As part of the Missional Network system we have a Global Mission Support Small Group, which meets twice a month, 2nd and 4th Tuesday evenings in St John’s Centre. It’s a lively, loving, supportive group for each other, and our passion as well as caring for each other is to pray for and support those in our care who are ‘on the front line’ of mission.
Jesus said: . . . “and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’,”( Acts 1 v 8), and it’s a joy to support those being witnesses through ‘In Christ In Schools’, reaching out to children and young people in Mansfield area schools; Streetlight and the Kanlungan Centre in Manila.
Also from the annual awaygiving budget, we support Meninadança, working with at-risk girls as young as 10 year old, along Brazil’s major BR116 highway. The Pink Houses in Medina and now in Candido Sales, both host up to 80 girls a day, who visit the Centres and receive God’s love and care in abundance, and offer them hope, healing and justice.
We support The Children of Honduras Trust, who care for poor and disadvantaged families in the remotest areas of Honduras; Shaun Thompson, working with Albania Evangelical Mission, in Tirana and Gjirokaster, Albania. Parental Care Ministries in Uganda are a new addition, supporting Pastor Emmy and his wife Sarah as they head up the work of providing homes and education to Ugandan homeless and deprived children. We also support work in the Middle East.
We prayerfully support many other people who have made an impact over the years on our church family, Willy and Angela Brandle, serving God with SIMS, and are based in the US; Rev Graham and June Knott in Australia; Rev Ted and Margi Steiner in Bern, Switzerland; Sue Parker, serving God overseas teaching and witnessing of her faith in God; plus many organisations including Christian Aid and Compassion UK, as well as organisations who care for Persecuted Christians throughout the world.
Newsletters are reproduced regularly from all those we support and distributed to both our churches, as well as on display in our Mission Displays and Noticeboards. A more comprehensive newsletter of all those we support is produced, giving latest information for support and prayers by all those who care to use them in joining us in prayerful and practical support for those serving God ‘on the front line’ of Christian service.
Our aims for 2016-17 are to continue passionately supporting those God has shown to us, to inspire more people to become involved in short or long term mission, to through the Missional Networking to draw more people into mission support.
Those on the Mission Support Group are: Sally Wileman, Lynda Woodward, Eileen Roper Janet Corson, Margaret Auld, Meg Fell, Vera Wilson, David Wilkinson, David Lee, Ann Adams, Sue Parker and Dave Roper.
Thank you, Dave Roper