Reaching out into the world
A distinctive feature of life at All Saints over many years has been our strong links of support for our mission partners - members of the church who have been called out, sometimes overseas, for special service for God. Their contribution to our church life, and the extra awareness that they bring us of God’s mission field throughout the UK and in every corner of the earth, are invaluable. We will continue to look for ways to support those who are building God’s kingdom beyond the immediate environs of Lindfield and to support any from our fellowship who are sensing God’s call in this direction.
All Saints supports both Mission Projects and Mission Partners. Our Partners are typically individuals or families sent out from our own congregation to serve both in the UK and further afield. Projects are Christian organisations that are widely supported throughout our congregation prayerfully and financially that are deemed to fit with our Mission Action Plan - ‘Reach, Build, Send’ and merit our support. Together we commit to regularly praying for these Partners and Projects and also corporately provide practical and financial support if needed.
To help keep the church up to date, each Partner and Project has a personal link with one or two members of the All Saints congregation who undertake to be the main representatives, co-ordinating support and prayer requests.
Here is a list of our current Mission Partners and Projects:
Simon and Becky Lunt (Josiah, Carys and Benjamin)
Hans-Ueli & Wendy Gerster
Diocese of South Rwenzori and Kagando Hospital, Uganda
Redeeming Our Communities (R.O.C)
Sussex Gospel Partnership (SGP)
Cross Mission, India
Family Support Work (FSW)
International bible training institute (IBTI)
Phil and Sarah Candy
Julian and Nicky Milson
University and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF)
Pray for Vietnam
This weeks prayer focus:
Please continue to pray for the work of Open Doors in over 50 countries and their advocacy in raising the whole issue of persecution with our own government.
This week we highlight three countries for prayer:
Algeria – Since November last year persecution has been intensified with the government closing many churches, harassing and charging believers with court cases for their evangelistic outreaches.
Syria – Several churches are planning to open ‘Centres of Hope’ with the help of Open Doors. Pray that these initiatives will come to fruition and will impact many even in the light of the latest increase in hostilities.
China - New ‘Regulations on Religious Affairs’ came into force just two months ago and just last month the People's Congress voted to extend President Xi's office from two terms to life. No one is sure yet what impact this will have on the 100 million Chinese Christians.
For the thousands who took part in the Palm Sunday and Easter Celebrations in Iraq.
That the church continues to grow in spite of persecution and discrimination in many countries
These are just some examples from across the world.
Open Doors website (www.opendoorsuk.org) is always up-to-date with information which will help us to pray regularly for our brothers and sisters globally.The latest Open Doors Magazine is available at the rear of the church.