Downs Baptist Church seeks to support projects both at home and overseas through prayer, financial giving and offering practical help. One tenth of our offerings are used to support mission projects. The main areas of support abroad at present include Romania and Kenya.
Support is given to other churches in this country through such organisations as the Home Mission Fund and locally through the Brighton & Hove City Mission. We also support Off the Fence, a local Christian charity offering spiritual, practical and emotional support to the homeless; women experiencing periods of crisis, abuse, isolation and mental health issues and a Schools and Youth Team offering a quality resource to schools.
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For over 20 years, DBC has had links with various church-based and socially supportive projects in Romania. Our aid has mainly been channelled through “The Cleaford Christian Trust” (TCCT). John Cassé one of the leaders here at DBC is a Trustee of TCCT and a group of TCCT trustees visit Romania twice a year. TCCT supports pastors, widows and church-based projects in the Brasov and Targu Mures areas as well as a Christian Camp which provides opportunities for hundreds of children (as well as some adult groups) from disadvantaged backgrounds to experience a variety of evangelistic programmes in the beautiful Romanian countryside. In addition, the Trust continues to give considerable support to the Brasov Children’s Hospital in making available equipment, craft materials and toys, as well as antibiotics and other medication. This aid is made possible by the donations, both practical and financial, from individual supporters, churches, schools and other organisations.
Latest news re aid to Romania
The Trust has in the past benefitted free of charge from the use of local warehouse space in the Farnham area for the storage, sorting and packing of the aid to be sent to Romania but sadly this free facility has now come to an end.
Having considered this, together with the current costs of freight, as well as the changing needs in Romania since TCCT was started, the Trustees have decided that no further shipments of supplies will be made. Saving the cost of freight means that the financial support for projects in Romania will be slightly enhanced, although TCCT will also continue to need funds for those occasions where they will be buying locally (in Romania), for example toys, games and craft items for the Children’s Hospital. TCCT would like to say a big thank you to all of the many friends who have provided tons of supplies over the years.
Please feel free to talk to John Cassé for any further information about this or any other matter related to “TCCT” and our contact as a church with Romania. John is planning a trip in March 2017 so watch this space!
Head to the TCCT website at cleafordchristiantrust.org.uk for further information about the Trust.
We are privileged to have a close link with Pastor Daniel Gitau and his wife Fennih in the village of Dundori near to Nakuru in Kenya. There they care for four congregations, a school and a clinic. Daniel also has administrative responsibility for six other churches in the area.
The faith and work of this group of people has been a source of inspiration to DBC over the past 25 years as we have seen how diligently and sacrificially they have used limited resources to benefit the community they serve.
The Greengrocers Shop sells a growing number of Fair Trade as well as health food items and at Christmas, Traidcraft goods. Their mission is to fight poverty through trade, practising and promoting approaches that help people in developing countries to transform their lives and communities.
The church continues to support Tearfund, the Christian relief and development charity which cares for the world’s poor in 70 countries across the world.