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 works in over 60 countries, supplying Bibles, training church leaders, providing practical support and emergency relief, and supporting Christians who suffer for their faith. In the UK and Ireland Open Doors works to raise awareness of global persecution, mobilising prayer, support and action among Christians.
To mark the end of Lent, the Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt wrote 40 letters to persecuted Christians, church groups and leaders from across the globe. The first letter he wrote was to Open Doors founder, Brother Andrew, the founder of Open Doors, also known as “God’s Smuggler”.
In the letter, Jeremy Hunt told Brother Andrew, “I would like to express my personal thanks for the extraordinary and courageous support you have provided to the persecuted Church throughout the years. Having read God’s Smuggler as a child, I know that your story has inspired millions of people around the world to speak out on behalf of the voiceless and suffering.”
Brother Andrew, 90, read the letter in his home in the Netherlands. He said: “I was encouraged to receive Mr Hunt’s letter and to read of his ongoing commitment to ensure that the UK government do everything possible to support Christians and other minorities in parts of the world where they are persecuted for their faith.”
Please pray for:
- Open Doors partners in many countries who provide front line support persecuted Christians, often at considerable risk to themselves.
- For Christian women, such as the abducted Chibok girls in Nigeria, who are particularly vulnerable to persecution
- For a continuation of the present upsurge in media coverage of the scale of persecution of Christians around the world and growing concern among politicians
- For opportunities to speak the truth in power
Please pray regularly for all our Mission partners.
For more details on each partner and their specific prayer needs click the links below, and/or look at our Mission wall beside the door to the creche.
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
Short Term Mission Fund