Mission Action Group

 
Across the world, we work closely with organisations and individuals providing practical and spiritual help, training and education. The group overseeing how we spend our money on these projects is the MISSION ACTION GROUP or MAG, chaired by Paul White.
 
 

Bishop Given and the Diocese of Kondoa: Tanzania

 
Kondoa new cathedral

In this amazing photograph taken in July 2021, Bishop Given and his team celebrate the ordination of eight new clergy, seven of whom have recently graduated from the Kondoa Bible College with a Provincial Certificate in Theology.  A number of these new Pastors were sponsored by folk from the Rochester Diocese.

The photo is taken in front of the growing new Kondoa Cathedral – the Cathedral of St. Paul the Evangelist to the Gentiles.  Progress has been phenomenal, with the two-storey building standing out like a beacon for Christianity in the community of Kondoa.  

The St. Peter & St. Paul Primary School continues from strength to strength.  Principal Conjester has been overseeing the expansion of the school to over a hundred pupils, with a waiting list of a further thirty young hopefuls.  Bishop Given and Conjester recently expressed their huge thanks to Tonbridge Parish Church for providing the half-school fee for the year to help parents, pupils, and the school to ease through the crisis of the pandemic.

  

The Langham Partnership: Global

Trains pastors, equips students and leaders, distributes books; Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the UK and Ireland, and the USA http://uk.langham.org/  
 
August 2021:
  • Preaching: Nearly 200 pastors across Africa joined a special Zoom call in July. As a result of recent online training, preaching clubs have started in several Central Asian countries, where Christians are under great pressure. Jennifer Cuthbertson, Langham Preaching Coordinator of Facilitator Development, is spearheading new ways of teaching and learning, to help the Preaching clubs.
  • Langham Literature: Work continues on several one-volume Bible commentary projects worldwide. A thesis was recently published about women’s powerful contribution to evangelism and ministry in Nigeria.
  • Langham Scholars: A further 19 PhD scholars have now graduated in July 2021. Many scholars were unable to see their families or families during the pandemic. 21 new scholars and their families are hoping to start their studies next month.
  • General: Chris Wright and several other Langham members spoke at the Keswick Convention in July; Chris also was a speaker at the New Horizons Conference last week. In July Chris also did an exciting podcast ‘On Mission with Chris Wright’ for Langham US, as well as contributing to one called ‘The Stott Legacy.’ 
Report of the year 2020 - 21 for the Langham Partnership HERE



Bishop Ken Barham: Cyangugu, Rwanda

Bishop Ken has been instrumental in laying Cyangugu Diocese’s foundation much of which was during the years immediately follow the genocide in 1994.  Since his retirement in 2001, Bishop Ken and his wife Jill have worked continuously to raise funds to support the continued development of the Diocese. The Church has grown enormously with many churches created, guest houses built to generate income as well as schools and health centres.  Recognition of this work was given by the Rwandan Government and Bishop Ken was awarded an OBE.

Bishop Ken and his wife continue to raise funds for the Church in East Africa via Links International and this is currently working well for the donations made by this Parish.
 

 

Overseas Mission Fellowship: the Gelsthorpe family, Japan

The Gelsthorpes are missionaries from the UK based in rural north Japan
Read about the Church's 7th anniversary and some of the clubs they will be trying out in the summer in their July 2021 update here
 


High Hopes: Tonbridge, UK

High Hopes has links with 35+ schools in the Tonbridge area. In normal times they lead assemblies on a weekly basis in rotation. Their aim is to introduce children to the person of Jesus Christ and His life changing teaching. 

The pandemic prevented personal visits so with the help of our church new equipment was purchased to enable the production of videos to share in class groups as 'bubble worship.' All material is now accessible via the High Hopes YouTube Channel, including:
  • Weekly bubble worship for smaller groups in 35 schools  
  • Online Christmas Panto, Easter and Advent video series
  • Special Videos for reflection at specific times like Remembrance Sunday
  • Fun Club videos, for example, ‘How might the animals feel on exiting the Ark?’
The material has been well received by schools and new schools not previously visited have now asked to access the video material for bubble worships and teaching on the recovery curriculum using unchanging Christian truths. More information can be found on their website.