Dave and Helen Lyth, doctor and teacher supported by the Vine church, and by the Dunfermline Rotary club worked in a church mission in Western Uganda in 2009-12. God enabled them in dramatic circumstances during those years, and since then with annual visits and keeping in regular touch.
Medical - On arrival Dave found himself in a 5 –year typhoid epidemic in the district (population 700,000) affecting tens of thousands of people. 1,500 people had surgery for gut perforation, and 300 died. The Vine contributed to the support that saw the end of that epidemic.
Youth - The Vine has helped:
• Train and support local Ugandans in youth work, including Jethro, the diocesan youth worker.
• Publish Sunday school materials in the local language (Thank you Gangs).
• Produce a DVD of the ‘Miracles and Parables of Jesus’ in the local language.
• Missions: 4 teams from the Vine came out over the years to take part in missions to schools, churches, and towns in the district.
The mission that the Vine supported last year was a spectacular, weeklong event that attracted audiences of thousands, including the local king, mayor, police and military and church leaders.
John Murabyo our closest friend is responsible for the churches’ witness to the minority Muslim community. The Vine has helped provide sewing machines and training to make a living for families who have been driven out of their homes because they followed Christ.
Help in tough times
Please note, the official Dunfermline Foodbank website can be found here: http://dunfermline.foodbank.org.uk
13 million people live below the poverty line in the UK.
Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to illness, benefit delay, domestic violence, debt, receiving an unexpected bill on a low income, family breakdown or paying for the additional costs of heating during winter. Trussell Trust foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK.
In 2011-12 foodbanks fed 128,687 people nationwide, 100% more than the previous year. Rising costs of food and fuel combined with static income, high unemployment and changes to benefits are causing more and more people to come to foodbanks for help.
The Trussell Trust partners with churches and communities to open new foodbanks nationwide. Foodbanks help prevent crime, housing loss, family breakdown and mental health problems. A simple box of food makes a big difference.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
All food is donated by the public and sorted by volunteers. Frontline care professionals such as doctors and social workers identify people in crisis and issue a food voucher. Clients receive three days of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food in exchange for their food voucher. Foodbanks also make time to chat and to signpost clients to other helpful services.
The Dunfermline Foodbank opened on Monday 10th Sept 2012.
The current weekly opening times are – Mon 4pm to 6pm | Wed 4pm to 6pm | Fri 4pm to 6pm
Dunfermline Foodbank address is: Dickson House Centre, Dickson Street, Dunfermline, KY12 7SL
If you would like to help with the Dunfermline Foodbank project then you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
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