As well as working in our own parish of Yeadon, we seek to support mission throughout the world in its various forms. Each year we take part in Christian Aid week and our annual Christingle service raises money for the Children's Society. There are also special occasions when church members are asked to give money to relieve the needs of others and many support causes on an individual basis.
However, there are four mission societies that we currently support from our annual budgetted giving, and which we seek to build ongoing links with. We pray for these organisations, receive prayer letters and information from them on a regular basis and representatives come to visit to share how their work is going. There are more details below and further information can be found on their websites.
The Church Army
The Church Army is a Society of Evangelists within the Anglican Communion, which exists to enable people to
come to a living faith in Jesus Christ. Many people, even within the Church of England, for which it provides
evangelists, are unaware of the Church Army and the work that it does.
The reality is that Church Army has been at the heart of Evangelism within the established Church since 1882 when Prebendary Wilson Carlile a young Curate at St. Mary Abbots, Kensington, founded Church Army to take the Gospel to all, but particularly those suffering the injustices of the age. This has been Church Army's goal ever since.
Church Army Evangelists share the Christian faith through words and action and equip others to do the same. 350 full-time evangelists and 180 further staff are devoted to a wide range of service in Anglican churches, projects and ministry teams throughout the British Isles.
Barnabas Fund serves the suffering Church and makes their needs known to Christians around the
world, encouraging them to pray. It provides practical help to strengthen and encourage the Church
in many different ways. Barnabas Fund was established in 1993 and channels aid to projects run by
national Christians in more than 40 countries.
The problems faced by Christian minorities in some parts of the world range from discrimination to genocide. Even in places that allow worship and evangelism, a convert to Christianity will almost always be rejected by family and community. Whilst many ancient churches are declining because of intense social pressure, new growth is suppressed by the persecution of converts. The recent spread of anti-Christian violence is reducing Christian numbers by the most savage means.
Compassion works through local churches overseas to release children from economic,
social, physical and spiritual poverty. They help run projects that provide education,
health care, vocational training, social and emotional support and spiritual care. Their
work links people in this country with children supported by one of their projects
through their 'Sponsor a child scheme'.
Compassion currrently works in 25 of the world's poorest countries and through their
church based projects over a million children are receiving support.
Gospel For Asia
The primary aim of Gospel for Asia's ministry is to share the Good News of
Jesus Christ with those who have never before heard His name. Their ministry
is about changing lives—both for this life and for eternity. They are also fully
dedicated to improving the lives of impoverished souls through everything from
our Compassion Services to Bridge of Hope and literacy programmes to medical care.
Gospel for Asia trains and sends national missionaries - Asian Christians from "unreached" countries - because they have proven extremely effective. They are already familiar with the language and culture, and they live at the level of the people they serve, thus removing many social barriers. They send 100% of your designated donations to the mission field for their intended purpose. Nothing is taken out for adiminstration or fundraising purposes.