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Ruth's double mission to South Africa

Ruth Barker2008: In the new year, Ruth Barker from Wymondham is going on a mission to South Africa with two Christian charities. She will be working for Scripture Union in Durban for the first six months, followed by an internship with Soul Survivor until August.
Ruth explains how the trip came about:
“This whole journey started at New Wine this year, which I attended for the first time with my church, when I felt a passion growing for mission work. I then went to Soul Survivor a week later and felt the same thing. It was at Soul Survivor that I saw an advert for this internship on the big screen in the main meeting.
"I think it’s a combination of feeling that God is calling me to do this combined with a desire to make a small difference and to use my skills in administration and children's work. Plus I love to travel and experience new cultures and countries!”
Ruth, 24 currently works as an administrative assistant for Norwich Union. She attends Gateway Vineyard in Fishergate, Norwich and lives in Wymondham with her parents.
In January, Ruth will be joining the Scripture Union Action Abroad Programme. She will belong to a team working with children and young people. The work will involve teaching young people life skills including sexual decision-making, respect for other cultures, religions and histories and good decision making regarding work, drugs and gangs. She will be working with Christian unions in schools and on Scripture Union camps for both Christians and non-Christians.
The second part of her trip involves working with a couple called Phil and Rachel Bowyer. They are managing over 100 projects in Durban that have been found and brought together under the umbrella Soul Action, a partnership between Soul Survivor and Tearfund.
With such a large amount of projects, Phil and Rachel could do with some help”, explains Ruth, “This is where Esther - the other intern - and I come in. We will be assisting Rachel and Phil to train many of the people who run these projects, visit selected projects to keep up a good relationship with them and answering any questions they may have.”
The Soul Action projects include a medical centre, income generation projects for people living with HIV/AIDS, an orphanage, soup kitchens and many other initiatives. Ruth and Esther will also be preparing for several hundred young people to come to Durban for three weeks in July for the Soul Survivor Houseparty.
“As you can see I have a lot to do while I am there”, says Ruth, “but I am relishing the challenge and can’t wait to make a small difference.”
Ruth needs to fund the trip herself and needs roughly £4,000 to go. She is planning some fundraising activities over the next few weeks. Any donations would be gratefully received. Ruth can be contacted on 01953 603616 or email
., 24/11/2008

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