Mission

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.

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 the village of Nagalapuram, Tamil Nadu, India (and is a project of the Church of South India) since 2006. We were able to fund a vehicle for the centre in 2007 and have now sent funds 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: ‘Thank you for your prayers and love, Please pass on our love and greetings to all the Church members. We are very grateful to you all.’

 

PRAYER REQUESTS – July 2020

  • A new leader for WWTC after Sr.Kasthuri Manickam’s retirement.
  • During this Corona pandemic period, pray for the children, young people and senior citizen’s safety during lockdown (just extended to 31 July). N.B almost all the 75 girls who normally live at the Centre had to return to their home villages at the start of the lockdown in March. There has been real concern about the welfare of many of these vulnerable girls.
  • Every day children are abused in India. During this lockdown period we read in the newspaper that in one day around 93,000 phone calls were received by the CHILD LINE number. Still child marriages are happening even though people know the laws. Pray that the girls will be protected.

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:

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

Local Mission – through Churches Together Fleet & Crookham to include CAP; FACCTS; Town Centre Project (Fleet Angels); Hart Food Bank

Contingency fund

Short Term Mission Fund