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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 the local area.
Brenden Garlett has recently commenced as minister, with his wife Amy and their six children. He is focused on how ShACC can effectively bring the gospel of Jesus to the local community and indigenous people across the diocese, as well as pursuing further study and training.
Sponsored by Bush Church aid (BCA), Lill and Jack Harradine are taking up an evangelistic outreach role with the Aboriginal Berean Community Church (ABCC), which will see Jack preach the gospel and make disciples of Aboriginal people living in rural and remote areas of South Australia. This is modelled on the work of the Aboriginal Evangelical Fellowship in the 1980s and 1990s, when teams of Aboriginal people led by Aboriginal evangelists, would visit rural and remote communities to hold evangelistic outreach services.
Lill and Jack Harradine began serving with Bush Church Aid at the Living Desert Indigenous Church in Broken Hill, Western NSW. 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
– 10 schools in city and rural areas with over 900 students attending
– a boys’ orphanage
– Adult Literacy and Employment Skills education
– flood, storm and Winter blanket relief, medicines and basic necessities
Sponsored by Church Missionary Society (CMS), Ian & Narelle Hadfield have joined St George’s Tanglin in Singapore, after ministering for many years at St Andrew’s Kowloon and All Saints Jakarta. Ian is the Vicar of St George’s Church and the Dean of Laos. Narelle is involved in women’s and children’s ministries. The Diocese is a major centre for spreading the Word of Christ throughout the region: Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Nepal, Indonesia and Laos.
Sponsored by Church Missionary Society (CMS), Pedro & Joy Oliveira-Woolmer have a mix of Brazilian, Chinese and Australian cultural backgrounds. They are learning Spanish while they seek to deepen relationships with the people around them in Montevideo, Uruguay. They are passionate about cross-cultural student ministry amongst Christian university students in Montevideo, building them up in their faith and training them in evangelism. Uruguay is the least religious country in Latin America and the fiercely secular environment generates fear amongst many Christians.
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.