As a church we have a heart to support overseas missions to pray, to support and to give financially.
The charity shop has enabled us to do this on a more regular basis. At present we are supporting three missionary families; one in Cambodia, one in Benin and one in Nepal.
In Nepal our missionaries have been involved in practical work such as building wells and teaching skills to help villagers benefit from land cultivation and keeping pigs. Workers have shown them better ways to relate as community in the context of cast systems and taught basic hygiene principles.
Since the awful earthquake damage to homes and communities, our financial support has been used to help rebuild homes that are more likely to withstand earthquakes and build new schools. Travel to give aid is difficult and often means extensive travel on foot as many villages are in remote areas.
Above all, the aim of our missionaries has been to share the love of Jesus with these people and there are now many who have come to faith, and new leaders have been trained up to serve with many new churches becoming established in lots of the villages.
In Benin, our supported family of mum, dad and three young children are involved in personnel, administration and teaching as well as being very much involved with church life and Sunday school.
In Cambodia we have another young family with three daughters working hard on languages, learning and teaching as well as translating.
Of course there are more missionaries that we know and support through Elim missions and through different mission organisations. It has recently been interesting to hear from students of Regents Theological College who have been involved in young missionaries project and have their feedback about short-term mission trips to France and Romania.
Hopefully we will continue to support these and other missions as God continues to bless both our church and the charity shop.