Mission Projects




Each year we raise money for a need which arises from mission overseas; this, as the name suggests, usually takes place in Lent. The funds are for a specific need, not for the support of individuals. Many, but not all, have been linked with one of our mission partners, and have included buildings, equipment and vehicles. In recent years we have had several projects in support of refugees in the Middle East and one for the building of new homes for a community in Bangladesh of Christians made homeless as a result of persecution. 

In 2020 the church leadership decided that there should not be a project but this year 2021 we have been allowed to resume our annual projects.

This years project is to support persecuted Christians with a focus on North Korea.

Imagine being alone in your faith, hiding your Bible in fear of discovery, not knowing if and where other believers might be. What would it be like to keep your faith secret, even from your own loved ones? What if someone finds out that you are a Christian?

As part of our Lent Project this year, we would like to highlight Open Doors and their work serving our persecuted family around the world. Through underground networks, Open Doors provides safe houses and spiritual support to North Korean Christians fleeing to China. Many Christians are choosing to return to North Korea, risking their lives to witness in secret to others.

Since 2002, North Korea has been Number One of the Open Doors World Watch List for persecuting Christians. Life is harsh, food is expensive, people are starving. Due to COVID-19 the price of rice has quadrupled and costs multiple months’ salary, many people are already malnourished and are unable to afford medication.

Becoming and remaining a Christian does not come without its risks. The consequences of discovery are harsh and can include the arrest, torture, and imprisonment in a labour camp of you and your family. However, in most cases this means a death sentence

 

You can help Open Doors support persecuted Christians in North Korea and elsewhere in the world by:

  • First and foremost, through PRAYER

  • Gifting financially. Money raised is put towards Open Doors Top 10 Fund:

    • £7.00 provides a Bible for one believer from a country in the World Watch List Top 10.

    • £35.00 provides biblical training to a believer where they suffer extreme persecution.

    • £74.00 provides food, medicine and shelter for a North Korean believer fleeing extreme persecution.

At the foot of this page you can watch two video which give further details of why this work is so vital to our persecuted Christian brothers and sisters in North Korea.

 

How can I give to the 2021 Lent Project ?

If you are a UK taxpayer St Giles Church is able to reclaim a further 25% of the value of your gift. If you are able to Gift Aid your donation please ensure that you complete the necessary declarations. If you have not previously completed a Gift Aid form you can download it here  and send it to the parish office.

During this time of lockdown there are three ways you can contribute financially to this years project.

1 ) Cheques and cash

Gifts can be posted to the church office.  Please mark your envelope or enclosed note to clearly show the gift is intended for the 2021 Lent Project.

Cheques should be made payable to ‘St Giles PCC - 2021 Lent project’.

2) Giving online

You can also make a donation through ChurchSuite choosing the option Lent Fund 2021 via the first drop-down menu:

Please follow this link:

3) Text Giving

Decide how much you would like to give. Send the following message to 07380 307 800.   An example of £50 has been used:

                        STGILES give £50

You will receive an SMS auto-response with a link to the ChurchSuite donation page.  Please follow the instructions given.  

Need more information?
If you’re not sure about how to give or want more information about what happens to your gifts then please email:   or ask to speak to our financial administrator Serena.

Interview with secret Open Doors Fieldworker

Prisoner 42: Life in a North Korean Labour Camp

 

 


OUR PROJECT FROM TWO YEARS AGO (2019)


Our aim in 2019 was to help provide a heating system at the House of Hope.

We raised a total of £11,228.55

The House of Hope is Vera’s former family home built by her father in a village. He was a Baptist pastor in Soviet times when Christians could face imprisonment, fines and even loss of their children for their faith. Despite this he led a secret church here.

In 2004 Vera bought the house back and began to restore it aiming to turn it into a base for Christian residential training, retreats and above all camps for young people. The house also reaches out to local villages living bleak lives of poverty, alcoholism and hopelessness. The House of Hope is well named!

Over the years  lot of work has been carried out on the buildings and grounds by Vera and various volunteer groups. Our own young adults laid paths and paved areas in 2010 and another church member was part of a group who built a garage and improved the woodshed a few years ago. Both main houses now have running water and electricity but lack proper heating. The one wood burning stove in the main house cannot provide enough heat during the long cold winters when deep snow lays on the ground for months.

At the moment the Christian camps, providing fellowship, Bible study, games and craft activities, only take place during the short summer as temperatures can fall to minus 40°C during the long severe winter.

Heating the house by installing a proper heating system could now be possible as gas has been brought to the edge of the village. The vision is to connect it to the house and install a heating system which would benefit the buildings and make them useable for more of the year.

Gas fired heating will keep the property in better condition and increase the scope for Christian outreach.The house can bring God's love to local people.

For a list of previous Lent Projects from 1979 to 2019 and the amounts raised please click here:


First published on: 14th February 2018