Overseas Mission.

The Overseas Committee of St Paul’s Church is responsible for the support of overseas mission. It organises offerings such as for Harvest Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve service . Special collections are arranged in the aftermath of major disasters. We encourage the support of a wide variety of organisations including the Bible Society, Tearfund , MAF, Christian Aid, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Prison Fellowship, the Vine Trust, and the Barnabas fund. We also receive information from the Church of Scotland’s World Mission Council.

this year’s Harvest Offering is for our Missionary Partner in Japan Lorna Ferguson via OMF in memory of David Ferguson.

Over recent years we have been actively involved in a project to provide a home for street boys in Kimo Peru (see below), a community event to support the cost of fuel for Mission Aviation Fellowship and a Souper Sunday lunch for the Church of Scotland HIV/ AIDs project.

Below are some further details about a few of the projects and peoplewe support.

The Fergusons

David and Lorna Ferguson as members of St Paul’s went as a family to Japan in 1998 with OMF ( Overseas Missionary Fellowship). OMF serves the church and brings the gospel to many of the countries in East Asia. They help place Christians with professional skills in China and other Asian countries, and share the love of Christ with East Asians worldwide.

After two years’ language study the Fergusons moved to Otaru, a city of some 145,000 people on Hokkaido island, where they worked for eight years before handing over leadership to a Japanese pastor. After a year of home assignment in Milngavie, they returned to Japan in March 2009 when they began a new church in the Hiragishi area of Sapporo, the largest city in Hokkaido.In Spring 2013 they moved to Tokyo where they took up the post of OMF field director for Japan.

Sadly, in 2016 David Ferguson was diagnosed with cancer and after a year long struggle he died on Tuesday 25 April 2017. He was supported by the prayers of many people throughout the world, not least within our own congregation. These prayers continue for Lorna and the family whose witness over the past months has been exceptional. On Palm Sunday Lorna wrote this on Facebook:

‘Today is Palm Sunday and I was thinking of this verse: "When the days drew near for him to be received up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem." Jesus knew He was going to Jerusalem to die there but didn't run away, rather He set his face to it. As many of you know, David has been told that his latest treatment has not been effective and that there is nothing else he can try that has a chance of success. So it is an encouragement to think of Jesus's example and set our faces towards what is coming, knowing He is with us every step of the way.’

David’s funeral service took place in Ichikawa City on Friday 28 April. A memorial service for David took place in St. Paul’s on Saturday August 19th at 2.00pm.

The Vine Trust (Kimo Peru)

The Vine Trust is an international, interdenominational, volunteering charity which seeks to enable volunteers to make a real and significant difference to some of the poorest children and communities in the world.

After hearing about the work of the Vine Trust St Paul’s decided to launch an appeal to the congregation for money to build a home to be run by Scripture Union Peru. SU already had several other homes and this one would be in Junin Province near a beautiful man-made loch and the Chanchamayo River in the Andes Mountains to the south-east of Lima.

A massive fundraising programme was begun in June 2009 and many activities from a gift day, to Christmas tree fair, to sponsored walks to concerts and a personal giving scheme. After much prayer and hard work the target of £60,000 was reached several months early.

The home now houses about 40 boys from the countryside surrounding Chanchamayo.A work party from St Paul’s went over in 2009 to see the site for themselves and contribute physically to the building of the house - their story can be read in the back issue of Life magazine for October 2009.

As of 2016 this home closed and the boys have been housed in other SU homes in Peru.


Tearfund

Tearfund is a Christian international aid and development agency working globally to end poverty and injustice, and to restore dignity and hope in some of the world’s poorest communities.

They operate in more than fifty countries around the world. As well as being present in disaster situations and recovery through our response teams,they speak out on behalf of poor people on the national and international stage by petitioning governments, campaigning for justice and raising the profile of key poverty issues whereverthey can.

Tearfund has a vision to see 50 million people released from material and spiritual poverty through a worldwide network of 100,000 local churches.

Find out more on the Tearfund website


Christian Aid

Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great,striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality.It ispart of a wider movement for social justice. tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes.

Accountability is core to Christian Aid's values and the principles that inform their behaviour in all thatthey do and help define their approach to policy, campaigns, fundraising and communication.

These values include being authentic - being trusted to do the right thing, being rooted in the lives of real people, telling the true story, communicating real voices and having an open and honest relationship with the church.

Find out more on the Christian Aid website


Christian Solidarity Worldwide

CSW is a Christian organisation working for religious freedom through advocacy and human rights, in the pursuit of justice.

Their primary work is advocacy, which they use to influence the legislation, policies, attitudes and behaviours which reinforce religious discrimination and persecution. Through this, they aim to bring about lasting cultural, social and political change.

CSW's evidence-based reports are widely used and cited by the Foreign Office, US State Department, US Commission on International Religious Freedom, UN and others on a regular basis.

Find out more on the CSW website


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Mission Aviation Fellowship

MAF is a dynamic Christian organisation operating more than 135 aircraft across over 35 countries in the developing world. Flying across hostile environments, we reach the world’s most isolated people.

They partner with over 1,500 organisations to bring physical and spiritual care to those who need it most, providing flights and logistical support for their outreach to communities in developing nations.

These missions include aid agencies, missions, relief and development organisations, government departments, local churches and other national groups. Their work covers healthcare, emergency relief, development and the bringing of God's word.

They seek to promote the growth of the church, working with indigenous churches and groups to enable spiritual outreach. They also support the work of many visiting churches as they encourage fledgling churches or those who have suffered persecution.

Find out more on the MAF website .