Alison Gill
Burundi Update

June 2006

Prayer Sheet

Ď He has sent me Ö to comfort those who mourn and provide for those who grieve in Burundi Ė to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.í (from Is 61:1-3)  
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Dear All

Only a few days now Ďtill I leave for Burundi Ė on Friday 16 June.  I have just returned from a mini retreat in Kent .  It was a good time away, waiting on the Lord to know more of Him and how He wants to use me in this next visit.  I feel much more refreshed now.  Recently things have been too pressured.  Please pray for me in these days before I go as well as when I am away and have returned!  Life is full before I go, with our Missions weekend in Brockley, next weekend which Iím heavily involved in and my last day at Uni of the 2nd of 3 years of my MSc in Therapeutic Counselling on Wednesday 14th.  I finish work on Thurs 15th and then drive down to my parentsí in Rustington, West Sussex .  This time I have been able to involve them a bit more in the work I will be doing in Burundi . 

Please find attached my prayer sheet for this visit.  Hopefully you can print it out, put it on your fridge or somewhere and remember to pray for me and my Burundian colleagues during this visit!  Do feel free to give out copies to others too.  You will see on the prayer sheet that I have created a new email address for you to contact me when I am in Burundi .  It is  I will not be accessing my usual address.  Please do keep in touch!

Whilst I am away, Caro Swan from my Church, has kindly agreed to forward my emails.  So if you have anti SPAM email rejecting software on your computer / webmail, please put the following email address as acceptable so you can read my emails: ! If you donít know what I mean hopefully itíll be because you donít have this so you should receive the emails anyway.  Should any of you not wish to receive emails about my Burundi visit please reply quickly and I can take your name off the list.

My younger brother, Andrew flies to Basra today where he will be based for 2 months working as a navigator in the RAF.  He was having nightmares before he left and waking himself up screaming.  It is a pressured time for my family with him in Basra , me going to Burundi and my Grandma having been unwell.  I would appreciate your prayers for my parents during my visit as well.

I am being taken to Heathrow by Pam Brooks on Friday 16th along with a sewing machine weighing 20 Kg which I hope to take to give to their friend William at Matana who had polio when he was 7.  William works as a tailor and relies on a machine to work and help earn small amounts of money for his family. 

If you would like me to come and speak about Burundi and my visit when I return please be in touch.  I am taking bookings now!!!

Thank you so much for standing with me in prayer.  It is good to know I am not going alone but as part of a much larger context here as we all seek to serve Jesus in what He has called us to do.

With love and blessing in Him


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