As we read the Bible, and especially the New Testament, we see clearly that our heavenly Father has a heart for every single person on this earth, regardless of who they, where they are, what their past or current situation is, or what they currently believe. God loves all of his creation and wants everyone to come back to him through a saving faith in Jesus.
This heart was revealed to us most clearly through the life, death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus, and when Jesus himself instructed all of us (who have placed our faith and trust in him) to go out into the world and tell people about him, to play our part in bringing the children of God back to him. We call this ‘mission’.
Mission can be talking to our next door neighbour about our faith, demonstrating the love of God to the homeless in our local city, or travelling to the other side of the world, learning a new language and sharing our faith to a people who have never heard of Jesus or Christianity.
At Whetstone Baptist Church we support our brothers and sisters who are serving God abroad and those who are serving at home. The missions described below are supported financially from the church budget and by regular prayer but there many other missions and missionaries who are supported by individuals, small groups and by the church in other ways.
BMS World Mission is a Christian charity that works in 35 countries on four continents, and is primarily involved in church planting, development, disaster relief, education, health, and media advocacy. Their mission statement reads: “As a Christian mission organisation we aim to share life in all its fullness with the world's peoples by enabling them to know Christ; alleviating suffering and injustice; and improving the quality of life”.
Matt and Suzanne Gregory, together with their children, Seth and Esther, moved from Lebanon to Tirana, Albania in January 2015. Following language study, they are seeking to engage in development work with the Roma community. They are involved in a local church and Matt is on the board of GDQ school.
The Baptist Union of Great Britain is the association of Baptist Churches in England and Wales. The Home Mission department exists to help local churches to change lives and transform communities through practical, legal and financial support. BUGB Mission Grants (£2m) are given to plant churches, renew existing churches, support mission and support Baptist ministers, who will lead churches forward in their mission by helping them to reach out to their local community with the love of God.
Scripture Union is an international mission movement and works in over 120 countries,making God's good news known to children, young people and families. Scripture Union also encourages people of all ages to meet with God daily through the study of the Bible and through prayer. The goal of Scripture Union is that all may come to a personal faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, grow in Christian maturity and become both committed church members and servants of a world in need. It aims to achieve this goal through its work in five key areas: communities, schools, churches, individuals and international.
Rev. Bruce Nadin and his wife, Dr. Louise Nadin, are currently serving in Cape Town, South Africa. Bruce was Pastor at Sutton Elms Baptist Church in South Leicestershire and also Chaplain at Leicester City Football Club. However, Bruce felt a new call of God on his life and is one of the leaders at Capricorn Community Church, Cape Town, South Africa. He is also chaplain and life coach at Ajax Cape Town Sports Club and National Director at Sports Chaplaincy South Africa. Louise is using her valuable skills and experience as a doctor at the Beautiful Gate Paediatric HIV clinic, as well as assisting leaders at their church.
Tearfund is a relief and development agency made up of Christians who are passionate about ending poverty. Tearfund go to where the need is greatest, working through local churches in over 50 countries to unlock people's potential and helping them to discover that the answer to poverty is within themselves. Tearfund works to defeat disease, resolve economic injustice, restore the environment, tackle disasters and improve basic services.
WBC is supporting a Connected Church Project in Haiti to improve the living conditions of families affected by the earthquake and those affected or infected by HIV. It aims to support vulnerable orphans and children, provide antenatal care and decrease child mortality.
Tearfund is a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).
Compassion works through local churches in poor communities around the world to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. With the partnership of churches Compassion can disciple children to fulfil their God-given potential and to become responsible Christian adults. Individual Christians and groups can support the work through a child sponsorship programme.
Sunday Club and the Dynamite Group sponsor Lakshmamma in India through Compassion. Sponsorship enables Lakshmamma to have the chance to hear and respond to the gospel, receive educational opportunities, nutritious food, healthcare, social activities and training for the future. It also helps our children and young people to give a future to a child who does not have the chances in life which they enjoy. The older children are encouraged to bring some of their own pocket money to give, and news of Lakshmamma’s progress is shared with all the groups as her letters are received. Letters are written to Lakshmamma to give her news of our children and to encourage her. The children pray for her in their groups on a Sunday.
Page last updated: 16th February 2016