TCF is a church that takes the Great Commission of the Lord Jesus seriously. Matthew 28:18-20 says: ‘And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’
In seeking to obey this in respect of global mission we have a partnership in three locations thus far: Zambia, with Mwana Ministries and our own church mission workers located there Janey and Evans Mukomba. We also partner with Attila and Margitka Meleg in Bódvaszilas in Hungary and Pastor John at the Good Shepherd Church in Lingarajapuram, India.
We also like to dedicate the 5th Wednesdays in each year to hearing from mission organisations or mission workers in a global mission context. Some of our members are very active in praying for and supporting mission organisations such as OM, WEC and Echoes International.
There are many other members who also support local or national missions and organisations in order to respond to Jesus’ commission.
On Wednesday 30 January 2019 we hosted Sam Killins and his friend, Juan Davide from Colombia. Sam is a church planter in Colombia and works mainly in Bogota but also in other key strategic places such as Cucuta on the Venezuelan border. Sam told us about his ministry which has focussed recently on Venezuelan refugees. The approach he takes is very ‘foot loose’ so that he can be as flexible as possible. The church he is planting in Cucuta doesn’t have any permanent meeting place but rather it meets wherever the members can – sometimes in a park or a Hotel lobby or a restaurant. He identifies with the refugees by playing music on the streets and tries to help them earn money by direct selling and other initiatives. The plight of the people from Venezuela is heart-breaking as they watch their country plummeting into economic chaos. In all of this he keeps the main focus on making disciples of the Lord Jesus and he has seen blessing in this core mission.
On Sunday 3 March 2019 we hosted Alana Carson. Alanna is an optometrist originally from Ballymoney in Co Antrim, now living in Fife. She had been working with the New Foundations Christian medical charity in Nigeria when she was taken with three other UK colleagues in October 2017. Her colleague Ian Squire was killed during their capture, with the others let go after the Nigerian authorities negotiated for their release. Alana told of her desire to serve God by using her training and skills in an overseas context on a short-term mission. Her experience was a reminder of the dangers of serving God in many areas of our world but also of the incredible experiences that many mission workers have of the delivering power of God in dangerous situations. Alana was a testimony to the love of God and His care for His people in difficult situations.
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