St Mary’s aims to be an outward looking church with practical, financial and prayerful interest in God’s work worldwide. As part of our response to Christ’s commands to make disciples of all nations we support a number of organisations with a special focus on five.
Wycliffe Bible Translators
Wycliffe’s vision is to produce Bible translations so that everyone has ‘the chance to engage with the message of Jesus — in the language that speaks to them best’.
St Mary’s supports Chris and Elaine Hurst who have been translating Nahuatl the language of the Aztecs in Mexico.
Although they are now based in Canada Chris still works closely with his three Nahuatl speaking co-translators Esteban, Placido and Hilario communicating through the internet and with visits to Mexico, administering and encouraging the team.
The New Testament translation has been completed and Esteban, Placido and Hilario are helping the churches use the Nahuatl scriptures in their worship services and for outreach in the community.
The team has also begun work on translating Psalms into Nahuatl.
OMF International is a mission agency working amongst all the peoples of East Asia. OMF is committed to sharing the gospel, planting churches, teaching and training, running mission business and helping those in need by working in partnership with the church in East Asia.
OMF members Allen and Litsa McClymont served in Malaysia where Allen taught at a theological Seminary.
Currently they are based in the UK as the OMF Representatives in Greater London and Southeast England. Their role is to encourage churches to be involved in World Mission and to recruit and mentor new candidates.
Allen and Litsa have three daughters Jessie, Georgia and Jamie.
Spring of Hope
Spring of Hope in Uganda was founded by Teresha Karahukayo to empower children with disabilities and their families.
She had the vision of changing attitudes to children with disabilities in Uganda and enabling these children to reach their full potential.
Five hundred children and their families currently benefit from the SOH Clinics, assessments, nutrition programmes, sponsorships, training for the deaf, support for families and income generating projects.
The most recent project is the building of the new Spring of Hope School.
Teresha is married to Israel and they have three daughters.
Dr Mano Emmanuel – Colombo Theological Seminary – Sri Lanka
Mano Emmanuel is the Academic Dean of Colombo Theological Seminary (CTS) in Sri Lanka.
Mano initially came to the UK to train as an Accountant but was then called to theological studies. She studied at London Bible College (now London School of Theology) and was a member of St Mary’s Church in Watford.
Returning to Sri Lanka she has taught for over 15 years at CTS which is an interdenominational, multilingual and multi-ethnic college in Sri Lanka training people for Christian ministry
Mano has recently been awarded her Doctorate.
Actios: Assisting Christian Teaching In Our Schools
The vision of Actios is to facilitate and resource Christian education in our local schools.
Actios is associated with Scripture Union and Churches Together in St Neots.
Actios currently employs two part time Schools’ workers, Leanne Sheppard and Elaine Thomas who regularly visit a number of local primary schools.
They lead assemblies, take part in RE lessons, run after school Bible clubs, set up ‘Moving On Prayer Spaces’ for year 6 pupils and answer questions from enquiring pupils.
Actios celebrated 15 years of ministry in 2018.