Many of you will know Andy Partington, who currently serves as the Director of Yeldall Manor (a Christian drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre Kerith works with quite extensively). He and his delightful family are preparing to move to Santa Cruz, Bolivia in order to launch Novō, a charity which will create transformational communities in developing nations – places where hurting and broken people can find healing, wholeness and hope.
They join the growing number of people from Kerith who feel called to go and live and make a difference in other nations. People like Sam and Hannah Fairs-Billam in Zambia and Mike and Virge Maton in Estonia. None of them go to do Kerith specific or sponsored projects, but they all go as part of our family, with our blessing, with our support and encouragement whilst they're away, and with this community as their home when they come back. Just as an example many of you will know that Hannah Fairs-Billam recently needed an operation on her foot - we as a church were able to help pay Hannah's medical costs, at the same time as a load of people here were praying for them, sending them messages of encouragement and helping find accommodation for Hannah in South Africa whilst she recovered - how cool is that :)
Part of the wonder of modern technology is that it makes it so much easier to keep in touch. Skype, WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, FaceTime, email, text and phone calls can help us keep in contact even when people are thousands of miles away. To that end Andy has started a blog to keep people informed about what they're up to. Please can I encourage you to go and have a look at it, and sign up for email updates so you can easily keep in touch with all they're doing. They're a brilliant family and I know God is going to do great things in and through them all.
Please be praying for them as they get ready to go!