Our Work around the World
Across the world we work closely with organisations and individuals providing practical help, 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.
Retrak: East Africa and Brazil
Street children, often boys who have left rural areas and sought work in cities, are offered a safe place, education, healthcare and training to enable them to reintegrate with their own communities. Our Parish contact Mike visited 3 centres in Kampala recently and saw the work being done for orphaned, homeless and sometimes abused children. Hamid, 12, told Mike "It is good not to have to beg for food each day"
Bishop Given and the Diocese of Kondoa: Tanzania
Kondoa Diocese, about the size of Wales, is one of the poorest in Tanzania. Our parish and a few others in this area have raised funds for a kindergarten - building completed January 2018. See NEWS link for recent action
The Langham Partnership, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the UK and Ireland, and the USA
This Partnership provides training, study and materials for preachers and leaders, who take their skills across the world..
http://uk.langham.org/ Director Rev Dr Chris Wright visited us, updated us and preached in January 2018 - see RESOURCES for his sermons. Part of our Christmas collection in December 2017 was used to assist a trainee preacher in Nigeria. See link
The Lawrence Barham Memorial Trust: Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi
The Trust has been operating in East Africa since 1985, supporting the work of the Anglican Church. Projects have included a cathedral, two income-generating guest houses, schools, colleges, a medical centre and houses for widows and orphans. The work of the Gospel is growing, and to train more pastors, the Trust have to provide accommodation, support and facilities - pastors in Rwanda are only supported by local donations. The Peace Guest House (photographed) completed with local labour and materials in 2016, accommodates many visitors, trainers and international groups, generating income.
Overseas Mission Fellowship: the Gelsthorpe family, Japan
Mark and Sarah Gelsthorpe and their children Grace, 12, Isaac, 10 and Caleb, 8 are from Canterbury but are living and working in Hanamaki, nothern Japan. Unlike Korea and China, Japan is resistant to the Gospel. The Gelsthorpes and a senior missionary couple have founded a church in a normal house. They meet people of all ages through football, teaching English, teaching at an orphanage and through local mums. The church, intended to feel like a home, is a centre for English lessons, Bible study, meals, talk and prayer. The church supports and prays with a range of people with problems, worries and in need of healing and forgiveness.