The Brickworks – South Sudan

The Brickworks is a charity that works alongside the church in the very needy nation of South Sudan, helping people to rebuild their lives after years of civil war. Many South Sudanese are now in refugee camps in Uganda due to insecurity and The Brickworks supports Dioceses with their work with refugees.

The challenges faced by the people of South Sudan are huge. They have had many years of little investment and still have some of the worst health statistics in the world. There’s very high maternal mortality, few homes have access to clean water or a latrine and many children die before their fifth birthday. UNICEF announced in 2016 that more teenage girls die in childbirth than finish secondary school.

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Website

www.thebrickworks.org.uk

Rebuilding Lives

The Brickworks supports the local church in discipleship, running a very busy health clinic, improving schools and training teachers and medics.

In 2019, The Brickworks funded the reopening of the Yei eye clinic thanks to St Michael’s.

This man  was unable to walk without being led by a relative. After cataract surgery he now drives his own motorbike again! And he’s one of 130 cataract patients who can now see, following recent surgery.
One and a half million South Sudanese people are currently refugees. They fled  local violence to live in camps in Uganda.
The Brickworks trains church youth leaders and funds open air schools in the  camps.

The Brickworks charity was created in 2009 and it has already built and equipped a children’s ward and an eye clinic, constructed new school classrooms (pictured above) and a workshop for a diocesan vocational training college.  The Brickworks has helped churches build new structures and invested in church leadership training. It has funded training programmes for women and initiated camps and discipleship training for church youth. It has repaired boreholes, built latrines and supplied school desks and teaching materials.

Education

Student sponsorship has been a large part of The Brickworks mission, giving scholarships to those who would otherwise be unable to afford it.

Chandiga is studying for a public health degree in Kampala and plans to return to Yei, South Sudan in 2022 to work in preventative health.

Charles (above) returned from a refugee camp in Congo in 2006. He had completed his A levels and was seeking further education and a place to live. Soon, an opportunity arose to train some health workers for a new diocesan clinic. Charles was selected, and he went for general health training in Kampala. He found that he enjoyed administration and so, a year later with a scholarship from The Brickworks, he enrolled for a degree in health management. He graduated in 2012 and, since then, he has been the manager of the diocesan clinic in Yei. He is also the lead youth worker for Yei cathedral.

The Clinic is very busy and the COVID situation brought even greater challenges.  The Brickworks supplied some PPE until the government provided a regular supply.

Fleeing for their lives

Unfortunately, five years after independence, the city of Yei was attacked by soldiers and over half the population fled to northern Uganda. Over a million South Sudanese now live in refugee camps in Uganda, having left everything behind. The diocesan schools and clinic remain open but with low numbers they need financial support. The Brickworks supports the diocese and, since 2017, has also helped those who are in refugee camps.

The Brickworks now funds four under tree schools in the camps, catering for over 4000 primary school children living as refugees in Uganda.  Charles the clinic manager mentioned above started his education too in an under tree school in a refugee camp as did several bishops who partner with The Brickworks.

St Michael’s pre-school / nursery, St Michael’s Primary School and Wallscourt Farm Academy, Cheswick are each linked to one of the schools. In 2019, the Deputy Head Teacher from Wallscourt Farm Academy visited their link school.

The Brickworks now funds four under tree schools in the camps, catering for over 4000 primary school children living as refugees in Uganda.  Charles mentioned above started his education too in an under tree school in a refugee camp as did several bishops who partner with The Brickworks.

St Michael’s Primary School and Wallscourt Farm Academy, Cheswick are each linked to one of the schools. In 2019, the Deputy Head Teacher from Wallscourt Farm Academy visited their link school.

Thanks to these links and to other donors, The Brickworks has been able to fund the construction of temporary shelters to serve as classrooms, to provide benches for the children to sit on, and to provide some sports equipment.

St Michael’s Church has given much needed support to The Brickworks over the last few years.  A regular monthly donation has been put towards the ongoing provision of discipleship training for youth leaders living in refugee camps.  In 2019, St Michael’s gave a substantial financial gift that enabled the Eye Clinic in Yei to re-open and which paid all the staff salaries for two years.  St Michael’s has also provided emergency funding to enable the church to buy food for families displaced by fighting and insecurity and a separate grant to pay for the printing of 500 new service books that will be used by pastors and laity throughout South Sudan.

About The Brickworks

The Brickworks is based in Bristol and has no paid staff.  It is run by John and Poppy Spens (who are members of St Michael’s Church) and a Board of Trustees.  John and Poppy try to visit South Sudan and Uganda once or twice a year to check on progress and to understand the current needs and priorities.   In doing this they meet all their own expenses so that everything given to The Brickworks can be put to work on these varied church projects.

Prayer requests

Please pray for peace to return to South Sudan to enable the 1.3 million refugees in Uganda to return home.

Please pray for the nursery and primary schools in the refugee camps that, though the facilities may be few, the teaching would be of good quality to give the children a decent education.

Pray for the churches (like the one above) that seek to bring help and trauma healing to refugees.

Pray for those who remained behind in South Sudan to run schools and health centres, facing hunger and danger.

Mission updates

July 2021

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July 2020

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August 2019

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October 2018

In October, John and Poppy travelled to Uganda on behalf of The Brickworks to visit the under tree schools again.  This time they took with them a large box of children’s reading books which had been donated by St Michael’s CE Primary School, Stoke Gifford.  They made a short film of the presentation of the books to the Good Samaritan Primary School in a refugee camp and there was great thankfulness and rejoicing for this gift and for the link to St Michael’s Primary School.

May 2018

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Website

www.thebrickworks.org.uk

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Our Mission Partners

Mission Action Group

Mission at St Michael’s

Jesus said to his disciples:

“Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation”. – Matthew 28:19-20

One of the key themes at St Michael’s is outreach. Through the Mission Action Group, St Michael’s Church has formed partnerships with individuals and organisations reaching out to people and communities in the UK and around the world.

News updates and prayer requests are included in Church News and posted on the Mission Action News Facebook Group

Each month we have a ‘Mission Partner of the Month’, with short presentations being given during Sunday services, and information sheets shared.

If you would like to find out more about any of our mission partners please click the links below.

Each mission partner has a link person at St Michael’s: MAG Link Person Index

Please contact the Mission Action Group for further information and ways to get involved.

Mission Overview January 2022 click here

Mission Partner Updates and Prayer Requests October 2021 click here

Mission Partner Updates and Prayer Requests May 2021 click here

Mission Partner Covid update video August 2020 click here

Our Mission Partners

b.friend

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The b.friend project provides isolated asylum seekers and refugees in the Bristol area with one-to-one social support. b.friend provides a thorough training programme and ongoing support to volunteers, who commit to meeting with their befriendee once a week for a period of up to one year, for companionship and support.

Befriending is listening, drinking tea, laughing, being compassionate, hearing difficult stories, showing empathy, visiting a museum or art gallery, being committed, going for a walk together, learning from another culture… and it can have a profound impact on both the volunteer and the person they meet with!

A befriending partnership meeting for coffee in the sun.

To find out more about befriending, or to sign up as a volunteer, contact Nic Hope, Project Manager: nic.hope@bridgesforcommunities.com

b.friend is a project of Bridges for Communities

Website:
www.bridgesforcommunities.com/programmes/b-friend

Mission updates

Update June 2022

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Update May 2021

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Update April 2020

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Update June 2019

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Update July 2018

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The next dates for training can be seen here

Update May 2017

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Update February 2017

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Update February 2016

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Website

www.bridgesforcommunities.com/programmes/b-friend

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Our Mission Partners


Epaphras Trust

Epaphras Trust was established in 2008. The charity objectives are principally to offer Bible teaching and leadership training in addition to caring for widows and orphans. We work with organisations in Nepal, Ukraine, Kenya and India.

Our Timothy project partners with El-Shaddai Bible School (EBS for short) situated in Bihar state, India. Sharing a border with Nepal, the state of Bihar is one of the poorest in India.

EBS is an arm of Soul Winning Mission which was birthed from the vision of Emmanuel Samuel, many decades before. His vision was to build a children’s home for orphans, a school and a Bible training facility to train young people from the poor areas of North India. He modelled his vision of faith on the same model as George Muller.

Ken Hart was invited to visit EBS in 2010 and since that time Epaphras Trust has fully resourced EBS. In the past ten years much has been achieved, including improvements to the menu, the gradual establishment of a library of study materials, instruments for worship and the broadening of the curriculum plus other subjects such as English language, computer studies and sewing. A new building to provide decent accommodation, lecture room and library for study has been constructed.

For the academic year 2021 – 2022 there are 38 students.

Antioch Care Movement

Antioch Care Movement is an initiative born out of the need for local pastors and leaders to have access to further training, support and fellowship. A place to be cared for and refreshed. For two days per month Soul Winning Mission hosts pastors and leaders; offering structured theological teaching, times of worship, prayer and fellowship in addition to a safe place to discuss issues and feel supported.

Update March 2022

Update March 2021

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Update August 2020

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Epaphras Trust’s Timothy Project, May 2020

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Our Mission Partners

Brazil Florianopolis

We are the Rocks family and we are Mission Partners with CMS in Florianópolis Brazil. Before moving to Brazil, we were members of St Michael’s. 

In Florianópolis we have planted a Vineyard church on the north of the island. Our church is a growing church with a variety of groups and activities, such as life groups, youth and children’s groups, a craft group, prayer meetings and a theological study group. We are reaching out into our community by going out onto the streets or the beach to offer prayer and share about the difference Jesus makes in our lives. We run Alpha courses and have initiated a missional small group as a nucleus for a new church plant. We also have run a food bank to help take care of some of the most vulnerable in our community. 

Last year (2021) we launched the New Wine Discipleship Year here, training the next generation of leaders and church planters, tying in with our vision to plant more churches in the region.

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If you would like to know more about how you can support our work you can click on this link to our CMS profile.

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Mission Updates

April 2022

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February 2021

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March 2020

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April 2019

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January 2019 Update

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November 2018 Update

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April 2018 update

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Looking back at 2017

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October 2017 update

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May 2017 update

Jimmy and Katia are leading a new church plant in Florianopolis. The church is part of the Association of Vineyard Churches in Brazil. HOTC tithe funding from St Michael’s is being used to help with the costs of setting up the new church. This has included buying equipment and furniture and paying the rent for the initial months until the church is self-sufficient.

View the PowerPoint Display and join Jimmy on a walkthrough of the new Church building

September 2016 update

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Website

www.cms-uk.org

https://churchmissionsociety.org/people-in-mission/jimmy-and-katia-rocks

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Our Mission Partners

Brazil UNiViDA

UNiViDA runs a Christian educational project serving 260 children aged 7-14 in the slums of Fortaleza in North East Brazil, bringing them life, hope and opportunity.

  • Marc and Ruth with some of the children at UNiViDA

All the children go to state schools, but only for 4 hours per day. UNiViDA provides each child with an additional 4 hours of education per day. Practical support for the children and their families is also provided.

Mission Updates

Update May 2022

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Update April 2021

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Update June 2020

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Update June 2018

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Update 2016

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Website

http://www.univida.org

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Our Mission Partners

inHope

 

inHope has a vision of communities where everybody can reach their God-given potential, free from injustice and insecurity.

We exist to help people overcome insecurities such as homelessness, hunger, addiction and poor mental health. These insecurities are often caused by injustices such as insufficient housing, limited access to food, poor employment, discrimination and abuse. 

Every person is unique. By offering help to enable people to overcome insecurity and challenging the root-cause injustices, people are then free to reach their God-given potential.  

inHope brings together volunteers, supporters and churches from across Bristol, to offer hope, justice and security to our city.

Our strategic picture below, illustrates our mission – the things we contribute to creating this vision.

  • The Wild Goose drop-in

Website

www.inhope.uk

Mission Updates

Update December 2021

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Update November 2020

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Update November 2019

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Update September 2018

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Update January 2018

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Update December 2016

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Update 2015

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Our Mission Partners

Moldova

Ruslan and Larisa Telpiz live in Gotesti, a village in Moldova, which is a small country in Eastern Europe, between Romania and Ukraine. Moldova is the poorest country in Europe, with very little paid work available and many people are leaving the country in search of work.

Ruslan is the Pastor of the Baptist Church in Gotesti and currently also of the Baptist Church in the adjacent village, Chircani. His ministry includes leading Sunday services, preaching, baptisms, pastoral care and discipleship of church members. He is also involved in outreach and evangelism in these villages and the surrounding areas. In addition, Ruslan is leading youth work in both villages.

Larisa runs the Day Care Centre for vulnerable children. This is an after-school ministry held in Gotesti Church, which provides food, games, Bible stories and help with school work, in a caring and supportive environment. Larisa also supervises the Sunday School and is involved in the church’s ministry with women and families.

Members of St Michael’s Church have regularly visited Gotesti and Chircani since 2010, going on pastoral visits to people in their homes and encouraging the church members and leaders. Teams have also helped to run several children’s summer day camps over the years.

Mission Updates

Update October 2021

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Update September 2020

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Update September 2019

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Update August 2018

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Update 2017

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Update 2016

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Update 2015

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Website

www.ten-uk.org

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Our Mission Partners

South Wales

Sarah & John Sutton, Tonypandy

Sarah Sutton is working as a pioneer missionary with Hope Church at Tonypandy, in the Rhondda Valley with her husband John. She is involved with church outreach and local groups in the community. In summer 2020 they opened a community coffee shop called Clwb Coffi which is seeking to regenerate the high street and show God’s heart for their town, as well as build community. Before going to Tonypandy Sarah was a youth intern at St Michael’s.

Website

http://hopechurchrhondda.org.uk/

 

  • Sarah Sutton standing above Tonypandy

Mission updates

Update August 2021 

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Update May 2020

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Update November 2018

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Update 2017

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Update 2015

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Our Mission Partners