Stories from parish links

From the Isles of Scilly to the Philippines

Sometimes, out of the blue, you can find yourself volunteering for a task way, way out of your comfort zone; you only know that for some reason you are being led in a certain direction. This happened to me at the Harvest supper in 2018. We had gathered together with our Methodist friends at their hall and after a sumptuous meal, the Chaplain, Canon Perran Gay, gave a talk about the work of Christian Aid and a new initiative Island to Island. Living on a small island, I knew all about the trials and tribulations of weather dependant supplies and travel as well as the joy of simpler life and beauty all around. The idea of helping another group of islands thousands of miles away caught my imagination and before long, I found myself volunteering to join the group going to visit and see for ourselves how Christian Aid was enhancing life for those living on remote islands in the Philippines!

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From St Illogan parish to Mvumi, Tanzania

Reading our Bibles can have unexpected consequences! One Wednesday in May 2007, the home group my late wife Jan and I were members of, was studying Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi. We read these words:

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength (Philippians 4 v 11b – 13).

As we discussed, we quickly concluded that, although we live in plenty, our society does not permit us to be content with that, demanding that we seek bigger, better and newer stuff, with all the latest gadgets! As for being content in need, how is that even possible? At that point in our lives, recently retired from working in education in the UK, Jan and I had just agreed to spend three months in a church boarding school in Tanzania, to run in-service training for its teachers. And so, after a time of prayer, Jan and I were commissioned by the home group to establish a link with a church in Mvumi, with the aim of discovering more about being content while in need.

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From Bradoc in Cornwall to Braddock, USA

Creating a strong, warm, and mutually encouraging international relationship between the Church of the Transfiguration, Braddock Heights, Maryland, and St Mary’s, Bradoc, Cornwall.

In November of last year, the congregation at Bradoc Church in the Diocese of Truro, became aware of Bishop Philip’s vision which includes five principles. One of these is the desire for warm, mutually encouraging international relationships. At their PCC meeting in January, they agreed to adopt the principles as part of their existing successful mission statement to grow the church and discover God’s Kingdom.

Although the Bradoc team are addressing the other four principles, they had no meaningful international relationships, so had to start from scratch. Robert Pearce, Churchwarden at Bradoc, said: “We adopted the thought that with the mass emigration from Cornwall in the 18th and 19th centuries, someone may have taken the name Braddock to the new world and that there may be a town or episcopal church of that name somewhere.

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From St Lukes, Boscoppa to Kilimatinde, Tanzania

It was in 2016 that Emma Antoniou found herself being called to go on a joint mission trip with people from other churches across St Austell to St John’s School in Kilamatinde, Tanzania.

Emma says: “My huge question was ‘What about my husband and children?’ I have never so clearly heard God say ‘Take them with you’.

“Mike, Mark and Karen who also felt called to go on mission very graciously (if not with a slightly horrified look on their face!) supported this decision and off we set on a very long journey involving three planes and a 12 hour bus ride to Central Tanzania – four Christians, a three, five and seven-year-old and a slightly reluctant non-Christian husband!

Before, during and since our trip to Tanzania we have seen God at work in so many ways.

Karen is a nurse and was really keen to visit the hospital in Kilamatinde. Grace who at the time was a missionary in Tanzania, organised for them both to visit. It was obviously very different to what she is used to!”

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