In 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 16:15 to “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation”.
The Coe Family – Germany
Matt and Bronwen Coe are missionaries sent out by CBC. They have three sons Dylan, Callum and Stanley and serve under TeachBeyond.
After joining the church as an engaged couple in 1995, Matt and Bronwen were married at CBC Coxwell Street and later their three boys were each dedicated at the church. Matt and Bronwen were actively involved in small groups and were part of starting Friday Under Fives and the Curry Club. In 2004 CBC undertook a season of studying God’s purpose for our lives. During this time the Coes felt they needed to surrender their careers and lives fully to the Lord and be open to His leading. This led to them being commissioned and sent by CBC to work in Chiangmai Thailand in 2005.
Matt and Bronwen Coe spent over a decade teaching at a school for missionary children called Grace International School and started and established holistic ministries in a juvenile prison, refugee camp and hill tribe communities. It was thrilling to see how a church in Cirencester could partner with so many ministries in northern Thailand as lives were changed and God was glorified.
In 2016, due to family circumstances, the Coes felt led to move to Germany to serve again at a school for missionary children called Black Forest Academy. Here Matt is one of the school’s directors and Bronwen is the Child Protection Officer. The students are mainly high schoolers whose parents serve in the Middle East, Europe and Northern Africa. Matt is currently establishing The Leadership Centre at BFA to help leadership development within the mission world and Bronwen is also a trainer for the Child Safety & Protection Network responding to abuse in international mission situations.
“Thank you CBC for your partnership through prayer, friendship and finances these past years. Thank you for sending us out and caring for us.” M&B Coe
Mission trips to Transylvania, Romania
After 12 years of visiting 2 small Baptist Churches in Republic of Moldova we are now supporting Pastor Daniel Antonesei in his mission of pastoring 4 small Baptist Churches in the region of Transylvania in Romania.
After an exploratory visit in November 2017 by Bob Morris, Matthew Pilgrim and Felicity Ollson our church agreed to support Daniel by regularly visiting, encouraging and supporting the churches that Daniel pastors and so in 2018 we shall be visiting 3 times in July, August and October to get this off to a flying start!
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 a university in South East Asia.
Several CBC Members are involved in both long-term and short-term projects serving communities abroad:
Emily Darby runs ‘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. It now continues to support the Hope Assembly Church and surrounding community, primarily by running a monthly Food Outreach Program, as well as provision for other basic needs such as clothing, school supplies and medical care. 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 grassroots charity, based in Cirencester, that raises money for the Bala Children’s Centre in South West Kenya.
A number of people 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 used to make annual trips to Tansen Mission Hospital in Nepal where John helped with the training of Nepali doctors. This is a 160 bed hospital nine hours by bus west of Kathmandu. They worked there 1977-1980. Although currently not able to continue with visits, they maintain an active interest in this hospital.
They are also involved with one of the three Nepali churches in Swindon.
Medical Mission – Kenya
Phil and Judith Reynolds spent two weeks in southern Kenya in 2016 with a multinational team of Medics and Evangelists with E.M.M.A. where they did 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 a varying amount of time 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.