Making A Difference In A world Of Need
As far as we are concerned, mission is about making a difference in a world of need. Those of us who have worked in developing countries, whether on short term practical aid and mission projects, or as long term missionaries, all share a similar experience – the people we work with touch our hearts and our lives and give us back much more than we can give them. Mission is not about imposing our Western Christian culture on people around the world, but about helping people to find God from the backdrop of their own culture and enabling them to express that faith in cultural forms that are familiar to them. That’s why we are very careful to make sure people who go from Immanuel Church, go with a servant heart and are properly prepared through Cultural Orientation.
Andy Economides – Soteria Trust
Andy Economides is unique, original and wild at heart. He likes it that way. He has a passion for the Good News of Jesus and discipler on a one to one basis or to large gatherings. With a refreshing style Andy inspires believers into maturity and helps people reach their full potential.
Andy Economides has established the Soteria Business School in Ibadan, Nigeria. The school provides education to help young people with job opportunities. Soteria provides education for young people, children and assisting vulnerable families in Nigeria. Andy Economides is patron of Prospect School in Ibadan.
Andy originally qualified as an engineer and worked for six years in research and development. For ten years he was on the staff of St.Pancras Church as a lay minister and evangelist. In 1989, St John’s Theological College Nottingham awarded Andy the college hood for Theological and Pastoral Studies. In 1994 he became founder of Soteria Trust, a registered charity. He was ordained a Christian minister in 1998 and is the author of five books. More information: Soteria Trust
On The Box Mission
OTBM is a Charitable Trust (No1134554) originally set up by Steve and Sarah Flashman to support individuals and churches fulfil their vision to make a difference in a world of need. In the last few years they have sent people to the Philippines, Kenya and Honduras and are currently supporting projects in the Kibera Slum, Nairobi.
Steve was the Founder and International Director of Soapbox Expeditions and in the 90’s the organisation was taking 300 people every year to 19 developing countries. He is now one of the Minister’s here at Immanuel, but OTBM now provides opportunities for people to catch the vision for world mission and get involved.
Contact: Chairman of Trustees, Tim Morgan
Andrew & Hannah Mumford, Zack and Esther – Mission Aviation Fellowship, CHAD
Andrew grew up in a Christian family in Chichester, West Sussex with an evangelical Anglican church background. His faith gradually developed, accepting Christ in his early teens as a member of his church youth group. Andrew has long had an interest in third world issues, travel, overseas Christian mission work and aviation. Before University, Andrew had the opportunity to witness first-hand the vital work of MAF in Tanzania and has since never ruled out the possibility of serving overseas in a Christian capacity.
Hannah grew up in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, also from a Christian family background and accepted faith in Christ in her early teens whilst a member of a vibrant youth group at a small village Methodist Church.
The pair met whilst they were both studying at Plymouth University, where Andrew studied for a degree in Transport and Hannah for a degree in Podiatry.
Subsequently, Andrew continued his studies gaining an MSc in Air Transport Management at Cranfield University, Bedfordshire. During this year, Andrew learnt to fly, gaining his Private Pilot’s Licence. He then worked in Aviation Consultancy in Lancashire whilst Hannah worked as a Podiatrist in London and Oxfordshire.
In 2002, Andrew resigned from his job and began training for his Commercial Pilot’s Licence. They married in 2005, living and working for a year in Chichester before Andrew was offered a job as a pilot on the Scottish Air Ambulance in Aberdeen. Hannah started working as a Podiatrist. They have two children, Zack and Esther.
Whilst in Aberdeen, Andrew and Hannah felt increasingly that God was calling them as a family to serve with MAF using Andrew’s skills, interest and motivation. They are very thankful to be given the opportunity of doing so through the ministry of MAF in Chad.
We are praying for them as a family as they take up their work in CHAD.
For more information please contact Jenny Merritt on 01243 776537