At Church by the Bridge we want to make a priority of mission - both here, in Australia, and overseas. We are very privileged to partner in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) with the following people:
Andrew and Stephanie Browning - Tanzania
Rev Bruce and Jodi Chapman - Northern Territory
Compassion - Indonesia
Dave Irving - Canberra
Rose and Kenny Lloyd - South Africa
Ermal Lushi - Albania
Overseas Council of Australia - Burma
Morgan and Anna Powell - Peru
Ian and Erin Reid - New Zealand
Shane and Ruth - Spain
Undisclosed - Middle East
Voice of the Martyrs - Vietnam
ANDREW & STEPHANIE BROWNING
Andrew and Stephanie Browning, William (7) and Christopher (4) are based in Arusha, Tanzania. Stephanie is a teacher who works with the local Anglican church. She has started a new school called Christ Church International School which caters for missionary and expatriate as well as Tanzanian children and offers bursaries for the children of local pastors and evangelists. The school offers a Christian education and is more affordable than the other international schools in Arusha.
Andrew is an obstetrician and works under the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania doing fistula surgery but also running an obstetric unit. We are about to start midwifery training within our mission hospital and we also support other hospitals in Tanzania by upgrading their facilities and placing volunteer obstetricians to train local staff in safe obstetrics.
We also have another charity in Ethiopia through which we build and run maternity hospitals and upgrade and run government hospitals. Andrew also travels to train and support fistula services in Malawi, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone; bringing physical healing in the name of Christ.
Shane & Ruth
Shane and Ruth with their three boys Kye (7), Joel(4) and Finn (2) work in Spain helping enable local churches to evangelise to their communities and plant other churches. They are working Pioneers. Shane has three areas of focus 1) helping the local church spread the good news by teaching, training and support 2) Area manager for Pioneers and 3) raising awareness of the need and challenges of spreading the gospel in Spain to their partners.
Voice of the Martyrs
The harassment and persecution of Christians is a worldwide phenomenon. Voice of the Martyrs, through its International Christian Association, works in approximately 50 countries where the Gospel is opposed, supporting those who proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ despite the personal cost.
Voice of the Martyrs is committed to supporting Christians wherever they might be found, in countries as diverse as Pakistan, China, India and the Sudan.
Church by the Bridge is focusing on helping those who have been imprisoned for the faith in Vietnam.
Ian & Erin Reid
Ian and Erin Reid are working with the Christian Fellowship groups affiliated with TSCF at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Palmerston North is situated about 1.5 hours North of Wellington, on the North Island, and Massey University is one of the largest universities in New Zealand.
Ian and Erin are from Australia and met at university. They love sharing the good news of Jesus with others and have a passion to teach and to train university students. They moved to New Zealand in 2010 with their 2 boys, Boaz and Judah.
Ermal is the minister of the Alfa-Omega church since 2005 in Peshkopi, Albania. Peshkopi is a town of 20,000 people with only one christian church.
Ermal leads the church which has two aims; first, sharing the gospel, bible studies and meetings, and second, to take care of people in different ways. For example, social programs that help people with food and clothing, and sometimes programs connected with the local hospital. There are also some smaller programs like computer lessons, English lessons and university social programs. The church’s aim is to build relationships with locals to tell them about Jesus.
Stephen Nung (Vum Cung Nung)
Stephen Nung served the Lord at MEGST (Myanmar Evangelical Graduate School of Theology - http://www.ataasia.com/myanmar/myanmar-evangelical-graduate-school-theology-megst) as a chaplain and head of mission department for three years, and was Dean of Students for the 2010 – 2011 academic year. For the sake of faculty development, the board appointed him to undertake a PhD in Intercultural Studies in the Asia Graduate School of Theology, Philippines. Stephen is writing a thesis about how to help the churches in Myanmar reach Buddhists with the gospel of Jesus Christ - as 89% of the population are Buddhists. Upon completion of his PhD in a couple of years’ time, Stephen will return to Yangon to teach hundreds of students at MEGST as a lecturer of Missions. Stephen has a wife (Khrih Len) and two children (Joseph aged 5 and Grace aged 3).
Our universities provide young people an opportunity to work out who they are and what they stand for as they grow up. At their best they’re a marketplace of ideas and a rich source of community. It’s therefore also a crucial place for us bear witness to the reality of Jesus. Given most students have travelled interstate and overseas, ANU in Canberra provides a unique campus community.
Dave works as the Campus Director of FOCUS (Fellowship of Christian University Students (www.focus.asn.au) ), a vibrant AFES (http://www.afes.org.au/) group at ANU. He also lives and works as a chaplain at a Christian residential college — Burgmann College.
Morgan and Anna Powell
The Powell's live in the city of Arequipa and are involved in Theological Education in the South of Peru. Morgan teaches in a local bible institute and also helps with the TEE course (Theological Education by Extension) used to equip the believers in the highlands and rural areas. Morgan is also the Team Coordinator for the SIM team in Arequipa. Morgan and Anna have two girls Anika and Lila.
Kenny and Rose Lloyd
South Africa with Church of England in Southern Africa
Rose and Kenny Lloyd are involved in student ministry at the Nelson Mandela Municipality University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. They are committed to preaching the Word truthfully and faithfully in a university that so desperately needs it. The growth of this student ministry has been abundant. In 2009 a church was set up on campus, as well as campus and residence ministries. Rose is involved in leading bible studies, discipling assistant leaders, developing a hospitality ministry as well as some kids ministry. They have three children, Jenna, Noah and Zachary.
Rev Bruce and Jodi Chapman
Bruce Chapman is the Youth Minister for the Anglican Diocese of the Northern Territory and St Peter’s Nightcliff (http://www.stpetersnightcliff.org/).
Bruce is married to Jodi and they have four children – Matthew b.2000, Laura b.2002, Felicity b.2004, and Oliver b.2006. The family moved to Darwin from Sydney in June 2008. Bruce is passionate about seeing youth get to know Jesus through God’s word and then live it out telling others about what Jesus has done for them.
The role of the Diocesan Youth Officer is to encourage, support and help to build up the youth and youth leaders of the Northern Territory. Bruce works with the churches throughout the Northern Territory including those in remote aboriginal communities. An important part of his work is partnering with others to disciple youth and help them reach their peers for Christ.
At St Peter’s Nightcliff, which first became a separate parish under BCA support, Bruce runs the youth ministry and trains leaders. Jodi is involved in playgroup, women’s ministry and co-leads a women’s bible study group.
Compassion is an international Christian child development and child advocacy ministry committed to working in partnership with local churches around the world to foster the spiritual, economic, social, physical and emotional development of children living in extreme poverty in over 26 developing countries.
Compassion’s holistic child development programs are unique in being delivered in partnership with local churches in developing countries. These local congregations can best identify the specific needs of children in their community and are able to contextualise our programs to drive change in their own community. Because we believe that it’s not enough to simply feed a child in poverty without introducing them to the source of life, Jesus, our programs address not only the physical needs of children and their families, but also their spiritual needs through Bible-based teaching.
Church by the Bridge sponsors children in Indonesia, including two teenagers to do Compassion's leadership development program.