FROM the EDITOR Dear Friends and Supporters Thank you once again for your thoughts, letters, feedback and above all for your continuous support with prayers and financial help. Once again this year we have been able to finance the Confirmation groups’ meetings in Sicily; but our big project is supporting a student from the Waldensian Faculty in her year of study abroad, which is an essential part of her training for the ministry. Noemi Falla, a young Methodist from Scicli (Sicily) will spend the Academic year 2013–14 at Wesley House in Cambridge. Please pray for her and help us to support her financially. Since there are no more grants from Churches or Colleges the cost will be entirely met by our Committee and we need to raise about £8000! Thanks to Alastair Morris we now have a website www.waldensian.org. uk and the possibility of donating extremely safely online makes everything even simpler. All you need is one click! Daniele Pevarello, after completing his Ph.D in Jewish and Early Christian Studies at the Faculty of Divinity of Cambridge University and teaching there for some terms, has now been appointed to a lectureship in Early Christianity at Trinity College, Dublin. We congratulate him and wish him all the best in this new venture. Congratulations also to three other friends and faithful readers: • Rev Kenneth Howcroft, minister of the English-speaking Methodist Church of Ponte Daniele Pevarello. Sant’Angelo in Rome for being the President designate of the Methodist Conference for 2014–15; • Rev Dr Andreas Loewe for becoming the Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne; • Rev Joseph Ntombura for becoming Presiding Methodist Bishop of Nairobi. This year our Patron, Rev Dr Leslie Griffiths was our representative at the Synod of the Waldensian–Methodist Church in Torre Pellice. He was also a full member of the Synod as representative of the Methodist Church of Great Britain and he spoke to the Assembly (and Radio Beckwith) in both capacities. He is going to be our main GUEST SPEAKER at the WALDENSIAN AWAYDAY on 12 October at Hinde Street Methodist Church, London (for full details see the insert next page). Make sure you don’t miss him! Cover photo: Synod 2013. Pastor Maria Bonafede and the ordinands Confessore and Fornerone.