For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building. — 1 Cor. 3:9
We count every person who is part of our community at Gordon Baptist Church as a local mission partner seeking to live lives that announce God's reign to those we do life with.
We'd love to walk with you as you learn to join God in his work in the world with your unique set of gifts and callings.
Some ways to partner with others here include:
Serving one another as we gather together with the various gifts God has given each of us.
A number from our community have moved overseas, whom we continue to support financially and through friendship in the work they are doing. These partners include:
Siu Mai longs to see people in every city, village and language group worshiping God and having life transformed by Christ. She works especially with the biggest minority people group in East Asia who live without Scripture in any of their dialects, and who have very few strong local believers. Only around 0.2% of their 18 million people are Christians and a vast number of them live in remote villages with no one to tell them about Jesus. Siu Mai befriends people, cares for them and shares her faith, teaches music and runs workshops regularly. By connecting local believers from different nearby counties, she creates an environment where they can inspire and encourage one another to share and write songs of worship they can sing in their heart language and teach to others in the villages.
Trent and Ivory have a heart for minority groups. In the past Trent has been involved in music training, recording, and business, on top of studying some of the local minority languages. He has been part of leading holiday camps and also spends time training different groups both foreign and local in orality and storying. More recently he has developed internships to train up locals and foreigners in teaching the book through classes and simple songs, predominately to local monks. Ivory builds new relationships from home as part of family life and also home-schools their children. They are active in a fellowship, which is multiplying.
Dave and Kristin are working in one of the poorest areas in the world, despite its abundant natural resources. The population is largely rural and often short of food. Malaria, dengue, water-borne diseases, and HIV/AIDS are significant problems. Literacy levels are low and children are vulnerable to exploitation. There are conflicts in the region and large numbers of internally displaced people. It also has a restricted Christian church (6% of the population) mainly among ethnic minority groups. Dave specialises in agriculture, development and environmental management, working with aid and development agencies and businesses as a technical advisor and mentor to equip local people to address people’s physical and spiritual needs. Kristin is a paediatrician, involved in teaching other health professionals and treating children in orphanages. Both are also very active in the ministry of their local church.
In spite of its rich Christian heritage, in a population of 60 million there are less than 400,000 evangelical Christians in France (0.7% of the population). Paul works full-time as a pastor in a local church. Joyce is also involved in church-based ministry. Paul, Joyce and Joshua are just about to relocate to a new area and take up these roles with new communities of people.