Here is a list of the various missions organisations that we support by way of our regular missionary giving. This list is regularly reviewed and revised as we seek to be good stewards of God’s money.
Tearfund is a Christian international aid and development agency working globally to end poverty and injustice, and to restore dignity and hope in some of the world’s poorest communities. They operate in roughly fifty countries around the world, working through local church partners and disaster response teams to tackle poverty from the inside out. The main focus of its work is ‘the majority world’, (primarily in Africa, Asia and South America), but they are also involved in projects across Eastern Europe and in the UK.
Founded in the 1960‘s, when World Refugee Year inspired compassionate Christians to send gifts to the Evangelical Alliance, M.C.F. is a long-time supporter of Tearfund’s work. As well as being present in disaster situations, they speak out on behalf of poor people on the national and international stage by petitioning governments, campaigning for justice and raising the profile of key poverty issues wherever they can.
Hope Now was founded by Vic Jackopson in July 1985. It exists to “spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. A balance of direct evangelism with social action ensures the message of the Gospel touches the hearts of young and old, poor and rich, healthy and infirm, free and imprisoned. Hope Now works in Ukraine.” Its caring ministries help to provide healthcare for children with birth abnormalities and homes for orphans and ‘street children’.
It was through Hope Now that M.C.F. came into touch with Pastor Anatoly Boboukh and his wife Nadia. Anatoly pastors a growing church in Chervona Sloboda, near Cherkasy, and is currently endeavouring to build a larger and much improved building in which the church can meet and minister. M.C.F. have supported this project both financially and with team visits and we look forward to the day when the new church is finished and open for use!
“The main ministry of Barnabas Fund is to send financial support to projects which help Christians where they suffer discrimination, oppression and persecution as a consequence of their faith. The projects aim to strengthen Christian individuals, churches and their communities by providing material and spiritual support in response to needs identified by local Christian leaders. It also acts “on behalf of the persecuted Church, to be their voice ~ making their needs known to Christians around the world and the injustice of their persecution known to governments and international bodies.”
In May 2009 Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, the International Director of Barnabas Fund, was the guest speaker at our Mission Sunday services. In the afternoon he spoke powerfully to a large audience in a packed Parish Hall.
Mission Aviation Fellowship
Mission Aviation Fellowship was founded in 1945 by a group of WWII pilots who had a vision for how aviation could be used to help spread the Gospel. Since those early days, MAF has been an indispensable partner and servant to Christian organizations and other agencies. MAF enables and maximizes evangelism and church nurture, medical assistance, disaster response, and community development, as well as the training and development of indigenous people. Using aviation and technology, MAF shares the love of Jesus Christ by meeting the physical and spiritual needs of isolated people in 42 countries throughout Asia, Africa, Eurasia and Latin America.
In March 2011, at the end of their week-long visit to Nanyuki, three M.C.F. members had the joy of visiting the M.A.F. base in Nairobi, where they met East Africa Programme Manager, Alan Sully. It was great to see their small fleet of planes that are being regularly used to fly supplies and missionaries to remote areas and to move help all sorts of people in times of crisis.
Gideons International focus on distributing complete Bibles or New Testaments. These copies of God’s Word are printed in more than 90 languages and are either given directly to certain individuals or placed in selected public locations, (including hotels, hospitals and prisons), where large numbers of people, who may be searching for answers, will have the ability to encounter the Word of God.
There are a number of active Gideons in the fellowship and, between them, they have been involved in schools and prison visits, as well as city-wide ‘Bible blitzes’ and visits to the annual Glastonbury Festival.
Operation Christmas Child
Whilst not directly giving to support the work of Samaritan’s Purse, we do get involved in the annual Shoebox Appeal along with thousands of other churches, schools and businesses across the UK and Ireland. The shoeboxes are lovingly packed with a mix of small toys and personal items by individual church members and then picked up and taken to a distribution centre, before being sent on to needy children in Eastern Europe and beyond.