The great thing about the local church is that we are also part of a global church. One way we express this sense of belonging is through links we form with different people, projects and organisations committed to extending God’s kingdom locally, nationally and globally. We commit to support these through prayer, personal contact and financial giving.
Heather Clements leads the Mission Support Team. You can contact her through the Church Office (the mission e-mail address is currently unavailable).
These 8 principles guide our decisions on mission support:
- Mission support should be global as well as local (Global mission agencies; Global mission – specific projects; Local Mission)
- It should be well directed (limited to key partners) but reflect diversity of projects and partners – both geographically and thematically.
- Mission support should wherever possible be based on meaningful relationships.
- It is essential that there should be a “champion” within the church who can act as a contact point for each mission partner & be responsible for regular updates/literature etc
- Opportunities for mission feedback and input should be planned into the annual cycle of Sunday services.
- To start with (2014) we will aim to give 10% of our income to our mission partners
- Part of our mission giving should be set aside as a contingency fund – to be used to respond to emergency requests.
- Part of our mission giving should be set aside as a fund to support any of our church members engaging in short term mission.
This Month’s Mission Focus is Open Doors
Open Doors is an international ministry serving persecuted Christians worldwide (www.opendoorsuk.org). It supplies Bibles, leadership training, literacy programmes, livelihood support and advocacy services. It seeks to mobilise the church in the UK & Ireland to serve their brothers and sisters in Christ whose faith is costing them most. It encourages Christians to pray, to give, to volunteer and to campaign by speaking to the powerful on behalf of the powerless.
Please pray for our Christian brothers and sisters in the following countries:
- Iraq. Every church in Mosul has been destroyed and Christians are under huge pressure from Islamists to convert to Islam or face death.
- The largest Christian town in Iraq Quaraqosh has been taken over by IS.
- Syria. Similar persecution of Christians by IS is widespread.
- North Korea. It is forbidden by the government to be a Christian in North Korea and many are imprisoned or killed for daring to meet together to pray or read the Bible.
The list goes on…Sudan, Nigeria, Egypt, Bhutan…
Please pray regularly for all our Mission partners. For more details on each partner and their specific prayer needs click the links below.
- Global Mission – specific projects:
- Women Worker’s Training Centre, Tamil Nadu (S.India) – vocational & community development
- Andrew & Maria Leake (CMS – N. Argentina) – land rights for indigenous people
- The Jerusalem & the Middle East Church Association (JMECA) – medical work in Gaza and Egypt
- The Sunflower Fellowship that funds Casa Valentin in Romania