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World Mission Update
11 February 2021
Ecumenical call to prayer
Our partner, the Middle East Council of Churches, invites you to join them in an online ecumenical time of prayer on Friday 12 February at 7pm Beirut (5pm GMT). This will be held on Zoom and will be broadcast on the MECC Facebook page. Clergy from different Church families in the Middle East will attend to take part in the meeting along with different non-governmental organisations, groups, youth movements, and more.
Find more details here
United Mission to Nepal
Our partners at United Mission to Nepal (UMN) are addressing the impact of coronavirus and lockdown through hospital work and community development work. From UMN'S coronavirus response web page you can see links to relevant news and responses from their clusters and hospitals.

Please continue to pray for the UMN agreements and visa renewals. Their staff does not want any work to be stopped by lack of permission or lack of understanding of the local, transformational approach. Their weekly prayer notes share the latest prayer points. Prayerful support from around the world is much appreciated in these days. 
Visit the UMN site
Cyclone Eloise
On 23 January Cyclone Eloise hit Mozambique causing devastation. Eloise caused landfall, floods and crop damage and left more than 400,000 people displaced. People were rebuilding their lives after Cyclone Idai, but they have once again lost everything. As the rain continues to fall with intensity throughout the country, it is estimated that more people will be affected by natural disasters in Mozambique.

The Christian Council of Mozambique and the government are working together to gather support for those affected. Our partner, the Evangelical Church of Christ in Mozambique, is gathering support from their members in the form of blankets, food, tents, hygiene kits and clothes to be sent to the Christian Council of Mozambique for the victims of Cyclone Eloise.
Christian Aid Supporter Gathering - last chance to book!
Our partners at Christian Aid are holding their Scotland Supporter Gathering online on Tuesday 16 February from 10am-12pm.

Netsanet Feleke and Solomon Woldetsadik from Christian Aid Ethiopia will speak about the impact of climate change, locusts and conflict on vulnerable communities. Also on the programme will be new ways of celebrating Christian Aid Week, as well as a look forward to COP26 to think about how everyone can get involved in the fight against climate change. And you’ll meet some of the new faces on the Christian Aid Scotland team.

Don’t miss this last chance to book your place! Email to register and receive the joining instructions:
Find information and booking details here
Church of Scotland responds to Myanmar situation
The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair, has written to the Foreign Secretary urging the government to do all that it can to ensure the restoration of democracy in Myanmar following the recent military coup.
Read more about the response
Calendar of Events and Opportunities
Coronavirus Diaries: The Life and Work feature, Coronavirus Diaries, focusing on the situation of one of our overseas partners, is published each Wednesday. Rev Glynis Williams is the Associate Secretary for International Ministries at the Presbyterian Church in Canada. Read her Coronavirus Diary.

Mission Partners: Our mission partners write quarterly updates about their life and work in their particular situation and share with us what they are involved in. We'll highlight one of our partners here each week. This week we invite you to Jenny Featherstone’s page and read her latest letter.

Fairtrade Fortnight Online Festival: The Fairtrade Foundation presents 'Choose the World You Want' – a virtual festival throughout Fairtrade Fortnight. Beginning on 22 February, there will be a host of events from live music to expert panel discussions. Get involved on the Fairtrade website.

Hadeel tours: This is a great opportunity to get to know some of the Hadeel suppliers and find out more about where their products come from. Hadeel is a Fair Trade shop which aims to provide a sustainable source of income for craftspeople working with social enterprises in the West Bank (Gaza), Galilee and Negev. The first of the virtual tours is from the Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children, and will kick off the series on 22 February. Have a look at the tour details and dates on Hadeel's website.

Read Sabeel's, a Christian liberation theology organisation based in Jerusalem, wave of prayer here.
COP26, the UN's climate change summit, which was to take place in the UK in November 2020, has been postponed until 1-12 November 2021. Join this month's prayer chain to pray for climate justice.
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