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World Mission Update
1 April 2021
Continued concern for Myanmar
We continue to highlight the desperate situation in Myanmar and try to be in touch with our partner church colleagues when possible.

Two months after the coup d’état in Myanmar the country’s public health system teeters on the brink of collapse. Aid groups have warned that healthcare disruptions could cascade into an even wider emergency.

Many doctors and nurses at major public hospitals have joined a nationwide civil disobedience movement, which has severely constricted healthcare delivery. Soldiers have also occupied major public hospitals and attacked healthcare workers, including emergency responders trying to help injured protesters. Movement restrictions and fear of violence also prevent many civilians from reaching emergency clinics or hospitals that are still running.

Our partner, the Presbyterian Church in Myanmar, continues to run its Agape hospital in Tahan with almost all staff still working despite the challenges.
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Church and Community Orchards Project
In 2011, the European Christian Environment Network funded the Church of Scotland and the Reformed Church in Hungary to establish eco-congregations in Hungary. This was the beginning of a closer relationship between churches in Scotland and Hungary and one that continues today with the Church and Community Orchard Twinning Project. The concept for the project began in Hungary in 2011 and today they have established over 165 church orchards and planted over 7,000 fruit trees. Inspired by their success, the Church and Community Orchard project began.

During 2019-2020, four churches in Scotland established orchards on or close to their church grounds. Due to the pandemic, planned visits to and from Hungary were not able to take place. However, through the wonders of technology, congregations have been able to meet up and learn from each other. Now they want to share what they have learned more widely with the hope of inspiring other congregations around the country to do the same.

On Monday 19 April at 7pm (BST), an open evening is being hosted for anyone who is interested to learn more. To register, please email Karen Keil using the link below.
Register to attend the open evening
Developing skills for income generation in Nepal
One of the biggest consequences and negative impacts (amongst many) of Covid-19 and the lockdown in Nepal last year has been the seasonal migrant workers helplessly returning to Nepal with an uncertain future.

Remittances of migrant workers are the only source of income for thousands of families, so these households experienced a sharp decline in income during partial and full lockdown last year. The problem is massive but the United Mission to Nepal (UMN) has taken a small initiative in the villages of Doti (West Nepal) to help and encourage such migrant returnees.

UMN is working on developing the workers' entrepreneurial skills, thereby opening doors to an alternative source of income generation. Since November last year, after the lockdown was lifted, we have already seen around 40 migrant returnees of one village set up small enterprises. They are secure, working hard and happy to be earning in their land.
Read the latest UMN newsletter
Debt repayment or vaccine?
Did you know that countries in Africa are spending three times more on debt repayments to banks and speculators than it would cost to vaccinate the entire continent against Covid-19?

This includes Zambia, a country where we already hear from our partner church, the United Church of Zambia, that a vaccination programme has not yet begun. Zambia and other countries have asked for a break from these loan repayments, so they aren’t forced to choose between saving lives and repaying loans. So far, they have been refused.

The Jubilee Debt Campaign is encouraging us to write to the heads of these banks so that they will be forced to listen. Follow the link below to add your voice to the campaign to demand big banks #CancelTheDebt.
Click here to act now
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. Rev Aaron Stevens, minister of St Columba's in Budapest, updates us this week. Read more here. 

Mission Partners: Our mission partners write quarterly updates about their life and work in their particular situation and share with us what they are involved in. You can read more about them all here.

Kiltwalk for Christian Aid: Have you been struggling to come up with safe fundraising ideas during the pandemic? The traditional Bridge Crosses can’t go ahead as normal this year. Instead, Christian Aid is going on the Kiltwalk! This year’s virtual Kiltwalk will take place over the weekend of 23-25 April. Anyone, anywhere in Scotland, can safely take part, and every pound raised will be topped up by 50% from The Hunter Foundation. Find out more and sign up.

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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