Fraser and Dawn lived and worked in Dingwall for many years, worshipping first in Castle Street and then in Dingwall Evangelical Church. Fraser worked as librarian at the Highland Theological College. They subsequently served God in Nigeria with Mission Africa where Fraser was Librarian at the Theological College of Northern Nigeria in Jos and Dawn worked in Church and Cross-Cultural projects in that city.
They hope to move soon to South Africa where Fraser will work freelance alongside NetAct to use his skills in the service of 40 theological colleges across the African continent while Dawn hopes to find openings to continue the kind of work she was doing in Nigeria.
Ruth is now safely with us in Wellington. Pray for wisdom for Dawn and Maxwell from Hope Prison Ministry as they try to support Brian, who has now been released from prison, without him becoming too dependent on them. Give thanks that Fraser has found solutions for several small snagging issues with the Portal. Pray for insight into the problems
Dawn has finished studies on “Forgiveness” and “Doing no harm to others” at Drakenstein prison. Pray that men will hear and apply what God is saying to them. Pray for humility, a realistic godly outlook and good communication in the leaders of the prison ministry, that decisions will be made in a timely fashion, and that many inmates and prison
The South African gangs outside and inside the prisons try to control body, mind and spirit and there is literally no escape from gang influence 24/7. Pray for new prisoners who don’t want to get involved and that correctional officers already in the pay of the gangs will be removed. A church in Wellington is to have a “Drugs and
Fraser attended a two-day conference in Cape Town last week, getting practical ideas on how to make the NetACT portal mobile-friendly since many students have smartphones rather than PCs. He may also be allowed to attend an “in-house” conference at Stellenbosch University later this month if the university accept his ‘visitor’ status as equivalent to staff. This past week Dawn
Fraser has just learned that a big South African denomination expects him to have everything organised for courses to start in January. Pray that Hugenote would find the right forum to scale the church’s expectations down to a realistic level, that Fraser won’t be overwhelmed by the workload and that he will be able to identify other people who can
Pray that the amazing work that God is doing in the lives of prisoners and their families through Hope Prison Ministry will not be lessened by avoidable hiccups and frustrations. Addiction to Tik (crystal meth) is widespread and destroying communities. It’s hard to see how to help. Pray that there would be more hope and alternatives, so people are not drawn
Thank God for the time we’ve had together with James and Ruth, and ask for strength, peace and encouragement as we part again. Give thanks that Dawn is now cleared to go into the local prisons with Hope Prison Ministries. Give thanks for Brian, one of the participants of the Restorative Justice course, who has turned from Islam and rededicated
Once Hugenote have a new server in place, they plan to install a new Library Management System. Pray that Fraser will be able to communicate clearly the implications of the policy and technical options that the Hugenote College library staff will have. Pray for good communication and the ability to identify and overcome cross-cultural differences. Praise that when Dawn’s car
Prisoners in this latest Restorative Justice course have spoken of how they have profited from it, one prisoner being led to tell the truth about his crime for the first time and about being truly sorry. Many have said they wished they could have attended such a course 20 years ago! Two Muslim prisoners took the course, one returning to
Casual and unconscious racism is always below the surface in South African society and can be most disturbing as the speakers often don’t realise the attitudes their words betray. It’s not just white towards black/coloured but can be black towards coloured/white or any other combination. However it manifests, it is a definite brake upon the integration and development of South