Global Partner Support (GPS)

 
 
 
 
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A heart for the nations

At St John’s we have ‘a heart for the nations’ and want to see many people follow God’s calling on their lives and spreading His love through mission. We are committed to supporting our missionaries, both at home and abroad, through prayer, finance and other practical ways.

One of the many things that Global Partner Support aims to facilitate is ‘resourcing mission to reach the world’. GPS was previously known as ‘Living Stones’.

 
 
 
 

Long term mission

We support around 25 long term missionaries, working both overseas and in the UK. You can find out the latest updates from our long term mission partners, which we regularly post on our blog (St John’s Stories). If you are considering a long term mission project and are seeking support, please contact Patty McCulloch on vocations@stjohnsharborne.org, who can arrange a meeting to help discern how we could support you further.

 

Short term mission

Whether it’s a gap year, summer project, or something more unique, we are committed to supporting short term mission. A short term mission is anything from a few weeks to months, based in the UK or abroad and with a Christian focus. Even if your plans are yet to be decided, please feel free to get in touch, as we have a team of mentors who can help advise or pray through any decisions with you. Contact Nathan and Jenny Burden on shorttermers@stjohnsharborne.org if you have any questions, or would like more information. 

 
 
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Current mission partners

Jane Butcher  Bible Reading Fellowship | Birmingham  Janes serves as ‘Barnabas in schools’ team leader, overseeing the team and work within primary schools across the UK. She also serves as Children and Families Pioneer, working with other UK and overseas organisations to support and resource children’s and family ministries, such as ‘Messy Church’.

Jane Butcher
Bible Reading Fellowship | Birmingham

Janes serves as ‘Barnabas in schools’ team leader, overseeing the team and work within primary schools across the UK. She also serves as Children and Families Pioneer, working with other UK and overseas organisations to support and resource children’s and family ministries, such as ‘Messy Church’.

Val Clarke  Mercy Ships | Afloat  Val works as a kindergarten teacher on board the world’s largest charitable floating hospital – the Africa Mercy. The Mercy Ships Academy serves approx. 50-60 children of the Africa Mercy crew, enabling families to serve on the ship on a longer-term basis.

Val Clarke
Mercy Ships | Afloat

Val works as a kindergarten teacher on board the world’s largest charitable floating hospital – the Africa Mercy. The Mercy Ships Academy serves approx. 50-60 children of the Africa Mercy crew, enabling families to serve on the ship on a longer-term basis.

Mark & Ruth Cuthbert  Betel UK | Birmingham  Mark and Ruth work with men, women and families affected by drug and alcohol addiction and homelessness. Ruth has various roles, including developing the children’s ministry, health and safety policies and spending time at the women’s houses, sharing devotionals with them.

Mark & Ruth Cuthbert
Betel UK | Birmingham

Mark and Ruth work with men, women and families affected by drug and alcohol addiction and homelessness. Ruth has various roles, including developing the children’s ministry, health and safety policies and spending time at the women’s houses, sharing devotionals with them.

Alison Fuggle  Christian Music Ministries | Birmingham  Alison collaborates with Roger Jones in song-writing including musicals as a resource for choirs and church groups in a worship context. Every musical contains material that challenges and encourages incorporating worship, space for God to move and speak, and lyrics that take people right to the heart of the gospel.

Alison Fuggle
Christian Music Ministries | Birmingham

Alison collaborates with Roger Jones in song-writing including musicals as a resource for choirs and church groups in a worship context. Every musical contains material that challenges and encourages incorporating worship, space for God to move and speak, and lyrics that take people right to the heart of the gospel.

Adrian & Helen Harrod  Operation Mobilisation | Cape Town, South Africa  Adrian and Helen are passionate about mobilising the church to fulfil the task of the Great Commission. They network, challenge, facilitate, and support people who have a desire to serve God locally and globally. Their vision is to see the least reached people in all nations of the world come to know and serve Jesus.

Adrian & Helen Harrod
Operation Mobilisation | Cape Town, South Africa

Adrian and Helen are passionate about mobilising the church to fulfil the task of the Great Commission. They network, challenge, facilitate, and support people who have a desire to serve God locally and globally. Their vision is to see the least reached people in all nations of the world come to know and serve Jesus.

Heidi Helbig  Community Life, Agapé | London  Community Life is the part of Agapé which is reaching out to those in the neighbourhood and community. Heidi’s community is Alperton in West London, which has one of the capital’s highest population of minority ethnic and religious groups.

Heidi Helbig
Community Life, Agapé | London

Community Life is the part of Agapé which is reaching out to those in the neighbourhood and community. Heidi’s community is Alperton in West London, which has one of the capital’s highest population of minority ethnic and religious groups.

Mike & Rachel Hill  Friends International | Birmingham  Mike and Rachel welcome international students and academics to Birmingham, offering a range of activities run in partnership with local believers and churches including cafés, clubs, outings and women’s groups. There are also groups for students who wish to explore the Christian faith and those who decide to follow Jesus, helping to prepare them for their return home.

Mike & Rachel Hill
Friends International | Birmingham

Mike and Rachel welcome international students and academics to Birmingham, offering a range of activities run in partnership with local believers and churches including cafés, clubs, outings and women’s groups. There are also groups for students who wish to explore the Christian faith and those who decide to follow Jesus, helping to prepare them for their return home.

Jo Jowett  Global Connections | Birmingham  Jo works as Mobilisation Director for Global Connections, the UK network for world mission and which incorporates Christian Vocations. Global Connections vision is to see ‘mission at the heart of the church and the church at the heart of mission’. Jo’s role involves producing resources, managing events and overseeing partnerships.

Jo Jowett
Global Connections | Birmingham

Jo works as Mobilisation Director for Global Connections, the UK network for world mission and which incorporates Christian Vocations. Global Connections vision is to see ‘mission at the heart of the church and the church at the heart of mission’. Jo’s role involves producing resources, managing events and overseeing partnerships.

Hikmat & Krista Kashouh  Resurrection Church (RCB) | Beirut, Lebanon  Hikmat and Krista are senior pastors at RCB which has a focus on serving refugees, marginalised individuals and at-risk children. They also serve the persecuted Church in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region. RCB broadcasts LIVE on SAT-7 with 3.5-10 million viewers weekly bringing God’s message of hope and love.

Hikmat & Krista Kashouh
Resurrection Church (RCB) | Beirut, Lebanon

Hikmat and Krista are senior pastors at RCB which has a focus on serving refugees, marginalised individuals and at-risk children. They also serve the persecuted Church in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region. RCB broadcasts LIVE on SAT-7 with 3.5-10 million viewers weekly bringing God’s message of hope and love.

Penny & Juan Carlos Marcés  Church Mission Society | Lima, Peru  Juan Carlos is the pastor at Jesús el Nazareno Church in Lima. He also has diocesan responsibilities. Penny has responsibilities with the children’s ministry and AMA (women’s ministry), coordinating visits by overseas teams and volunteers.

Penny & Juan Carlos Marcés
Church Mission Society | Lima, Peru

Juan Carlos is the pastor at Jesús el Nazareno Church in Lima. He also has diocesan responsibilities. Penny has responsibilities with the children’s ministry and AMA (women’s ministry), coordinating visits by overseas teams and volunteers.

Chris & Lorraine Milton  Operation Mobilisation | Birmingham  Chris and Lorraine are involved in community ministry in Winson Green, an inner-city area in the West of Birmingham. The area has a very multi-cultural population with various socio-economic challenges. They engage with the local community through a variety of activities.

Chris & Lorraine Milton
Operation Mobilisation | Birmingham

Chris and Lorraine are involved in community ministry in Winson Green, an inner-city area in the West of Birmingham. The area has a very multi-cultural population with various socio-economic challenges. They engage with the local community through a variety of activities.

Beth Norris  Cru (Agapé), Seattle, USA  Beth is involved in inner-city ministry in Seattle, creating options for those stuck in the cycle of poverty and homelessness, building leadership and organising the compassionate product initiatives.

Beth Norris
Cru (Agapé), Seattle, USA

Beth is involved in inner-city ministry in Seattle, creating options for those stuck in the cycle of poverty and homelessness, building leadership and organising the compassionate product initiatives.

John Reynolds  International Nepal Fellowship | Birmingham  As INF’s UK Director, John manages and supports the UK office and its staff, based in Selly Oak, Birmingham. His role also involves visiting Nepal on a regular basis, encouraging the leaders there, giving leadership training and supporting project development work.

John Reynolds
International Nepal Fellowship | Birmingham

As INF’s UK Director, John manages and supports the UK office and its staff, based in Selly Oak, Birmingham. His role also involves visiting Nepal on a regular basis, encouraging the leaders there, giving leadership training and supporting project development work.

Darren Richards  Mercy Ships UK | Birmingham  Darren is the Church Partnership Manager. His role involves the promotion of the work of Mercy Ships, sharing its vision and encouraging the engagement of churches in the UK.

Darren Richards
Mercy Ships UK | Birmingham

Darren is the Church Partnership Manager. His role involves the promotion of the work of Mercy Ships, sharing its vision and encouraging the engagement of churches in the UK.

Jeremy Thompson  Restore | Birmingham  Jeremy is the Manager at Restore - a project of Birmingham Churches Together which aims to welcome, include and assist integration of refugees and those seeking sanctuary from persecution.

Jeremy Thompson
Restore | Birmingham

Jeremy is the Manager at Restore - a project of Birmingham Churches Together which aims to welcome, include and assist integration of refugees and those seeking sanctuary from persecution.

 
 

Some of our mission partners do not feature here for security purposes

 
 

Give

The financial support for our Global Partners comes entirely from the regular giving of our congregation. If you would like to support Global Partner Support by giving financially, head to our giving page where you can find details about ways to give. 

 

Pray

All of the work our mission partners do couldn’t happen without prayer! We have multiple resources including a booklet and regular newsletters to help you pray for our mission partners. Feel free to request these from the church office or check out the latest mission partner updates on our blog.

 
 
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GPS management team

Leonard Browne | Vicar
Nathan Burden| Short Term Mission Coordinator
John Cheatle | Treasurer
Ben Collins | Chair
Di Copplestone | Minutes Secretary
Jo Jowett | Services Coordinator
Patty McCulloch | Vocations Team Coordinator
Daphne Ryland | Vice Chair
Jude Smith | Mission Partner Link

 

Keep up to date

You can keep up to date with all events and activities of our mission partners through our blogs on St John’s Stories.

GPS guidelines

We have a clear framework which sets out the guidelines under which we provide financial support to mission partners.

 
 
 
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Find out more

If you would like to find out more about GPS or St John’s Mission Partners please contact Ben on gps@stjohnsharborne.org or speak to a member of the GPS management team.

 
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