The gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world - just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. Colossians 1:6
Burford Church supports a wide range of Mission Partners, both financially and in prayer. We exchange news and develop our relationships through regular mission interviews at Sunday Services, and periodic events with individual partners and organisations.
To find out more about each of our Mission Partners, click on their logo:
Local Partners: Simon & Lynn Cauldwell
Wycliffe Bible Translators believe that the Bible is the best way for people to come to know and understand who God is. Their vision is that by working with churches, organisations and individuals from around the world, all people will have access to God’s word in a language they truly understand.
Local PartnerS: Tim Vickers & mIRIAM OWEN
IFES, the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, exists to see students worldwide built into communities of disciples, transformed by the gospel impacting the university, the church and society for the glory of God.
Open Doors provides Bibles, Christian literature, training and practical support to the persecuted Church worldwide. They are the world’s largest outreach to persecuted Christians, working in the world’s most high risk places.
Local Partners: Wanyeki & Mary Mahiaini
Wanyeki and Mary Mahiaini spent many years in London teaching and preaching the Gospel. They have returned to their native Kenya and have set up St Julian's Training Centre, Limuru near Nairobi for Biblical evangelism, preaching and culture watching at the invitation of the Archbishop of Kenya.
Ssese Islands, Uganda
Burford Church supports Edward Walakira, the Vicar of the Ssese Islands in Uganda. We helped to raise the initial funds for a boat to enable him to visit his parishioners. We continue to support the upkeep of the boat and provision of fuel.
Quetta Christian Hospital, Pakistan
This hospital and its outreach clinics work to relieve sickness and to advance the education of those working in the hospital. They distribute funds to subsidise the treatment of patients who are too poor to pay and to help the hospital meet capital expenditure in improving facilities and purchasing essential medical equipment.
Local partner: christopher naylor
A Rocha is an international Christian organisiation which, inspired by God's love, engages in environmental education and community-based conservation projects.
Local partner: Moira Hughes
The Besom in Witney is a local charity that enables people to make a difference to the lives of others. It provides a bridge between those who want to give time, money household items, skills and food and local people in need.
Sat-7 is a broadcasting company with a vision to see a growing Church in the Middle East and North Africa, confident in Christian faith and witness, serving the community and contributing to the good of society and culture. Their mission is to provide churches and Christians in these areas an opportunity to witness to Jesus Christ through inspirational, informative, and educational television services.
local partner: margaret biddlecombe
CAP (Christians Against Poverty) is an award winning national charity that offers free, face-to-face debt counselling to all in the local area of each CAP Debt Centre. CAP's debt service examines an individual's or couple's financial position and identifies the most appropriate way(s) to resolve overdue debt. On-going support is offered until an individual becomes debt-free.
Local partner: erica payne
We are supporting Erica Payne working with Thrive, an initiative of Innovista, which is a Christian project in Oxford. It partners with local churches to see disadvantaged communities changed for good through the service of young people. Erica says, "we partner with the local church running mentoring, discipleship and mentoring programmes, helping young people develop resilience, leadership skills and to discover who Jesus is."
local partner: caitlin ormiston
Caitlin is supporting student ministry on campuses throughout New Zealand as Chief Operating Officer for Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship.
Burford Church Mission Strategy
A congregation that is actively engaged in mission, both at home and abroad.
A church that gives a generous proportion of its income away
Our key principles for mission support are that it is:
- Focused – while operating at the local, national and global level
- Committed – reflected in the whole congregation’s engagement in mission and the church’s resourcing of it
- Strategic – new and existing opportunities for mission are properly considered and planned
- Generous – the church is committed to giving a high proportion of its income away
- To encourage the church to continue movement from one that ‘supports’ mission, to one that is ‘engaged’ in mission
- To raise general awareness and understanding of mission amongst the congregation
- To work in partnership and continue active engagement with each of our mission partners
- To make mission a part of everyday life
- To send out more missionaries from our own church
- To equip every member of the congregation to identify and embark on their own mission
Mission partners are supported in one of three ways:
- Central - Personal - Direct
Each partner has a local contact or ‘champion’ who maintains regular contact with the church.
Financial support is provided for a given period of time, from 1-5 years. Renewal of pledges at the end of each period is dependent upon:
- Good ongoing communication between the partner & church
- Appropriate financial accountability by the partner
- Alignment of the partner’s aims and vision with that of the church
- Assessment of need for ongoing financial support