Emmanuel Church Canterbury

Mission Support

Below is a short introduction to some of the organisations and individuals who are supported by Emmanuel Church. For more information, such as how to receive regular updates and prayer letters, or on how to give support, contact us via the contact page.

The Gelsthorpes in Japan

Mark and Sarah (with their 3 children, Grace, Isaac and Caleb), serve with Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF) in a small church in Hanamaki, Japan. Before we sent them to Japan, Mark served as an intern at Emmanuel Church and did the Cornhill Training Course in London. They have been Emmanuel Partners since 2011 and have been living in Japan since 2014. They work at Hanamaki Grace Church and are involved in various outreach activities including Bible studies, English language courses, cookery classes and children’s groups. Mark also preaches in other local churches.

Matt Hodson at Oak Hill

Born and raised in Canterbury, Matt went away to uni for 3 years before returning to serve as Pastoral Intern at Emmanuel for 3 years, also studying part-time on the Cornhill Training Course. He is currently in his second year of study at Oak Hill Theological College and is exploring options about serving in Japan from 2020.

Andrew Muwowo and Proclamation Zambia

Emmanuel Church has supported Andrew Muwowo financially since he worked with Friends International, a charity that reaches international students in the UK with the good news of Jesus. Since leaving Friends International, Emmanuel has continued to support him while he has seen a long-term dream become a reality. Some years ago, Andrew attended the Cornhill Training Course after working a church planter in Zambia. He saw the urgent need for something similar in Zambia where the church is ‘a mile wide, and an inch deep’. Proclamation Zambia has been running since 2016 and it trains men and women to teach the Bible and plant churches. Andrew Muwowo occasionally attends Emmanuel to preach and to pass on news about the college.

France

Emmanuel Church has personal contact with at least four mission ventures in France. These we support through regular prayer at our Wednesday prayer meetings and through Growth Groups who have adopted one of the ventures. These four missions include a couple involved in home church in Castres, a family involved in leading a church in Carcassonne, and two families involved in Church-plants, one in Val d’Europe and one in West Paris.

Children of Grace Home

A Christian orphanage in Vizag, India. The orphanage is home to 16 boys from impoverished backgrounds who have all lost either one or both parents from a young age. At COG, the boys get to attend a good Christian school and grow up in a loving Christian home where Christ is central. The home was founded in 2012 by a group of school friends from Whitstable who set up a UK charity for this to happen. Two of the six trustees are Emmanuel partners- Mike Cadge and Ben Cadge. Two former partners also serve as trustees.

Emmanuel Church also has many other connections with groups and individuals involved in mission, including:

  • Glen, who supports a pastor in Romania working among gipsies.

  • Pauline, who lived in The Gambia running a missionary guest house and also helping at a local school, serving with Worldwide Evangelisation for Christ International.

  • A former Emmanuel partner who works in outreach ministry in Vietnam. 

  • Canterbury’s Christian Unions who exist to bring the gospel to students in Canterbury.

  • Butch and Bobbie have served with StoryRunners, an American mission that encouraged gospel outreach through learning gospel stories.

  • Friends International in Canterbury who run Bible studies, a community café and many other social events. 

  • Many also serve on summer camps and missions over the summer, including for Christians Camps in Wales.