'The ultimate purpose of mission is to glorify God by proclaiming the gospel of Christ in the power of the Spirit so that people from all nations will be saved, gathered into local churches where they will be discipled, and, as mature believers, will worship and obey God and transform their communities.’ All Saints’ Mission Policy
As a World Mission Group at All Saints, we are passionate about seeing this fulfilled in the church family and are prayerfully seeking to encourage the church as a whole to consider their role in God’s great commission. Pathway to Mission
Prayer and Events:
As prayer is so important we welcome everyone for our monthly prayer meeting for our Mission Partners on the second Monday of the month in the Picture Room from 12.15-1.30pm. Do bring your lunch.
We are now putting the monthly update for our Mission Partners with the newsletter on the following Friday. Please click on this and use the information in your prayers.
World Mission Sunday 2nd July 2023
We are excited that Graeme and Bequi Innes with their three children, Iona, Josh and Ella will be with us all day with Graeme preaching at the 6.30 and the family sharing at each of the services what God has been doing in Moldova where they work and in Ukraine where Graeme has been visiting. The children will be sharing at ASK in the morning. The family will join the youth at 5.30 in the Stables. Great opportunity to ask questions: such as, what it is like being mission partners? Come and join us for a special lunch with our brothers and sisters from Ukraine staying in Crowborough and our own church members to hear more about living across culture, sharing Jesus and watching lives be transformed even after the most horrific events. God is at work. Let’s hear more!
World Mission Appeal
is supporting our mission partners in Central Asia to buy an apartment above their church to enable the work to grow. Please be generous. These dear brothers and sisters stand firm as Christians in a tough situation. This would be such an encouragement to them. Go on to My churchsuite to donate or give a cheque into the office marking it for this appeal.
18th-19th March 2023
We enjoyed meeting Iurie Malancea, Mihai’s son who will be taking over as Dean of the UDG in Moldova this Summer. Do pray for him in this very responsible position but already the students are seeing the changes he is making is making a difference to their lives.
Mission Partners 2023
Harrison and Rhodah Mungai
(Tim, Philip and Chris), Director of iServe Africa, Kenya
Following an apprenticeship scheme in the UK, Harrison became strongly convinced that the African Church was in great need of gospel workers with a strong biblical knowledge. In 2008 he started iServe Africa, an indigenous, gospel-driven organisation, running an apprenticeship programme for graduates which provides them with experience through a ministry placement and training in gospel ministry. Harrison is also the Pastor of GracePoint Church, which hopes to plant churches throughout Greater Nairobi.
Dr Mihai Malancea
, Academic Dean of the University of Divitia Gratiae, Chisinau, Moldova
Dr Mihai was called to serve the Lord in Central Asia during his military service in Siberia. He established the university which now trains men and women from Central Asia and Moldova in Theology, Mission, Business Studies and Social Studies. Central Asian graduates return home well-equipped to share the gospel and reach out to meet the needs of their communities.
Mihai visits the graduates back in their home countries to encourage, mentor and help them develop the work.
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLvomF2slZY
Nathanael Longstaff (Nate) has been accepted as a short-term Mission Partner as he has been invited by Dr Mihai to join the staff of the University of Divitia Gratiae, (UDG) Chisinau, Moldova https://www.uni-dg.md/en for 6-12 months leaving on the 15th January.
Nate will be teaching conversation English to the students. What an opportunity for Nate to share his love of the Lord, to encourage the students in their walk with Jesus through these conversation classes, through music, discipling and even preaching and himself be encouraged and challenged by the strength of commitment of the students, particularly from Central Asia. Pray for Nate as he goes and if you would like to pray and support him financially please contact him via All Saints church office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ron and Nan George
, Teaching and outreach in Central Asia
For over 50 years Ron and Nan have worked in different countries, sharing their love of Christ with Muslims. Based in the UK, Ron lectures at the University of Divitia Gratiae, Chisinau, Moldova in evangelism and Christian-Muslim relationships as well as organising seminars in the UK and US. His deep commitment has led him to many countries in Central Asia. Nan faithfully supports the female students from these countries; encouraging, advising and mentoring them.
Gerald and Louise Mwangi
(Daniel, Jeremiah and James), iServe Africa, Kenya
Gerald heads up an exciting, six-month programme called TransformD, aimed at school leavers between the ages of 18-21. This helps participants grow in their knowledge of God’s Word, explore cross-cultural mission and learn skills to benefit their future. Gerald says, “It is our hope that at the end of the programme they will be able to see the world from the eyes of Jesus”.
, Translation Team, MissionAssist
Up until recently, Sarah was involved in revision to the EasyEnglish Bible, a simple translation in modern English based on a small vocabulary of only around 1,200 common English words and with very simplified grammar constructions. She is taking a rest from that but continues with WEBBS (The Worldwide Electronic Bible and Book Service), a major project to produce digital text from printed documents in support of the ongoing task to translate, update and publish a version of the Bible in every spoken language on earth. She and her team type up different portions of the Bible in a vast variety of languages using very different scripts. A taxing job and yet bringing the Bible/NT/portions to so many more, some for the very first time. Sarah is the bookkeeper for MissionAssist.
The Rev Bisoke Balikenga
, Provincial Youth and Children’s Worker for the Anglican Church in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, living in Bunia, N.E DRC
Bisoke is passionate about children’s and youth ministry. He longs to see them be part of the Church, be taught in an age-appropriate way, and for youth and children’s workers to be trained and encouraged.
N.E. Congo is an insecure place and thousands have fled into Bunia. Bisoke is establishing a Peace Centre on the edge of town near a big camp for the displaced. Sunday services, discipleship, practical courses, counselling and seminars on peace and reconciliation give Bisoke many opportunities to teach people about Jesus and display his love through practical service. Only in Jesus can these traumatised people find peace and the ability to forgive.
Watch the video: Meet Our Mission Partner: Bisoke in The Democratic Republic of The Congo
Story: The plight of the displaced - Semiliki Trust
Graeme and Bequi Innes
(Iona, Joshua and Ella), Preaching and Outreach, Oastea Domnului Church, Chisinau, Moldovia https://www.crosslinks.org/people-and-places
A blend of superstition and religion (Eastern Orthodoxy) holds sway in Moldova, and many are largely unaware of the true gospel message. Encouragingly, there has been gospel growth nationally, and Graeme and Bequi are involved in a variety of evangelistic ministries. They are also passionate about equipping and discipling believers to be those who can rightly handle the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). Graeme’s role involves preaching, leading Bible studies and one-to-ones, while Bequi is involved in a number of ministries with women and children.
With the war in Ukraine Graeme and Bequi along with their church have been very involved with the Ukrainians who have fled the fighting by helping them with accommodation, sharing the love of Jesus, helping some to move on as well as taking aid into the country.
, Staff Member, St Philemon’s, Toxteth, Liverpool
My church in Toxteth thinks of itself as a lifeboat crew! Jesus has rescued us from the drowning life of living without him. Now we're trying to help other people climb aboard to safety! I support and encourage my whole church family by doing the same reaching out to women and children across cultures through seeker Bible studies, playgroup, 121 Bible reading partnerships, Sunday club etc. I am excited at being involved in a newly planted church in the centre of Liverpool. Jesus has come to my rescue; now I love being part of his rescue team – making friends, sharing Jesus and watching lives change.
A family from Central Asia
Both graduates from University Divitia Gratiae (UDG) in Moldova, this family serves the Lord in exciting ways by reaching out to children in need, widows and those caught up in sex trafficking, by prison ministry and church planting, all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“What an exciting list! Eastern Europe, Central Asia, India, Africa, International students, council estates, public schools, translation work, internet outreach – what a wonderful example to our church family of the sheer variety of ways to be involved with mission! We’re grateful for our MPs.”