MISSION COMMITTEE REPORT MARCH 2015
As we look back over the last year we remember some bitter/sweet moments. It was great to welcome Walter & Rosie McCorkell back into our midst. While we were grateful to God for their safe return to us, we were also saddened by their premature departure from Mozambique due to political instability and transport issues. We also watched and prayed with them as they sought God’s direction for future ministry.
Locally there were exciting developments through the SU E3 North Down & Newtownards Schools project. At our November Mission Service we heard how Rachel Kirker (Scripture Union NI) had opportunity to go into schools, speak to children about God’s love, and support Christian teachers. We also have been able to partner with SU and other local churches in funding this project.
In June a team of us saw things we will not quickly forget. We took part in a Habitat for Humanity site day, where we helped with the refurbishment of flats off the Antrim Road in partnership with Helm Housing. It was a day of painting and scrubbing. It wasn’t until we saw the original state of the flats – graffiti on the walls, the stench of the bathroom and a kitchen with cupboard doors hanging off – that we really appreciated the impact that a few hours of work could have. As we spent a few minutes thinking about a young person being allocated, and walking into, such a flat we felt privileged through Habitat for Humanity to have the opportunity to make a difference in the life of one such young person.
Through the giving of the congregation this year to the Mission Account we have been able to support God’s work across the world. Approximately half goes to the work of PCI here in N. Ireland and in over 25 other countries. With the remainder we have supported individuals involved in God’s work, including Walter & Rosie McCorkell, Rachel Kirker, Billy Patterson, Diane Cusick, Martin & Isobel Dudgeon and those on PCI summer teams. Organisations including Belfast City Mission, United Christian Broadcasting, The Link and Fresh Hope Ministries (Sierra Leone) also received donations. The 5 Target Areas (Training of Church Leaders, Distribution of Bibles, Support of the Persecuted Church, Local Project, Humanitarian Project) also received donations from the balance in the Mission account at the end of the year. May we, as a congregation, continue to fulfill Jesus’ command to his disciples to “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel.”