After studying at Moore College and training at St Andrew’s Hall, Elizabeth went to the Middle East at the beginning of 2020 to work in a rapidly growing ministry at a large ex-pat church. It is “church for people who think they don’t like church, so we can help them come to know a God they think they don’t need, tell them about Jesus, train and equip them, and send them back to their home countries to carry the message of the gospel.” Elizabeth’s main two roles are making disciples of women, especially the young adult women, and training youth leaders.
Chris Hingley has been our Mission Partner in Zimbabwe for many years, formerly as the Rector of the Petra Schools and founding pastor of Whitestone Chapel, and currently as the Chaplain at Whitestone School in Bulawayo and leader of the annual Aslan Camp in August. Chris has a significant ministry with children and young people in that country where there is much hardship. His role in organising the camp and pastoring provides an opportunity for children and young people to enjoy some time in a safe environment where they can be carefree.
In 1993 a 23 year old student and teacher, Miss Evangeline Sita, gathered a group of under-privileged children from one of the poorest areas in Hyderabad and began to teach them in the open air under a tree. Today St Andrew’s High School teaches over 700 students with 40 staff. Senior students in recent years have achieved remarkable academic success. St Andrew’s school has been generously assisted by sponsors in Australia who have enabled the purchase of land and the construction of a school building. There is a continuing programme of expansion of the school through purchase of additional land and the provision of further building to accommodate the various activities which are supported by Evangeline and her cousin Sanjay Isaiah.
The 7 billion or so mobile handsets being used all around the world today present enormous opportunities for sharing the good news about Jesus. The Global Recordings Network works to deliver gospel audio content via mobile devices to the people of the world who are least reached by the gospel. James works in Sydney, leading a team that delivers GRN's recorded Bible stories to mobile phones everywhere in 6,000 language dialects. GRN delivers content online (https://5fish.mobi) that can be freely distributed person to person using SD cards, Bluetooth, or portable media players.
At the start of 2021, Stephen Gorringe was appointed to the SRE teaching position at Ku-ring-gai High School. Years 7 -10 are in SRE classes. Year 11 -12 are offered seminars throughout the year. The Ku-ring-gai Christian Education Association was formed more than 30 years ago by a group of Christians from seven local churches. SRE has become an established part of the educational curriculum at the school with students voluntarily withdrawing from other classes to attend Scripture.
In 2020, Fiona Newcombe and Heather-Rose Newcombe were appointed to share the teaching position at Turramurra High School. Fifteen years ago, St Swithun's and other local churches established the Turramurra Christian Education Association to provide weekly SRE classes in the scool. Local youth leaders are involved with students in organising Insight’s activities and providing them with links to local churches.
David & Robyn Claydon have been associated with St Swithun’s as Mission Partners for many years and they continue to inspire us with their tireless commitment to preaching, teaching, writing, nurturing and advocating for others. David is an expert on Islam and is in constant demand as a speaker and adviser. He has edited a book called Islam: Human Rights and Public Policy which he has given to every member of Federal Parliament and some State MPs. He works closely with Immigration officials in order to support applications by Christians from North Africa and the Middle East to come to Australia. Previously David has served as the International Director of the Lausanne Movement, the Federal Secretary of CMS and the NSW Director of Scripture Union. Robyn has also served as the International Women’s Director for the Lausanne Movement. She conducts a Women's Bible Study group at St Andrew’s Cathedral which draws woman from all over Sydney and from different denominations
Cameron & Alex Jones are from Sydney and attended Christ Church St Ives. Cameron is ordained in the Church of Ireland (Anglican) and has served in All Saints Church Belfast. Ireland is the least-evangelised country in the English-speaking world. The Society for the Irish Church Mission was founded in 1849 and is committed to seeing gospel-believing gospel-sharing churches established and strengthened. In Dublin, with its population of 1.2million, there are only about 10 churches that are theologically evangelical, two of which are ICM churches. The gospel need is immense. Cameron will be helping ICM by bringing the gospel to the growing number of people working in the “Silicon Docks” of Dublin City where 7,000 professionals work in technology firms in the area. He and Alex are going to pioneer a church plant in Dublin.
The Bush Church Aid Society of Australia (BCA) was born from a vision to provide pastoral and spiritual care for the original inhabitants and new settlers in remote and regional Australia. Since 1919, BCA has been faithfully reaching Australia for Christ. For the past 10 years St Swithun’s has partnered with Richard and Tracy Goscombe in Wickham. Following their retirement in 2019, another BCA Mission Partner has been requested.
BLC is a relatively young Anglican church plant in Berkeley in the Illawarra area of NSW. They began in 2007 as a missional church seeking to minister to a welfare dependent community that had been written off by many. Under the leadership of the Rev Wayne Pickford, their Senior Pastor, a former prison guard and professional wrestler, BLC is seeking to be the people of God in an area where life is often a struggle, by showing the hope that we all have in Jesus and his gospel. The mission of Jesus’s church, including BLC, is to share that hope with others. There are a number of ways that BLC engages with and is part of the Berkeley community day to day, including Sunday gatherings, the Op-Shop, Adopt a Block, Celebrate Recovery, Community Christmas Carols, food pickup, and the Neighbourhood Centre.