SERVE OUR WORLD

Here is a brief overview of our current global and national ministry partners that Holy Trinity Anglican supports financially. Be amazed, touched and inspired by these ministries that are faithfully serving God through the building up of his church in their respective cities and countries. Pray for them and rejoice in what God is accomplishing. We are privileged to be a part of their good work.

Akiba School was founded in 1993 to serve vulnerable students and families living in the informal areas around Kangemi, a settlement on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. The majority of Akiba’s students come from extremely poor families who live in slum areas surrounding the school. The school currently serves about 200 students from pre-school through 8th grade. Akiba aims to provide a nurturing environment for children to escape the challenges of slum life and to learn and grow spiritually, as well as socially and academically. Children receive meals in addition to education in core and elective subjects within the Kenya curriculum of studies. The school has a partnership with the Anglican Diocese of Nairobi, which provides some pastoral care, as well as Kenya Connection.

Graduates of Akiba School have successfully gone on to complete studies at colleges and universities across Kenya and Eastern Africa, and many now serve as youth leaders and mentors. There are significant opportunities at Akiba School to strengthen education and Christian formation and to provide positive interventions to encourage healthy development.  https://www.akibaschools.org/

Prayer Requests:

Students at Akiba School come from a variety of very challenging backgrounds and conditions of poverty. Many students are orphans or from single parent households. The average income for families in these communities is often less than $2 per day. Water-borne diseases, Malaria and lower respiratory infections are widespread. In addition, HIV/AIDS affects about 10% of the population.

We encourage you to pray for Akiba students and staff regularly. Please pray that students would know that their Heavenly Father loves and delights in them.

Please pray that God would protect students from illness and abuse and deliver them from temptations and traps common to life in the slums. Please pray that the children would stay focused in school and grow strong in character, spirit and wisdom. Please pray that God would work in the lives of families and that he would draw each into a living relationship with Jesus Christ. Please pray that God would nurture their faith, inspire them with hope, grant them grace to endure difficulty and hardship, and provide opportunity for a brighter future. Please also pray for the faculty and staff of Akiba School, that God would protect them from danger and that they would be equipped and encouraged to share the love of Christ and to teach with dedication and commitment.

The Anglican Diocese of N. Western Australia, under Bishop Gary Nelson, is an extremely vast area of small remote towns, and it is very challenging to oversee. Over the past several years, Western Australia has experienced a significant economic downturn that has had drastic consequences in the life of their small-town churches. Some towns have had a considerable drop in population and hence the churches have suffered a consequent loss in congregation numbers. The Diocese of N. Western Australia has had to rely on outside areas for 60% of their support.

Prayer requests:

Give thanks for:

  • Safety in travel and for the encouraging visits with ministers and the churches from Carnarvon to Kununurra.
  • The establishment of a new congregation in the small coastal village of Onslow. (Thanks for the encouraging time Christine and I had there on our recent visit.)
  • The new minister at Exmouth who managed to get in before our state border closed; they have settled in well and will be caring for the Onslow congregation (about a 6-8 hour round-trip drive).
  • The faithful perseverance of our ministers across the diocese during the more difficult periods of COVID-19 restrictions. (Thankful for life being relatively normal here for the last three months or so; the NW has been one of the safest places in all of Australia, though our state border is still closed to the rest of Australia.)
  • Continuing financial support (though obviously at not the same levels); and thankful for government assistance that has meant we have been able to maintain all our ministers in their parishes.

Please pray for:

  • Finding a new dean for the Cathedral as our current dean was elected to be the new bishop of Rockhampton diocese in Queensland. (A very difficult task in a largely non-Bible believing diocese with limited funds and many child abuse cases going to court. What a challenge for Peter.)
  • Finding an assistant minister for the Cathedral to work amongst children and youth.
  • Financial support for 2021, which will be quite difficult due to increasing unemployment and no government assistance.
  • Wisdom in the use of time and resources, especially in seeking to fund new urgent ministries (e.g., a children and youth worker for Kununurra and Wyndham with a focus on Aboriginal ministry; for a church planter in the growing town of South Hedland in the Pilbara region).
  • For our Diocesan synod scheduled for the first weekend in October.
  • For a holiday break after synod.

The vision of Anglican Frontier Missions (AFM) is to see viable, biblically-based, indigenous churches multiplying in all the 6,000 plus unreached people groups of the world (approximately 1.75 billion people). To accomplish this vision, AFM travels to churches, youth meetings and conferences to educate, challenge and train both short- and long-term missionaries to go where the need is greatest (where the church does not yet exist).

AFM targets only unreached peoples and unchristianized areas. They do not send missionaries to areas where the church is sufficiently numerous to evangelize and minister to their own (i.e., South America, Central America, Uganda, Rwanda). One of the annual strategic objectives is to raise up five new missionaries to go serve in a city or region where the church is not.

Holy Trinity Anglican partners with ARDF in order to connect with those in need around the world. Through a holistic, high impact and proven community development approach, ARDF seeks to strengthen and encourage believers, rescue and restore lives, and glorify Jesus Christ. As a part of a global church, these efforts connect us in a powerful way with our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world and enable us to partner in proclaiming the good news of Jesus to the ends of the earth. Find out what projects ARDF is planning.

ARDF has put together their September prayer letter and invites us to join them in praise, thanksgiving and supplication.

Trinity on the Border is a chapel and outreach ministry serving primarily among the vulnerable (migrants, immigrants and the poor). Its ministries include a free medical clinic, work with an immigrant shelter, a K-3rd grade school, a weekly healing service at the free-clinic and a weekly communion service with the staff of a mission to the deaf in Mexico. As Missionary Curate, Elijah’s work will include working with immigrants from around the world and the poor by leading worship services, working pastorally and in chaplain capacities, teaching classes for the migrants and refugees, reaching out and visiting the poor on both sides of the border, as well as being flexible and adaptive to the changing situation on the border. This position also includes preaching, teaching and pastoral visitations in the context of the Trinity on the Border chapel. The goal of this ministry is to bring the love of Christ to the poor and suffering at the border, many of whom are refugees or else extremely impoverished. As such, the goal is multifaceted as this ministry serves both to care for the material needs of those on the border, while also serving the entire person pastorally by bringing the gospel and the love of God to them. https://thebordermission.org/

Prayer Requests from Elijah:

I would appreciate your prayers now as I feel I am very much still finding my footing here. Mission work in this context truly is a very different ministry experience from the traditional church structures in which I am used to serving. As I begin this learning, serving and missional chapter in ministry, I am grateful for this opportunity to serve with some of the most vulnerable communities in this country. Thank you for your continued support.

Five Talents is a Christian development organization serving the poor alongside partner churches within the Anglican Communion. It was formed at the Lambeth Conference in 1998, in response to dire poverty church leaders in the global south faced within their church communities. Currently, Five Talent’s ministries serve vulnerable communities in South Sudan, Burundi, Indonesia, Myanmar, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and the Dominican Republic of Congo.

Five Talent’s vision is to eradicate extreme poverty by restoring human dignity and creating strong, sustainable communities. Their mission is to accomplish this by transforming lives through economic empowerment. They help create jobs by helping the poor develop their own businesses through sound business training, access to community loans and participation in community savings programs. These businesses provide jobs in their communities — all started with small amounts of money that go a long way in developing countries. The dignity that comes to the poor that are involved in these programs helps defeat the circumstances of poverty. Watch this inspiring short video about what the Parable of the Talents means to millions around the world.

We are grateful that our work can continue during this time. We would appreciate your prayers for our partners around the world. In many of these areas, healthcare is not a given. Please pray for the health and safety of our partners and the men, women and children they are serving both now as we work globally to prevent the spread of coronavirus and in the coming months as these already fragile economies cope with the impacts.

Heart’s Cry’s main mission is to care for orphans in their distress. Their vision is to create efficiencies and effectiveness for orphan care around the world, beginning in the Republic of Panama. In order to streamline adoption and foster care processes, and to simplify efforts in placing children into loving homes in the Republic of Panama, Heart’s Cry provides legal, social, psychological and spiritual support for Panamanian families and permanent residents throughout the adoption and foster process.

Heart’s Cry also established Casa Providencia, which was created to be a special needs home and therapy center specially designed for children deprived of parental rights in Panama. Casa Providencia provides a place for the special needs orphans where they receive physical and occupational therapy on a daily basis, as well as early childhood stimulation.

Please pray for them, specifically for:

  • Protection from COVID-19 over our medically fragile, high-risk kids at Casa Providencia.
  • An increase of adoptions overall in Panama, and for the Casa Kids to get adopted.
  • The law on adoption and foster care to stand firm, as the current Director over children’s affairs in Panama is seeking to repeal the law and make it more difficult for children to be adopted.
  • God to provide the funding needed to run Casa Providencia in ways that can only be attributed to God. So that more people glorify God!

Through the SAMS organization, Holy Trinity Anglican supports two missionary couples:

  • Rev. Kerry and Cynthia Buttram who are serving in a Chaplaincy position at Christ Church Amsterdam under the Bishop of Europe.

Please pray for the working out of details as we hope to begin meeting together in our building sometime soon.

The Alexandria School for Theology is the only Anglican theological institution in the Middle East that teaches primarily in Arabic. Its mission is to teach, train and form lay leaders, ordinands and clergy of the Diocese of Egypt, members of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and any other student who wishes to learn of Christ. Holy Trinity provides scholarship money for strategic leaders in the region who require additional theological training to fulfill their leadership roles.

Established in Cairo in 1982 under the authority of the Diocese of Egypt, the mission of the Deaf Unit is to educate and train deaf children to learn languages (Egyptian Sign Language, Arabic and English) and develop vocational skills. It is Christ-centered with worship at its core.  Additional ministries include The Deaf Club, The Deaf Church and The Deaf Choir. They have also developed a Deaf Bible based on Egyptian Sign Language.

The Deaf Unit also focuses on teaching sign language to parents, families and communities so that deaf children can better communicate at home. Additionally, it coordinates a community-based program in rural Egypt. The Deaf Unit is effectively an orphanage for many hearing families unable to raise deaf children. Today, the unit continues to enable these children to grow up as strong Christian adults who can succeed in the hearing world.

Prayer Requests:

  • Please pray for the funds to construct extra classrooms that will enable us to receive more deaf and hearing impaired children into the school.
  • Please pray that God’s presence would move greatly in our services and touch children’s and parents’ lives because most of them are suffering from many financial problems.
  • The Deaf Unit offers services for low-to-no tuition. We charge parents a tiny amount of money, if anything. Please pray we find a sponsor for every student to cover their costs.
  • Students need diverse activities and classes to enrich their vision and cultivate interests and hobbies. Please pray for volunteers to serve as physical education, art and handcrafts teachers.