Our church has always had a keen interest in overseas mission and we have a Missionary Committee to focus our praying and giving.
The role of the Missionary Committee is four-fold:
1. Engaging the whole church in global mission
2. Equipping our church members and others who share our values to fulfil God’s calling to serve in cross-cultural mission
3. Enabling our missionaries to fulfil their calling to make disciples of all nations
4. Encouraging our missionaries in their life of service
We aim to follow two key principles:
Who we support
We support missionaries who are:
We also support Christian based organisations who help internationally with causes such as:
For more information, contact Mark Andrews (Chair of the missionary Committee).
Some of the organisations LCBC is linked with include:
LCBC works with Compassion to support a number of children throughout the world but specifically with a village in Ethiopia so that such children can grow into adulthood, healthy and educated.
Over the last few years LCBC has built a close relationship with a church in south-east Romania. Calarasi is a town with many challenges as a result of unemployment, alcohol abuse and domestic violence. LCBC supports a specific pastor and church body in their outreach to and practical support of the local community. LCBC has been sending a team to Calarasi at least once a year to provide on the ground support.
LCBC supports the work of Samaritan's Purse through their Operation Christmas Child, providing shoeboxes packed with gifts to some of the neediest children in the world each Christmas. We have also supported their raising families work in Rwanda. In addition to this, a number of our members have forged close links with the work of Samaritan's Purse in Swaziland and Uganda, Africa.
LCBC historically has had close links with Wycliffe since their headquarters has been located close by for many years, although the associated training has now moved to Gloucester. Wycliffe aims to make the Bible available to every language group and LCBC supports several specific projects which are preparing translations of the Bible in local languages in countries such as Ghana, Nepal, India and Ethiopia.
As a church we actively encourage people of all ages to undertake short term service. This can be valuable preparation for everyday life for a young Christian, a way to gain a better understanding of what God is doing around the world, or the testing of a call to more specific Christian work. In recent years some of our young people have worked with deprived children in Eastern Europe and Africa, supported medical missions, and helped teach the children of missionaries.
There are always opportunities for volunteers to help with mission, even without leaving home. Have a look at the MissionAssist webpage for some ideas.
Global Connections is a growing network of UK agencies with a shared vision of 'mission at the heart of the church, the church at the heart of mission'.
Another excellent source of prayer information is Operation World.
A useful UK information source for world mission, OSCAR is the place to go if you are a missionary looking for resources of any kind.
If you're in need of short-term accommodation on returning to the UK, have a look at the entry there for Shunem Trust. LCBC is involved in the provision of accommodation within the locality of Long Crendon.