We support a number of projects beyond the work we do here in Oakwood. In the UK, St Thomas's contributes more to the Church of England than it receives back, as well as supporting numerous charities, both local and national. For example, our Summer Fair each year recently has raised money for a specific charity, such as Christian Aid. But we also support individuals, both in regular prayer and financially.
The Mahalir Aran Trust is a Christian refuge community for disadvantaged women and children in Tamil Nadu, south India. It aims to meet the practical, spiritual and emotional needs of those resident in the centre, and people in extreme poverty in the surrounding villages. It is also building a church in the nearby village, and they rejoice to see people becoming Christians. St Thomas's is now supporting this project with prayer and giving.
Andrew Chard - Africa Inland Mission (AIM) - For many years Andrew and Rachel led AIM teams in Tanzania, but they are now back in the UK and Andrew is heading up the AIM's European activities.
Janet & Peter Dallman work with OMF International in Sapporo, Northern Japan, running the OMF Japan Language Centre (JLC) and caring for new missionaries practically and pastorally on their arrival in Sapporo. They run orientation courses as well as planning the students' language programme, as learning to live in a new country means more than just learning a new language; it means learning why people do what they do, and how they do it.
Chris & Lotta Strajnic were, until recently, placed with Crosslinks in Serbia encouraging and facilitating church growth and training. They have recently moved to Stockholm in Sweden, their home country, with the aim of planting a church there.
Robbie & Lizzie Bellis are Crosslinks associates in Belgium. Having finished his studies at the Belgian Bible Institute, Robbie works part-time for a French-speaking church in Brussels helping run the student work. He also teaches two modules at the Bible Institute.