Our Mission Partners
Paul Mahmood & Theophany School
Paul is married to the lovely Hawanatu. They live out in The Gambia, where they have recently set up a Christian primary school - Theophany School. Paul has a big smile when talking about Manchester United, but an even bigger smile when talking about Jesus, which he does with Gambians on a daily basis. When Paul is not helping Hawanatu run the school he works as an evangelist for GamFES - The Gambia Fellowship of Evangelical Students. He's well placed in The Gambia, where the population is 90% Muslim, since he was once upon a time a Muslim well trained in the Qur'an, and is therefore able to dialogue in a sensitive and knowledgable way.
The funny thing about this photo is that Paul is terrified of dogs! Please click here for Paul's latest prayer letter.
The Manlowes in Belgium
Alex and Sara live in Brussels with their two children (Natalina - 4, Cohen - 1) where they work for the IFES affiliated movement, GBU Belgium, by sharing God's word with French-speaking students. Having met on a youth camp in France, they married, and returned to Belgium to help re-pioneer the ministry of GBU Belgium where Alex is the director and Sara is the sole other member of staff. Find their prayer letters here.
Ford Prison Fellowship
In Matthew 25, Christ calls us to visit those in prison. Prison Fellowship (PF) UK was founded in 1979 by Sylvia Mary Alison and is now involved with almost all of the 120 prisons across England and Wales. PF’s mission is to show Jesus’s love to prisoners by coming alongside them and supporting them. Through the prayer and practical care of over 2,500 volunteers as well as paid staff, they seek to help, support and develop a Christian ministry to prisoners and their families. Ele, the vicar's wife, is particularly involved at Ford prison, co-leading the Alpha Bible Study group there weekly and attending monthly chapel services, as well as writing letters to prisoners elsewhere in the country through the Letter Link scheme. If you are interested in joining her and volunteering yourself, do please get in touch! Updated prayer letters can be found here.
Christians Against Poverty
CAP exists to restore hope to those who are lost and hurting through the effects of poverty. It always does this through partnership with local churches, and offers many different avenues of help from supporting those looking for jobs, advice on managing debt, many courses on healthy approaches to money and the like. We hope, as a local church, that by supporting CAP, we can reach outside our comfortable borders to the more deprived areas surrounding us. Find out more here.
The Church Pastoral Aid Society
CPAS acts as one of our patrons. They run camps for children up and downs the country. They provide training for church leaders, PCC's and lay folk. And they do a million other missional activities. To put it simply their mission is to enable churches to help every person hear and discover the good news of Jesus.
The Zambia Society Trust
ZST, established in 1968, is run from the UK entirely by volunteers, all with a connection to Zambia. The charity is devoted to the relief of poverty, the promotion of good health and the provision of education. We do this by financially supporting specific Zambian-based projects that work at the grass roots level and with whom we keep in close contact. Typically we provide funding for orphans and vulnerable children, education grants for students and medical text books for licentiate doctors, amongst other support. Please click here for the latest news.
As a church we also support The Guildford Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship, which Rev Greg chairs. The GDEF seeks to keep Jesus the focus of the Church's mission, be a network and resource for those who seek to be built up and established in their evangelical convictions, and encourage genuine fellowship within our diocese. More information can be found on the GDEF website here.