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World Mission Update
23 April 2021
India Prayer Request
Our partner church in South India has written to us with concern over the Covid-19 pandemic.

India's tally of recorded coronavirus cases exceeds 12 million, the second-highest in the world. The pandemic, which has spoiled economies and burdened medical infrastructure, worsened at the end of February in India and the country has since been reporting record Covid-19 cases every day. On 20 April this year, India had 295,158 new Covid-19 infections, according to World Health Organisation data.

The General Secretary of the Church of South India writes: “We earnestly solicit your active prayers and timely accompaniment with us to combat the adverse situation. The Church must ensure the availability of vaccines, basic food, interim financial support, and other necessary missional accompaniment with the people, especially the most vulnerable.”

As a responsible and accountable body, the Church of Scotland cannot be passive and ignore the vital issues. The Church must be serving as a centre of courage and hope to the people without any discrimination. We do strongly believe that it is the prophetic role of the Church to address the vital issues which severely affect people’s lives and livelihoods.
Prayer Request from Bangladesh
Rt Rev Samuel Mankhin, Bishop of Dhaka, has written about the second Covid-19 wave which has hit Bangladesh.

He writes: “At the moment, we are going through the second nationwide lockdown, which started from 14 April and will continue till 21 April. There is every possibility of extending the period of lockdown. All the project activities have been stopped, yet church services are going on maintaining the social distance and with safe measures [in place].” In the past week, Bangladesh reported 47,392 new cases; a 13% increase compared to last week. The country also reported 473 new deaths; a 30% increase.
 
Bishop Mankhin continues, “A good number of Christian people have passed away due to Covid-19 and many are still fighting to survive with the situation, having lost their jobs and businesses. As a result, the Church of Bangladesh is becoming helpless to support these families during their crisis period.

"We keep them all in God’s gracious hand and believe that He will grant His blessings for those families. We have closed our offices and are working remotely from our residences. We request you to uphold Bangladesh and our Church in your prayers. We believe at some stage, God will heal the world from Covid-19 and we all will be able to join hand in hand to praise our Lord the Saviour.”
Funding to combat social isolation
Impact Funding Partners are delighted to invite applications to the Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund. Funding of up to £1,500 will be available to organisations across Scotland to enable them to tackle social isolation, loneliness, wellbeing and the impact of Covid-19 on older people (aged 55yrs+). The total value of the fund is £54,000.
Find out more and apply
Together for the Planet: Interfaith Voices for More Ambitious Climate Action
Interfaith communities across the globe are coming together to advocate for climate action. The Interfaith Liaison Committee to The United Nations (UN) Framework Convention on Climate Change is holding this webinar at 12:30pm on Wednesday 28 April to help focus our advocacy in the remaining months leading up to the UN's Climate Change Conference (COP26).

The webinar will address the following topics:
  • National Determined Contributions: Where we are today based on this report from 28 February. Highlighting the gap between what is pledged and what is needed to stay under 1.5-2°c.
  • Witness of climate change: What are the consequences for the most vulnerable to climate change?
  • Building trust and advocating for a just transition: what advocacy for COP26 means and what is the message to decision-makers from a faith-based perspective?
 
Find out more and book your place
'Blue is the Colour': The police, community and young people in Britain and Ireland
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland are hosting this free webinar on Wednesday 5 May at 7:30pm as a follow-up to last year's 'Black and Blue' webinar.

This evening session will explore the police's engagement in Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England with local communities and young people. It will have a particular focus on racism, 'stop and search', and other related law and order issues.

Youth workers will highlight their engagement with young people, and there will be an opportunity to put your questions to a panel of participants.
Book your place
Job opportunity: Mobilisation Co-ordinator for the Young Christian Climate Network’s Relay to COP26  
This role is designed to support the planning and delivery of the #RiseToTheMoment relay from the G7 summit in Cornwall to the COP26 conference in Glasgow.

Christian Aid and Young Christian Climate Network have teamed up and are offering this full-time six-month Relay Mobilisation Coordinator paid role for someone with fantastic organisational skills and a passion for climate justice.

The job will involve training volunteers, providing logistical support, and acting as a contact point with stakeholders across the country.
Read the full description and apply
Calendar of Events and Opportunities
Coronavirus Diaries: The Life and Work feature Coronavirus Diaries, focusing on the situation of one of our overseas partners, is published each Wednesday. The Rev Michael Okpara, minister of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, who has recently arrived in Edinburgh, reflects on his ten days in compulsory isolation. Read his Coronavirus diary.

Mission Partners: Our mission partners write quarterly updates about life and work in their particular situation and share with us all that they are involved in. Read more about our partners.

Overseas job opportunity: We are looking for a Mission Partner to serve as Associate Minister of St Andrew's Scots Memorial Church, Jerusalem, and St Andrew’s Church of Scotland, Tiberias. If you're looking for a new challenge overseas, working with communities in Israel and Palestine, and strengthening the relationships between the Church of Scotland and all its partnerships and connections in the area, then this might be for you. Read the full job description and find out how to apply.

Scottish Election resources: Explore some campaign issues and find out how churches are reacting and responding to migration, asylum and refugee issues and poverty and inequality.

Read Sabeel's, a Christian liberation theology organisation based in Jerusalem, wave of prayer here.

COP26, the UN's climate change summit, which was to take place in the UK in November 2020, remains on target to take place on the rescheduled dates of 1-12 November 2021. Join this month's prayer chain to pray for climate justice.
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