As we celebrate God's goodness to us this Harvest the JHMT are inviting the church family to support one of our Mission Partners .
Festive exists to equip and inspire gospel work in the often-overlooked area of Further Education and Sixth Form (16-18 year olds).
We support individual students and Christian unions around the country offering mentoring, encouragement, prayer and free resources.
Here are a couple of upcoming projects we would love your support with:
1. New version of Beyond beans on Toast (BBOT).
BBOT is an evangelistic ‘university survival manual’ that was first written 7 years ago by Claire Povey (a former BH congregant). Alongside student-friendly recipes and top tips, the book also features several testimonies of students who found Jesus during their time at university. The vision of the book has always primarily been for it to get into the hands of non-Christian students heading to university. Since its first publication, over 25k copies have been given away and UCCF now also include it as part of a fresher’s pack that they produce! We really want to see the impact of this book grow and for many more non-Christian students to hear its message. However, a lot changes in 7 years and it is now very out of date and in need of a full reworking with updated advice, stories and a re-design! Some of the funding from the harvest appeal will therefore go directly into the costs of us re-writing and producing this evangelistic book, resulting in thousands more non-Christian students receiving it in the years to come and reading stories of a God who changes lives!
2. Launching a new FE staff network
An exciting new area that we are exploring is how we can work more with Christians employed in the FE/Sixth form sector. Working with the Association of Christian Teachers, we are hoping to develop a new Christian FE staff network this term. Our aim is to firstly, help support Christian staff to live out and share their faith in what is often a very secular and difficult working environment. And secondly, we want to encourage and connect with Christian staff as we are increasingly recognising the important role they can play in supporting Christian Unions and Christian students in colleges. Staff can help CUs keep running in lean years and offer advice and support to CU leaders. They are often key allies when booking venues or when students are seeking to run mission activities. Funding from the harvest appeal will pay towards the costs around developing this project and help us to promote and connect with Christian staff around the country in colleges and sixth forms.
If the appeal for the project chosen exceeds the project cost then the JHMT will donate the remainder to the appeal beneficiary to use for another aspect of their ongoing ministry as appropriate.
If you would like to support the BH Harvest Appeal then please contact the BH church office for further details .
On Sunday 4th July there were baptisms celebrated at both BH (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYBL0JIl4-4)
and the church plant that The Webbs are involved in out in Spain.
They write" We were very excited to baptise M on Sunday 4 July, and then participate in her wedding with J on Tuesday 6 July! We teamed up with some other missionary friends who also had a woman who wanted to be baptised. It was a great day. Here is our little church group in Zalla."
The Trustees of the James Hannington Memorial Trust (JHMT) are pleased to advise that £19,876.50 has been raised from the Lent Appeal towards the 2 chosen projects~Ayla Mission Training School, Bolivia and New Growth Ministries, Zimbabwe.
We praise and thank God for the generosity of the Church Family. The Appeal is now closed.
As we look towards Easter the James Hannington Memorial Trust highlight projects we would like to invite the church family to support. This year, they are:
PROJECT 1: GRAHAM & DEBBIE FRITH, AYLA MISSION TRAINING SCHOOL, BOLIVIA.
‘AYLA’ means ‘Light of the Moon’ in Hebrew, and the name of this new venture was chosen because it represents that we do not shine with our own light, but we seek to reflect God’s light through our lives.
AYLA is a brand new project, the first missions training school of its kind in Bolivia, and is being established in partnership with the El Alfarero ministry in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. (www.alfarero.org)
El Alfarero is a partner ministry of Latin Link UK. AYLA will be a 6-month, intensive, residential, integrated missions training school, with a view to preparing Latino missionaries for the mission field.
Currently, 40% of unreached people groups are located in Asia, many in countries that are difficult to access for traditional western missionaries. But there is a huge growth in the missions movement from Africa and especially Latin America, with a view to sending missionaries to places that are still accessible to missionaries from those continents. However, whilst the missions movement in Latin America is growing, many missionaries are sent out unprepared, and return home broken and burnt out.
AYLA seeks to be a part of the growing missions movement, but with a view to preparing Latino missionaries in deeper and more integrated ways.
The Lent Appeal at BH will go towards equipping the AYLA accommodation area, particularly with a view to buying enough beds & bedding for the potential students (approx. £2747).
The accommodation construction has been recently finished and is an extension to the existing El Alfarero building in Santa Cruz.
PROJECT 2: NEW GROWTH MINISTRIES, ZIMBABWE
A message from Mark Mackenzie:
Thank you so much for partnering with us so amazingly over the years. God is now leading New Growth Ministries into a new and exciting period building on the incredible legacy of Rob and Hilary and I’d like to briefly share something of that with you.
A new board in Zimbabwe has been set up to oversee the ministry on the ground and Mark Mackenzie (Rob and Hilary’s son) is chairing that new board. Also on the board are 2 of the early orphans that NGM looked after. Ben, who is now an accountant and Nura who is a Neurosurgeon. Also on the new board is Willard who was in one of the first groups of pastors who graduated from the All Africa School of Theology that Rob and Hilary ran, and now runs a church of 200 people. It’s so exciting to see how God is using these young men, whose lives have been so impacted by NGM over the years, now taking on these leadership roles within the ministry.
The vision that God has given us for NGM going forward is threefold:
Stabilisation – of education, mentorship and nutrition of the boys, with regular visits from Nura and Willard who will be providing medical, emotional and spiritual help and support for the boys.
Revival – reviving some of the areas that generated local income like cattle, chickens and eggs. This way there is local money available as well as support from the UK.
New Growth – this is where the ministry of NGM grows into areas that God leads us into as he has done in the past.
We’ll be appointing an Operations Co-Ordinator, called Dave Martin. He’ll be unpaid, except travel expenses. He’ll be responsible for building a team of volunteers who will become involved in the day to day running and support of the ministry.
The specific areas that we are needing funds for at the moment are:
For more information please see our video by clicking on the link below
Thank you again for your encouragement, your prayers and your support.
If you would like to give to either of these projects then please either see the details in the BH news or contact the church office for more details.
The Christmas Appeal totalled £8407.50 (including gift aid) and the trustees of JHMT are thankful to God and to the Church family.
The first recipient of the Christmas Appeal is Martin Povey, former Student Worker at Bishop Hannington and now working for the Association of Evangelists based in Eastbourne.
The second recipient is our local charity Off The Fence, where several members of our BH church family work and volunteer.
The appeal is particularly for the Gateway’s Women’s Centre Building.
We have had some great sermons during our world mission month from Exodus through to Revelation showing that God’s plan to bring Salvation through Jesus to all the nations & how He uses his people to do this, is woven throughout all of Scripture.
We are very thankful to all of our speakers for giving us such a clear picture of what God’s Mission is & both encouraging & challenging us to think how we can be involved. If you missed any of the talks, they are available to listen to through the BH website.
Here are some of the highlights from the BH church family & our mission partners around the world:
"In our youth group I’ve loved hearing about people going on mission trips to different parts of the world”
“The talks have made me realise that God can send anyone to be a missionary anywhere in the world & that you don’t have to go to a foreign country to become a missionary”
“One of the speakers asked us “Where’s the banana you’re eating come from? Where’s your favourite footballer from? Pray for that country!” really brought mission prayer into everyday life.”
“It was good to hear different speakers who added strong teaching to the already brilliant Acts series on Evangelism-which Is God’s responsibility”
“The Bible study book on World Mission that we have been doing in our small group have been good & challenging”
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This month we are recommending some great books that will inspire us of how God is using ordinary people around the world.
They are available after the church services on Sunday so why not bring along a few pounds & enjoy some fantastic reads. We are even giving one of them away for free!
WORLD MISSION AWARENESS MONTH
As we’ve been hearing about God’s Mission for the world
& how He wants us to be part of that
you may feel that God has been prompting & encouraging you
to take steps to be more involved in World Mission in some way.
Maybe you’d like to know how better to support our Mission Partners or would like to get involved in a short-term mission trip of some kind.
Maybe you think God might be calling you to consider
longer-term mission work.
Or maybe you’d like help & resources to know how to
share your faith with friends & family
or would like to be involved in reaching out to our local community.
The easiest first steps are to be praying & to get in touch with
Katy Lambert (our World Mission co-ordinator) via the BH church office
& let me know how we can help you.
Bishop Hannington Church supports mission all over the world. Through the charitable trust, the James Hannington Memorial Trust, the church gives money and other resources to support gospel work in many different nations.