CROSSLINKS / A ROCHA
Crosslinks has seconded Peter & Miranda Harris to direct "A Rocha", now a major international Christian environmental and conservation NGO, which the Harrises started over 20 years ago. When Peter was ordained he thought his love of ‘birding’ would have to be just a hobby but God had other plans which would lead him and Miranda into a pioneering form of mission starting with a Christian field study centre on the Algarve in Portugal (begun in 1983). Since then at least 19 similar projects under the auspices of A Rocha (Portuguese for ‘The Rock’) have been developing round the world. He and Miranda now live in back in the UK after living in the south of France where they opened another centre in 2001. They travel the world frequently. The mission has a strong and influential Christian voice and experience to contribute to the current environmental/conservation debates.
Contact Nicci Durant via the church office.
“Making disciples, developing leaders, growing churches” is the stated aim of CPAS. CPAS is an Anglican evangelical mission agency working with churches, mainly in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Their work includes:
Making disciples of young people and developing leadership potential through Ventures and Falcon Camps.
Resourcing churches in developing missional leaders.
Developing key local church leaders for mission.
Taking a national lead in furthering missional leadership through our patronage work.
WYCLIFFE BIBLE TRANSLATORS
Keith Robinson works as Chief Human Resources Officer for Wycliffe.
Keith grew up at Holy Trinity and was commissioned by our church originally to go and serve in Papua New Guinea in the 1980s.
Contact Lynn Crittenden via the church office.
Having lived in Nigeria some years ago, James & Barbara Sherwood prepare Bible study and discipleship materials for the Nigerian and Ethiopian Church. Although based in London, the Sherwoods travel frequently and their work is currently widening to other African countries. One of the core aims of the Navigators is to train local believers, where they are, to become church leaders in their own countries.
Barbara grew up at Holy Trinity.
Contact Heather Wells via the church office.
Lynn Masterson is Advisor for Teacher Education for the Presbyterian Education Board across Pakistan. Lynn has a passion for science and has developed science curricula.
She has been involved in “sponsorship” of children attending schools with boarding houses (vital to keep girls in education in rural areas where families are very reluctant to let their daughters travel daily to school).
Contact Liz Watts via the church office.
Tim Curtis has spent more than 25 years in the Paraguayan Chaco leading
a team translating both the New and Old Testament into the language of
the native Enxet people. Their Bible was published in April 2016.
His call now is to promote the use of the Holy Scriptures, making
people wise for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. He aims to
help the Enxet and related indigenous Christians of the Paraguayan
Chaco to better know the Lord through learning more about the
Scriptures and what he says in them, so that people are better equipped
Tim was brought up in Chile, the son of South American Mission Society
(SAMS) missionaries. He studied modern Iberian and Latin American
regional studies at King’s College London before starting his work in
the Paraguayan Chaco. The Gran Chaco is a truly vast – and sparsely
populated - area reaching into four different countries (Bolivia,
Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay). It makes up over 60% of Paraguay’s
Contact Keith Palmer via the church office.
The Rio Verde centre, where Tim lives and works, is being developed so that the Anglican Church can focus more effectively on Bible teaching, and bring in a greater number of indigenous leaders. Until now, the Chaco leaders have met in the open under the trees next to the large dormitory building, or just under its roof on a raised tiled floor section. In training they use the Énxet Bible and Guaraní Bible as well as Spanish Bibles and communicating effectively and understanding the meaning of the text is still a huge challenge. Helping indigenous leaders with their Spanish is still a vital part of Tim’s ministry. He is delighted to report that the Chaco pastors who travel in to Rio Verde are getting a proper classroom, next to the translation office. Mission Paraguay volunteers from Northern Ireland began work last month – you can see some of them at work in this short vlog.
SparkFish is a local, collaborative, Christian organisation that aims to inspire and encourage young people in faith, hope and love. It engages with all young people who go to school in Reigate, Redhill and Merstham, offering support across various aspects of the curriculum and school life. Working as a team from local churches, and funded by local churches, workers seek to lead by example, lovingly demonstrating their own faith and supporting young people in all aspects of their lives. SparkFish strives to explain the Christian faith relevantly and intelligently so that young people can make their own informed response.
Contact Sally Parker via the church office
Stephen Kempsell grew up at Holy Trinity, where from an early age he had been aware of mission and been interested in the idea of serving Christ overseas. He had also grown up interested in aircraft and aviation. After graduation however, he moved to London and worked in insurance and investment banking. In 2008 Stephen changed direction and took an MSc in Airport Planning and Management, where he felt a calling to put it to use for the Gospel and he joined MAF. He served four and a half years with MAF South Sudan then, in September 2017, Stephen moved to MAF Arnhem Land.
Arnhem Land is a legally recognised reserve for the Aboriginal Yolŋu people, located in the northeast corner of Australia’s Northern Territory, roughly the same size as Scotland and Wales combined. It is extremely remote by land. The next town (Katherine) is over 700km away along a dirt highway that can be impassable in wet season and needs a 4x4 to ford rivers in dry season. From Katherine you can drive North to Darwin (300km) or south to Alice Springs (1200km)! After the arrival of Europeans in the early 1800s, the previously self-sufficient Aborigines have suffered ongoing and massive social and economic upheaval, resulting in Arnhem Land exhibiting many characteristics of a ‘fourth-world’ - a distinct and impoverished region existing within the borders of a developed country.
MAF Arnhem Land aim to bring hope and dignity to the Yolŋu people whose challenges include:
• High levels of poverty and hunger
• Lack of basic healthcare
• A mental health crisis precipitated by a lack of suitable accommodation, loss of cultural identity, low employment prospects and extensive alcohol and substance abuse
• Lack of quality education to break cycles of intergenerational poverty
• Poor infrastructure
• Domestic violence
Contact Martin and Jenny Kempsell via the church office
redhill market bookstall
A group from Holy Trinity has been running a bookstall in Redhill market on the 3rd Saturday of each month since February 2016. Our aim is to encourage people to consider the claims of Jesus by talking with them over a cup of coffee or tea and snacks.
We were challenged to start this work during a service in May 2015 by a group from St Nic’s, Tooting, who have a Saturday outreach on Tooting High Street. Then once we learned that a charity could use a market stall in Redhill, rent free, it seemed to be an opportunity that was too good to miss.
We offer a wide range of free gospels and leaflets in languages from Albanian through to Urdu. Although we have details about HT and other churches in the town, our focus is to point to Jesus. We have had interesting and profitable conversations with a very wide range of people from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds, including
atheists, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Jews, Greek Orthodox and a Reiki healer. We certainly have had conversations about Jesus that wouldn’t have occurred if we hadn’t been there.
Ask Paul and Carol Harland or Ian and Claire Gray if you want to know more.