The church has a history of involvement and support in Global Missions and is the heart of who we are as a fellowship of God’s people here in Rushden. This passion is based on God’s global revelation of the Saving Grace of His Son Jesus, to all the world, and his call on all of us to “go” into all the world and “Be” His disciples.
There is a church mission trip in April 2017 to Tunisia where 7 church memebers will be heading out to Tunisia for 10 days to join Jiwon ( a church member who is now a permenant missionairy in the capital city).
The Church is a member of Global Connections (The UK’s network for missions bringing together Churches, agencies and teaching institutions) and Mark Lees serves as a Board member representing churches on this national body. Missions is the heart and not a wing of the church, and this is expressed in our commitment to pray and support missions in its widest sense and a commitment to tithe 15% of all giving to missions each year.
We also support a number of missions personnel serving around the world in conjunction with World Ministries the denominational sending body for the Assemblies of God. Those supported at present include Jonathan & Raynalene Winter now serving missions work from Northern Ireland, Edward Allen in Laos, and a couple serving in Central Asia, now relocated to Australia and working in sensitive literature and outreach work in closed countries.
The Persecuted Church
We recognise the needs of the church worldwide, especially in areas where the church is suffering persecution. As a church we actively support a number of agencies and groups working on behalf of the persecuted church worldwide such as Open Doors, Christian Solidarity Worldwide and Release International. In 2012 we sent an older lady on mission to Macedonia to work with Pastor Venco and his church. In 2013 engaged in an 8 week multi agency prayer visit to Turkey.
Central African Mission
As a church we have a historical relationship with the Central African Mission (CAM), through the person of David Womersley retired missionary and faithful Bible teacher here in the church. Read more about CAM and the pioneers of Pentecostalism into Africa in the book “Into Africa Into Africa”
The church through its mission link with North Pakistan through the Ministers Mark & Marie Lees also serves as a UK Conduit for the work of the Northern Areas Network and the Karakorum (KKH) Partnership, a network of missions bodies working together to serve the purposes of God in North Pakistan. In this last year we have sent funds to support the local church and its building program, the work of the Gilgit Coaching and Training Centre and support to needy people effected by the 2005 Earthquake and the recent troubles in Swat valley that left 2 million people displaced in the ongoing “war on terror”.
First Hand Experience
One of our church goals is to give people a practical opportunity to experience missions first hand. For the last couple of years we have actively taken people on mission to Romania, Mombassa in Kenya and Gilgit in North Pakistan. We continue to encourage people to be involved overseas.
“We as different organisations united under God: Commit to proclaim and demonstrate His love to all peoples of the Northern Areas, in order that healthy, reproducing and indigenous communities of believers are established.” Find out how you can get involved.