Spitak, Armenia. ABC, along with Churches Together in Alnwick, financially supports the NGO Family Care, which has provided practical care to the community around the town of Spitak since the area’s devastating earthquake in 1988. We fund an Art Therapy school which provides a safe and creative environment in which local children learn painting, ceramics and crafts, and where the Women's Group make woven and sewn goods for commercial sale. Some of our ABC family regularly visit the project and also work in the local orphanage for disabled young people, so have built strong links with Spitak.
BMS World Mission. ABC supports BMS, a Christian mission organisation working in around 35 countries on 4 continents. We are linked with several BMS workers to support them in prayer. In the members area there is a live feed from BMS giving up to date information on our partners. See also the BMS website for more information http://www.bmsworldmission.org/
- CORD. We have close links with CORD, an international organisation working to build lasting peace in partnership with people living and working in conflict, or post-conflict situations. Through CORD, we have also twinned our ABC toilets with toilets in Burundi!(http://www.cord.org.uk/)
- Praying for the persecuted church. A group regularly meets to pray together for those across the world who are persecuted for following Jesus.
- We also regularly pray for and give to Tearfund, Open Doors, Release International, Embrace, The Leprosy Mission.
We are one of several Alnwick churches who work together in our local community.
South Africa Trip 10 - 20th February 2012
Dan Pratt used to be our BMS Link missionary in South Africa, where he taught at the Baptist Convention of South Africa training College in Soweto, Johannesburg. Dan was instrumental in linking up a team of 9 people from ABC with the Baptist Church in Tembisa, a large township, in February this year in order that we might learn more about life in the townships today, and to communicate something of God’s love to them from across the world. We shared in the life of the church, and worked with the Community Project based on the church site - doing ‘make-overs’ of the homes of two needy families, visiting the sick and elderly with the ‘home care-givers’, helping with the meals for the ‘orphans’ in the nursery and older children after school, running a kids’ club for those of school age. It was a very special time, and we gained far more than we gave, as you will see from the reflections of the team members which follow. Click on the link below to download the report.
This was the video we watched, as part of our service of celebration and prayer, this Christmas morning.