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 “The Women Workers’ Training Centre” (WWTC).
Church on the Heath has supported WWTC (which is based in Nagalapuram, Tamil Nadu, India; and is a project of the Church of South India) since 2006 and was able to fund a vehicle for the centre in 2007. We are currently fundraising to replace this jeep with a new more reliable vehicle.
WWTC has been showing and sharing the love of Jesus through their work at the Training Centre and in nearly 70 surrounding villages since 1960. At the heart of the project is the Magichi Illam Boarding Home for girls at risk (click here to read a poem written by one of them) and the Bible cum Vocational Training School for young women.
WWTC focuses on the holistic development and empowerment of the women and girls, whilst also supporting the wider community, for example through setting up self- help groups and Children’s Christian Activity Centres in the villages and in running annual eye camps to offer cataract operations to many elderly people.
Sister Kasthuri, who heads up this project sends us this message: “I’m really thankful for the Pastor and members of the Church on the Heath for your valuable help and prayers. Without the original vehicle that you provided, we could not do our work – it is a very important part of the everyday life of the centre.”
Please pray for:
- A Successor – a new leader of wisdom and experience – when Sister Kasthuri retires from the role at WWTC.
- The trainees who have just completed their year in the Bible cum Vocational Course at the centre and for the new girls that are starting in July 2019.
- The girls from the village (nearly 90) who come to the centre each weekday for typewriting, computing and tailoring training – many of these girls come from a Hindu background
- The Activity Centres in 16 surrounding villages where children from 6-13 years come each day after school to learn Bible stories and songs (around 300 children attend these centres).
- The girls and staff at the Boarding Home – “Magichi Illam” – especially for those who have no real families and for many who have suffered past abuse. Thank God for the love and care they receive at the home.
- Thank God for the generosity of many at COTH as we raise funds to provide a new vehicle for the WWTC – pray that this will be achieved this year.
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