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Our Missionary Partners

In Burnside Blairbeth Church we are privileged to share in the work of our missionary partners who greatly appreciate our prayers. If you would like any more information about our partners or if you are keen to become more involved with world church matters, please get in touch via the contact form.

Murray Humphreys 

Murray works at Jomo Kenyatta University (JKUAT), Nairobi, Kenya as a lecturer in applied statistics. He moved to Kenya in the 1970s –he was an elder in Burnside Church before this move.

As well as lecturing he is involved in ministering to students.     Several have benefited from ‘Burnside Blairbeth Bursaries’ – money raised by Murray himself and the congregation, to support students financially.

Pray for Murray’s health and fitness – he is now mostly recovered from surgery for bowel cancer summer 2015.

Charles and Jocelyne Montagu

Charles and Jocelyne now work in the UK with Arab World Ministries / Pioneers, having previously been based in Europe. They have 3 adult children – Edward, Emily & Robert.

Their work involves - 

  1. Website and social media outreach presenting the gospel to Arabic speakers and encouraging them to make contact 
  2. Charles co-ordinates the response team as they interact with Arab enquirers both inside and outside Arab World, using email, WhatsApp, Instant Messaging, Facebook, Paltalk Chatroom
  3. their goal is that these should lead to face to face contacts with local believers
  4. Charles also does some correspondence with enquirers by email
  5. Jocelyne manages the office
  6. A Chinese pastor friend has invited Charles to preach on occasions at his small fellowship in E. London 

You can read theor latest prayer letter here

Carolyn and Miro Tomasović, Omiš, Croatia

Carolyn was born in Burnside and brought up as a member of our church family. Married to Miro, they have 3 children - Olivia 24/2/96, David 19/8/98 and Lucia 1/12/03.

Carolyn is the Director of Ecumenical Women’s Initiative www.eiz.hr

EWI focuses on promoting women’s rights, peace building & reconciliation and faith-based ecumenical & inter-religious cooperation. It supports women as initiators and agents of change in faith communities and in society by supporting and connecting individuals and groups working in the fields of women’s rights, belief-based ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue & cooperation in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, encouraging networking and cross border cooperation.

EWI supports projects across the countries of the former Yugoslavia, including 18 new ones in 2015. In addition to Carolyn there are 2 other full time staff and volunteers. Sourcing funding to support the projects is a continuing challenge. 

Janie Beattie 

Janie works in Barcelona, Spain. She is involved with Mission in Barcelona town centre, doing children’s work 2 evenings per week in a group called L’Espurna (spark). Most of the children come from difficult home environments. She also helps organise and run Children’s Camps. In addition, there is street ministry to the homeless, prostitutes, immigrants etc., and working with people affected by drug and alcohol related problems. She is also involved in hospital visiting at the Evangelical Hospital.

She is involved in La Roca Evangelical church and to help to support herself, Janie has teaches English to a few individual pupils.

Satish and Bhumika Chettri, New Delhi, India

Satish is director of Grace Ministries, India – he and Bhumika have 2 children - Joash 28/3/00 and Jerusha 12/07. Grace Ministries was born out of a passion to reach non believing Nepalese who have come to India, usually to find work. Satish and Bhumika are involved in many types of ministry including speaking in churches, training leaders, planting new churches, working with young people. They aim to make a difference, glorify Jesus and be His witnesses. Grace ministries aims to equip every believer and send them as a voice to other nations.

“For me and my house, we will serve the Lord”

Bernard and Alice Bakunda, Kampala, Uganda

Bernard and Alice have been partners with Burnside Blairbeth for more than thirty years. They were married in 1984 and have 3 children - Faithful, Timothy, Peter & adopted family. Their work has varied over the years but now consists of - 

  • Rhema School – a school for 200 children, many of whom are orphans as a result of HIV Aids. The school building is not yet completed
  • Alice retired as HIV counsellor with Mildmay, Uganda
  • They support 30 orphans to attend Rhema
  • Bernard is involved in a tree planting project – part of preaching the gospel in action
  • Alice has an artificial arm and it may need to be replaced
  • Bernard is currently undertaking a ministry locum in Kampala
  • Faithful married Abel April 2016

Craig and Amanda Cunningham

Craig and Amanda are missionaries with Fundación Totaí in Bolivia. Craig runs communication with FT's supporters around the world, while Amanda is Director of HR & oversees the short-term volunteer programme

They are leaders in El Jireh evangelical church.

You can read their latest prayer news here

Craig and Amanda also have a blog which you can find here

Morven Collington, New Destiny

Morven lives in Brazil and runs ‘New Destiny’ – a farm converted into an adventure centre for children and young people from the Favelas. Children attend ND camps and receive support and encouragement in their homes – there are also support groups for mums and other family members.  The children from the nearest town can come to ‘Transformers’ –a weekly club, where they have lots of fun in a caring environment. Check out the latest news at http://ndaventura.org/

You can read the latest prayer letter here

Jerry & Stacy Kramer

Run ‘love for the least’, and are associated with ‘Youth With A Mission’. Their Ministry focuses on least reached areas and orphans, widows, refugees and addicts. In the past they have been involved in the setup of 3 orphanages in Kenya & Tanzania, and have worked in Worked in Nepal,  Turkey, Zanzibar and now Iraq. One goal is to train up the indigenous church to make disciples. 

http://www.lovefortheleast.org/

Release International

We support the Scottish rep James Fraser who lives in Rutherglen.

Release international serves the persecuted Church around the world by

  • Enabling believers to survive persecution
  • Providing for the needs of families of persecuted or imprisoned Christians
  • Spreading God’s love – bringing others to Christ
  • Spreading God’s word
  • Being the voice of the oppressed and persecuted
  • http://www.releaseinternational.org/