Our Mission Partners
Our support for mission towards the rest of Britain and the World is coordinated through our Mission Support Group, currently chaired by Carolyn Lucas. This is partly expressed through support for the following Mission Partners…
|Bernie and Jo Dodd (CCNM Link: Shervin Nejand)
Bernie and Jo live in Hingham, near Norwich. They served with Navigators in Anglophone and Francophone Africa from 1976-2002 and together on the Europe Leadership Team from 2002- 2012 in various roles including a focus on France and Central Europe and Bernie as Europe Region Director from 2004-2012. Since 2012 they have served as coaches for younger leaders across Europe and Bernie continues a mentoring role for leaders in Nigeria and Togo.
They have two adult children Sarah and Rachel. Sarah works as Church Administrator and Events Organiser for Christchurch, Fulham and Rachel is married to Ben who works for UK Red Cross and they have two young daughters Zoë and Hannah.
|Guido and Linda Braschi (CCNM Link: Helen Collins)
Over the past 30 years God has led Guido and Linda to serve in various parts of East Asia with Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF). In 2007 they returned from Myanmar to the UK and are now living in Woking. On their return to the UK, Guido and Linda initially worked in London and then across Europe supporting people who are applying to go to East Asia with OMF.
He makes regular trips to European countries to meet potential candidates and assess their suitability, meeting church leaders, praying for and with the candidates to discern God's will, and assisting with their applications. He is also on the board of mission-net, a European conference for those interested in missions, as well as the board of European Christian Mission. Guido has recently become responsible for people applying to OMF from India, Africa and South America so he is looking for a replacement for the Europe position.
Linda has now retired but continues to support Guido in his work as well as spending much of her time supporting their three grown up children and six young grandchildren.
|Phil and Susanne (CCNM Link: Ruth Henson)
Having been commissioned at Christ Church in 1998 to work amongst Arab people, Phil and Susanne spent 2 years in the Middle East for Phil’s language study (Susanne had completed her study previously) followed by 10 years in the Arabian Peninsula. Over that time they set up an Arabic language institute and Phil completed studying for an MBA. These areas of work and the challenge of raising a family gave them many opportunities to share life with local people as God worked through them.
In 2010 they moved back to the UK to work in the mission’s Media arm in Worthing in Worthing. Phil oversees the IT, finance, HR and facilities departments of Arab World Media which uses mainly internet and social media such as Facebook and Twitter to reach Muslims of the Arab World and to share resources to allow people to enquire about Christianity in otherwise restricted conditions. Susanne teaches English part time.Madelaine and Alex are now both at secondary school and have settled in well.
|Simon and Jo-Ann Eastwood (CCNM Link: John Henson)
Simon and Jo-Ann grew up in Christ Church, New Malden. They moved to Wensleydale in 2002 when Simon took up management of the Jonas Centre at Redmire. The twelve log cabins are enjoyed by individuals and church groups and emphasis is placed on encouraging use by disadvantaged people who need a break.
In 2009 the recession threatened operations. However God provided the impetus to review the work, and the crisis became an opportunity for even more families to benefit from an affordable break in the Yorkshire Dales. Plans are progressing to provide more units of accommodation and a new community building with the Centre due to complete its 20th year of ministry in October 2016.
|Jeremy and Rachel Nash (CCNM Link: Roger Parham)
The Nash family spent 14 years living and working in Legmoin in Burkina Faso, preaching, evangelising, developing and growing new Churches. They returned in 2010 to enable the children to complete their education in the UK.
For the last four plus years Jeremy has continued a very important ministry of providing Christian Correspondence courses for school children. This work means at least 3 visits per year to Burkina to ensure that the course material is correctly printed and prepared, distribution organised and contact made with school authorities particularly with non Christian schools to obtain permission to distribute the courses. Jeremy’s aim is to contact every Primary school so that all school children have the opportunity of learning about Jesus and His love for them.
As far as the family is concerned, Rachel is a school assistant, Katie a Nanny living with a family in Poole, Tim and Toby continue their education at college and school.
|Mercy Teete (CCNM Link: Dick Waller)
Mercy trained as a missionary at Redcliffe College in Gloucester and has dedicated herself to serving God among marginalised people. In her first long-term posting as one of our Mission partners, she is working with trafficked women in Athens through the organisation International Teams (IT). In September 2015 Mercy moved to Athens where she has found a flat in the city centre and is attending a Greek language course at the University. She will be on the staff of a local charity called Nea Zoi (New Life), joining her colleagues in visiting and counselling trafficked women who work on life’s margins in very humiliating situations. See Mercy's blog for her latest news.
Mercy has been well prepared for her job by short-term placements among women affected by civil war (Uganda) and poverty (India) as well as full-time work in a women’s hostel run by the London charity Centrepoint. She has also been a church member here since her teens, volunteering with Kingston Street Pastors and Lunchbowl.
|Helen Burningham (CCNM link: Elspeth Coke)
Helen Burningham, who attended Christ Church School when a young child, been working as a mission partner in Kampala, Uganda since early 2014. She was sent out under through the Church Mission Society (CMS) and is using her skills in dance and drama to assist the Children At Risk Action Network (CRANE).
She is mainly involved in the Girls' Education Challenge Programme and runs dance workshops at various centres run by CRANE with the aim of encouraging creativity and confidence among girls who have missed out on formal education including some with learning or physical disabilities.