Overseas Mission Links
Supporting the work of others both locally and overseas is an important priority, both financially and with prayer support committed each year.
We support the Rock of Joy Children’s Centre in Uganda, through the Kabanda Trust.
The Trust’s mission is to advance the education, health and well-being of pupils, teachers and communities associated with this Children’s Centre. The Kabanda Trust does this by making regular termly payments to the school which covers the costs of school meals, equipment and resources. It also makes one-off grants for items they request, including funding for buildings and facilities for the school. As well as this, the Trust funds projects such as School buses which are helping to build self – sufficiency. They have developed a health project which employs a School Nurse who provides health education, health prevention (such as vaccinations) & free treatment for all at the school.
We also support other individuals working in overseas mission through prayer, particularly where we have congregation members directly involved with their work.
IJM, is a global organization with a strong Christian ethos working to eliminate the slave trade, rescuing slaves, putting slave owners in prison, and lobbying and working to get effective justice systems in place in countries where the rule of law is weak or ineffective. There are parish links with IJM as Rachel and Andy Griffiths worked with them in India for several years. Now Andy works for IJM as Regional President of Europe and Africa.
A Rocha is a Christian nature conservation organization, our name coming from the Portuguese for ‘the Rock’, as the first initiative was a field study centre in Portugal. A Rocha projects are frequently cross-cultural in character, and share a community emphasis, with a focus on science and research, practical conservation and environmental education. We are specifically supporting their Eden Creative Care Initiative in Jos, Nigeria, that helps communities protect areas important for their biodiversity, educating them and conducting related scientific research, all on the basis of the gospel of Christ. They run two conservation projects, a 80 hectare fish wetland farm on the outskirts of Jos, where EDEN’s protection and management of the area aims to increase species diversity, and to protect the species already there. They also work to protect the Mushere Forest, a 50 square kilometer forest in Mushereland, where their aim is to provide protection for one of Northern Nigeria’s most severely threatened habitats: forest. The area was selected as the damage is less severe than elsewhere and difficulty in access makes protection more feasible than elsewhere.
We’re always open to new ideas for mission. For example, through toilet twinning at St Saviour’s we have raised a large sum of money for the work of Tear Fund in providing sanitation for communities in need.
Each year we support half a dozen local charities, often including St Saviour’s school, Spinnaker Trust and Link Age Southwark. In addition we run very well-supported appeals for various other charities such as the Children’s Society (through our Christingle service); Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers (Harvest festival); the Bishop’s Lent appeal; Brixton and West Norwood Foodbank; Angel Tree Prison Fellowship; and Christian Aid.