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Ballinderry Parish missionary outreach team leave for Ethiopia

 

The Rev Canon Ernest Harris, Rector of Ballinderry Parish Church, pictured with his wife Ray at Belfast City Airport last Sunday afternoon (6th August) as they begin the first leg of their journey to Ethiopia where they will be involved in three weeks of missionary outreach work.

 

Members of Ballinderry Parish Church pictured at Belfast City Airport last Sunday afternoon (6th August) as they begin the first leg of their journey to Ethiopia where they will be involved in three weeks of missionary outreach work.  L to R: (back row) Canon Ernest Harris, Ray Harris, Valerie Ellis - Crosslinks, Heather Tuft, Sandra Livingstone, Mona Thomas and Paul Hendron. (front row) Michael Hendron, Jill Hendron, Jenna Boyd, Melinda Steele, Susanna Tuft, Rae Gamble and Kenny Clements

Bon voyage

Fourteen members of Ballinderry Parish Church left Belfast City Airport last Sunday afternoon (6th August) on the first leg of their journey to Ethiopia.  After three weeks of missionary outreach work, they will return on Saturday 26th August.  The team will be based in Mekelle, Northern Ethiopia, and under the leadership of their Crosslinks mission partner Karen Salmon, they will be involved in taking Holiday Bible Clubs in the Operation Rescue Centre or Orphanage, hospital visitation and any other practical work required.

Operation Rescue works with destitute children living in foster care or with a parent dying of H.I.V.  As English is not widely used, the team will have to work through interpreters and will need to make use of visual materials as much as possible. They will be taking some materials in the local language Amharic, obtained from the Every Home Crusade in Belfast.

The team have been greatly encouraged and humbled by the way in which the Ballinderry Church family together and many friends farther afield have supported and encouraged them.  They have been amazed to see their financial needs met and would ask for the continued prayer for the team and the families they have left behind.  Each one of them is excited about the venture but also scared as they face so many unknowns. But, to quote one parishioner, the God who called each one to go is ‘large and in charge!’ and we know that he will enable each one to share the love of Jesus.

06/08/2006