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The congregations of St Jude’s are actively involved with link missionary partners ministering locally, in our State, our region and further afield. With a focus on the indigenous, cross-cultural, rural and developing world, we build relationships through financial support, prayer, visitation and communication. Our particular aim is to provide theological training for local leaders and strengthen student ministry in bringing people to Christ.
The Aboriginal Christian community in the Shoalhaven has a long history reaching back over 100 years. One of those early settlements at Worrigee erected a humble church building, little more than a timber shack, and that history is remembered today. This is vital ongoing outreach into our local area.
A congregation of All Saints Anglican Nowra, ShACC is a church run with, and for, the local Indigenous community. Phil Miles, a former CMS missionary in Japan who grew up as part of Indigenous ministry at La Perouse, is the pastoral worker. While many people are aware of the very different cultural and historical contexts of Aboriginal and white people in rural areas, they think these differences don’t exist in a suburban context. “Reaching Indigenous people is difficult because of the history and the context, and Aboriginal people are much more aware of that than white Australians. The concept of having a church that is theirs and is for them means something profoundly different to Aboriginal people than it does to white fellas”.
The South West regions of Sydney are severely under-resourced when it comes to churches, bible teachers and evangelists. The growth in migrant and refugee populations is not being met by churches. John & Jan Bales have been working at Good Shepherd Anglican Greenacre & Lakemba, to bring the message of the Gospel to the cross–cultural base, where 42% of the population is Muslim. After spending many years in Pakistan, and as CMS NSW General Secretary, they understand the religious and social differences, being well-equipped for pastoral ministry and training others in evangelism.
There are a variety of resources used to help people minister to Muslims including
– Friendship First, a six-week DVD course by Interserve for churches and individuals building relationships
– MentAC, a two year apprenticeship mentoring program
Broken Hill is an isolated town in western New South Wales with a population of around 18,500 people, and is Australia’s oldest mining town. Approximately five per cent of the population are Indigenous, a figure that continues to grow. However the population in Broken Hill is in decline, largely due to retrenchment and people moving away, but at the same time it is a growing tourism destination as a gateway to the Central Australian desert. The Living Desert Indigenous Church in Broken Hill is the only local church that specifically caters to the Indigenous population.
Jack and Lill Harradine began serving with Bush Church Aid at the Living Desert Indigenous Church in 2017. They became Christians 35 years ago having served with Church Army and as travelling evangelists. Before moving to Broken Hill, they served in Murrin Bridge Central West NSW. Their calling and passion is ministering amongst, but not exclusively to, Indigenous people.
South Asia is one of the world’s poorest regions, with regular floods and cyclones. Many millions are either Muslim or Hindu. Christians are a minority, living under constant threat of persecution.
The Caleb Foundation is a not-for-profit registered charity run by volunteers who resource and empower nationals to develop their local communities, as well as help the establishment and growth of Christian churches. Currently the foundation is responsible for
– pastor training and women’s conferences
– 8 schools in city and rural areas with over 900 students attending
– a boys’ orphanage with self-sufficient rice padi fields
– flood and storm relief during cold Winters, medicines and basic necessities
Sponsored by Church Missionary Society NSW & ACT (CMS), Ian & Narelle Hadfield joined the staff at St Andrew’s Kowloon in November 2016, after leading the ministry at All Saints Jakarta for nine years. Ian is an associate minister at St Andrew’s Church, where he coordinates discipleship events, prayer and marriage ministries. Narelle leads Bible study groups, teaches the Bible at a local primary school and helps with Sunday school. “There is a great need for Bible based ministry in churches throughout Hong Kong. We’re excited to help people grow in their bible knowledge and support them in allowing the word of God to shape their lives”.
Uruguay has a history of Roman Catholicism, but this heritage is being rejected in favour of secularism. With over 100,000 university students across various campuses, there is a great need for full time Christian staff workers and resources. Students at this age and stage are full of energy and enthusiasm, eager to find out who they are and assert their independence, but also asking questions about life and faith. They are deciding which direction to take and which values to adopt, often resulting in the pursuit of ‘the good life’ without God.
Currently missionaries ‘in training’ at Church Missionary Society (CMS) St Andrew’s Hall, Pedro & Joy Oliveira-Woolmer have a mix of Brazilian, Chinese and Australian cultural backgrounds. Having worked as ministry apprentices at the Conservatorium of Music Sydney campus, they are passionate about cross-cultural student ministry.
In January 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, with its epicentre 15 miles west of the capital, Port-au-Prince. Estimates are that more than 300,000 people were killed and 1.5 million were left homeless. The Retired Men’s Group at St Jude’s are sponsoring a young man in Haiti, making a real difference in his life, enabling him to improve his education. The young man and the men’s group regularly correspond. “More powerful than poverty is the hope of Jesus, the care of a local church and the encouragement of loving sponsors”.
Anglicare, Archbishop of Sydney’s Appeal, Barbara May Foundation, Bowral Family Carols, KAIROS Prison Ministry Goulburn, Mothers’ Union in Myanmar, Southern Highlands Christian Education Association Inc.