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
Ian and Cheryl are based in Sutton Coldfield and work with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Ian is serving SIL Southern Africa as Operations Director, having responsibility for finance, funding, IT, logistics and HR. Cheryl is a translation Consultant who checks translations into mother tongue languages and gives training to translators particularly in Mozambique. They travel to southern Africa several times each year.
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 Asha and Nate 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.
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.
Living in Mourão over a year now! It has been very difficult but with your support (you and SCBC), we have survived!
Paul Munro – Derby, UK
I am Paul and I started with Derby City Mission in September 2017 as Missionary for Homelessness and Housing. Working together, 7 church venues in or near the city centre, will each open one night per week in rotation. Volunteers give a warm welcome and a substantial meal for up to 35 guests. At 10pm, paid overnight staff take over as the guests go to sleep in sleeping bags on mattresses on the church floor. Next morning there’ll be a breakfast as guests leave by 8am. We also reach out to street people offering food, hot drinks, warm clothing and friendship. It is aimed at filling the gaps in support offered by other organisations in the city throughout the week. Derby City Mission is partnered by several churches and individuals who keep the Mission supplied with clothing and blankets