Sharing the Love of Jesus
Mission, both home and overseas, is at the core of Sutton Baptist Church’s activities, as our vision states:
We seek to share the Love of Jesus, in our church and beyond into our community and the wider world. This love is overwhelming, costly and challenging in its grace and mercy.
Mission Partners – Long Term
Having completed a little more than 2 years in Nampula, Mozambique, Ian and Cheryl are now based in Sutton Coldfield. Ian will be serving the Southern Africa Area of SIL as Operations Director, having responsibility for finance, funding, IT and logistics. This will involve travel, mainly to South Africa, several times a year. Cheryl will work checking the translations that have been completed for consistency, also giving exegetical support. She will be undertaking further training to become a translation consultant, travelling to work with translation teams as and when required.
Chris Lyndon – UK
Chris works for Wycliffe Bible Translators, principally as an exegetical specialist consulting for the Koti translation project located in Angoche, on the coast of Northern Mozambique. As Chris is currently based in the UK, most of the work is done through consultations using Skype, supplemented by regular visits to Angoche to maintain the relationship. The team aims to complete the New Testament with Old Testament portions by 2018, with the complete Bible to be finished around 2021.
Margaret Hill: Democratic Republic of Congo
I am now based in Manchester, UK but expect to spend a good part of the year on trips to Africa. I am a translation consultant and a trainer, so part of the time I am involved in a training programme for Africans who are involved in translation projects. This year, this will take place for
2 months in the summer in Nairobi. I have also promised to go to Namibia at least twice a year to help with a project using oral Bible stories in a nomadic unreached group in the north of the country. When in the UK, I hope to get involved to some extent with helping refugees, particularly from Sudan.
Danny and Lydie Hampson – Ibiza
Lydie, Danny and Asha live in Ibiza. They are seeking to serve the local Romani Gypsy community, as well as the homeless
community. Tasks range from advocacy, to prison visiting, to washing people’s clothes! But underpinning everything is prayer walking, seeking to hear God’s voice in the day to day and follow His leading. If a job title was to be given them, it would be to build bridges across estranged communities.
Wayne and Wendy Hadley – France
To show and share the love of Jesus to all people they have contact with, in the area where they live and with whom they work.
To evangelise and nurture those who come to faith. To fellowship with other like-minded believers in St. Etienne.
Rachel & Lemuel Feliciano – Spain
Are working with ECM (European Christian Mission) and are involved with church planting, evangelism, discipleship and using the creative arts to share the good news in Galicia.
Ruth Birkenshaw – UK
Ruth works as part of the Human Resources team for Agapé UK (part of Campus Crusade for Christ International) based in their headquarters in Birmingham. Her role helps to enable others to do the things God has called them to do.
This involves overseeing enquiries, application processes and interviews for people interested in working with Agapé, involvement in new staff training, ensuring policies are up to date and overseeing visa processes for people coming to work with Agapé from oversees, and many other people-related tasks to help care well for Agapé staff and those interested in joining the organisation.
Mike and Daveen Wilson – Portugal
Mike and Daveen Wilson, with European Christian Mission, in the Alentejo region of Portugal – very beautiful and very needy. Our hope is to be a blessing, to be agents of the Kingdom here, and to be part of a community which is doing the same.
We arrived in Mora a year today! Been one of the most difficult years of my life. But with your support (you and SCBC), we have survived! And ready to move on to Mourão – started moving yesterday.