WMGD is the Sunday when we focus specifically on our mission partners, raising the financial support to enable them to continue their excellent work. We encourage church members to include this day as part of your regular giving and to prayerfully consider your response as we support our mission partners for the coming year. We rejoice at the opportunity to give financially to the work of God both at home and overseas.
Andrew and Maria Leake live in the Salta region of N. Argentina. Through the Church Mission Society, CMS, they have been successfully supporting efforts to secure the land rights of the indigenous people. They will continue to do this through the charity they set up, Fundación Refugio.
In August, however, Andrew took up a full-time position with Compassion International to create and lead an Environmental Stewardship and Creation Care team, responsible for embedding environmental stewardship and climate change adaptations into their global programme. They would greatly value our prayers as they start this new venture.
To learn more about their work in Argentina, watch the video on our YouTube channel
To find out more about Compassion International, visit their website: www. https://www.compassion.com
Church Army - Marylebone Project Representative: Di Giles
The Church Army’s Marylebone Project provides shelter for homeless women, trains them in catering and business and helps them get work.
These women are often affected by substance misuse, unemployment, domestic violence and mental health issues. Whatever their story, the aim is to help them transition to increased self-esteem, employment, and independent living. This is done by providing shelter, emotional support, educational opportunities, spiritual space, and events in a welcoming and secure environment. To learn more about the Marylebone Project, watch the video on our YouTube channel
You can also visit the website at: http://www.churcharmy.org
Church representative: Glen Jones
CPAS runs Christian holidays for thousands of 8 to 18s each year.
- Ventures are fun-filled holidays that offer children and young people the opportunity to make great friends, take part in incredible activities and explore life with Jesus.
- Falcons are subsidised holidays, designed to suit children and young people who may face disadvantages or difficult circumstances in their daily lives.
- School Ventures give pupils at Church of England primary schools the chance to investigate the core concepts of the Christian faith for themselves.
Young people from St. John’s regularly attend the Venture holidays and benefit greatly from them. Members of our leadership team volunteer to help run the holidays.
For more information about Ventures watch the video on our YouTube channel
To visit their website go to: www.ventures.org.uk
After Theological training and church youth work in the UK, Jony and Jenny returned home to Argentina. For the last few years Jony has been serving as Rector of the Anglican church of St Bartholomew in Rosario, focusing on systematic Bible teaching, one-to-one Bible study and disciple-making. More recently, Jony has started teaching The Elements of New Testament Greek remotely for the Centro de Etudios Pastorales (CEP) in Santiago, Chile.
They have two children, 5-year old Felipe and 2-year old Emma, and are expecting their second son, Matias, in late 2021. In February 2022 the family will move to Chile where Jony will teach full-time at the Centro de Etudios Pastorales in Santiago. The role is non-stipendiary and St John’s are helping to support them. This work will equip Jony to help develop training in the Anglican Church in Argentina where he has recently been appointed to preside over the Diocesan training committee. This fits really well with St. John’s vision of making disciple-making disciples.
Further information can be obtained from Phil and Rosemary Tadman who have long-standing links with South America.
St. Catherine’s Hospice
Church representative: Jenny Young
St. Catherine’s Hospice is a local charity with a big ambition: to help everyone face death informed, supported, and pain-free. Providing expert hospice care, St. Catherine’s is there for people in West Sussex and East Surrey “when life comes full circle”.
They also pioneer standards in end of life care through collaboration, research and training as they strive to reach even more people facing death and bereavement.
Many of us at St. John’s have been supported or know people who have been supported by St. Catherine’s. Every year they care for around 2,100 people who are living with a life-limiting illness.
A new, larger, modern 24-bed hospice is currently being built at Pease Pottage to enable more people to receive the care they need. The extra space will also provide more room for their community services. For a guided tour of the current hospice, watch the video on our YouTube channel.
To learn more about the work of St. Catherine’s Hospice, visit their website at: https://www.stch.org.uk
Church Representative: Brenda Wilkinson
Tearfund is a Christian charity that partners with churches in more than 50 of the world’s poorest countries, tackling poverty through sustainable development, responding to disasters, and challenging injustice. Tearfund believes that an end to extreme poverty is possible.
In 2018, a group from St. John’s visited Tearfund’s partner, World Relief Cambodia, and saw the work being done to help poor communities through improved agriculture, savings and loan schemes, healthcare training and by raising awareness of the dangers of trafficking.
More recently we have been linked with United Mission to Nepal who have been instrumental in helping with the government scheme to provide Covid-19 vaccinations to people in remote areas and supporting people through the pandemic with food, hygiene supplies and healthcare. For more about UMN watch the video on our YouTube channel
For more about the work of Tearfund, visit the website at: www.tearfund.org;
Church representative: Caroline Kettlewell
Welcare is a local charity working with families in South London and East Surrey in need of practical help and support, providing food, toys, clothing, debt management advice, counselling and friendship. Their services are based on Christian values and they strive to empower families and change lives for the better, offering practical and emotional support to overcome challenges.
Their team of Family Support Workers is managed by professional Social Workers. They provide family-focused support for children coping with a wide range of problems, which could result from domestic abuse and violence, parental ill health, financial worries or living with disabilities.
For more about the work of Welcare, watch the video on our YouTube channel
You can visit the Welcare website at: https://welcare.org
Wycliffe Bible Translators
Church Representative: Barbara Cottier
Wycliffe Bible Translators want everyone to hear God speak to them as they engage with the Bible in their own language. 1.5 billion people are still waiting for the Bible in the language that speaks to them best. It’s not right that some of us have free access to the Bible while others don’t. Together we can change this.
Gift and Kathryn Asiku in Uganda
St. John’s supports the work of Gift and Kathryn Asiku in Uganda, where the Bible is being translated into some of the over 42 different languages spoken there - languages like Lunyole, Lugwere and Aringa-ti.
In February 2020 Brenda and Gordon Wilkinson visited Gift and Kathryn with the aim of organizing a trip to Uganda for a small team from St. John’s. We still hope to do this when it becomes possible. During the visit Brenda and Gordon visited several of the translations teams and saw how much it means to the people to be able to read the Bible in their Heart Language. To learn more about their visit watch the video on our YouTube channel
To learn more about the work that Gift and Kathryn are doing go to: https://www.wycliffe.org.uk/what-we-do/featured-people/'i-realised-god-can-speak-to-me-in-my-own-language!
To learn more about Wycliffe in general visit: www.wycliffe.org.uk