Our vision for Nepal
At the end of 2015 our church adopted a vision, ‘Towards 2020’, that encouraged us to be increasingly healthy and fruitful, with space to grow.
One of our objectives is as follows: ‘We continue to be generous supporters of Christian ministry and good works outside of our direct sphere of influence. In recent years we have significantly increased our financial giving, prayer support, and practical encouragement towards overseas and local mission activities, and in ministry amongst the poor and vulnerable.
In 2016 we formed a ‘Poor and Vulnerable Taskforce’ to investigate how we might put our intentions into practice. After receiving input from the church family and many meetings the following recommendations were made:
Locally: We establish a relationship with BaptistCare so that Penno people can be trained as Volunteer Pastoral Carers and provide spiritual care to BaptistCare clients in our local community and aged care facilities.
Regionally: We establish a relationship with Sydney Refugee Team so that Penno people can be trained to visit and offer practical support to refugees settling into a new life in the wider Sydney region.
Globally: We establish a relationship with Baptist World Aid Australia to support community development in the villages of Asrang and Gimdi, south of Kathmandu in Nepal.
This morning we will formally sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Baptist World Aid Australia committing us to three years of prayerful, relational, and financial support (raising $20,000 every year) for community development in Nepal.
It’s the end of a long process of selection and the start of a new journey of love, learning, faith, and support. Now it’s time for action.