Missions at BCC
There is a new era in our approach to missions. Instead of us merely ‘supporting missionaries and causes’ we are going to operate from an intentional calling and leading.
There are already some leadings that are guiding our approach to world missions.
- We want to reach cities.
- We want to go to places that have unbroken ground and where not much else is happening there.
- We want to partner with the indigenous peoples that are already there.
We have begun a journey of bringing both relief, and the planting of a church, to the unbroken ground of the island of Coron in the Philippines. This beautiful island was wrecked in the Haiyan hurricane disaster. We want to build a clinic, a worship centre and a pre-school facility for these people - they really are the last, the least and the lost. There is very little gospel influence on the island and therefore we can make a real difference in one of the unreached parts of the world.
We took small outreach team to Coron in November 2015 to scope out how to progress this work, and Pastor Mark trained some Filipino pastors on church leadership. In the coming years there will be many opportunities to have a meaningful missionary experience on this island.
Please contact our Elder, Jane Bradshaw, through the Info Point in the foyer if you are interested in being part of a missionary interest group, or if you are interested in being part of any of our missions teams.
If you would like to support our missions financially you can donate using our secure online payment:
BCC CHILD SPONSORSHIP PROGRAMME
Transformed Lives, Transforming Children's Lives
Every child is unique and deserves the chance to dream, to achieve incredible things and to look forward to a wonderful future. By becoming a sponsor you are helping break the cycle of poverty for your sponsored child and their community.
To become a sponsor in our Child Sponsorship Programme you would need to fill in a Standing Order Form and hand it in at the Info Point on a Sunday. We are asking you to give £15 monthly for at least a year.
As soon as you sign up to be a sponsor, we will send you a welcome pack with a photo of the child you are sponsoring and an overview of their situation so far. We will ask you to pray for a specific child, but to give your money to City Gates Academy, Philippines so that every child can benefit from your generosity. And that's just the start of the journey ... you will get school reports and news letters and even a handmade Christmas card from the children in Coron.
MISSIONS MEETING FOR CORON
This meeting is for anyone who is interested in going on mission to
Coron in the Philippines later this year.
Please note that places to Coron are limited and anyone interested in going
will be required to go through an interview process and have a DBS check.
Are you interested in going on a mission?
Please come along to our Missions Meetings:
30th April, 1.30pm - 2.30pm
21st May, 1.30pm - 2.30pm
11th June, 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Coron philippines, november 2016
Another BCC team visited Coron. By this time the preschool has approximately 50 children; 25 in the morning and another 25 in the afternoon. The team visited three primary schools and taught teeth care, nutrition and safety in the home. At two high schools the team taught basic life support, choking, contraception, drug awareness and self-esteem. The prayer of salvation was said by every student at both high schools. The team took the youth group, did a bible study at the local house group, preached at three different churches (where people became born again, spirit-filled, speaking in tongues and encouraged) did more kid’s clubs and two clinics at Digiboy and Dimanyang. The team had a wonderful opportunity one evening to share with the preschool teachers and pastor Saldine. Many words of knowledge and encouragement were given. A great success!
Coron Philippines, November 2015
In November a team from BCC went on a short term mission to Coron in the West of the Philippines.
This is their report:
On Coron is the village of Guadalupe, which is where our building that BCC help build is located. During the mission we went out to different schools and communities in the surrounding area with Let, the Filipino missionary based there.
The reason we went to this area is because of the devastating typhoon Haiyan 2 years ago. The community was severely affected with homes destroyed and peoples livelihoods wiped out. There was an international relief effort, but the aid never reached Coron, they were left out, and didn’t receive any help. With the help of City Gates, a church based in Manila, and Elim Missions we at BCC have been able to reach out to the people living there and start to help in the reconstruction of people’s homes, community and lives.
We are also seeking to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people in this community. The Philippines is a very religious country, and most people are Catholic mixed with traditional beliefs and superstition, and so they do have a basic knowledge of God. However we want to break this spirit of rules and rituals and bring people into relationship with Jesus; to let them know that they are loved, have purpose and that they can be set free from religion.
While we were there we presented to primary and secondary schools in the area. We shared the gospel with hundreds of children through dramas, games, the salvation story using colours, and singing. It was great interaction with the children and the teachers. We were also able to provide hot meals for the kids so that they were able to eat a nutritious meal either at lunch time or before they went home, bearing in mind that some children have to walk a very long way over difficult terrain just to get to school each day.
As well as the schools, we visited communities surrounding Coron, including a community living on a rubbish dump. We engaged with those living there, played games with the children, Jane was able to carry out medical checks, we were able to share our testimonies, and we ran a kids club. We again were able to provide a hot nutritious meal to each community we went to, feeding the children and their parents.
In the village of Guadalupe, because of your giving, we have been able to construct a building that will serve as a community centre, pre-school, health centre, and a church. It is in the heart of the community and will help provide the area with much needed facilities to reach out to the people. We held a family service and a community gathering in the building while we were there.
We have also been given a large piece of land in the community, and there is great potential in how we can use it to provide for the needs of the people living there.
Thank You to everyone who donated to our School Supplies appeal!
These supplies will go to the pre-school that will be based in our building in Coron.
CITYOUTH CALAIS MISSION TRIP 15TH - 17TH FEBRUARY
Just on our borders there is a refugee camp of the broken, hurting and displaced from the war torn Syria.
In partnership with Elim missions and a warehouse distribution centre eight of our young people went to the camp at Calais to distribute food parcels they had put together.
This was an opportunity for our youth to experience mission and provide help to those who are in such need.