Harvest Food coming in, Thanks to Fettes and St Georges Schools.

Huge thank you to Fettes College and St Georges School for their amazing generosity in collecting food for Basics bank.

 

Our sincere thanks for your continued support and prayers for the work of ECM.

 

Chief Executive – Lawrie Hudson

Pray for Lawrie as he continues to connect with churches and meets up with leaders and Ministers in the city.

Pray for the ongoing negotiations with Churches regarding the establishment of Gospel cafes that we would only do what God has prepared for us.

Pray for positive movement towards working with existing cafes and opening new cafes in the right churches.

 

Basics Bank – Steve Wright, Sarah Johnson and Rachel Finlayson

We do give thanks for the abundance of food provisions this week from Harvest Thanksgiving at  Fettes College.

Steve shared the atmosphere at Newington Basics Bank was happy with lots of laughter and everyone felt encouraged by it.  A number of previous clients came along for a coffee and a chat.  We give thanks to God that we had enough fresh health food to help to improve the wellbeing of the clients.

Please pray for:

was looking well today and expressed how grateful he was for the food and encouragement that he had been given. He had been to an appointment to help with his health issues and felt that his life could improve now. We pray that he doesn’t have to wait too long to get the further referral that would benefit his wellbeing.

was sad after facing the first wedding anniversary since the loss of her husband. She shared her problems and we pray that this helped her to deal with her feelings.

came prepared with a holdall with wheels after he had difficulty carrying his food home last week due to his sore arm. Pray that his health problems and aches and pains improve.

A has had some bad news about his health and is very frightened. Please pray that the sparkle comes back into his eyes and give him strength to face the future.

M has an interview for a job on Monday. Pray for a positive outcome.

is not receiving benefits due to conflicting information from two government departments. We pray that this is sorted out soon. He has found work but will not receive his first pay until the end of October.

doesn’t have enough money to live on due to deductions from his benefits for child support and debts. With support from Basics Bank and re-negotiating the deduction rate, his financial worries will get better. Pray that he can find some calm in his life as his anxieties reduce.
S starting Christianity Explored this week that she will gain a full understanding of Jesus.

G who has just been released from prison after 14 years and is completely disorientated and lost as well as having no family and no money pray that he will connect with the church in Granton and that God will keep him from danger.

 

Care Van ministry

Evening Care Van – We give thanks for the teams that go out faithfully each night, starting at the Waverly Bridge.

Continue to pray please:

…for good connections with the clients.

…for those who find themselves homeless and need to access the Care Van

…for the smooth running of both services and for safety for all when the van is out

…for breakthrough in the lives of those who are ministered to through the Care Van, that lives may be changed and turned towards God.

Lunch Time  –  the van goes around the city centre Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays giving out practical help.

Please pray that the help becomes more than food and clothing and develops into real relationships where the clients are helped out of their present situation.

New partnership with Citizens Advice Bureau and Basics Bank

New partnership with Citizens Advice Bureau and Basics Bank

Our sincere thanks for your continued support and prayers for the work of ECM.

Care Van ministry

Evening Care Van – We give thanks for the teams that go out faithfully each night, starting at the Waverly Bridge.

Continue to pray please:

…for good connections with the clients.

…for those who find themselves homeless and need to access the Care Van

…for the smooth running of both services and for safety for all when the van is out

…for breakthrough in the lives of those who are ministered to through the Care Van, that lives may be changed and turned towards God.

Lunch Time  –  the van goes around the city centre Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays giving out practical help.

Please pray that the help becomes more than food and clothing and develops into real relationships where the clients are helped out of their present situation.

 

Basics Bank – Steve Wright, Sarah Johnson and Rachel Finlayson

 

Please pray for the partnership with Citizens Advise Bureau as a dedicated worker joins our Basics Bank setup on the 1st October.

 

Please pray for all the Basics Banks; pray that we would keep the ministry fresh and not become complacent.  

 

P – arrived for his 3rd week of 6. He continues to improve and is looking better. He is worried about his mother who is unwell so we pray that this does not have an adverse effect on his continual struggle.

A – remains positive about finding part time work that will suit his talents. He continues to chat to us although he no longer receives food and we pray that we can maintain this relationship with him. He was looking very smart this week.

L – benefits stopped following the recent loss of her husband. She came along with her knitting and chatted openly with the volunteers. Hopefully this helped her put her problems to the back of her mind for couple of hours. Pray that her benefits are sorted out and she can move forward to adjusting to a life without her husband.

J –  has many health problems and is currently undergoing some aggressive therapy. His benefits have stopped and he is currently waiting for JSA to start. Pray that his treatment is successful and some of his health problems resolve.

T –  is really keen to find work and is growing in confidence. Pray that this continues and that she finds the right job for her.

 

Newington Basics Bank has now returned to Community Church Edinburgh and we are very grateful to Priestfield Church for accommodating us so willingly and for the warm welcome that we received. Pray for the congregation at Priestfield, particularly Jared, Kenny and Diana who gave their time so generously.

 

Chief Executive – Lawrie Hudson

Pray for Lawrie as he continues to connect with churches and meets up with leaders and Ministers in the city.

Pray for the ongoing negotiations with Churches regarding the establishment of Gospel cafes that we would only do what God has prepared for us.

Pray for positive movement towards working with existing cafes and opening new cafes in the right churches.

Growing interest in Gospel Cafe Ministry

It is encouraging that six churches want to talk about the potential for a Gospel Cafe

Chief Executive – Lawrie Hudson

Pray for Lawrie as he continues to connect with churches and meets up with leaders and Ministers in the city.

Pray for negotiations with Churches regarding the establishment of Gospel cafes that we would only do what God has prepared for us.

Basics Bank – Steve Wright, Sarah Johnson and Rachel Finlayson

Steve is back from holiday and already keen to go!  Continue to pray please for complete healing for his leg, which can still be painful and stiff at times.

Pray for L who has left the Teen Challenge programme after two weeks and returned home.

Pray for Rachel as she befriends and  meets up with F, a Basics Bank client, for coffee.

Please pray for R for her protection from her ex. She is putting her faith in God which is great.

Please pray for C who lost his job. Pray that he will continue to come to church and not let this get him down too much or knock his new faith.

Pray for C as Sarah has offered to take him to the Alpha course.  Pray God will prompt him to get in touch.

Care Van ministry

Pray for the volunteers who give of their time to do the Lunch and Evening Care Van runs,  they show love to the service users by making them feel valued and cared about.

Lunch Time  – the van goes around the city centre Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays giving out practical help. There is now a wider awareness of the Lunch time service Evening Care Van – continues the nightly run, handing out soup, hot drinks and clothing to those who are rough sleeping.

Continue to pray please:

…for those who find themselves homeless and need to access the Care Van

…for the smooth running of both services and for safety for all when the van is out

…for breakthrough in the lives of those who are ministered to through the Care Van, a joint ministry between Edinburgh City Mission and Bethany Christian Trust,

that lives may be changed and turned towards God.

Our sincere thanks for your continued support and prayers for the work of ECM.