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 October prayer letter and invites us to join them in praise, thanksgiving and supplication.

Our vision is to see students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed and world changers developed.

Our present mission of ministering to graduate students at Oxford University and helping to catalyze graduate student ministries elsewhere in Europe is very much a ministry of developing future global leaders. More than half of all graduate students at Oxford University are international students, some of the world’s best and brightest. Imagine a world in which these future global leaders now studying in Oxford saw their education not as a “passport to privilege” but as equipment for service. These young men and women are often encouraged to pursue credentials without regard for character, to develop skills without a higher purpose and to promote narrow national or personal interests without regard for God or neighbor. But what if these students instead chose to follow Christ? What if these gifted students—the world’s future doctors, lawyers, artists, scientists, leaders, educators and innovators—followed Jesus, giving their lives to the resolution of the crises and challenges of our time out of love for God and for our global neighbors?”

 

Our primary local ministry partner here, the Oxford Pastorate, is a leader in this strategic mission field, both serving graduate students through fellowship programs and collaborations with local churches here in Oxford, and also serving as a key partner in resourcing and networking ministries to graduate students throughout Europe. We believe that as missionaries, our specific gifts and past work experiences have primed us to help the Oxford Pastorate in significant ways. First, through developing programs and initiatives that help graduate students 1) to discern the ways God is uniquely calling and equipping them to serve, 2) to integrate their faith with their academic and professional disciplines, and 3) to mature as Christian leaders. Second, we feel uniquely positioned to help support the Oxford Pastorate’s development as an organization 1) to act as bridgebuilders between often segmented or siloed parts of the Christian ecosystem within Oxford as a university city, and 2) to catalyze graduate student ministry in university cities beyond Oxford through strategic partnerships.

Praise and Prayer

Passing the Masters Program with Distinction: David got his marks (grades) back last week and passed with flying colors, including receiving an excellent mark on his thesis! He will now be able to accept the conditional offer made by the university for him to move on to the PhD (or DPhil as they call it in Oxford) course in Christian Ethics. This means we will be staying here in Oxford for the next 2 years to continue ministry to graduate students and to complete this final portion of his degree. We are beyond thrilled about these results and I am SO proud of him and his work and research on the integration of Christian faith and higher education.

Shawna’s Radiotherapy is Going Well: We are so grateful for the ways you’ve upheld Shawna in this difficult season of actively fighting cancer. We have continued to see God’s faithfulness in big and small ways as she completes her radiotherapy treatment. She started her treatment on August 17 and has had daily treatment, excepting weekends, for 30 days over six weeks. She has two weeks to go, and we praise God she will have two weeks of recovery after treatment before the fall term starts. Also, praise the Lord that her college has insisted that she move into private college accommodations so that if other students contract COVID it won’t interfere with her treatment. Shawna was still able to submit her research proposal to her supervisors just as treatment started which is a huge load off her mind and means she won’t have to suspend her schoolwork. Most importantly, her doctors think that the treatment has been effective and the radiation side-effects have been minimal besides losing her sense of taste and experiencing a bit of soreness. These are all concrete answers to our prayers! Going forward Shawna is asking that we pray 1) against a spirit of fear of the cancer spreading and 2) for courage through the pain as she still has two more weeks of treatment and the soreness is cumulative.

Birth Recovery: Thanks to every person who prayed for our birth and labor process. Although I had a medically induced birth which was very intense and painful, Charlie and I came out on the other side healthy and with minimal complications, praise God! My recovery has gone well all told, and while I’m not getting much sleep and have the usual side-effects of a natural birth/delivery, I feel that the Lord has been extremely kind to me in helping me to recover and rest over this last month and a half. I’m very grateful for another month of maternity leave so we can work with Charlie on sleep patterns since this is where he really struggles right now. But we’re hopeful that this will come with time and patience. We would also love prayers as we discern child-care options when the new school year starts and I head back to work.

Funding for the PhD: While this is still a key prayer request as we head into the new school year, we have seen the Lord continue to move in this area and we’re beyond grateful for His provision. Just a week ago we found out that a US Trust will be granting us $5,000 towards tuition and fees for this next year ($30,000 annually). What an answer to prayer! And we are asking for continued prayers for patience as we trust the Lord for further provision!

We are so grateful for each of you and for your support all along the way! We know that no matter what outcomes God provides, He is a God of compassion, and we have seen His grace in our lives in this season in a myriad of ways. Especially through all of you, our faithful network of prayer champions!

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/

For the latest updates from Elijah, please read his newsletter!

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. Discover how literacy and business skills training, community savings, and microenterprise development are empowering families across Kenya in this inspiring video.

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.

Five Talents Lunch and Learn Video

George Whitfield College (GWC) is part of the Reformed Evangelical Anglican Church of South Africa (REACH-SA) and is the ACNA equivalent in that country. The college has a deep missional reach into Africa to raise up leaders who are equipped to preach and teach to the rapidly growing church there. Holy Trinity is supporting both a graduate fellowship for a South African leader and the Explore Program which brings theological training to lay people ministering as leaders of Anglican churches on the continent.

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!

Langham Partnership formerly John Stott Ministries has a three-fold ministry: to equip theological leaders who equip pastors and emerging leaders to multiply disciples; to train local pastors to teach the Bible, equipping pastors to shepherd their churches with God’s Word; and to develop and distribute books to equip leaders and pastors to provide biblical solutions to local issues” so that “God’s people grow as disciples of Christ and extend the gospel in their families and communities.”  Holy Trinity has supplied a grant to update the Africa Bible Commentary as part of Langham’s literature efforts.

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.

For their latest updates and prayer requests, please read their newsletter!

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. Their October newsletter is full of news and updates.

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.

Holy Trinity is sponsoring a program for clergy widows in the Lango Diocese of Uganda through the ministry of the Rev. Susan Olwa, wife of Bishop Alfred Olwa.  Upon the death of their husbands, clergy widows have no housing or income, so are at a severe disadvantage without these supports. The clergy widows of Lango Diocese will be gathered for fellowship and encouragement and will be given practical gifts to aid their life three times a year as a result of this outreach grant.