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Mission is so important within the local church, because as Christians we are commanded by God to share the gospel. The LORD JESUS said "Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel" Mark 16:15. God calls different people to do this, we call them missionaries. In many ways we are all missionaries in our own lives but some are called to send their whole lives serving God in other places.
As a local Church we help support the following missionaries:
Caley's (New Tribes Mission)
Allan and Mandy Caley went to West Africa in 1988 to live among the Palake people in Sefonaika, Ivory Coast. Firstly, they had to learn an unwritten languge and eventually write it down with Siburi's help (translator) before translating parts of the Bible for chronological teaching.
In 2000, along with two other missionary couples they were finally able to present the gospel in the Palaka language to the people. The next two years were spent teaching fifty believers approximately before war broke out.
The Caley's with their three children had to leave in 2003 and serve with NTM in Florida before being transferred to NTM, North Cotes, Lincs in 2008. Amazingly, the church grew to 200 believers, now 250+.
Many books of the Bible have now been translated and it's hoped that by January 2020 the whole Bible will be translated. The Johnson's now in Sefonaika and the Caley's who visit annually are facilitating this. In addition the Caley's are involved with Missionary Orientation.
The Palaka people continue to be thrilled to receive God's word in their own language and were able to build a church with the help of two UK teams (completed end of May 2017).
Mark and Olivia Scott
Roger has been an evangelist for approximately 34 years and he has travelled to many countries including India, USA, Isreal, Spain, Switzerland, Holland, as well as most parts of the UK.
Now, Roger mainly travels in the UK, sharing the Gospel in colleges, universities and schools. He also preaches at missions organized by various churches. In addition he has a writing ministry and has produced a number of books and tracts.
He is married with four grown up children, all serving the Lord.
Projects in Mali, West Africa include well-digging and evangelism. Salif Diarra and the well-digging team are under the umbrella of MAF continue to be involved in digging three or four wells each season in remote villages. Each well cost £3,500 approximately to dig. Salif and his team always use evry opportunity whilst out in the villages to share the Gospel and show the 'Jesus film'. Despite the instability of Mali over recent years, due to the rebellion in the North which is affecting the South, Salif has faithfully been out and contunued the well-digging church planting projects.
As a, result the people receive not only clean water to drink, but the water of life JESUS, through evangelism. Over decades many wells have been dug and hundreds of people converted.
Alec and Jan Forman (former missionaries in Mali) keep in close contact with Salif, Pastor Christophe and the Evangelism Team. Pastor Christophe, who is very focused leads the church at Tirimadio plus his ministry with Evangelism Explosion.
This is an international ministry serving persecuted christians and churches worldwide.
Open Doors supplies Bibles and has distributed over 2.5 million Bibles and christian books during 2017. In addition they have helped over 850,000 persected christians with emergency relief, community development, education and medical care.
Also, they have trained over 500,000 persecuted cristians through leadership and discipleship courses, truama care training and persecuted survival seminars.
Open Doors also mobilises the church in the UK and Ireland to serve christians living under religious persecution.
This acts on behalf of the persecuted church, to be their voice, making their needs known to christians around the world and the injustice of their persecution known to governments and international bodies.
They seek to meet both practical and spiritual needs, encourage, strengthen and enable the existing local church and cristin communities.
Also, they endeavour to tackle persecution at its root by making known the aspects of the Islamic faith and other idealogies that result in injustice and oppression of christians and others.
They facilitate global intercession for the persecuted church by providing comprehensive prayer material.
If you would like to know more about any of these people or would like to know how you could help support them both in prayer and financially please contact the church.