Pastor Cotter walks 50 miles in memory of his late brother
In September Pastor Raymond Cotter is hoping to raise money to build a church in Zimbabwe where he travelled for many years and still through his charity work supports orphans and medical work both in Zimbabwe and Malawi. On April 6th Ray's brother Rev Edwin Cotter, Minister of Silverdale Elim Church lost his fight to Corona virus. Edwin only 51 had travelled 5 years ago to Malawi with Ray to dedicate a church in memory of their parents. Ray says "it was so difficult to handle the death of his younger brother only 51 years old. I hope through the sponsored walk to raise funds to build a church in Zimbabwe in his memory.
Together we can make a difference
In the last two weeks in September I propose to do a 50 mile Sponsored Walk to support 2 major projects.
Project 1: Building a Church at the Bible College site at Muta re, Zimbabwe in memory of my brother Rev Edwin Cotter who died in April 2020 - a victim of Covid 19.
Project 2: The refurbishment of our seven Children's homes in Malawi
Local Politicians get behind the walk
Pastor Cotter with local MP Mr Jim Shannon, Alderman Jimmy Menagh and Councillor Naomi Armstrong Cotter (my daughter-in-law) to launch and support Pastor Cotter in his 50 mile walk. The Pastor also hopes to be able to raise enough funds to support the refurbishment of 7 orphans homes he funded when he was Missions Director and continues to support through the work of Elim Relief Charity Shop, 29 High St, Newtownards.
PROJECT 1 - BUILDING A CHURCH
Pastor Edwin was the senior Pastor of Silverdale Elim Church for 15 years. The Church, called Cornerstone, is a thriving Elim Church which was very com mu nity based, reaching out to the community via their food bank and also their community centre. Edwin in April 2020 during lockdown became a victim of Coronavirus which was a big blow to his wife Lorna, sons Aron and Samuel and to his family here in NI. As a tribute to Edwin, I would like to see a church built on the site we were able to purchase before my retirement. Rev Philip Chilisba, who went through Bible College with Edwin, is Principal of the Bible training in Zimbabwe and I would appreciate your support.
PROJECT 2 - REFURBISH ORPHAN HOMES
It was my privilege during my 15 years as Irish Missions Director, to have 7 children's homes built in various parts of Malawi. The homes are now around 15 years old and are in need of repairs and refurbishment. We would like to have new mattresses and bedding, with new clothes for the orphans. Every house has the potential to home 12 orphan children . The homes, including the schooling of the children, are supported each month from proceeds from our charity shop.
How do you get involved?
From Monday 14th of September until Saturday 26th of September You can support Pastor Cotter as he walks 50 milestone raise money for these two projects. You can do this by using our donate button, sending cheques payable to Elim Missions at the address below, by bank transfer or by smart phone:
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