Sharing in God's mission
What a privilege it is to share in God’s mission to the world. At St John’s we are committed to supporting mission beyond our local church community. In 2019 we have budgeted $15,000 from the parish's General Account to support the following projects:
If you are a theological student at Newton College not only do you have to meet the challenges of academic study, you also have to feed yourself and your family. Most of the students are married with children. The ABM project ‘Securing the Future of the Church in PNG’ aims to improve learning and living conditions at the College.
"Newton College is a beautiful place with friendships among the students, but it needs new library books and a better water supply. We also need more qualified lecturers and computers the students can use," Leki Kambari. Support $5,000.
Students and chapel at Newton Theological College Photo: Paul Black
The training College in Cairns empowers and equips Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with understanding of the gospel through their cultures, empowering them to be leaders with faith, vision and skills, and to be effective in building up their people, their church and their communities. It offers courses in the areas of theology, addictions management, community development, mental health and cross-cultural awareness course for non-Indigenous students. Support $3,000.
Japanese people are overwhelmingly Shinto and Buddhist. The Church itself is ageing and in decline, so ministry to young people is vital for raising up future leaders. Nathan and Maki Clapham work amongst Japanese university students with KGK, an evangelical and evangelistic ministry. With their local church, Kaihin Makuhari Megumi Church, they seek to grow in Christ and share the good news with their local community. Support $5500.
BCA has a heart for people living in remote and regional Australia. People living in sparsely populated areas often don’t benefit from strong support networks. Churches in these areas can struggle financially due to fluctuating populations. Ongoing fellowship can be hard to maintain and encouragement can become a rarity. In partnership with Anglican Dioceses across the country, BCA places committed and gifted Christians in a variety of locations to help people connect with the grace of God revealed in Jesus. Support $1,500.
We fill shoeboxes with simple gifts e.g. small toys, hygiene items, school supplies, etc. as a means of demonstrating God’s love in a tangible way to children. "In Malawi, Angela, 12, squealed with delight when she opened her shoebox gift. While her parents couldn't afford to buy her school supplies, she found pens, pencils, a notebook and a ruler." In 2018 we filled over 80 boxes.
Giving personally to ABM's Advent, Christmas, Lent and Good Friday Appeals
The seasons of Advent, Christmas and Lent are traditionally times of giving to the mission of God's church and to communities to shape their future. ABM donation envelopes are available during those seasons of the church's year when people come to worship or they can make an online donation by going to the ABM website.