Support for Mission

This section contains information about how St Peter's supports mission work outside the parish. Also included are articles about the organisations that we support regularly.

Mission Policy

St Peter’s recognises that it is part of the world-wide church and that it has a responsibility to help with the work of the church in other, deprived, parts of the world. Hence it is the policy of St Peter’s to give regularly – prayer, money and manpower - to four Christian projects bringing relief to people in need – three of the projects being overseas and one in the UK (fairly close to Hersham).


The PCC budgets 12.5% of its income from members’ giving to go to these projects and to one-off appeals.


The job of the Mission Support Team is to select mission projects upon which St Peter’s will focus 90% of its giving. The Team maintains ongoing contact, being careful to make the relationships two-way. The Team holds regular prayer meetings reflecting the day to day needs of the projects. The Team also handles appeals that come in to the church during the year, organises special additional collections and publicises news of what is going on.

View report from February 2015

   

Amala Children's Home, South India

08_amala_02This is a home and school, in a remote part of the country, which provides for the children of people who used to be called the “untouchables”. These families are usually in extreme poverty and cannot afford to educate their children or, in many cases, keep them. Many children come to the Home malnourished, in poor health and sometimes disabled. The improvement in their condition as they stay at Amala is plain to see. The school is very successful and gives the children the sort of opportunities in life which they could not hope for if it were not for the school.


Amala has now become something of a victim of its own success. Some of the more academic children are emerging from the school and going on to university or other further education. This is placing a serious strain on Amala’s finances as clearly the families of the children are not able to contribute to the costs involved.


It is now 12 years since Amala was founded by Jesudass Raja. Raja, himself a Dalit, had the vision to help local Dalits, the lowest of Indian castes who live mainly at subsistence level. He built a home to house and educate some of the neediest (35 boys and 10 girls) with two simple huts on a piece of land given him by his father. A year later a UK charity, the Amala Trust was established by Kim Pollit, a retired architect, to support this project. In the past ten years Amala has had 259 boys and 186 girls in residence and since 2000 they have been able to teach to GCSE standard. Many of the children have gone on to 6th form college and in 2005 two boys gained degrees.


The last 12 months have seen the opening of St.Agnes High School and the start of a new primary school and kindergarten. Amala now have a full time nurse and they have become involved with a Government sponsored silk factory to give employment to local people and to raise funds. Several of the children have been enabled to undergo major operations to improve their health. St. Peter’s continues to support this special home.

   

Youth With A Mission, Beira, Mozambique

Casa Re-Om is a centre for street children in Beira, Mozambique. It is overseen by YWAM (Youth with a Mission) and is managed by Pastor Antonio Bonga. St. Peter’s, St. Matthew’s, Rugby and other churches have been supporting the project for several years. Casa Re-Om looks after over 90 children, loving them, parenting them, schooling them and teaching them employment skills.


A few years ago the town centre building had become run down and inadequate. It was decided to look for an additional out of town site and one was found near the village of Inhamizua. This site is now being developed, funded by the Casa Re-Om Trust, founded by St. Matthew’s, Rugby. Dormitories, classrooms, kitchen and toilets are being built and a new school has started – this also provides an education for local village children. About 70 boys now live at Inhamizua, attend school, learn skills and are being prepared for independence. The town building is being used as an office and as a place for people to stay.


Casa Re-Om has taken over the running of another orphanage, Dondo. This has over 25 smaller children, from a few weeks old up to the age of 10.

Thank you letter from Casa Re-Om February 2012

   

The Peace & Hope Trust

The Peace and Hope Trust was founded in 1991 by Sqn Ldr. Mike Cole to bring peace and hope to the people of Nicaragua in the wake of Civil War. It is a multi-national non-governmental organization committed to providing relief and development in Nicaragua. The Trust relies heavily on international volunteer participation to implement a variety of projects from building schools, churches and clinics to running sewing programs, health clinics and renewable energy initiatives. The Trust is active in many different sectors including: agriculture, education, emergency / disaster relief, infrastructure, health, renewable energy and social services. It is partnered with the national government and works closely with local groups and individuals to facilitate peace and help bring hope to the people of Nicaragua. The Trust offers many different volunteer and internship opportunities, encouraging the involvement of people of every background, age and nationality. The Trust has been a Mission link of St. Peter’s since 2005 and several people have shown interest in joining one of the teams of volunteers which go to Nicaragua regularly in Spring and Summer. If you are interested, or would like further information please speak with a member of the Mission Support Team.

The Peace and Hope Trust Newsletter March 2014