Specialising in rebuilding people’s lives through healthcare, education, worship, community-building, and offering the hope of Jesus.
At St Mark’s we believe a measure of renewal is seen in how we reach out to others. We are privileged to be able to support our brothers and sisters financially, and to have very personal links with several projects abroad.
Our current overseas mission partners
- Latin Link: Paul and Ruth Turner
Paul and Ruth are working in Peru, co-ordinating short term programmes especially for young people with disabilities.
We also are hosting a Latin Link partner in 2015. Flor Colmenares-Lopez is involved in numerous projects at St Mark’s and out in the community such as Craft Aid International.
Advocate: Helen Howell
- Craft Aid International
Susie Hart was a CMS partner who set up Neema Crafts in Tanzania. She is now back in Harrogate and is a CMS associate and has set up Craft Aid International to:
1- provide free craft workshops for people with disabilities and/or learning differences in Harrogate and Leeds
2- to train skilled volunteers to work with faith-based organisations in the developing world, to set up employment-generating craft workshops for people with disabilities, who would otherwise be living in extreme poverty. Currently Susie is setting up a social enterprise for differently-able people in Arequipa in Peru to enable them to make high quality bead-work and jewellery, to give them an opportunity to provide an income for themsleves.
Advocate: Susie Hart
- Mission Without Borders
An international Christian organisation serving the spiritual, educational, emotional and material needs of those suffering poverty or oppression in Eastern Europe. MWB serve people without regard to their religion or ethnic background.
Advocate: Chris Davies
- Open Doors
Serving persecuted Christians and churches worldwide by supplying Bibles, leadership training, literacy programmes, livelihood support and advocacy services. They also seek to mobilise the church in the UK & Ireland to serve Christians living under religious persecution.
Advocate: Sue Kidd
We also have a team of collectors for Christian Aid Week
Christian Aid has a vision to end poverty around the world – tackling its root causes as well as its effects. We support them via Christian Aid week.
Advocate: Lynn Kennell
Disaster relief donations in 2014
Generally we give gifts to emergency relief through Tearfund or Christian Aid.
In 2014 we also responded to:
- Following the response to the appeal by the Bishop of Jerusalem in August 2014, we sent a donation to the Jerusalem and Middle East Churches association for their support of the Al Ahli Arab hospital in Gaza.
- The PCC also responded to the crisis in Iraq with a donation from mission funds to Canon Andrew White’s Fund for Relief and Reconciliation based at St George’s, Baghdad.
- Open Doors for persecuted Christians in the Middle East (Harvest collection)
- The Tearfund Ebola appeal
Other donations to Global Missions in 2014
- The Thursday Communion group made a donation to plant 5 olive trees in Palestine.
- The Bellary Support Group received a donation for emergency repairs to the Halvi church in India. For more information about Bellary click here.
- The Bible Society (a mission partner until end 2014).
- Part of the Christmas collection went to the Mothers’ Union Wheels Appeal to provide transport for Community Development Workers in remote rural areas of Africa and Asia.
- The St Mathew’s Breakfast Club received a donation towards providing nutrition to children in a deprived area of Addis Ababa.
- Shevet Achim which is an Israeli-based initiative to provide Arab children with life-saving surgery.
- Latin Link/Rainbow Trust
- Two young people were given financial support to enable them to undertake a mission in Peru via Latin Link/Rainbow Trust.
- Nine young people from Harrogate were given a donation to enable them to join the Roll the Rock/Rwanda Child
- St Mark’s also offset the carbon produced from the gas and electricity used in the church by donating to Climate Stewards and the Christian Ecology Link (CEL) Rainforest Fund. Climate Stewards is a Christian organisation which offset emissions by planting trees in Ghana, where trees grow quickly and absorb CO2 as they grow. CEL buy land containing high biodiversity to save it from deforestation or degradation by land grab for farming or mineral extraction.