We support a number of Mission Organisations and families as a church. Including those below.
Until May 2008 John and Pearl were working with OMF for 14 years in Bristol, first as regional directors for West of England and South Wales and then as Director of Mobilisation. This involved specific responsibilities in assessing new missionary candidates for service, debriefing missionaries on return from Asia, pastoral care of missionaries, roles in organisational management, teaching on mission, encouraging mission among students and young people, as well as setting up short-term overseas placements and liaising with local churches on missionary matters.
Since June 2008 John has been a full-time Trustee of Echoes of Service with a job title of Operational Director and will become General Director in December 2015. Echoes of Service is a missions service organisation working to facilitate mission and support missionaries from Brethren Churches in UK and Ireland. You can find more information about Echoes on their website: www.echoes.org.uk.
Pearl assists in the management of Filwood Hope, a Christian advice and drop-in centre, in Knowle West, Bristol. The centre serves the local community and is supported by churches in the area. As part of its function, surgeries are run in the centre by other charities such as Shelter and Debt Advice which can be accessed by local residents.
Peter and Anne spent 15 years in Pakistan serving as missionaries (1986-2002). They returned for the sake of their children’s education. In August of 2012 they were commended by the church to missionary work in Peru. After four months of Spanish language study in Arequipa, they set up home in the capital, Lima. Their missionary agencies are Interlink in Scotland (www.interlink.org.uk) and Echoes of Service in England (www.echoes.org.uk).
Peter has extensive experience in a teaching and preaching ministry. He obtained a degree in Theology (2002) and a Masters in Biblical Interpretation (2012) from International Christian College in Glasgow. He contributed to ICC as a distance-learning tutor. He is now using his gifts, experience and training in a local church in Lima and also in theological training programmes elsewhere in Peru. Anne has an honours degree in French Language & Literature and recently obtained a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. She is using her skills to teach English in the local church and elsewhere in Lima.
They have two adult children living at home in Scotland, Tim and Abigail who both attend Bothwell Evangelical Church.
Ralph Gunn, an elder at BEC, is a volunteer representative for Zambesi Mission. Prior to retirement, Ralph was the Assistant Principal (Academic) at Bell College in Hamilton where part of his responsibility was to oversee the College’s Malawi Project. He became aware of the work of Zambesi Mission and made friends with the then Field Director whilst in Malawi with the College.
When he retired an opportunity arose to join ZM to help promote God’s work in Malawi and Northern Mozambique. Ralph now has the privilege of telling churches and other groups about the mission and its work.