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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.

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 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. As a regional women's organisation, EWI strives for a just and peaceful society in which diversity is a strength and source of creativity, in which women have a dignified place and role in private and public life in harmony with their competence and personal choice and in which religion promotes and supports the achievement of full equality in dignity and opportunities.

To date EWI has supported over 340 women-led projects in six countries across the Western Balkans which have directly impacted on the lives of over 30,000 people. In addition to Carolyn there are 3 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, she helps with street ministry to the homeless, prostitutes, immigrants etc., and works with people affected by drug and alcohol abuse. She is also involved in hospital visiting at the Evangelical Hospital.

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.
  • 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
  • Bernard is currently undertaking a ministry locum in Kampala

Craig and Amanda Cunningham

Craig and Amanda are missionaries with Latin Link in Bolivia. They moved to Santa Cruz early in 2019 where Craig is pastor at Trinity International Church and Amanda is coordinator for short term volunteers with Latin Link. Sam is settling into school in Santa Cruz and enjoying the four-legged addition to the family.

You can read their latest prayer news here

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

Morven Collington, New Destiny

After 16 years in Brazil, Morven has moved back to Fife and has taken on the role of International Director of 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

Work with ‘love for the least’ whose aim is to share the compassion of Christ with an unreached world. 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.

Release International is an inter-denominational Christian ministry working through local church partners in more than 25 countries, helping persecuted Christians prayerfully, pastorally and practically. The ministry is based on Hebrews 13 v 3: ‘Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.’

Release International serves persecuted Christians across the world by:

SHOWING GOD’S COMPASSION

Providing for the needs of families of Christians who are being persecuted.

SERVING GOD’S CHURCH

Enabling believers to survive persecution and its effects.

SHARING GOD’S LOVE

Helping persecuted Christians bring Christ to those who are opposed to the gospel.

SPREADING GOD’S WORD

Supplying bibles and literature to meet the need for growth and evangelism.

SPEAKING AS GOD’S ADVOCATES

Being the voice of Christians persecuted for their faith.

 

For more information visit www.releaseinternational.org