We have several church members engaged in overseas mission right now – here are their stories in their own words.
Peter at King’s Kid Ministries, Mityana, Uganda
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” – Matthew 5:14-15
My mission in life is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost, the fatherless, the widows and the hopeless, so that they may know that they have a Father in heaven who sent His Son into the world to die for them because He loves them, and come to a realisation of their true identity, worth and value as children of God.
I am serving with King’s Kid Ministries International Uganda, as it brings the love of God to aching communities in Uganda. Sheltering, educating and loving children that would otherwise have been unsheltered, uneducated and unloved is the mission of King’s Kid. King’s Kid Home School takes full-time care of children from all walks of life (orphaned, half-orphaned or destitute) and aims to restore a sense of belonging, dignity and future in their lives.
As well as teaching at and being an administrator of King’s Kid Home School, I am Sidley Baptist Church’s representative to King’s Kid and on a wider scale I am King’s Kid’s representative to the entire world. I am doing this by coordinating all of the ministry’s international liaisons. I see building and strengthening relationships of integrity, mutual respect and understanding between King’s Kid and its partners as a key part of my role. Unity is so important if we are going to grow and I am going to keep emphasising it as we, Sidley Baptist Church, come alongside King’s Kid and walk forward together in faith to advance the Kingdom of God on the earth.
Thank you Sidley Baptist Church family, for loving and supporting me. Please continue to pray for wisdom, protection and peace. Also for provision for King’s Kid Home School, we continue to face daily challenges, in terms of food supply and worker’s salaries.
Annie at YWAM (Youth With A Mission)
Annie is now in Spain with YWAM, but was previously in California, which she writes about below:
In September 2015 I joined YWAM to do the Justice Discipleship Training School (JDTS) with an emphasis on ministry to those caught up in Human Trafficking. I’ve already been challenged, stretched and pushed to my limits. This is an amazing community and atmosphere to grow in. It is particularly challenging hearing about God’s Heart for Justice.
Jesus has a heart for the poor and broken because he was poor and broken himself. He wants to see Justice on this earth that God created and the people in it to prosper. He hates to see us weary, broken, in mourning; he longs to have relationship with us and to know us on a deeper more personal level. His desire is to be intimate with us, to be our friend and our father. He is a God of love!
It’s amazing meeting girls on the streets and gaining the realisation they are God’s precious daughters. I feel so privileged that I’m able to show these girls a small nugget of God’s love for them. We give out gift bags with a telephone number, in case they want to call for anything. It shows the girls that they matter and are precious to us and to God. The Justice ministry is about showing hope to these girls, letting them know they are loved dearly by the creator of the universe. God knows exactly what each of us is going through, and he knows how we feel. He experienced it all when he was on earth. He even kept his scars when he rose because we keep ours. I’ve heard people say in the past that God let us suffer so that he can use us in a greater more powerful way: I’ve come to realise that this isn’t entirely true. God never intended that we suffer; his intentions were for us to prosper and stay close to him. When we suffer he cries with us, he mourns when we are hurting or in a place of utter brokenness; but I believe he can turn this around. He can make beauty out of ashes.
In the West we have been ‘lulled to sleep by comfort’, we’ve become absorbed by our comfortable lives and when we see tragedies going on around the world we’re moved by passion but don’t do anything about them. Compassion is different to passion; it’s when we’re moved to do something to bring about change. We need to be a people who are moved by compassion. If we all did something small for the broken and the enslaved, think of all the lives that would be impacted. We can’t turn a blind eye to the issues of the world, we need to be woken up and face reality.
Richard in Uganda and Kenya
I know the privileges of employment here in the UK, and long to see others also enjoying such blessings in their lives. Africans receive many hand-outs, e.g. child sponsorship, but my heart is to give them employment so that they can receive regular earnings and not have to rely on others for their needs.
In addition to working to make this a reality, I have also travelled to villages to teach the Word of God and distribute new Christian books which have been kindly donated in the UK.
Sharon at IHOP (International House of Prayer), Kansas, USA
On my entry into the US the visa form says missionary studies and IHOP describes itself as a missions base apart from its core assignment of night and day prayer.
I started my journey with IHOP in September 2013 with a six month stay, and then came home to East Sussex. I returned in January 2015 thinking I would do one semester at the Forerunner Music Academy, but I realised the Lord was giving me permission to leave my job so I came home in May to finish up in the UK and returned to IHOP in August 2015.
I will be home for a few weeks at Christmas then head back to IHOP for another 6 months in January 2016, after which I will graduate with a certificate in Music Studies. I think I may continue and study for the diploma which will take a further two years; I need prayer for confirmation and continued provision!
God has been teaching me so much during my second internship here in Kansas City, located right in the centre of the USA. With my studies, time in the prayer room, in worship and the support of my mentors I am discovering a deeper experience of looking up to God and waiting patiently on his call on my life. Surrendering myself to allow God to fill me is not easy as I face daily challenges being called out of my comfort zone. I’m being tested on living in the present and trusting the future to God, I have to wrestle with my thoughts and plans, but know I must be obedient to his calling, there is much for me to hear and learn from him now.
I feel God is very active in my life and I remain eager to make sense of his presence each day of my time in IHOP. My weekly timetable is very hectic, there is so much to do and at times it can be overwhelming, however I know God is refining me.
Richard & Margareta Mayhew
Richard and Margareta are serving in Nazareth, which Richard is the CEO of the Nazareth Trust, which runs a major hospital and training school for nurses.
BMS World Mission
As a Baptist Church we are also members of BMS World Mission. This is a Christian mission organisation, working in around 34 countries on four continents. BMS believes in holistic mission, an approach that stays true to the Christian call to evangelisation without neglecting the duty to take care of the physical needs of the poor.
BMS works through long, medium and short-term workers, teams and volunteers, as well as a large number of supported national partner workers around the world, providing people, funding, training and expertise in the core areas of our work:
- Church planting
- Disaster relief
- Media and advocacy
As one of the world’s oldest Protestant mission organisations (founded in 1792 by William Carey, the father of modern mission) BMS has long-standing relationships with partner organisations, umbrella mission agencies and local church unions in the countries in which it works. This, along with a long-term approach, ethical policies and supreme cultural sensitivity, has made BMS one of the most trusted names in mission worldwide.