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, held every year (around October) is an 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 definite Christian emphasis.

Who are our Mission Partners and how have we allocated our £7,000 this year?

£2000 – Flame International
£2000 – Christians Against Poverty
£500 –  People against Poverty

£500 – Bibles for Children
£1000 – Midsomer Norton Street Pastors
£1000 – Tutela Africa

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Local initiative (based at Holy Trinity, Combe Down) for this debt management organisation. This will assist with their set-up 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 Andra 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 6 pupil (11-year old) at St John’s 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 out into the town late at night through to 03:30 (early or later as required) on Friday and Saturday nights

Tutela Africa A young couple 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 aiming to set up foster houses 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