St Philip’s sets aside ten percent of all its income from individual giving plus associated Gift Aid reclaimed, and from fees earned. This sum (about £7,000 per annum), is allocated to several Mission Partners, with whom we try to establish and maintain long term relationships. Our current Mission Partners are:
In 2017 we continued to support:
CMS (Nepal): Unfortunately, Andrea Young had to return to the UK for surgery on (benign) tumours on her leg, but they are returning to Nepal shortly.
Save the Family: Have had financial problems but continue to operate at Cotton Hall farm. Compassion: SPLASH charity: support Pingwendé in Burkina Faso and, newly, 8-year-old
Anik Das in Bangladesh.
Chester Schools Christian Workers (“CSCW”): Christian education in Chester area schools
Ministry Aviation Fellowship MAF: We support Israel Neale and his family in remote NE Australia.
Tarporley Hospital: Continue to experience a major financial underfunding from the NHS
National Disaster Relief Appeal: In 2018 St Philip’s gave £150 each to the East African and to the Yemen appeals.
Young Persons Bursary: For local youngsters going abroad to perform charity work, but not awarded in 2018 because there were no applications.
We started to support two organisations:
Open Doors – a well-known international organisation which supports persecuted Christians and refugees, with encouraging contact, Bibles, and essential supplies. We had a presentation from Revd Trevor Green.
L’Arche, Flintshire – at an embryonic stage of trying to put together partners for a community of people who are able and those with learning disabilities.
Thanks are due to our charity ‘champions’ – the individuals who keep contact with each partner, arrange visits periodically, write articles, and pray regularly. We are always seeking to increase the number of ‘champions’ for each charity. Please speak to me or anyone involved if you might be interested in joining the group.
Each charity has a link person, a ‘champion’, whose role is to facilitate communication, raise awareness, pray, and organise periodic (every 2 years or so) visits from a representative. We always need more volunteers. And we seek suggestions for new charities, although we tend to make long term commitments, so changes are few. Contact John Diggle 752608 for more information.