As many of you will be aware we support a couple called Liam and Rachel Byrnes who are missionaries in Cape Town, South Africa. Liam and Rachel work with an organisation called All Nations that seeks to see Jesus worshipped by all peoples. They have church planting and unreached people groups at the core of their vision and have a church planting school in Cape Town. Liam and Rachel have been working in a township called Masiphumelele (Masi) since 2010 and have been used by God in a variety of ways – from caring for babies who were unwanted, to children who have no parents, working in after school clubs, investing in relationships, explaining the gospel message through a DBS (Discovery Bible Study), discipling those who make commitments and planting simple churches.
All Nations runs a programme called Isithembiso which means “Children of Promise”. This initiative looks to engage with children and youth in the Masi, teach them about Jesus Christ, what it means to be His follower, encourage them in their education and of late they are looking to skill them in different ways such as wood working. Over the years they’ve connected with them in after-school homework clubs, journaling sessions, bible teaching, non-residential camps and residential camps.
Over the past 4 years we have had the joy of serving alongside Liam and Rachel and many other local leaders in running a camp each July. About 25 different people from the church family have been involved in these mission trips and have been positively impacted by these times where we remove ourselves from the regular rhythms of life in Aberdeen and immerse ourselves fully in mission. These trips have been challenging, eye-opening, full of laughter and fun as they’ve made new friends with all in their cabins and the local leaders. Most of all it’s been a joy to see God teach us more about him and His Kingdom.
We’re currently unsure what summer 2019 will look like but please check this page again over the next couple of months for updates.