Mission Partners at St John’s
As many know, at St John’s we give out from what we are given. So 10% of what we receive in St John’s is given to a number of organisations that have a local, national or international impact. This follows the very biblical principle of tithing.
Mission Sunday is the opportunity to share with the church family both who we are supporting, and something of the heart of these organisations, all of which have a very definite Christian emphasis
Who are our Mission Partners and how have we allocated our £8,000 this year?
£2000 – Christians Against Poverty – capuk.org
£2000 – Flame International – flameinternational.org
£600 – People against Poverty – peopleagainstpoverty.com
£150 – Bibles for Children – biblesforchildren.org.uk
£750 – Midsomer Norton Street Pastors – streetpastors.org.uk
£2000 – Tutela Africa – tutelaafrica.org
£500 – Somer Valley Food Bank – somervalleyfoodbank.org.uk
Christians Against Poverty (CAP) – Local initiative (based at Holy Trinity, Combe Down) for this debt management organisation. Our contribution helps with running costs. The nationwide organisation aims to help people manage their own money, so balancing income with expenditure, and is able to negotiate with those to whom individuals/families owe money, to create a realistic, achievable plan to reduce and then eliminate the burden of their particular debts.
Flame International – Organisation based locally but operates particularly into countries that have experienced extensive trauma. Takes the clear Christian message of forgiveness and reconciliation, with a very powerful ministry. There are frequent mission trips to these troubled / former troubled areas of the world.
People Against Poverty – Organisation that enables sponsorship of children / young adults. Through the organisation, St John’s sponsors a family in Romania, and Jafari in Tanzania.
Bibles for Children – Very local basis, and through Bibles for Children, we place a bible into the possession of every year pupil at St John’s school as they progress up the school
Midsomer Norton Street Pastors – Street pastors operate in a large number of towns and cities across the UK. Several from the St John’s family are actively involved with the Midsomer Norton Street Pastors, which goes into the town from 10pm to 3 am on Friday and/or Saturday nights.
Tutela Africa – Charity headed up by a young couple from Bath who moved out to Mozambique some 8 years ago to work into a centre for (former) street children in Maputo, under the auspices of Heidi Baker and the Iris Ministries. These two, Jonny and Becky Wakely, are now working towards setting up foster houses (with foster ‘parents’ – both mum and dad) in the Maputo area, with the aim of giving a real family to children who have none. Mozambique is one of the poorest countries on the planet. They are currently running their second parenting course of the year, in Maputo.
Somer Valley Food Bank – This is the local food bank, serving the area around us, South and West of Bath, aiming to provide short-term help, perhaps for those whose benefits are delayed or who have a financial hiccough.