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May 2011 Using communication to mobilize people, prayer & resources for the work of Youth With A Mission in Africa and around the world.

HEATHCOTE SAFARI

BUILDING MISSIONS IN MOZAMBIQUE In April we travelled as a family with AfriCom to Maputo. There we trained missionaries, visited community projects & recorded stories to share with others. Keziah worked as an Assistant Photographer! When we arrived in Maputo to run a communication workshop, we didn’t realize that the YWAM team there were in the middle of raising funds to purchase the plot of land that houses their ministry and training centre. We had timed our trip for the school holidays - driving from Cape Town with the car filled with the Heathcote family and 3 other AfriCom team members – and it turned out the timing was perfect for YWAM Maputo as well as for the school calendar! We have seen the positive impact of good communication on missionary teams. By developing their ability to communicate, missionaries become better equipped to do their work in all sorts of ways: they understand their own team better and do better at their interpersonal communication; they appreciate the role of cross-cultural

communication and can better manage their interactions with people from other cultures, both on their team and in the communities in which they work; they are able to communicate more effectively with their ministry partners – those people who pray for their work and who generously donate to keep it running; they are able to recruit others to join their ministry team and help them to carry the vision towards fulfillment. As well as teaching, our team took photos and video footage so that we can support the team by providing resources for their fundraising initiative. We are looking forward to seeing the progress on the malaria treatment centre and the primary school that are planned once the land purchase is complete. Go here to watch a short V-blog about the trip, with some feedback from the workshop participants.

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Emmanuelle turns 3! In April Manu celebrated her third birthday ... and as a family we celebrated the gift that this vibrant, intelligent, strong-minded little person is to us! Emmanuelle is loving every minute of her time at pre-school and is sure to make friends just as easily wherever she goes!


Issore, Sudan

MeeEng
comms
directors
from
other
mission
agencies

For some time YWAM leaders in Africa have desired to see more workers mobilized into central Africa. Story-telling is a powerful way to share the needs in faraway places and to give people the opportunity to get involved, so in March one of our mission communicators travelled with a photography intern to Sudan. (Check out this video clip to see how the two girls looked after their rough trip!) After taking planes and busses, they hiked 10 hours with YWAM missionaries from northern Uganda, to meet with the remote Issore people and to record some of their stories in video and photos. Our next YWAM Africa magazine will feature an article and a photo story from this hard-to-reach part of Africa: look out for it!

Leadership Transition

Life in the UK - what will it look like?

As
you
know,
a,er
8
years
of
establishing
a
network
of
missions
 communicators
to
serve
YWAM
teams
in
Africa,
we
are
passing
over
 leadership
of
the
network
so
that
we
can
develop
other
aspects
of
our
 personal
ministries.
Peter
Clemison
is
the
lucky
fellow
who
will
help
steer
 AfriCom
into
the
next
season!
Pete
is
a
BriEsh
YWAMer
whose
wife,
Becky
 (also
BriEsh)
grew
up
in
Nigeria.
You
should
hear
her
speak
Nigerian
pidgin,
 it's
awesome!
A,er
working
with
World
Vision
and
Scripture
Union,
Pete
and
 Becky
did
their
DTS
with
YWAM
Muizenberg
and
since
that
Eme
Pete
has
 been
working
with
AfriCom.
His
background
is
in
fundraising,
so
you
can
see
 why
we
were
keen
to
recruit
him!

From
July
we
will
become
part
of
the
YWAM
community
in
Harpenden,
where
we
 will
work
with
a
small
team
focusing
on
YWAM’s
global
communicaEon
iniEaEves.
 In
reality
this
will
mean
doing
a
lot
of
similar
work
to
what
we
have
been
doing,
but
 instead
of
telling
stories
about
YWAM
in
Africa
the
focus
could
be
anywhere
in
the
 world.

The
goal
of
our
communicaEon
is
the
same:
giving
more
people
the
 opportunity
to
engage
in
missions,
whether
by
praying
for
people,
giving
to
 projects
or
going
somewhere
themselves.


Needless
to
say,
the
last
thing
we
want
to
do
is
dump
AfriCom
and
run!
Over
 the
last
months
we
have
been
working
with
Pete
to
make
the
leadership
 transi3on
as
smooth
as
possible.
(Though
he
might
have
something
to
say
 about
his
bapEsm
of
fire
in
rural
Angola!)
It's
not
easy
to
take
on
board
 everything
about
YWAM
Africa's
100+
locaEons
in
one
go!
But
slowly
he
has
 been
meeEng
ministry
leaders
from
different
locaEons
and
next
week
he
will
 travel
with
Tim
to
meet
the
Africa
Leadership
Team.
We
have
also
formed
a
 local
eldership
group
to
meet
regularly
with
Pete
and
the
team
to
offer
 support
and
to
pray
for
them.
Tim
and
I
will
offer
cyper‐support
from
 England(!)
and
no
doubt
sEll
help
out
with
the
odd
project
where
needed.

One
of
our
primary
objecEves
for
returning
to
our
home
naEon
is
to
work
on
 support
raising.
For
this
reason
we
will
be
in
the
UK
for
a
minimum
of
12
months
 and
although
we
know
we
would
like
to
return
to
South
Africa
a,er
that,
at
this
 stage
we
are
not
completely
certain
what
will
come
next.
We'd
love
it
if
you
would
 conEnue
to
pray
for
the
next
step
on
our
missionary
journey
to
become
clear.

House sold, just in time! Just a couple of weeks ago we accepted an offer on our house: hooray! When we leave at the end of June, the family who are buying the house will move in as renters until the sale goes through. Thanks for all your prayers – the timing could not be more perfect!

Finances

We are blogging:

All YWAM staff are volunteers. To support us financially, regularly or once off, please contact Ruth: radams@ricsonline.net

• www.heathcotesafari.blogspot.com • www.commsteamafrica. blogspot.com

To give towards relocation expenses, go here. Please check box to donate to ‘specific staff person’ + fill our names.

Email: timandmiranda@yahoo.com Skype: mheathcote www.facebook.com/heathcotesafari Twitter: heathcotesafari

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HEATHCOTE FAMILY 6 Lock Road Kalk Bay 7975 South Africa Cell: +27-72-204-4631

News - May 2011  

A news update before leaving South Africa for the UK, explaining our relocation and giving news on recent trips to Mozambique and Sudan.

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