Jesus invites us to participate in His mission to the world. We do this at St. Luke's through our Mission Giving Scheme, administered by our Missions Committee. Annually, we prayerfully choose the recipients of this support, supporting them financially with at least 10% of our income, in prayer and in friendship.
This year, the Mission Societies we work with are:
- Church Missionary Society (CMS) - Working in over 50 countries. Steve and Catriona Bennett are out Mission Partners in Rwanda. Steve is a full time surgeon, training local doctors and Catriona is an anaesthetist, training part time. They live in Gabini, Rwanda with their daughters Hannah and Rachel.
- Christian Aid - The aim of Christian Aid is to end poverty, working with local partner charities, equipping families and communities to lift themselves out of poverty.
- Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF) - Operates in East Asia, planting churches, training leaders and working amongst students and the deprived. Our Mission Partners in Sapporo, Japan are Chris and Kesia Pain and their children Caleb, Jonathan, Carys and Megumi. Chris and Kesia are OMF regional directors, responsible for 45 missionaries and interacting with Japanese churches.
- Bible Society - Translates and distributes God's life-giving word in may countries.
- Tearfund - Works worldwide with churches and partners to help people rebuild their lives after disasters and disease.
- Open Doors - Supports the persecuted church world wide, supplying bibles, bible based literacy programmes and stengthening the suffering church family.
- Evangelical Alliance
- Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS) - Providing support to churches when needed in an exciting variety of ways, creates new young leaders and organises christian camps for young people.
- Programme for Applied Christian Education (PACE)
- South Sudan - Wau. Poole Deanery, which includes St. Luke's are linked with the Wau Diocese and supports the theological training college including teacher training and business studies and the work of Archbishop Moses.