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Can you support more of our 2019 UK team? Melanie Patrick-ferraiolo is cycling from Liverpool to Southport this weekend, alongside Morfa Donnelly. For this fantastic feat, they are hoping for your donations to help them reach their target, and help to fund amazing work being done by ECD in Brazil at this very moment.
Just 3 months or so until the UK team hit Rio and begin their Encontro Com Deus Brazil adventure! Let's meet another member of the team. Want to help Dave on his fundraising journey? Click here: cafdonate.cafonline.org/8112
"My name is David Baker. I am 60 years old or young, depending on how you look at it. I was born and raised in Mossley Hill, a quiet leafy suburb of Liverpool, a city situated in the north west of England, steeped in history, whether it being shipping, historic buildings, sport and of course music.
I left school at 16 and served a craft apprenticeship with the Ford Motor Company Halewood, which then later became Jaguar Landrover. I got married to my wife Dot in 1981 and we have two grown up sons. Paul 31, a clinical psychologist and Sam 28, a policeman. I was very fortunate to be able to retire from full time employment two years ago aged 58 and I consider myself extremely blessed, on all levels.
I became part of the St Peter's Church, Woolton, Liverpool church family 30 years ago and love the fact that it is a large family-orientated church with lots going on. It is a beautiful building, situated high on a hill close to the vibrant and bustling village of Woolton, and when you walk inside you get the feeling of being at home with the Lord and a great sense of comfort. We have a large welcoming congregation and a church music group to be very proud of.
Throughout my time at St Peters, I have always tried to help out where I could. I was an active team member of the junior and senior link clubs for 15 years and I have also been involved with several Scripture Union youth weekends away. I am currently part of the side persons team and I have recently taken up bell ringing in our fabulous church tower.
I first heard about the work of Encontro Com Deus several years ago when Patrick Reason paid us a visit to St Peters and found it very humbling to hear what Patrick and his team were doing to help those families less fortunate than ours back home.
I was unable to join the ECD team on their amazing 2017 trip due to work commitments and was delighted to hear that there was another trip planned for 2019. I have never been to Brasil, and visiting the Christ the Redeemer monument has always been on my wish list things to do, so how fortunate and privileged am I to be able to fulfill a dream with the 2019 TEAM.
I would like you to pray for us all on this wonderful journey that we will soon be making and to help in any way possible with donating in anyway you can.
Praise and thanks be to God x"
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In the first weekend of November, the ECD team had a very special treat: a lecture on "Christ and the spheres of culture: Social transformation and political presence" . Thanks CADI Brasil !
We also want to say a huge thank you to Mission Direct Campo Largo Brazil for another wonderful visit to the children at ECD, who had a great time with all the activities that had been planned for them!
On Friday, the children also received a workshop on the rights of the child and teenager. Respect and the right to life were an important theme in the workshop by Maria Cristina, Alisson and Flavia, and children had the opportunity to experience crafts, activities and learning on these topics. How wonderful are the staff at ECD?!
Do you have any unopened small sized lip balms, shower gel, hand cream, body butter or nail varnish?
The 2019 Brazil team could use your help.
Ruth Robinson, from St Peter's Church, Woolton, Liverpool is organising gift bags for the lovely ladies of Encontro Com Deus in Brazil. If you think you can help, there is a labelled box in The Hub (Simon Peter Centre, St. Peter's Church) where you can drop off your unwanted goodies.
The president of ECD, Patrick Reason, has been participating in a very special seminar in Florianopolis. The seminar focused on Social assistance and Human Rights policies.
This is the first time Brazil has hosted this event, and Patrick had a chance to talk about the importance of receiving and caring for mother and baby together, and the experience that ECD has had in running its homes this way.
Protecting families is so important and it's wonderful to have opportunities to speak out about it! Go, Patrick!
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