World Mission

World Mission

world mission

Our church has always had a keen interest in overseas mission and we have a Missionary Committee to focus our praying and giving.

The role of the Missionary Committee is four-fold:

1. Engaging the whole church in global mission
2. Equipping our church members and others who share our values to fulfil God’s calling to serve in cross-cultural mission
3. Enabling our missionaries to fulfil their calling to make disciples of all nations
4. Encouraging our missionaries in their life of service

We aim to follow two key principles:

  • The principle of partnership
    Gospel generosity should be relational as well as practical (2 Corinthians 8:16-24) and seen as a partnership of mutual support (2 Corinthians 8:13-15). In Romans 16, we see a wonderful example of this as the Apostle Paul expresses thankfulness for the different mission partnerships he has been involved in. As a church we are committed to engaging in mission partnerships overseas in a variety of different ways. These include supporting individuals as well as organisations and engaging in both planned ongoing giving and responses to one-off crises. 

Who we support
We support missionaries who are:

  • In sympathy with the aims and objectives of the LCBC constitution and are called by God to serve overseas.
  • Committed to bringing glory to God and seeing lives changed by Christ through Word-based proclamation of the gospel, church planting, teaching and meeting practical needs.
  • Sent out from LCBC membership or have a personal relationship and connection with LCBC.
  • Linked with a recognised mission organisation. If there is none, we require a quarterly report to meet Charity Commission expectations.

We also support Christian based organisations who help internationally with causes such as:

  • Serving persecuted Christians.
  • Releasing children from poverty.
  • Disaster relief.
  • International relief.

For more information, contact Yvonne Short (Chair of the missionary Committee) or Mark Herbert (Pastor with responsibility for mission)

Some of the organisations LCBC is linked with include:

LCBC works with Compassion to support a number of children throughout the world but specifically with a village in Ethiopia so that such children can grow into adulthood, healthy and educated.

  • Calarasi Church, Romania

Over the last few years LCBC has built a close relationship with a church in south-east Romania. Calarasi is a town with many challenges as a result of unemployment, alcohol abuse and domestic violence. LCBC supports a specific pastor and church body in their outreach to and practical support of the local community. LCBC has been sending a team to Calarasi at least once a year to provide on the ground support.

LCBC supports the work of Samaritan's Purse through their Operation Christmas Child,  providing shoeboxes packed with gifts to some of the neediest children in the world each Christmas. We have also supported their raising families work in Rwanda. In addition to this, a number of our members have forged close links with the work of Samaritan's Purse in Swaziland and Uganda, Africa.

LCBC historically has had close links with Wycliffe since their headquarters has been located close by for many years, although the associated training has now moved to Gloucester. Wycliffe aims to make the Bible available to every language group and LCBC supports several specific projects which are preparing translations of the Bible in local languages in countries such as Ghana, Nepal, India and Ethiopia.

Other Mission Links

As a church we actively encourage people of all ages to undertake short term service. This can be valuable preparation for everyday life for a young Christian, a way to gain a better understanding of what God is doing around the world, or the testing of a call to more specific Christian work. In recent years some of our young people have worked with deprived children in Eastern Europe and Africa, supported medical missions, and helped teach the children of missionaries.

There are always opportunities for volunteers to help with mission, even without leaving home. Have a look at the MissionAssist webpage for some ideas.

Global Connections is a growing network of UK agencies with a shared vision of 'mission at the heart of the church, the church at the heart of mission'.

Another excellent source of prayer information is Operation World. Originally produced in 1964, now available online where you can sign up for a daily email.

A useful UK information source for world mission, OSCAR is the place to go if you are a missionary looking for resources of any kind. Just follow the link. If you're in need of short-term accommodation on returning to the UK, have a look at the entry there for Shunem Trust.  LCBC is involved in the provision of accommodation within the locality of Long Crendon.

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