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ARUN COMMUNITY CHURCH

In Malawi

SUSTAINABILITY

CHANGING LIVES, TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES 2016 Issue 2


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EDITORIAL TEAM Andy Read // Lynda Hubbard // Holly Bollinger

DESIGN Sam Hubbard

Another year is drawing to a close, and what a monumental year it has been in so many ways! International political events, with far reaching consequences; wars; economic uncertainties; shifting weather patterns; the passing of many celebrity figures a reminder both of the finite nature of our time here on earth, and for some of us of our own advancing years! Some of the events have had direct consequences on the economies in places where we work, and we have seen the way in which this has adversely affected our partners and their compatriots. One example would be in the food shortages in Malawi and the way in which starvation has become a real issue. As that country once more reaches a period of the year where the pressure is on, our prayers are with all our friends there. But of course, that is just one example and so we press on in all the nations where our partnerships are growing. In his New Testament epistle, James makes it quite clear that our response to such problems cannot be to simply express regret and concern verbally. ‘What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?’ (James 2: 14-16 NLT) I hope that through this magazine, and our other communications, you will see how, in our small ways, we are trying to stay faithful to the spirit of those verses. I hope you will be encouraged to see how your contributions are making a real difference as together we seek to see changed lives and transformed communities. Thank you once again for your support and partnership.


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MALAWI

SUSTAINABILITY IN MALAWI As regular supporters of Links will understand, a key foundation of our work is the principle of sustainability. Whilst there will sometimes be emergency situations, to which we will want to respond, wherever possible we are working to help our partners reach a place of sustainability – a ‘hand-up’ – so they do not need repeated ‘hand-outs’.

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This takes time and in the places our partners live it is not easy. For example, we have many partners in the nation of Malawi. Malawi is a wonderful place, but it is one of the poorest nations in the world. Early this year they faced extreme food shortages – when their existing poverty was compounded by a succession of adverse climatic circumstances. But into that context we have been able to help a number of encouraging agriculturally-based projects begin and start to grow.

breed the piglet, so they too in time have a new litter. A condition of getting a piglet is that they will also give away a female to someone else in need – and so the effect multiplies. Meanwhile, male piglets are grown and sold – providing income for the sustainability of the project. The chicken business – both with broilers and egg production – also generates income.

This project has been in operation for a few years now. Pigs and chickens are bred and crops grown. A key feature of the project is that every female piglet born is given away in the community to those most in need. The recipients are first given training in how to keep and

There have recently been problems with disease with both the pigs and the chickens, but these have been addressed and the project continues. It is intended that in time it will not only be selfsustaining but also provide resources for other projects.

This project is a great example of how our partners and projects in Malawi are beginning to help and inform each other. When Annie Mkandawire of Hope heard about PAMOZA, she realised that this would be a great model for some land they possessed. Two years on from that idea, the land is now being used in that way, and the project is progressing well. Again they have pigs, chickens and crops and similar principles are in place. On their most recent visit, Links CEO Andy Read and in-country volunteer Sam Walker were both impressed by the development of the project and how it was being managed.

The next major element to address is better irrigation of the crop growing element of the project. This is the most recent project to be started, and it comprises a major fruit tree element and other cash crops. It is at a very early stage, and so John and Annie Chirwa are overcoming initial problems as they get to grips with the project. However, they are doing well and this new area of Nkotakota is going to be a major focus for the work of FESODEV going forward into the future. Another example of how our projects can help each other occurred when Andy and Sam visited June Farm. John Chirwa explained that whilst they had managed to dig a number of open wells around the site, watering the crops was still not easy. Andy was able to tell John about a very efficient foot treadle pump he had recently seen in operation at an agricultural project run by partners in Zambia – and a few days later Sam was able to deliver the same model of pump back to John! It is working well.

If you would like to invest in Malawi, please email our office.

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COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE

COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE MALAWI/ZAMBIA CHC TRIP Recently Ann Edmunds, Community Healthcare Director for Links, and Lucy Reveley travelled to Zambia and Malawi to continue working with our partners there in Community Healthcare (CHC) training. Here is a brief report about their time there. It is always very special to make a return visit to partners in Zambia and Malawi and especially to connect again with the Community Healthcare (CHC) teams working in local communities. I am very grateful to Lucy Reveley, who came as a Links volunteer team member and applied her many skills in training so generously throughout the two weeks.

Zambia The first week was spent in Lundazi, Zambia, working with an in-country, non-governmental organization (NGO) called, ‘Shiloh Hands of Hope’. The founder and director, Lackson Chipeta, along with his wife Fainess, and a very dedicated team, work so hard to combat poverty in all its forms. Fainess also runs another NGO, called ‘Tapweleleka

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Women’, that does similar work, with a specific focus on women and children affected by HIV. On this occasion, our CHC focus was on ‘Training the Trainers’, the aim being to equip the local volunteer CHC teams to both enhance their own community sensitization activities and to empower them to train other volunteer CHC workers to do the same work in neighbouring localities.There were thirty participants in total and various sessions, over the four days training, looked at the practical qualities and skills needed to be an effective trainer, such as setting up a new CHC team; organization and communication skills; learning styles and team work.

At the end of the week, we did a closing review and it was wonderful to hear how much they had remembered and their feedback on each of the topics covered. The final activity was to place a ‘paper leaf’ on a ‘tree’ to commit, not just to the learning they had received over the four days, but the skills they wanted to use and pass onto fellow team members who had not been able to attend this training. At the same time that the CHC training was happening, Sam Walker was conducting a Leadership programme, following on from training started in June this year. Sam, from the UK but currently living in Malawi, has recently taken on a volunteer, in-country role with Links International and was able to stay on for a few days, after our visit, to meet the CHC groups in their localities and discuss with them how the training of other CHC teams might work in practice. This is an exciting development for Links as it enables some immediate support for partners, as they seek to build the capacity of their CHC teams and also provides ‘on the ground’ evaluation of the Links training. It will be fantastic to hear back on progress over the next few months.

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Week 2 was spent in Blantyre, in the south of Malawi. Links International support two partners in this region – the ‘Church of Pentecost’ (CoP), run by Pastor Patrick Pangani along with his wife Fannie and ‘FESODEV’ run by husband and wife team, John and Annie Chirwa. Again, both are so dedicated, along with their teams, to tackling the issues of poverty in their communities. Due to the timings of our return flights, we had just three days for CHC training during this week. We spent the first day with one CoP team (14 participants), and the second day with the FESODEV teams (a total of 42 participants). The third day was conducted as a joint training. Again the focus was on, ‘Training the Trainers’. An introductory day, on Day 1, was repeated on Day 2 and provided an overview of the qualities and skills needed to be an effective trainer. It became clear during the session on ‘learning styles’, that the participants have limited experience of participatory or active learning and so we focused on this topic area, in very practical ways, for the

final day. This culminated in each small group demonstrating a ‘doing’ activity as part of their health presentation and as always, they entered into this with such commitment to the task! Sam will also be able to visit and keep in touch with these partners to evaluate and provide support as they think through the way forward in their situations. Our grateful thanks to everyone in Zambia and Malawi, for the preparation, hospitality and welcome extended to Lucy and myself during these two weeks. The dedication, vision and perseverance of all of these partners and their teams and all the volunteer community health workers, is surely a prophetic demonstration of changed lives and transformed living!

Ann Edmunds

Community Healthcare Manager

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COLOMBIA

Joe Gisbey, his wife Carolina and their four children, along with a team from Arun Community Church (ACC) in Littlehampton (in partnership with Links International), travelled to Colombia to visit the projects in Bogota and Fusa, to review the work being done in La Guajira (desert region of Colombia), to carry out some initial training in micro-enterprise development in La Guajira and to celebrate the 5 year anniversary of Comunidad Mosaic, its projects and community outreaches.

Fusa About two hours away from Bogota, IMC (In Ministry to Children) are working mainly with families that have been displaced because of the violent conflict in Colombia. Most of the children will have received little if any education. IMC are working mainly to provide food and education to approximately 200 children. We were able to spend time in their feeding program, after school clubs and visiting and praying with families in desperate need.

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from cattle rearing to building large greenhouses and workshops, hen coops and a tilapia farm, all of which have been hugely beneficial to the children for learning and sustenance and has added massive value to the property itself.

La Guajira

Granja Peniel Closer to Bogota, IMC also run a self sustainable farm, which used to house around 25 boys that had been rescued. However, as IMC have moved away from focusing on the individual child and towards working with the whole family, they have come to the decision that it is time to try and sell the farm. Even at a conservative estimate the farm will sell for almost four times the cost and will provide a much needed injection of financial resources into the growing work of the organisation. Their aim will be to also look to invest approximately two thirds of the money. Links has been involved in making the farm what it is today, having established projects

For some time IMC has had a vision to work into the northern desert region of Colombia, known as La Guajira (pronounced ‘Waa hear ra’). This area is home to a very large Colombian tribe called The Wayuu. They are desperately poor and exploited by the government. They have no help in the way of education or water/electricity supply. IMC have been working over the last year

and a half with a Wayuu church, who have also started up two new schools and planted churches amongst the tribe. There is a massive need for water projects here, both wells and water filter systems, land irrigation etc. With the help of ACC, one of the communities we visited was able to build a well which provides clean water for over 80 families. We were able to help the tribe set up water filters, which will make the water completely bacteria free. We also spent time visiting the fields and training them with many of the agricultural lessons we have learnt from our experiences in Africa.

Church in Riohacha

We were able to facilitate a day of leadership development with the main church base in Riohacha, which is the capital city of La Guajira. The pastor had brought in leaders from his network and we also had a number of business leaders. We were also able to lead through the Sunday meetings and we saw God move really powerfully, touching people and bringing refreshing and healing. Last year Carolina Gisbey raised money from her skydive to set up

a feeding project/after school club which is also connected to this church. It was amazing to see this now up and running.

Comunidad Mosaic Comunidad Mosaic continues to grow and has outgrown its premises. God did many great things in the meetings from healing to seeing people set free. We celebrated the 5 year anniversary of the church being legally recognised. It was incredibly humbling to see everything that God has done over the years. We feel very proud of the leadership team. They are working into the local area, providing free tuition to help children struggling in their schools and providing meals to deprived families. It was great to see how they have stepped out in faith in the area of giving to projects around Colombia who Links is working with.

Joe Gisbey

CommunityDevelopment and Partnership Manager

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GHANA

LINKS GIFTS

WORKING WITH CHURCH OF PENTECOST IN GHANA In October I found myself back in Ghana, working with the Church of Pentecost (CoP) there. It is always special to go back to the place and the community where Links International was born. The work that Links did in its earliest days - back in the early 1980s (before it was even properly ‘born’!) is still remembered by many of the people I meet in Ghana. Norman and Grace Barnes - our founders - are also remembered and honoured. In fact, I had the opportunity of meeting Grace Barnes when I was there. Long standing partners of Links will remember that OUR Norman and Grace ‘adopted’ two children who were renamed after them. They are now grown up and the investment that was made in their lives is wonderful to see and hear about. The main focus of my visit was to meet with the various micro-enterprise development committees that have been formed across several different communities. Once again, I was impressed with the way in which they have taken our training and begun to work it out in a way that works in their

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On my final evening, I attended an album launch concert. The album is of songs from a singer/songwriter who has written worship songs within CoP for many years. Not particularly unusual, until you add the fact that Sister Eunice Johnson is 85 years old! Although on the album the songs are sung by her daughter, Mrs. Lydia Otoo, Sister Eunice did perform in the concert. She still has an amazing voice and so much vitality. Apart from enjoying the concert, it was a great lesson in keeping on!

Andy Read CEO

culture. Lives are being impacted and improved!

LINKS GIFTS We know that the needs of the less privileged nations of the world seem enormous, and it is easy to feel we are powerless to make any difference. But at Links International we have decades of experience that tells us that we CAN make a difference together! Even seemingly small things can help to change lives and, when we all do the things that we can do, the effect can be amazing. That’s where Links Gifts come in. They provide opportunities to provide targeted financial support across a range of prices and areas of our work. Use them as gifts for others – birthdays, Christmas, other celebrations. Or perhaps they provide a helpful focus for fundraising for youth groups, staff teams, coffee mornings, men’s groups and so on. Please use Links Gifts to help us Change Lives and Transform Communities.

THANK YOU!

I also had the privilege of speaking at three different church services - two on the same morning. It is always great to experience their exuberance in worship, but also the seriousness with which they receive the message and clearly respond.

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LINKS GIFTS Training course places - Worldwide

Moringa Trees - Worldwide

Mosquito Nets

Solar Lamps

Our trips usually provide training in healthcare, micro-enterprise and education. Attendees are keen, so we’d like to accommodate more.

This amazing tree grows at a rate of five feet per year, is super-nutritious and anti-bacterial. We’d like all our partners worldwide to have some!

Malaria kills more people around the world than the AIDS virus and a mosquito net can protect a whole family.

For school children to study in the evening, for families, and to generate income from mobile phone charging.

One place at a training course: £20

Five trees: £10

One net: £7

Large: £40 Small: £10

Clean Water - Worldwide

Lifewater Filter Kits kill 99.99% of harmful bacteria, producing ten litres of clean water per hour for a year.

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One kit (including spare candle) provides clean water for more than two years: £45

Micro-Enterprise Investment

Setting up a family in a sustainable business helps them work their way out of poverty. Loans are repaid over six months, so the investment helps two families each and every year!

One initial investment: £100-£250

Links Air Miles

Contribution to Trust Fund

We have calculated that, on average, it costs Links £7.50 per 100 miles to send a central team member to monitor progress at one of our communities.

Our Trust fund pays for the central costs of all that we do and, whilst we aim to be good stewards, core funding is often a challenge.

100 Links Air Miles: £7.50

Sample contribution: £5

These are just some of the gifts that are available. Please have a look at www.linksinternational.org.uk/shop to see the full range of ways in which you can bless others. Thank you for your support.

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On each evening we shared stories, talked about our key aims and strategy and explained how people can get involved and partner with us in various ways. Across the two evenings there were contributions from team members Andy Read and Joe Gisbey, along with Trustees Cathy Stewart and Lina Read.

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The idea of these evenings is to communicate more about our work, both to existing partners and new connections, in an informal and fun context. In Arundel we were hosted by The Loft at Sparks Yard (theloftarundel.com) and in Marlow by Coopers Trading Company (cooperstradingcompany.com).

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Following on from the great success of the Drinks with Links events hosted by Links USA, we are pleased to report that they have now made it over the pond! In November the UK Links team hosted two Drinks with Links evenings, one in Arundel, West Sussex, and one in Marlow, Bucks.

Both events were very successful, with extremely encouraging responses in terms of indications of people wanting more connection with our work. Apart from this we also received some very generous donations towards our work and also specifically covering the expenses of the evenings.

Ben Ansell, our fundraising guru, did a great job of co-ordinating the two events and other team members, along with volunteers, helped make the evenings run smoothly. Apart from the short presentations, the evenings had plenty of time, with food and drink, for the wider Links team to circulate and talk to guests one-to-one.

If you would like a Drinks with Links event in your area, and would be able to help us make that happen, please contact us. We’d love to hear from you!

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FUNDRAISING

FUNDRAISING

SFSW UPDATE Over the last year we have given profile to an amazing fund-raising attempt by Alistair Beattie swimming the English Channel. In October this year, we sent out an update from Alistair, to those able to receive our e:Link communication. We wanted to give those of you who have not read that the opportunity to understand the problems Alistair has faced. As I write this, we are just about to enter October, which for many of us (particularly us Brits) signals the start of Autumn - or maybe even Winter. This year it means yet another Channel Swim season has gone by and my dream of swimming the English Channel has come and gone. This is now the second year that my Channel swim window has been overtaken by storms, high winds and generally weather in which you wouldn’t even want to be on a ferry crossing to France, let alone swimming in it! In September 2015, my crossing window came and went, leaving me on standby for the rest of the season, which too came and went. And then, after a winter of training I was given a fresh window for the end of July 2016. Those of you

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who were, like me, so excited when my tide date came - thinking that July would surely bring better weather, and therefore more opportunity for success, were as dismayed as I was when that tide too, came and went. My over-riding thought all week was that I didn’t want to let anyone down - least of all those who have sacrificially given to sponsor me! So, after spending nine weeks on standby, I sit here writing this and trying to find the words to explain why I have, again, not been able to achieve what I set out to do. I guess the first thing to say is THANK YOU. Thanks to so many of you who have sponsored me. Your money has gone to Links International, a charity that I know and trust, that will use the income to make a difference to lives across the developing world. #Swimforsafewater was aiming to raise money to provide safe water solutions, and your generosity WILL do that!

So what happens next? That is a good question. Right now, I think I need a couple of months off. I need some space to breathe and rest. I hope you can afford me that. Channel swimming is more than just getting in the water on a beach in Dover, and doing your best to get to France. Channel swimming is relentless. There are so many factors operating against a channel swimmer - more than I had ever imagined. Channel swimming is 50% in your head, 10% physical training, and 40% completely out of your hands. My hope after all is said and done is that those of you who have been so generous in sponsoring me will allow Links International to keep your sponsor money even though I haven’t completed the challenge of swimming the English Channel. Thank you!

Alistair Beattie

We know that other charities have already had this idea, but for all you Links supporters out there, here are a few questions: 1. Have you received one of the new British five pound notes yet - in change or from the bank?

CYCLING FOR LINKS hand over the five pound note. Of course, you can’t all actually go to Andy Read’s house to do that (as Tim was able to do), but you can mail it to us in the old fashioned post!

2. Do you still have it? 3. What are you going to do with it? If your answers to the questions above are: 1. YES 2. YES 3. DON’T KNOW... can we make a suggestion? Why not donate your ‘First Fiver’ to Links? Of course, if you want to hang on to your piece of history, then you could simply use our website to make an equivalent donation.

At the end of 2015, four members of Ashwood Church in Nottinghamshire got inspired by a Links’ appeal for financial support to alleviate the growing food shortage in Malawi. Martin Walker, Carl Webber, Richard Reason and Sam Walker, all keen cyclists, decided to enter the Little John Nottingham 100 mile ride with the aim of raising money for Links’ projects in Malawi. After months of training, the challenging day arrived on 26th June 2016. And what a challenge it turned out to be! Through a 30 minute torrential downpour at the start to blazing hot sun over the middle of the day and then the need to fix four punctures over the seven and half hours of saddle sore riding, all four cyclists made it to the finish line and were delighted to raise just over £1500 for Links projects in Malawi. A HUGE THANK YOU to all the riders for your investment in Links!

Or, you could do what Links supporter Tim Cawte did recently, and actually

Links International | PO Box 198 | Littlehampton West Sussex | BN16 3UQ

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LINKS USA

LINKS USA IN THE LAST YEAR, GOD HAS ORCHESTRATED A SIGNIFICANT OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE NATION OF NICARAGUA. A STRONG SYNERGY BETWEEN OUR OFFICE, OUR LINKS FAMILY AND OUR STRATEGIC PARTNERS HAS BROUGHT ABOUT SEVERAL INITIATIVES THAT WILL TAKE US WELL INTO THE NEXT GENERATION. WE COULDN’T BE MORE THRILLED TO BE BRINGING THESE PRACTICAL EXPRESSIONS OF GOOD NEWS TO THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE IN NICARAGUA. IN COOPERATION WITH THE HOPE PROJECT INTERNATIONAL, WE ARE FOCUSING ON THE FOLLOWING INITIATIVES...

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SEWING HOPE

CASAS DE ESPERANZA

As The Hope Project began working with vulnerable families outside of Matagalpa, they realized there was an opportunity to equip women to increase their potential for earning a livable wage. A sewing school was set up, and women are now learning to sew at a standard suitable for employment at a textile plant. We are now working to implement an additional level of training that will launch high-achieving students into their own sewing business. We will be training in business skills and sending them out with a sewing machine and a micro-loan to start their own small businesses. Our Links Family is already working to develop this program, and we are planning for our first graduates later in 2017.

For many in Nicaragua, a ‘normal’ house is sheets of plastic held up by tree limbs. These homes have dirt floors and are completely exposed to the elements. Additionally, for personal items to be secured, someone always has to be at home. A safe and secure home not only provides dignity for poor families, but also allows them to work outside of the home due to the miracle of locking doors. Casas de Esperanza is an initiative to empower families that are working toward sustainability by providing a dependable home that will protect their family for generations to come.

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In poor communities in Nicaragua, older men are coming in and taking pre-teen aged girls as wives. The horrid living conditions make the girls interested in leaving, and the extra mouth to feed encourages parents to let their children go. This ancient cultural norm has since been made illegal, and The Hope Project is working to end this reality. We are excited to work with them to put an end to this as we believe these young women have a greater destiny.

In addition to these unique initiatives, we are utilising the Links Community Healthcare material, leadership training events, missionary networking and more, to improve the quality of life for people living in these humble conditions. We are planning to take teams in various regions to bring the GOOD NEWS to Nicaragua in 2017.

Training parents and children about the difference education makes is key in a better future. We are working with families to improve living conditions, with local government, to rescue girls that have been illegally taken, working toward foster care solutions (which don’t currently exist), and we are helping facilitate youth retreats to teach young women about their identity and worth as daughters of God. We are also engaging with the leaders of this program and working to provide additional resources to keep families intact as we lead them to a dignified and sustainable existence.

If you would like to learn more about how you can be a part of what is happening in Nicaragua, we would love to get you connected. Please e-mail me if you have any questions or would like to invest financially or relationally into these (or other) initiatives.

Jason Bollinger

CEO, Links International - USA Office jason@linksintlusa.org

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FOOTBALL KITS FOOTBALL FOCUS

LITTLE BETHEL “WE HAVE NEVER SEEN SUCH A JERSEY IN MALAWI AND SEND OUR GRATITUDE TO LINKS INTERNATIONAL.” - GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL WITNESSING THE LAUNCH OF THE UNIFORM

This year, through partnership with Ben van Nes of Kit Aid, we have been able to start a new initiative, distributing sports kits to some of our partners in Malawi. They are using this as part of their community outreach, starting new football teams with young people. There are many benefits to this: from health through to building esteem and teamwork, on to providing a point of attraction for the young people to our partners’ work. Apart from the football kits, we have also been able to take out footballs, provided by the Zebstrong Foundation in the USA. On our trip in September, we took money raised by St. Peter’s Church, Yateley, for the purchase of football boots. This has been a very popular initiative! Hope Missions wrote to us to say, “This team reaches out to the young people in the villages in a holistic way. These include spot evangelism, teaching in health and sanitation, youth empowerment in various areas among other things. We believe that it is very effective when the youth reach out to fellow young people.”

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FESODEV also reported back with comments from some of the beneficiaries:

“THE JERSEYS ARE BETTER THAN OUR NATIONAL TEAM JERSEY!” - A COACH FROM CHADZUNDA “THE JERSEYS ARE BETTER THAN OUR TOP FOOTBALL LEAGUE TEAMS. WE CAN EVEN LEND THEM DURING A MAJOR TOURNAMENT.” - A PLAYER FROM MACHINJIRI

“WE ARE PLANNING TO ORGANISE A MINI TROPHY AND SPONSOR A TOURNAMENT SO THAT WE CALL 5 TEAMS WITHIN THE LOCALITY, AND THE BEST TEAM WINS. DURING THE TOURNAMENT OUR COMMUNITY HEALTH TEAMS CAN GIVE OUT MESSAGES TO THE SUPPORTERS AND PLAYERS THROUGH OUR FOOTBALL AMBASSADOR.” - CHANCY GONDWE We look forward to continuing this initiative with more partners next year.

Little Bethel is a new project of New Zoi Ministries in Pakistan. It is a home for the orphaned, least, bonded, laboured and trafficked children where the parentless receive parental love, where the ‘least’ feel cared for and the lost feel found. Here are just a few stories of rescue, redemption and hope in Central Asia:

Kaynat is 10 years old. She was also living at the brick kiln. Thank God we could rescue her life from bonded labor. She now has the hope of a bright future. She is very happy to start her education and is happy to live with us at Little Bethel. Rimsha is 9 years old and Mary is 7 years old. These young girls were living at the brick kiln. Thank God both girls are now saved from a life of bonded labor.

and our helpers, as we are committed to give them full attention, love, care and to understand their needs. Pray that they can cope with secular education. It is hard for them as they had spent their lives at brick kilns without educational assistance. Pray for their spiritual growth. Join us to pray for God’s people who can sponsor these girls, as they are yet unsponsored. $30/ month will support each girl in education, food and toiletries. Every little help valued to keep doing this work. Without generous support of God’s people we cannot do it. We appreciate your support in prayer and finances.

Little Bethel Team Magdalen is 13 years old. She would have had to work at a brick kiln if we would not rescue her. We bless God that she is saved now and she now looking forward to living a happy, respectful, secure, cared for and loved life with a hope and confidence. Shazia is 11 years old. She was living at brick kiln. Thank God for her life is rescued now. She is living at Little Bethel and has started school.

Praise God with us for the lives of these girls which are saved now. We thank God for the provision of their books, uniform and stationeries which we have purchased now. Pray that these girls feel secured at Little Bethel. Pray that God would help them to adjust to feel at home. Pray for us

Please continue to pray for the Little Bethel team as they work hard to rescue children from bond labour and trafficking in Pakistan and help to give them a hope and a future. If you feel led to help them, please contact our office at office@linksinternational.org.uk. We have accounts set up for them here and with our USA office.

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KINGDOM RESOURCES LINKS INTERNATIONAL PROVIDES ‘SPIRITUAL FAMINE RELIEF’ TO WORKERS AROUND THE WORLD, MANY WITHOUT ACCESS TO CHRISTIAN RESOURCES. WE CURRENTLY SEND 130 PARCELS TO 40 NATIONS THREE TIMES A YEAR. THESE WERE IN THE LAST PARCEL. Jason Bollinger The Purpose of Pentecost

£45 blesses someone with three parcels a year. The parcels remind missionaries and workers that they are loved and thought of. Here are some of the many ‘thank you’ emails we recently received:

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Book, Andrew Wilson: God Stories

Greetings. It was indeed a pleasure to receive the packet containing CDs, a book and your newsletter. Great to know the good work you all are doing consistently in and through Links. The Lord alone be unto you a great source of joy and encouragement. Be blessed - India I want to thank you for your kind “love parcel” with the CD of Jason Bollinger, the precious music CD “Songs of Comfort”, The Book “God Stories” and the Links News. As

Worship CD: Songs of Comfort

always: God reward you all! It is definitely a worthwhile ministry to encourage the overseas partners! - India Once again a big thank-you for the latest Links package, with the 2 CDs which I’m greatly looking forward to listening to soon. Thank you too for the great book ‘God Stories’ which I’ve started reading and is a blessing, and for the Links magazine. - France

TRUSTEES

Matt Bell (Chairperson) // Sim Dendy // Leigh Hills // Phil Moore // Lina Read // Cathy Stewart // Andy King

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DIRECTOR

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BANKERS

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AUDITORS

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COUNCIL OF REFERENCE

Norman and Grace Barnes, Founders of Links International // Fran Beckett, Charity Consultant // Stuart Bell, Team Leader, Ground Level // Dr Steve Brady, Principal of Moorlands College // Rev Steve Chalke, Founding Director Oasis Trust // Gerald Coates, Pioneer // Dr Patrick Dixon, Global Change // Dr Rowland Evans, Nations // Mrs Faith Forster, Ichthus Christian Fellowship // Dale Gentry, Prayer Breakout Network // Floyd McClung, Formerly International Director YWAM // Micha Jazz, Peaceworks // John Noble, Spiritconnect

ASSOCIATE MINISTRIES

Links International works in association with the following ministries to present the challenge of world mission to the Church.

FINANCIAL STATEMENT

Links Magazine is sent free of charge to our partners and on request. All gifts to Links International are acknowledged and used as directed and designated; if the designated project has already been fully funded, discontinued, or cannot be completed for reasons beyond the control of Links International, the Board of Trustees reserves the right to use the funds for other similar projects, where most needed. Undesignated gifts are used for the general purposes of the Trust under the direction of the Trustees. Our accounts are audited annually. A copy of our report and accounts is available upon request. As a registered charity, Links operates its own Gift Aid scheme. Further details are available on request. All cheques should be made payable to Links International. Registered charity number 327000

Links International is a member of the Evangelical Alliance and Global Connections.

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FOOTBALL FOCUS FUNDING! Links have recently started a new initiative, aimed at reaching out to young people in the communities in which we work with our partners. We are providing football kits for whole teams, footballs and funding for football boots. The great thing is that the kit - most of it brand new - is provided free of charge by Kit Aid. However we do need funding for:

- Football boots - Footballs

- Cost of additional bags on flights Can you help? It would be an excellent focus for church youth groups, community/church football teams and so on. As a guide, footballs cost around £5 and boots can be bought for as little as £2 - £3.

Please mark any donations sent as ‘Football FF’.

THANK YOU!

Links Magazine 2016 Issue 2  
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