Visit by Margaret Swires
Margaret has worked for BMS World Mission since 1984. She was in Brazil for 20 years with the Baptist Conventions of Mato Grosso do Sul and later, Rio Grande do Norte, in their social work and evangelism departments. In November 2005 Margaret relocated to Lima, Peru, to pioneer the new BMS expansion into Spanish-speaking Latin America. She now works with the Peruvian Baptist Convention with countrywide responsibility in the area of social and family ministries. Since the earthquake that devastated cities in the south of the country in August 2007, she has had special responsibility for co-ordinating Baptist relief activities in the area.
Margaret will be returning to Britain at the end of 2013 and will be visiting churches throughout Britain during January. On Sunday 26th January she will be at our evening service at Christchurch. We are very much looking forward to meeting her again. You can find out more on the World Mission website.
The group held two very informative evening meetings in September. At the first we heard from Michael Murray from the Community Advice and Law Service in Leicester, about the work they do, and the problems faced by their clients. Gavin George, the constituency director for Leicester South MP, Jon Ashworth, came to the second meeting to tell us about the issues which the constituency office hear about. An induction meeting has also been held for volunteers helping at the Tuesday afternoon meetings, which have just been launched.
We recently held a really enjoyable Ceilidh at Christchurch, with the Greenshoots Ceilidh Orchestra, which attracted about 80 people, and raised around £400 to support the project. It is hoped to run this again, perhaps once a year.
The Tuesday afternoon group started on the 15th October. This aims to provide support to anyone in the locallity who is isolated or struggling. One of the initial objectives is to help people with filling in on-line forms and finding information on-line. We are also looking at offering help with cooking skills, and eating on a tight budget. But this will be guided by what we learn from our visitors.
Wild Honey now has its own website at www.wildhoney.org.uk!