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Be a Peacemaker this Christmas

Catalysts for peacemaking, especially where minorities are persecuted, where justice is denied, human rights are suppressed or reconciliation is needed.

The difference you made in 2018

Thank you so much for your prayers and financial support this past year. With your help I have been able to accept invitations to teach the Bible in Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya on four separate occasions helping to train clergy, lay leaders and youth pastors in Christian ministry, pastoral care and conflict resolution.The communities visited are all remote rural districts with among the lowest levels of education, highest levels of poverty, significant numbers of refugees and where religious and tribal tensions are ever present. It has been a privilege to serve alongside the Anglican church in these countries in partnership with Christianity Explored and Scripture Union
During the year I have spoken at conferences, preached in churches and taught in theological colleges in Singapore, Australia and USA on a biblical basis for resolving conflict and peacemaking. In Rostrevor in Northern Ireland, I have shared in a reconciliation initiative bringing together Unionists and Republicans, Catholics and Protestants with the aim of strengthening the Good Friday Peace Agreement. I have also made two visits to Palestine supporting local NGOs working for justice, peace and reconciliation.

In the UK, on Sundays when not travelling, it has been a delight to assist with services in over 30 parishes in the Diocese of Winchester. We have also collected over 50 boxes of theological books for the charity Book Aid which will be sent abroad to resource colleges and churches in Africa and Asia.

None of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. You can read more about these projects on our website blog or quarterly 2018 Peacemaker e-news:

The Peacemaker Christmas Challenge

Peacemaker Trust is a faith ministry. By the grace of God, we are entirely dependent on your prayers, advocacy and financial support. To assist the launch of Peacemakers in May 2017, we received generous 'start-up' funding for the first two years. This comes to an end early in 2019.

We praise God that 50% of the 2019 budget is already pledged or funded. However, we need to raise a further £25,000 to be able to respond to the requests already received for next year.

Please consider making a one-off gift or regular monthly donation. If you wish to give regularly, you may download a standing order form and return to your bank. 

You may also donate by making a cash, cheque deposit or transfer directly into our Peacemaker Trust Metro Bank account using our bank account number 19949718 and sort code 23-05-80. For international donations our Iban number is GB60MYMB23058019949718

You may also give online via Stewardship or through PayPal.

Peacemaking in 2019

Next year, God willing, I will return to South Sudan to train church leaders to use Christianity Explored; provide theological training for colleges in Rwanda and Tanzania; help the YMCA with olive tree planting in Palestine, providing families with a sustainable income; promote a Sudanese refugee initiative in Cairo; a reconciliation project in Syria; and lecture on peacemaking at Bet Lahem Live, in the USA and Hong Kong. We are also exploring how to support Syrian refugees living locally in Southampton.

Christ at the Checkpoint USA

In October I spoke at the first Christ at the Checkpoint conference to be held in the USA. Hosted by churches in Oklahoma City, the conference was attended by about 150 participants from the USA, Canada, Israel, Palestine and Europe.The theme of the conference was “Exploring Holy Land Realities and our Response”. Subjects discussed through plenaries and breakout sessions included Palestinian Christianity in the Midst of the Conflict; Jewish and Christian Attitudes to the Conflict; Christian Zionism; Strategies of Nonviolent Resistance; and Promoting Peace. Continue reading →

Who is my Neighbour?

While in Oklahoma City for Christ at the Checkpoint, I also preached at New Covenant United Methodist Church on "Who is my neighbour"? based on the famous parable of Jesus found in Luke 10:25-37.

Advocacy in Palestine

In November, I participated in an advocacy tour of Palestine aimed at supporting Jewish and Christian NGO's working for justice, peace and reconciliation. Read more here

Be a Peacemaker this Christmas

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