Directions to Jethro Centre

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Jethro Travel Directions

  • Leave the M1 at junction 10 signposted Craigavon / Lurgan.
  • At the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A76 signposted Lurgan.
  • Drive up the Lough Road and over the railway crossing entering Lurgan.
  • Continue through the town, passing Shankill Parish Church on your right.
  • At the 2nd set of major traffic lights which is just past Fulton’s Furniture Store make sure you are in the right-hand lane and veer right.
  • Pass the petrol station on your left.
  • The Jethro Centre is immediately on your left.

Mission Paraguay Report 2007

Mission Paraguay sends teams of volunteers out to work alongside the Anglican Church in practical projects, community based work, childrens’ activities and social projects. In 2007 41 volunteers, backed by many churches and organizations, spent June to August working in and around Asuncion, Concepción and the Chaco. Many worked on projects started by previous teams and this report will provide an update on the work.

The report includes details on:Mission Paraguay

  • Roque Alonso
  • Emboscada
  • Esperanza Foster Home
  • Concepción – Inmaculada
  • Chaco – Para Todoi
  • Childrens’ work
  • Past projects – Yatnata and Zeballos Cue
  • Mission Paraguay 2008

Download the full report with photo. (9MB PDF)

Paraguay gets under your skin. It is a subtle thing, something to do with the place (vast expanses of palm trees and swamps, and dusty cities) and it is something to do with the poverty that you see, in its varied forms, wherever you go. But mostly, I think, it is to do with the people. The people I met were warm hearted; they approached us as friends. They demonstrated their faithfulness and love for God by greeting us as family members. They challenged my understanding of reliance on prayer for every aspect of their lives.
Sarah Holman who worked at Concepción

Las Lomitas youth meeting

Pray for an Indian young people’s meeting in Las Lomitas in the Argentine Chaco over this weekend. Pray for continuing blessing in the churches of that area and for the ministry of René Pereira to young people. Thank God too that his wife Marina is recovering from the severe pneumonia she suffered 2-3 months ago, and please continue to pray for her.

FEISA Degree Course accepted

Let’s give thanks that the proposed degree course at FEISA, the Anglican Training College for Early Years Teachers in Paraguay, has been accepted and approved. Please pray for a good intake of students for its commencement next year, and for rest and refreshment for Head Estela de López and her staff during the summer recess.

SAMS General Secretary and Chairman visit South America.

Denis Johnston and Bishop Ken Clarke are visiting South America during the next few weeks.Denis leaves on Friday 26th October for Paraguay where he will meet up with Elaine Hutchinson and Claire Holmes in Asuncion, and also have meetings with Bishop John Ellison and other church leaders and the head of St Andrew’s College where Elaine works. He will be joined by Bishop Ken on 31st October in Paraguay and then on 1st November they fly to Santiago in Chile for SAMS International meetings. Here they will be joined by representatives of all the Dioceses in South America and the leaders of SAMS Great Britain, USA and CANADA. They also hope to meet Gerardo and Suyai Gimpel, Pablo Ochoa and Raquel Greco who all spent time in Ireland in recent years and also Samuel Lago who is due for a year’s placement in 2008. Denis and Bishop Ken return on 8th November.Please pray for good health and safety in travelPray for wisdom and discernment at all the meetingsPray for Bishop John and Judie Ellison who are due to retire after 20 years in Paraguay and for a successor as Bishop of ParaguayPray for the SAMS International meetings at this time of great change in the Anglican Communion and in Mission

Further update for Denis Johnston

Denis was joined by Bishop Ken Clarke last week and they are now in Chile for the SAMS International conference – one of the most important international conferences in recent years. Read more in the Pray section.

Update from Denis Johnston

Denis in ParaguayDenis arrived in Paraguay on Saturday 27th of October. He spent the first weekend visiting the Annex School on its 35th anniversary, seeing the Chacarita where many Annex pupils live, meeting Mission Partners and visiting local churches. This week he will meet with Elaine Hutchinson and Claire Holmes, and spend time with Bishop John and Judy Ellison in their last few weeks before retirement. Later in the week he will be joined by Bishop Clarke before going on to Chile for the SAMS International conference. Read more in the Pray section.

Visitors from South America

VergarasHugo & Techi Vergara visited Northern Ireland this week. They are working with SAMS Ireland on project ‘La Caldera’. This will see the restoration of a church centre near Salta, Northern Argentina by a 2008 BTN team from Down and Dromore Diocese.

RaulRaul Valdiviezo (Cecilia’s dad) was also with us for two weeks. It was a pleasure to welcome Raul to Ireland for his first time. Raul is held in high regard by all our Gap Year volunteers who participate in the Red Box Project as he is the person who does all their washing, amongst serving in numerous other ways!

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