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 a Bible translation in the ‘heart’ language of every people group which still needs one.
St Mary’s supports Chris and Elaine Hurst who have been translating Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs in Mexico. Now based in Canada Chris still works closely with his three Nahuatl speaking co-translators through the internet and with regular visits to Mexico. The New Testament translation project has now been completed – the next stage is for the three co-workers to help the churches use the Nahuatl scriptures in their worship services and for outreach in the community.
OMF International is a mission agency working amongst the peoples of East Asia. OMF is committed to sharing the gospel, planting churches, teaching, training, running missional businesses, helping those in need and working in partnership with East Asia’s church.
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 Ugandaspring of hope logo was founded by Teresha Karahukayo with the vision to change attitudes in Ugandan society to enable disabled children to reach their full potential. 600 children and their families now benefit from the SOH clinics, assessments, nutrition programmes, sponsorships, training for the deaf, support for families and income generating projects.
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 then was called to theological studies. She studied at London Bible College (now London School of Theology) and was a member of St Mary’s Watford. Returning to Sri Lanka she has taught for 15 years at CTS which is an interdenominational, multilingual and multi-ethnic college, training people for Christian ministry in Sri Lanka. 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 within our local schools. Actios currently employs two part-time schools’ workers, Stacey Bands and Leanne Sheppard who regularly visit 13 primary schools.
They lead assemblies, take RE lessons, deliver the Bible Explorer course and provide ‘moving on Prayer Spaces’ for year 6 pupils. They also facilitate regular holiday clubs hosted by local churches.
Actios is associated with Scripture Union and Churches Together in St Neots.