The boy was heard by a Sunday school teacher telling his friends that he was going to take his salvation seriously and avoid sins.

The children were disappointed that the camp was over so soon. We regret that we did not have time to teach about the baptism and the role of church in the life of Christians. Please pray that we would raise 200$ dollars very soon so that those two lessons can be taught. Also pray that we would not loose contact with children who came to faith. Particularly pray that parents would continue to allow the 3 catholic children who accepted Jesus as their savior to come to the center to learn more about Jesus. May the Lord remind these children of his love for them on the daily basis.

Sunday school teachers came to learn

Three Sunday school teachers came to watch how we are teaching children so that they can learn from us. They wish they could have more training so that they would feel confident to teach kids. Also, they asked us to speak to the pastors regarding the need for proper venues for Sunday school classes. Please pray that the Lord would give us the right words to speak to pastors and wisdom as we try to help pastors see the importance of ministry to children.

Let me thank you again for your commitment in helping Beacon of Hope to serve orphans and children in Eastern Congo. The field is ripe and waiting to be harvested. Please pray for God’s provision for the vision He has given you and us. May he abundantly bestow his blessings on you and your loved ones. Serving together,  Bagamba Araali