Tuesday, 17 December 2019


This Sunday 10.30 am at the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield we will be celebrating the true meaning of Christmas with bells on!  There will be video presentations, a special performance from our children, festive carols a-plenty, a quiz and a selection box for every child. 
The event will be all the more special if you accept our invitation to join us.  Come and celebrate the best gift ever - Jesus, the baby born to save the world.


Thanks to everyone who helped with the preparations for our Christmas Concert yesterday and to the lovely Amy Faith Morley for coming to sing for us and to share her story.

Amy Faith Morley  recommends New Life Church Chesterfield.
I went to sing at their Christmas concert last night and I must say what a friendly, warm community of people! Thy were so encouraging and sang along! They know how to celebrate and I look forward to visiting their church someday too!

Tuesday, 10 December 2019


We have our meeting as usual this Sunday morning at the Winding Wheel.  Well, I say usual, but it is Christmas Jumper Sunday so there may well be some unusual outfits to behold.  It is all in a good cause - raising funds for Save the Children.

The very next day, Monday 16th December, we will be back in the Winding Wheel for a very special concert by our guest Amy Faith Morley.  Doors open at 7pm and the tickets on the door will be £2.50 for adults (children free) including refreshments at the interval.

"Amy Faith Morley is an independent British singer-songwriter of contemporary country/folk style music.  Amy is passionate to share her Christian faith, through her uplifting songs and personal testimony.  She also has a desire to uplift and encourage the church in Mission and understanding the wider picture of 'The Kingdom'.  It is evident that wherever Amy plays, people are not only inspired by her warm, comforting vocals but also encouraged by her testimony from a life of brokenness, fear and Identity-struggles, to finding faith, healing and ongoing freedom. Her uplifting debut album ‘Morning Star’ was released in 2014, followed by a tour ‘The Journey’ where she travelled from place to place with her acoustic guitar and a vintage suitcase filled with message-in-a-bottle style postcards which she gave out to her listeners!   This included churches, cafes, bars, homeless soup kitchens, youth groups and elderly nursing homes."


Monday, 18 November 2019


Shoebox Sunday

What a lovely meeting filled with worship, good news stories and a huge pile of shoeboxes!

Liz testified about getting the all clear from cancer.  Nick shared about the amazing intervention of God in three situations in answer to prayer.  Praise God on all counts!

Then there were the shoeboxes which we know will bring such joy to the children who receive them. Alison gave the wonderful children and staff at Hasland Infant School the opportunity to join in and over 40 boxes came from there.

There were around 80 boxes in Chesterfield plus those from the other venues will probably take our total over 100.

We watched the videos that show how God's love demonstrated by you in packing shoeboxes can transform the lives of children.  How God brings the right box to the right child and amazes them with his provision.  Praise God all the more!

Well done to Bev and Nick for providing the 'White Elephant' stall as a means to raise some money towards the admin costs for the shoeboxes.  Their efforts raised a champion £150 - enough to send 30 boxes.

Wednesday, 13 November 2019


This is one of our favourites.  It's time to bring your filled shoebox to the meeting next Sunday so we can take them all down to the distribution centre.  The volunteers will check the boxes and get them ready to be loaded on to the lorries.  Then off they go and somewhere a child will know the love of God because you took time to send them a gift.

Feedback from those who have received the boxes often states how much the children are delighted to receive a note or photo from the sender.  So give that a thought.

On Sunday morning we will have videos showing the impact of these boxes in the lives of children around the world.  Many of these children have never received a gift like this before and it is a life changer.

Remember to bring your box or a contribution to go in a box or a donation towards the admin costs and be part of something wonderful.

Monday, 4 November 2019


I Could Really Be A Doctor?

Ellie is a beautiful little 7 year old, in her first year at The University of Life.
Each morning she arrives with her big smile and big personality which brings us all plenty of fun!
Ellie has not grown up with story books or toys to stimulate her imagination or  teach her about the world.
However, thanks to The University of Life, she is now discovering the world of literature and what it means to be able to read and write. Ellie’s world is coming alive and it’s a privilege to be apart of the process. 
Ellie says that her favourite lesson is on the computers with our new IT teacher Abner.
She is not afraid to ask questions and share her thoughts as she connects what she is learning with her immediate reality. Recently she suddenly exclaimed out loud in the middle of the classroom, “Do you really think I can manage to be a doctor?”
Ellie is honest and genuine and we are so happy that she is a part of our daily lives. Please pray for her as she grows in wisdom and knowledge.

Abner, The University of Life's new IT Teacher

Meet Abner

My name is Abner, I’m 24 and I have just got married. It’s only in the last few months that I found out about the work of The University of Life here in Fortaleza, but I have fallen in love with the vision of this organisation.
When I arrived, I felt an immediate connection to the team of staff who demonstrated to me how they work together and provide such a great opportunity to children like Ellie.
As the IT teacher, my role is to familiarise the younger students with a computer and then use it to support  their maths, Portuguese and general learning.
I feel comfortable in this work environment where I can ask questions, learn and use my initiative to help.
Even though we have some difficult students, I am enjoying this new challenge and the amazing opportunity I have to make a difference in the lives of these children.
Thank you for your warm welcome and support.


It’s with tremendous gratitude that we can report back to you about our campaign for a new oven at The University of Life.
Thanks to your generosity and action we have been able to purchase a  new cooker in the kitchen!
The process of installing the extractor fan has also begun, so that the kitchen will be a more comfortable place to cook in and eat in. This requires a little more work and the adjustment of the adjacent work surfaces.
We wish to thank everyone who has made this possible.
UNiViDA is funded by generous individuals and churches. Thanks for your support.
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Cristina with the new oven in The University of Life's Kitchen.

Searching For Sustainability

One month ago we leaned of the impressive efforts of one of our year 9 students, who, of her own will used social media to organise a clean up day in her community. Impressed by the contrast between the clean grounds of The University of Life and the dirty streets immediately outside, Lana successfully mobilised over 30 friends and family members to help. Our congratulations to her and all those who participated.

Solar Power

Talking about the environment, the project has recently received two bids for the installation of solar panels to produce clean energy for The University of Life.
If you would like to know more about this, or help us find funding sources for the investment required, please email Ruth Marques. ruth.marques@univida.org

Countdown to Christmas
With rehearsals for our Christmas Cantata already underway, it’s time to get ready for our busiest time of the year.
Upcoming events include the arrival of another mission team on the 10th November, our family lunch on the 15th November, and our Christmas concert on 13th December.

Safeguarding Training
Ben and Talita Bentley (top middle without certificates) delivered a day of Safeguarding Training to staff at The University of Life. The training was developed by UNiViDA in partnership with Anti-slavery charity Hope For Justice, based in Manchester. Talita is Brazilian and lives in Chesterfield with her husband Ben and their two children.
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Covenant College

The second month of intensive teaching has just completed. During the month of October students from Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa have attended the teaching blocks. The second one month intensive teaching block aims to expand and extend the teaching.  

Over the two, one- month intensives we have covered,  Hermaneutics, The Nature of God, The Nature of Humanity, Kingdom, Covenant, Restoration, Leadership, Ecclesiology and Eschatology.    

The Students Feedback from their experiences at the college: 
 "This college is not just about teaching Theology but about Revelation and Life impartation." 

" It expands thinking and challenges mindsets."

" It is inspirational and not dictatorial."
Students Highlights:-
"I have been deeply impacted by The teaching on Covenant.
Gods love became more real in my life, with my wife, my family and my community." 

"The Trinitarian understanding has shifted my practise. Understanding the nature of God has affected the way I lead and live my life." 

"There has been a birth of a positive Spirit within me."
The college will be reopening its doors;

March 30th - April 24th 2020.

Why not aim to join in, take a trip to Cape Town and join other students at Covenant College.
There are 4 weeks available. You can sign up for 1, 2, 3 or 4 weeks

Why not join us over Easter?

For further details or application email:


Helping Widows & Orphans

Charles Kudzerema reports,

The farming project in Gweru continues to be a shining star in the area. Even in the most difficult times for the country, the farm continues to bless the locals through full time employment, casual labour and helping the widows and orphans with food. Recently we have started to help a few individuals by buying maize seed for them to attain food security and some to start Self Help Income projects.

Farm In Gweru producing crop, providing work for the locals and helping to provide food security through Self Help Income projects.

Due to the changing weather patterns from climate change, Zimbabwe has faced many droughts over a five year period and the Zimbabwe Electricity Company has increased its rate by 600 percent. This can make it challenging to irrigate all the crops at any given time. To continue the good work we are working towards saving to install solar panels to enable solar energy to be used along side the water irrigation.