St Mark’s is committed to partnering in God’s mission to the world. We do so in part by supporting various missionaries and mission organisations. Our current mission partners are:
1. Hornsby and Asquith District Christian Education Association (HADCEA)
HADCEA is a Christian organisation that has been supported for more than 20 years by 16 local churches. The aim of HADCEA is to proclaim the good news about Jesus Christ to the students of the two public high schools that service suburbs from Hornsby to the Hawkesbury River – Asquith Girls’ High School and Asquith Boys’ High School. Jake Fitzpatrick is employed by Generate Ministries to teach Christian Studies at these high schools. Jake is not employed by, nor funded by, the NSW Department of Education.
2. Dev and AJ Blair
Forster is a town of about 25,000 people on the mid-north coast of NSW. There are 2000 young families, 1600 primary school students and 1600 high school students. In 2009, Chris and Sharon Ekins moved with 7 people from Narrabeen Anglican church to plant Coast Evangelical Church in Forster. They saw a need for more churches that are accessible to unchurched youth and young families.
Dev and AJ Blair were members of St Marks for many years, and both of them were on staff here at various times. Dev, AJ and their children moved to Forster in January 2013. Dev was appointed Associate Pastor of Coast EC. His role includes leadership development, preaching, providing resources for bible studies and helping people get ‘plugged in’ to the different ministries within the church.
Cochabamba is the country’s third largest city, with a population of around 1 million people.
Adrian and Anita are providing training to the local church through the Moore College in Latin-America (MOCLAM) program. MOCLAM provides Moore College Certificate in Theology (PTC) courses in Spanish by correspondence throughout Latin America. The courses aim to equip pastors and Bible teachers for ministry by providing a foundational theological education and helping them read the Bible as a whole.
4. Andrew & Tanuja Carson
Andrew and Tanuja Carson are working for Wycliffe Bible Translators. They are based in Ban Lung, a town of about 15,000 people in the north-eastern corner of Cambodia. The Tampuan people are indigenous the region and there are currently around 31,000 speakers of the language. The Carson’s main work is leading the project to translate the bible into Tampuan. However, they are also involved in strengthening local churches and evangelism.
Andrew attended St. Marks when he was growing up. His parents, Keith and Gillian attend the 8am service. St Marks has supported the Carson’s since they first made plans to head to Cambodia.
5. African Enterprise (AE)
AE works with local churches to proclaim the gospel to the residents of the major cities of Africa, making a special effort to reach the leadership of the continent, since godly governance can result in major transformations of whole countries. Evangelism is carried out by Africans themselves, who already understand their local cultures and speak their fellow citizens’ languages.
AE has Teams of African nationals living and working in ten countries: Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. In addition, AE minister each year to many other African countries via evangelistic missions, reconciliation work and leadership training courses.
St Marks parishioner Mike Woodall was involved in the leadership of AE for many years. In recent years St Marks has raised funds to support major evangelistic missions in the cities of Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Monrovia (Liberia) and Bahir Dar (Ethiopia) and in Ghana.
6. Faith Baptist Church
Pastor J.D. Enosh began ministry in Devanahalli in 1994. At that time there were no Christians in the region. Faith Baptist Church grew rapidly in the villages of Karnataka and has spread into the neighbouring states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. House Churches have been established in about 800 villages. Most of these churches are small, however, some villages have large congregations. About 15,000 believers attend these house churches today. The church ministers mostly to low caste people, widows and orphans, but is beginning to reach high caste people also.
There are now around 500 pastors associated with Faith Baptist Church. The pastors are literate in their native language (usually Kannada or Telugu), but most have received little education. Most pastors have been Christians for only a few years. They need further training to pastor and equip believers and to preach the gospel. Each of the pastors is responsible for a group of 4-5 villages, some of which will have house churches in them. Some pastor’s walk to the villages to do ministry, many ride bicycles and a few have a motorcycle. The pastors run church services in several villages each Sunday. Some of the pastors attend a weekly bible teaching program.
Thailand is a country within the 10/40 window where around 95% of the population identify as Buddhist and less than 0.5% as Christian. This makes it one of the most unreached nations in the world. American Pastor Steven Cable and his Thai wife Nopaluck began their Santisuk English School ministry in Bangkok, Thailand in 1993. Their vision was to establish a school that would be both an effective evangelistic tool and a high-quality conversational English educational centre.
Today their school operates from four different locations and offers classes to over 300 students each month. Their team has developed its own teaching materials and Christian curriculum, the first of its kind in Thailand. Short term teachers are an essential and valued part of their ministry. Since 1995 around 600 short term missionaries, aged from 18-86 years, have come to serve as teachers.
The school exists ultimately to glorify God by being a bridge-building tool assisting Peace Fellowship Church (of which Steve Cable is pastor) to reach North East Bangkok for Jesus Christ.