Wider Mission Team
The Wider Mission Team was set up early in 2017 by the Kirk Sessions of Fort William: Duncansburgh MacIntosh and Kilmonivaig jointly to co-ordinate our many links with the international and mission links of the congregations.
The team has a mixture of elders and non-elders from both churches and anyone interested is invited to our meetings.
We organised a "Don't Forget Your Toothbrush" day on 5th March 2017 in support of Re-Act Lochaber's work to provide basic necessities for refugees. We were able to donate well over 300 toothbrushes and a similar number of tubes toothpaste. We have subsequently passed donated baby necessities to Re-Act Lochaber as well.
We organised a meal in May 2017 to welcome Suresh and Roja Venullapalli and to hear about the work of Indian village ministries. More than 40 people came along and enjoyed the evening, and we raised around £280 for the charity.
We're aiming to support Presbytery's partnership with Emmasdale congregation in Zambia. We are planning a supper and quiz night (date to be confirmed) with funds to support a clean water project in Mafua, a village in Emmasdale's area.
A collection for emergency famine relief in East Africa and Yemen raised around £580.
A soup lunch in August 2017 raised enough money to twin three of our toilets with toilets in developing countries. (Providing the cost of proper facilities encourages health, and promotes personal safety for women and girls in developing countries.)
In October 2017 Christina Tracey spoke to morning services updating us on the work of TearFund. Also in October 2017 members of the Wider Mission Team lead an evening service on a clean water theme.
We continue to reflect on opportunities to support Christian Aid, Tear Fund and other areas of Wider Mission. At present we are reflecting on the possibility of developing a partnership with a congregation in Eastern Cape, South Africa. At our next meeting we will be looking at partnership options.
In June 2019 we welcomed Mable Sichali from Zambia to speak about her worl with teenage mothers in Lusaka.