Missions of the Month 2017
ChristChurch has links with a number of missions which it supports in prayer and financially and, in some cases, by direct action. Each month one mission is designated for particular support. The following missions are being supported in 2017.
Matt and Farrah, serving in East Asia
Guido and Linda Braschi – OMF New Horizons Team
In January we are supporting Matt and Farrah, who have just completed two years of language study in East Asia. Matt is now applying for a research position at a university there. We also support Guido and Linda Braschi (members of Christ Church) who work for OMF International. Guido is involved in responding to inquirers from around the world by those who sense God’s call to mission in East Asia.
OMF and Besom
This month we are continuing to support Matt and Farrah, who are waiting to take up a university appointment East Asia in March. Guido Braschi’s role is to respond to inquirers from around the world from those who sense God’s call to mission in East Asia – he will be visiting India this month.
Besom is a Christian organisation providing a bridge for those who want to give their time, money, skills or things for the benefit of vulnerable people, homeless people, refugees, families or individuals living in extreme poverty.
Jo Blair was an active Christ Church Youth member now works full time for Fusion, a national Christian charity helping students who go to university to connect with other Christians and local churches and to live for Jesus while at university.
Peter and Caroline Finch
Michael is a full-time mission partner with CMS working among immigrants, asylum seekers and people of other faiths in the Ipswich area.
Peter and Caroline Finch are CMS Associate Mission Partners in Malawi, one of the poorest nations in the world. Peter is a senior lecturer at the QE School of Medicine in Blantyre. Caroline lectures in Geology at Chancellor College, University of Malawi.
Turning Point Trust, Kenya
Jon and Jo Parsons
Moses and Emily Obiti
The Turning Point Trust is a Christian charity serving the destitute children in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, set up 13 years ago by Jon and Jo Parsons (ex Christ Church). Emily Smith joined TP some years ago and is now married to Moses Obiti.
Across and Mahabba
ACROSS is an organisation supported by local churches in Woking which seeks to help Christians build bridges with people of other faiths. It forms part of the Mahabba network which is dedicated to helping Christians to show love to their Muslim neighbours. Phil Simpson works for the Mahabba network and internationally for the Global Teams movement.
ARocha & Wycliffe Bible Translators
A Rocha is an international Christian organisation promoting care for God’s world. Inspired by God’s love, A Rocha engages in scientific research, environmental education and community-based conservation projects in 19 countries - See more at: www.arocha.org
Gareth and Katharine Mort (Wycliffe Bible Translators)
Gareth Mort from Christ Church has served as a translation consultant with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Nigeria for many years - Katharine has been responsible for particular projects in the Kamuku local language where they live in Danasabe near Jos
Engage is a Christian charity working to encourage and support a Christian presence in primary and secondary schools in and around Woking. Patrick Coad, primary school staff worker, together with other staff and local volunteers visit the schools on a regular basis to lead Christian assemblies, to help with RE lessons and to encourage school Christian Unions and clubs.
Goa Orphanages (James 1v27 Foundation)
Christ Church has close links with pastor Martin and Beena Philip who lead the Goa Life Church in Goa’s capital, Panjin, together with the Bethesda Life Centre which comprises a number of orphanages catering for some of the poorest children in Goa.
Christians Against Poverty (CAP)
Christians Against Poverty is a national debt counselling charity with a network of centres throughout the country offering hope and a solution to anyone in debt through its unique, in-depth service. The CAP Centre at Christ Church is headed up by Sarah Goddard assisted by Sandra Anderson. Colin Sherlock runs the CAP Job Club which imparts skills to help the jobless find employment
Christian Solidarity Worldwide and Elam Ministries
Woking Street Angels and York Road Project
Christian Solidarity Worldwide supports Christians throughout the world who are persecuted and unjustly treated for their Christian faith. CSW helps to keep governments informed and continuously campaigns to expose the truth about the way some countries tread on the human rights of believers
Elam Ministries works specifically to support Christians in Iran, a country which is closed to the Gospel. As well as campaigning on behalf of persecuted Christians in Iran, Elam undertakes training programmes to equip believers for Christian leadership and ministry.
The Street Angels go out into the town centre on Friday and Saturday nights to help people whoever they are and whatever their situation, by listening, caring, offering practical help or by referring people to other (specialist) agencies who can help them
The York Road Project is a charity which serves single homeless people in Woking and the surrounding area, through a day centre where skills training and other support is provided, together with a direct access night shelter and longer-term moving-on accommodation