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World Mission Update
13 November 2020
Christian Aid - Events and Resources Update
Christmas Appeal

We know that when a crisis threatens some of the world’s toughest places, love builds hope.  In Ethiopia, and around the world, people living in poverty are on the frontline of the climate crisis. Locusts are swarming, encouraged by the long droughts and heavy rains.  

Thanks to the Scottish Government’s Humanitarian Emergency Fund, Christian Aid was able to act quickly to protect any existing crops and plant new seeds for the next harvest. But the extreme weather means that the threat of more locusts remains high.  This Christmas, help us build hope. 

Carols for Christian Aid and the Church of Scotland Advent Service 

Last year, churches across Scotland joined together to sing Carols for Christian Aid. This year, inspired by Scottish supporters, churches across the UK will sing 'When out of poverty is born' together. Let’s raise the roof once again! Christian Aid and the Church of Scotland have prepared worship resources for Sunday 29 November. The resources include a video conversation between Sally Foster-Fulton and the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair. See the Christian Aid website for further details. 

Charity Gifts for Christian Aid 

Send virtual gifts to loved ones near and far and support Christian Aid's work at the same time.  Your money acts as a donation that funds each area of Christian Aid’s work. So, if you buy the gift of a goat, your money goes into the Agriculture and Livestock fund, and so on. Find out more.
Read more about Christian Aid at Christmas
"God's Word is like Manna in the Middle East" 
Christianity Today has published an interview with Anne Zaki, assistant professor of preaching and practical theology at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, about the transformative power of Scripture in her own life and in the Egyptian church. It gives a fascinating insight into living as a Christian in an Islamic context, as a number of our partners do.

Anne says: "Within the church, faithful preaching creates a safe place for the Holy Spirit to do this transformation. The pastor prepares the ground on which the manna falls, from which people are nourished and fed. And this manna expands from preacher to the audience, and from the audience outward in whatever circles they touch.

"Being in an Islamic context, we are not allowed to openly evangelize. Our call is unique: to live out the Word of God and display it in our lives. While it is prohibited to openly share, it is okay to answer questions about the faith.

"For women, as Egypt has become more conservative, we are distinguished in our dress by not wearing a head covering. People can tell we are Christians from the cross around our neck or, for Orthodox women, by the tattoo on their wrist. We’re in the spotlight all the time. So sharing the Word is not only in preaching. It is in how we treat the lady who sells vegetables in the market and how we refrain from paying bribes in government offices. Here, it is often not so much proclaiming the Word out loud but living the Word out loud."

The Evangelical Theological Seminary of Cairo (ETSC) is a key element of our partner church in Egypt, the Synod of the Nile. Responsible for the training of those seeking ordination and providing courses to those who are interested in further Christian study, it also specialises in Middle Eastern Christianity, with a dedicated centre that has been used by scholars of all faiths. Anne has been a part of the teaching staff at ETSC for around 7 years, becoming the first Egyptian female professor to be hired full time by ETSC.

Read the full interview
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 John McCulloch, minister of St Andrew’s Jerusalem & Tiberias, reports on the challenges facing Palestinian communities across the West Bank - A Landscape of Broken Dreams.

Your Voice Your Choice, a Participatory Budgeting project run by a group of churches in Dundee, is open for voting. There will be 13 community projects bidding for funds and it's up to the people of Dundee to decide which projects are of most benefit to the community. To vote online please visit cos.communitychoices.scot 

London Palestine Film Festival: 13-26 November.

As we approach the Advent Season, you can take part in the virtual Bethlehem Festival, running from 3-7 December. Featuring cultural events such as dance, music, and film, there are also opportunities to hear from those living there as they share their hopes and fears. For further information, please see their website.

Read Sabeel's, a Christian liberation theology organisation based in Jerusalem, wave of prayer here.

The World Council of Churches has launched an essay competition for young people on the theme of ‘the future of interreligious dialogue’.

SRT: Surveillance and Social Justice: In the continuing Life and Work series celebrating 50 years of the Church of Scotland's SRT project, Eric Stoddart explores surveillance of daily life. You can catch up on all the earlier features on the SRT website.

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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