‘The moment when two prayer warriors met…

Thelma Jones with Bunmi..despite being separated by oceans’

This article has been taken from the January 2016 Leprosy Mission magazine ‘New Day’ and published here by permission.

Thelma Jones, 93, has been running a prayer group for 60 years.  That has included hosting coffee mornings and raising thousands of pounds for The Leprosy Mission.

Miss Jones, who is now in a care home in Birmingham, has also been praying for Bunmi Oluloto, Leprosy Mission country leader for Niger, and his family for many years.

The pair met when Bunmi went to Birmingham during a visit to the UK.

Bunmi said he wanted to thank Miss Jones personally for her prayers and to hold a prayer meeting for her in the care home.

Regional manager Allister du Plessis said of the meeting: “It was a lovely moment between two prayer warriors separated by oceans and continents, but held together by the power of prayer!”

New Day magazineCopies of ‘New Day’ are available at the Welcome Area in the Main Hall or by contacting Jacquie Eldred. 

Jacquie is a former St John’s Living Stones Mission Partner who served with The Leprosy Mission in Papua New Guinea for many years.




Allister du Plessis has sent us some information about St John’s connection with The Leprosy Mission:

“Members of St John’s Church Harborne have been supporting the work of The Leprosy Mission through financial support and prayer for more than 100 years.

“The Birmingham prayer group is now run by Jacquie Eldred,  a lifelong supporter of TLM.  Jacquie can also supply you with free Leprosy Mission Prayer Diaries, New Day Magazine, and cardboard collecting boxes where you can save small change for The Leprosy Mission.

“Please continue to pray for the work of The Leprosy Mission.”


The Leprosy Mission LogoTo find out more about The Leprosy Mission go to their website www.leprosymission.org.uk

Alternatively you can contact Allister du Plessis on 01733 516087


Postscript:  Don’t forget to put your used postage stamps in the box in the Welcome Area. Jacquie will collect these and send them off to TLM for sale.  Last year £136,153.34 was raised nationally for TLM from the sale of postage stamps.






4th Feb 2016 Posted in: News, St John's Stories by Stella Jennings 2

2 Responses

  1. Beryl Beavis says:

    My parents were supporters (longtime members of St.J) until their deaths in 1994, at which point I became a mini-supporter. Once I retired I was able to make more of a commitment.

  2. Gill Mclwaine says:

    The red L-shaped TLM box had pride of place on our vicarage sideboard and we each as children had one of the little phials for 6d pieces. Thelma was my Sunday school teacher and Bible class leader. Her teaching and quality of Christian living had a profound effect on my Christian growth and that of my sister in our teenage years in the 1950’s. She has, moreover, always remembered my birthday, and has given our two dogs wonderful holidays in her home, sending them back to us much loved and thoroughly spoilt.

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