tearfund logo"Following Jesus where the need is greatest"

Founded in 1968 as The Evangelical Alliance Relief Fund, Tearfund is a Christian relief and development agency committed to eradicating poverty in the poorest 45 countries of the world.

More than 75,000 churches are already partnered with Tearfund both in the UK and these countries to deliver programmes which bring practical help and show Jesus love to all, irrespective of faith or race. By working through these partner churches, Tearfund believes that needs of local communities can be closely met, and financial and practical resources protected and targeted to greatest need.

Tearfund works in over 50 countries, transforming the lives of the poorest communities, regardless of race, gender, nationality, or religion.

Tearfund works through local church partners who best know the local needs, giving donors the assurance that their money directly reaches those in greatest need. These local church partners are committed to professional standards and accountability in all areas of their work.

Tearfund believes that help is best given through community involvement, enabling people to release themselves from crippling poverty, through loans for small businesses, micro-enterprise, and self help groups, and to support long term sustainable projects.

Tearfund is part of the UK Disaster Emergency Committee, and local churches are best placed to assist with crisis relief, but also concentrates on preventative measures to enable communities to foresee disaster, by changing agricultural practices to more sustainable and drought resistant crops, and rebuilding homes in safer locations.

Tearfund is committed to eradicating HIV/AIDS, bonded and child labour, slavery, and climate change, through campaigning and advocacy work.

People of all ages are encouraged to participate in short, and longer term mission.

Cromer Church has a long history of support for Tearfund, and last year’s carol services raised over £2,000 through voluntary collections.

We have a bi-monthly prayer meeting for the work of Tearfund, details of which can be found in the Welcome sheet. We would love more people to join us!

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The work of Tearfund is our particular focus in the month of March. Judith Anderson and Lynda Brown are our Tearfund Champions.  You can contact Judith herecontact Lynda here or visit the Tearfund website for further information.

We support nine Mission Partners. They are:

  • Michelle Proctor, working with Serving in Mission (SIM) at Mukinge Hospital in Zambia.  Her 'champions' are Liz Bennett and Tim Britton. (Focus month: January)
  • The Canaan Christian Centre in Sheringham. Canaan's Director and 'champion' is Evelyn Smith. (February)
  • Tearfund. Their 'champions' are Judith Anderson and Lynda Brown. (March)
  • Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS), our patron. Their 'champion' is Liz Whitaker. (May)
  • London City Mission.  Their 'champion' is Elizabeth Bridger. (June)
  • Cromer Beach Mission. The Mission takes place in August in partnership with Scripture Union. Their 'champion' is David Orsborne. (July)
  • Andrew and Maria Leake working with CMS in Argentina and with Compassion. Their 'champion' is David Leake. (September)
  • Prison Fellowship. Their 'champions' are Janet and Paul Rosier. (October)
  • Bible Society. Their 'champion' is David Orsborne. (November)

In April, August and December we focus on seasonal opportunities for mission. We encourage every member of the church family to consider how they can be involved in these, and in other mission opportunities throughout the year.

smith evelynThe Canaan Christian Centre
"Touching lives with God's love."

The Canaan Christian Centre was founded more than 40 years ago by Evelyn Smith, a Reader and member of the Church Family here in Cromer.

Over the years, Canaan has provided accommodation for families and groups needing respite or a holiday, and has had a very varied and interesting history, finding dozens of different ways to provide for those in need, as God has guided and led. Women, children, the homeless, destitute, damaged and hopeless have all sought refuge there, and many have found strength, hope and redemption as God has reached in and touched their lives.

Canaan has links with Kanaan Haz - a daughter project in Hungary - and with orphanages in both Hungary and Ukraine. Local volunteers and supporters regularly raise funds so that children in the orphanages can go to Bible camp, where they enjoy a week in a very different environment.

These, with the centre in Sheringham, provide lots of opportunities for people to serve God in practical and exciting ways.

If you have questions or would like to become a volunteer for Canaan, please get in touch using the link, below.

Canaan, Sheringham

Above all, please pray. This is the best support you can give Canaan, so download the latest Canaan prayer letter  (or pick one up from the Parish Church or St Martin's the next tme you're passing) to help you pray.

Evelyn

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Evelyn Smith is founder and Director of Canaan, and their Mission Partner Champion. You can contact Evelyn here. The work of the Canaan Christian Centre is our particular focus in the month of February and you can read the latest Canaan newsletter here.

Canaan Christian Centre
21, Holt Road, Sheringham NR26 8NB
Registered Charity No: 284117

Mukinge Hospital (Copyright: volker_d)Our Mission Partner is Michelle Proctor who is working with SIM (Serving in Mission) at Mukinge Hospital in Zambia.

Michelle has a base in Cambridge. She trained as a paediatric nurse in London and attended All Souls Church. For almost 20 years, she has worked as a Member of SIM (Serving in Mission) at Mukinge Hospital in Zambia, Southern Africa, as a paediatric nurse and anaesthetist.

Mukinge Hospital is in the North Western Province of Zambia. It is a large general hospital with over 200 beds and is run by the Evangelical Church in Zambia, but it is also under the Zambian Government. The hospital management is mainly Zambian professionals. There is a busy outpatients department, two general wards, two paediatric wards, a maternity ward, a TB ward and an eye ward. The operating theatre is always busy and the surgeon and Michelle often have night calls. There are always challenges - including running out of blood for transfusions, dealing with broken equipment and sometimes running out of the most frequently used anaesthetic drugs - but God is faithful and the work continues.

Michelle at Land's End in 2012Mukinge also has a Nurse Training School where about 100 students receive a two-year training, leading to the national Zambian Enrolled Nurse qualification. The nurses in training attend Bible Classes run by senior staff (including Michelle) and many go on to have significant roles in their churches and to serve as Christian nurses in government hospitals after qualifying.

Michelle’s work has two strands. She has specialized in anaesthetics, and is part of the operating theatre team as one of the hospital’s anaesthetists. The other strand of her work is Member Care, looking after other SIM mission partners in the area. Her usual pattern of work is each week to spend three days with the theatre team, and two days in Member Care.  This involves quite a lot of hospitality; for instance, she has had another missionary staying with her while her house has been repaired. She is also involved in SIM decision-making in the country. In addition, she mentors other nurses and has a Bible study group, and prays with patients when she can.

All this she enjoys, but asks that we pray for wisdom, energy, good relationships, and a close walk with God.

You can download Michelle's newsletters here .

 

SIM logoTim and Frances Britton are our Mission Partner Champions for Michelle Proctor. You can contact Tim or contact Frances for more information or to sign-up for Michelle's prayer letter. Michelle's work is our particular focus during the month of January.

bible society logoWe live in a world where too many people don’t engage with the Bible.

In some parts of the world, the Bible is difficult to access or is simply not available. In this country, the Bible is readily available but has lost its significance, and its value is unrecognised by millions. Bible Society is working hard to change this. They take the Bible and find ways to translate and distribute it, create digital formats, champion its place in society and help people relate to it and make sense of it in their everyday lives.

For over 200 years, Bible Society has been working to bring the Bible to life. This mission drives a huge range of activities. In some parts of the world, bringing the Bible to life focuses on translation and distribution projects. Elsewhere it focuses on leadership training, or literacy programmes, or interfaith dialogue. In the UK, it focuses on helping people understand the importance of the Bible to our society, schools outreach (including Open the Book) and devotional resources.

All Bible Society’s efforts are driven by one firmly-held belief: that when people engage with the Bible, lives can change - for good. So let’s thank God that we are free to own and use the Bible, and to encounter Jesus through its pages; let’s commit to reading and valuing the Bible; and to living out Bible truth. And let’s actively support Bible Society in their work, helping to keep the Bible’s message alive as part of our legacy for future generations.

Visit www.biblesociety.org.uk for more information.

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