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 are we allocating our £10,000 in 2017?
£2000 – Christians Against Poverty – capuk.org
£2000 – Flame International – flameinternational.org
£220 – People against Poverty – peopleagainstpoverty.com
£150 – Bibles for Children – biblesforchildren.org.uk
£1000 – Genesis Trust Walcot Street Appeal – genesistrust.org.uk
£2000 – Tutela Africa – tutelaafrica.org
£550 – Somer Valley Food Bank – somervalleyfoodbank.org.uk
£500 – Autistic Eye – autisticeye.co.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. This sponsorship finished in May 2017.
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
Genesis Trust Walcot Street Appeal – The Genesis Centre will provide a permanent home for our charity. The centre will include a new training facility and attractive retail shop, where some of the most marginalised in our community will be helped to access a wide range of educational courses and get opportunities for work experience. It will also provide staff with a much needed base in the same location.
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.
Autistic Eye – Autistic Eye is a not-for-profit social enterprise which promotes, publishes and sells work by artists with Autism.