At CBC we are privileged to have links with, and actively support in prayer and financially several individuals and organisations who are serving God in various contexts overseas. This follows from our Lord Jesus’ commission in Mark 16 v15 to “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation”.
The Coe Family – Thailand
The Coes have been partnering with Cirencester Baptist Church serving in Thailand for the past ten years. They were married at CBC and then taught, encouraged and sent by CBC as supported missionaries in 2005. Their ministry is threefold.
Firstly Matt is currently Deputy Superintendent at Grace International School which is a school supporting over 350 missionaries and charity workers in Thailand and beyond. ‘We could not stay here without someone teaching our kids,’ is a phrase often heard and it is a privilege to be able to support godly men and women who save trafficked children, work with the poor, enslaved and marginalised, translate the bible, set up ethical businesses to support communities, plant churches and serve in many other capacities in many countries in Asia. Matt now leads approximately 120 staff and is responsible for meeting the vision and mission of the school. He works closely with colleagues from 24 nations in one of the most important strategic cities in the world for mission.
Secondly Bronwen serves in the Girls Juvenile Detention Centre and with her team has set up an education programme and links girls with probation placements. There is now a thriving Bible study and many girls have given their lives to Christ and have been baptised. Currently in prison there are pregnant girls, young mothers, girls who have murdered, girls who have been trafficked, girls who have sold drugs and many other sad situations. We aim to consistently love these girls with God’s unconditional love and support them inside the prison and when they are released.
Thirdly Matt has set up a leadership programme and trains 17-18 year old Grace Students to serve through sports and outreach programmes. We have established wonderful relationships with Thoo Mee Khee refugee school on the Thai Burmese border and also with a persecuted Thai Karen pastor and his wife and their many ‘adopted’ children in the hill tribes of Thailand. Over the years CBC have supported and raised money for buildings to house these vulnerable young people and provided knitted items for babies and money for practical resources for cooking, education and clothing.
None of the above would have been possible without the financial support of CBC but most importantly without the prayer, encouragement and kindness of the church community towards our family. We are grateful to God for the partnership with CBC here in Northern Thailand.
Mission trips to Tolica – Moldova
Moldova is not only the least visited country in Europe it is also the poorest country in our continent and both the physical and spiritual needs are vast.
Bob Morris and Colin Sayles have been at the forefront of leading these mission trips. Bob usually leads the summer trip which involves running a Children’s Holiday Club in the village and Colin has led the autumn visit around Harvest time which is a more general mission run alongside the pastor Stefan and his wife Helena.
Bob has been visiting Moldova ever since 1998 and CBC have been involved since 2005. Everytime we go we end up receiving so much more than we ever thought possible! The hospitality is fantastic and each time we arrive in the village the church and other villagers cannot believe that we have come back.
Strong bonds have developed and our heart is continue to support our brothers and sisters in Moldova and to encourage and help them in their discipleship and outreach as a church
BMS (Baptist World Mission) – Bangladesh
Since 2014 our BMS links have been to their work in Bangladesh. BMS has had links to the area since its very early days. It was in 1793 that William Carey went to India as a BMS missionary. The area where he and his family first settled is now part of Bangladesh. The Bangladeshi Baptist Churches are very proud of this history.
Interserve – South East Asia
We support, through Interserve, a couple working in an University in South East Asia.
Several CBC Members are involved in both long-term and short-term projects serving communities abroad:
Emily Brittain helps to run ‘Hope for Lungi’, a small charitable organisation working in and around Lungi, Sierra Leone, West Africa.
Hope For Lungi was initially founded with the aim of completing the building of the Hope Assembly Church Pre & Primary School in Tulun, Lungi. We now support this school, church and community with sponsorships for education, training, and also with provision for basic needs such as food and clothing. Hope for Lungi’s purpose is a practical outworking of faith and love in this community and we aim to enable them to help others in need.
To find out more, have a look at their facebook page: Hope for Lungi on Facebook
The Bala Children’s Centre is a small grass roots charity, based in Cirencester, that raises money for the Bala Children’s Centre in South West Kenya.
A number from CBC are regular sponsors and have visited the centre, and both Maura & Dorian Ferdinando are trustees of the charity and have visited the centre 10 times.
Find out more here: Bala Children’s Centre.
Tansen Mission Hospital – Nepal
John and Melody Sleggs from CBC make regular trips to the Tansen Mission Hospital in Nepal. It’s a 160 bed hospital 9 hours by bus west of Kathmandu.
John and Melody worked for the hospital from 1977 – 1980 and now return annually there. John helps to train the Nepali doctors and both of them are involved in church related activities in the area.
Medical Mission – Kenya
Phil and Judith Reynolds recently travelled to Kenya with a multinational team of Medics and Evangelists with E.M.M.A. to do a series of Medical Clinics in 3 remote locations in southern Kenya at the invitation of the local Maasai Church. Before they left they were interviewed by our pastor, Matt Frost: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Mission Overseas Support Team at CBC
Over the last few years several Gap Year and other students have spent varying amount of times serving in countries and areas as diverse as Bolivia, Brazil, China, Guatemala, India (Calcutta), Mozambique, Peru, Siberia, South Africa, and Thailand.
The MOST (Mission Overseas Support Team) from CBC is available to offer confidential advice, support and prayer to anyone who is considering the possibility of working overseas in a Christian context. We have a small budget, and are particularly keen to use this to enable young people to take opportunities such as those mentioned above.
MOST meets every few months, usually over a meal, to pray for those we support overseas, and those they serve. If you would like to join us you are always most welcome.
For more information please contact the church office, who will put you in contact with the team.