ASSOCIATE MISSION PARTNERS
Some Christian individuals and families who are supported by one or more church congregations in Britain and Ireland for long term appointments as mission partners assigned to or appointed by church congregations overseas to share in the work of these congregations in development or mission. Associate Mission Partners can avail themselves of one or more of the services outline below
THE FINNIE FAMILY
Paula, Dean, Joel and Eli are the Finnie family. Paula and Dean work in Macassar which is an urban sprawl outside Cape Town with all the social problems and challenges that you might expect in such an environment. They first planted the 'Tree of Life Church' in that community and their lives and the lives of their members, largely among the mixed race communities in Macassar', were closely intertwined. Today they are leading a new church project called 'The Gathering'. It is early days but they are beginning to see their new mission still on the fringes of Maccassar but reaching out to peoples who have been displaced or have immigrated into the area from all over the sub continent hence 'The Gathering'. (see http://www.dpfinnie.com ). They remain part of a network of local churches.
They have so much to be thankful for and give freely of their time, friendship, love and compassion to those who would join them. Their church is growing as their ministry flourishes. They are supported by the Everyday Church, Wimbledon; St. Cuthbert's, Cheadle, St. George's, Weald, St. Christopher, Macclesfield and St. Nicholas, Burton. South Africa is an expensive place to live and work and the Finnie family gets by with the free will donation arising from the generosity of these churches and some individuals.
If you would like to help as an individual, please give generously to the Finnie family by bank transfer marking your donation with a reference FINNIE FAMILY - YOUR SURNAME and please e-mail CTBI Christians Abroad, and the Finnies if you are in touch with them, to let us all know that you have contributed and whether or not we can gift aid your donation (we would need your address and post code). Your gift will be acknowleged by CTBI Christians Abroad right away and soon after by Paula or Dean. [CTBI Christians Abroad's sort code and account number are 40-52-40 and 00020255 respectively]. Most regular contributions are channelled through Paula and Dean's Stewardship account but for one off or occasional gifts, you are welcome to send your gift directly through Christians Abroad.We will be happy to advise you. E-mail us at email@example.com.
Chris is a pediatric nurse who became involved in the Amani Village of Hope in Kenya some 12 years ago. He was present at its inception and has been very much a part of its history and growth (see www.amanivh.org ). As well as working with this project, Chris through his ministry in Kenya and his language training is also associated with the Acts 2 v42 intiative based in Nairobi which supports the house church movement throughout Kenya. Chris is clear now that he is called to be a long term mission partner in Kenya and has been working with CTBI Christians Abroadover several months, whilst back in the UK for a short period, to help him discern whether an association with us is the right way forward. Chris was accepted as an Associate Mission Partner in June of this year. Chris has now returned to Kenya. He writes this October;
'My first month back in Kenya has been split between a 1 week refresher course at the language school, 1 week with the children at Molo Street Children Project and 2 weeks with house church ministry and discipleship. Over the past few weeks I've also had numerous opportunities to witness and pray with people on the streets. It's been great to be able to do this more confidently andbeing able to share the gospel in Swahili has definitely opened up many more opportunities for ministry.
Recently in Nairobi I met a man who was begging on the street. He had been in a car accident and had lost his foot. He had been suffering for many months and had
the most horrendous open wound on his leg and desperately needed a below knee amputation. As he shared his story with me, I had opportunity to share the love of
Christ with him and I knew in my heart that God wanted me to cover his hospital bill. The needs in Kenya are so many that at times it can become overwhelming but
all we can do is look to God and be willing to be His hands and feet to a hurting world.
Another man I had the privilege of witnessing to on the streets was dressed in filthy rags and I was able to pray with Him and show Him the love of Christ by simply
stopping and showing him that he does matter and is important. I think many street beggers are always surprised when I stop and talk with them. The first thing I always ask them is their name as I know many of these people are completely ignored by society and to be asked their name reminds them that they are important.
The children will be starting their school holidays this week until January and during this time I will be focusing on discipleship and Bible teaching. When the schools reopen I will be discipling those who accepted Christ earlier this year.
Please pray for those who have already accepted Christ to become established and strong in their faith.
Pray for God to prepare the hearts of those who do not yet know Him as Lord and Saviour.
Pray for the staff at Amani who give so much of themselves to serve those in need.
Pray that the children would be protected from malaria and other water borne diseases during the rainy season.
Please keep Kenya in your prayers with the build up for next years election. Please pray for true unity and peace among the opposing tribes. There is still alot of unforgiveness and pain which goes back many generations. Please also pray for a fair and true election result which is free from corruption and vote rigging.'
Some volunteers just want occasional support from CTBI Christians Abroad. They may need help with identifying a project but don't want any other assistance. They may just want insurance and general information and support as they going to be overseas for a considerable time and don't need help with finding a placement...they may already have a contact. Such associate volunteers are helped by CTBI Christians Abroad being there when they need them but do not necessarily require continuing support. All of our insurance clients who take out annual insurance are associate volunteers of CTBI Christians Abroad and are offered inclusion in the TravelWell programme at no extra cost.
These services are provided at the request of the Volunteer or Mission Partner.
Insurance: Christians Abroad has negotiated tailor made policies with our insurance providers to meet our specialist requirements and we place considerable value on the relationship between volunteer and mission partner, ourselves and the insurance provider to enable the best possible service. Policies can be provided across a wide range of risks but our service is the provision primarily of travel, health and accident insurance.
Voluntary Development Worker National Insurance contributions. Christians Abroad is an agency of the HMRC in providing VDW National Insurance contributions to those workers working for development in particular countries overseas designated as eligible. These are special Class 2 contributions and provide state pension entitlement as well as a number of other immediately qualifying state benefits including job seekers allowance on return to the UK. The contributions are paid annually usually in September following the end of a tax year.
Management of travel arrangements including air ticket purchase/amendment and visa processing where appropriate through Key Travel. Christians Abroad is a recognised partner of Key Travel and is a customer paying by invoice from Key Travel for the services provided. This means that Christians Abroad is able to provide tickets at charity rates where appropriate which may include an extra luggage allowance. The only tickets that Christians Abroad will purchase, as a matter of policy, are tickets which are at the lowest price available for tickets that offer the possibility of rearrangement of dates of travel. We can act as agent whilst you are overseas to help with any rearrangements which can prove troublesome at a distance.
Preparation: Available through standard distance learning usually over a six week period or by bespoke residential preparation including any further training that may be required by arrangement.
Support and Information: For mission partners, Christians Abroad can provide support through another organisation, Stewardship, for regular gift aided support from individuals and church organisation and can give accountability for occasional gift aided and non-gift aided contributions paid directly through Christians Abroad. Christians Abroad can offer publicity and promotion support where necessary with local church congregations associated with a mission partner.
In general, any associate can request help on a wide range of issues where Christians Abroad will provide such services as it is able or make referrals to other appropriate agencies as necessary.
Debriefing. An often neglected but essential opportunity for an individual or family to reflect on their period of service once returned to the UK. This helps integrate and make sense of what has been learned and will also help with emotional impact of the placement and its relationships which is always long lasting but which may need help to accentuate the positive and life affirming impact of the experience as well as learn from the negative aspects of the experience.
Updated November 2016