Farewells, missionary movements and a Jubilee

Alison_28_march_2011_001 Posted by Alison Gill on Wed, 11 Jul 2012 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Greetings from London. I had so hoped to send this whilst still in Burundi but time evaded me — I’ve been so busy in the last couple of months! I arrived back in England on 21st June after special farewells with colleagues and friends. I felt very sad to say goodbyes, especially to Harvest for Christ staff who have become very dear to me (and to my dog, Millie). I was also able to see friends in Rema and meet the leader of newly formed YWAM.

In my last weeks in Burundi, I worked very hard whilst packing up much of my house for the family who will have it for the year I’m in UK. I hosted a couple who gave training challenging the Burundian church to start selecting, training and sending missionaries north. I hope to help with this when I return to Burundi next year. We are hoping their first school of mission for Burundian and other African students may start in S Sudan in late 2013. A number of senior church leaders said that NOW is the time to start the process of sending Burundian missionaries. Amen! Please pray for this.

Abel, 2 volunteers and I also did trauma healing training in Cibitoke Province. We had a good time; my colleagues doing all the training, bar one session. They are great teachers but need to grow in admin skills. I’ve been spending a lot of time coaching Abel.

We continue to wait for a date for Cyrille’s wife, Annick’s heart surgery in London but have just been told that the appointment letter should be sent soon. Praise God.

Sunday 1st July saw the Golden Jubilee of Burundi’s Independence from the Belgians. There have been big celebrations and prayer meetings. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is going to be announced soon, going back to offences since 1962. There is much to pray for. Human rights watch recently wrote on the escalation of political violence in Burundi in 2011 – you can read their report here

This summer and September’s key speaking engagements

For the next 2 months I will continue to talk in churches and home groups. I will also see supporters, attend the iNet conference, HTB camp, debrief at Le Rucher, near Geneva and have some holiday. I plan to send my next update in early September ahead of starting my diploma year at All Nations Christian College on 19th.

On the weekend of Friday 14th-Sunday 16 Sept, I will be at CMS Ireland’s Mid-Africa Conference, Newcastle, Co. Down, where I will be speaking on the Saturday. I hope to see many of you there.

Prayer points:

- For Abel, our volunteers and Cyrille as they continue the trauma healing work in my absence.
- My car in UK is elderly and tired! Pray it will last as long as I need it or for a replacement.
- Annick’s surgery date to be given soon and for God to keep her well as she awaits heart surgery.
- Praise for Burundi’s 50 years of independence; pray for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to be lead really well and for God’s protection.
- For all I do this summer esp. sharing in many churches and my debrief at Le Rucher (11-17 Aug).

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