At Whitehill we value Missions and have selected some that we support:
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe is no dream island holiday destination, but the Swincer family are all extremely excited about their mission trip in mid September. Gone for three weeks, they will firstly partner with the mission team, Kiwilink, before surprising Tracy Swincer’s family, some of whom the four boys have never met, with a visit. The youngest, Hunter, said he was excited about meeting the aunt and uncle he’d never met, as well as hopefully getting to play with some lion cubs. Things were put into perspective after Anthony’s faith was sparked at the Global Leadership Summit 18 months ago, when the Swincers learned how Tracy’s extended family living in Zimbabwe were struggling to even eat. This led to the support of her family becoming part of their weekly budget for about a year now.
Far from the relaxing, island holiday they were originally planning, Anthony said, “along with doing some mission work and seeing the family, it is an opportunity for the boys to get that reality check, in terms of realising just how fortunate they are.”
Inspired to get real with their faith, the Swincers have nothing set in concrete including transport and accommodation, except for the short time their mission trip overlaps with Kiwilink. “There’s no set mission, like building a house. We’re more open to what they want and where God leads us. We might go along to one of the local churches and I’ll do a bit of preaching, but it’s about that support. For them to know that there are people who do care about them and who are praying for them” said Anthony.
The family however, does plan on spending a couple of days at Khayelihle Children’s Village, doing simple, practical things. The boys might play soccer with the kids at KCV and Tracy, with her background in portrait and wedding photography, will take updated photos of all 100 kids. Sam said he was keen to meet and play with the other kids, despite the difference in their backgrounds.
They are willing to let God lead them, Anthony said, as “the things that God can do, can be so much bigger than anything we could ever imagine. Maybe it’s just the little special moments, that mean something. But it could be that God has something much bigger planned.”
Harry said, Bulawayo seems like a faraway place only seen on documentaries on television, where you’d sit watching the screen wondering what it’s like over there. “But in a couple of months we will be literally putting ourselves in those people’s footsteps, working hand in hand with them.”
Anthony is aware of how different Zimbabwe will be and doesn’t want to return with the feeling of ‘coming back to reality.’ Rather, he wants to “go in with an open mind, ‘Lord where will you take us? But then to come back and ask, ‘Lord where will you take us now?’”
We are raising money to go to building Water Bores in Zimbabwe to support the local rural communities. If you would like to help please contact the church office.
Each year at Whitehill we pack lots and lots of shoeboxes with care to send away to Operation Christmas Child through Samaritans Purse to go to underpriveged children around the world. Click here for more information. To donate items contact the office. Contact us.
Solomon Islands- Frank & Sue Sanders
Frank and Sue and their children Jesse and Chris live in the Solomon Islands. Frank works for Kokonut Pacific.
Frank’s work is always busy and challenging. Lately, he has been working on training the staff to take tours of expats/volunteers/tourists through the coconut technology centre and explain all things to do with coconuts (Frank’s in his element!). The participants have really enjoyed it and many are keen to purchase the coconut products and are keen to know about the Nullife products they can purchase once they are home (Nullife is the brand that sell the Kokonut Pacific products).
Frank is helping develop a Coconut Technology Center (CTC) as a training and demonstration facility for coconut farming families. It is a wonderful opportunity to work on a program and infrastructure that follows a passion Frank has had for many years. We have been able to help advise in the design of the center and integrate access for people with disabilities and programs to support people with special needs. We have friends who work in disability services in the Solomon islands and Sue may also have an opportunity to provide some training and occupational therapy for disability agencies from time to time as family commitments allows.
Solomon Islands- Short Term Mission trip
Every 2 years in the June-July School Holidays Dan & Kathy Leadbetter head up a working team to the Solomon Islands.
Our aim is: To provide a short term Working Mission Team, to provide some essential maintenance and renovation work for One Pusu Bible College campus, on the island of Malaita, in the Solomon Islands. We work in partnership with the SSEC Church, college students and local community, and form valued relationships and rewarding experiences.
Short term missions have become a spoke in the wheel to take the gospel to other nations. Short term mission can create excitement, energy and activity in the host country that allows long term workers to build on. There are also many tasks that short term workers can specifically do such as building, using their training and expertise, and providing financial assistance for this through specific fundraising for their projects. Our working mission trips serve the purpose of:
- encouraging mission and relationships with the people we partner with in the Solomon Islands
- supporting the training of indigenous pastors to go back to their own villages/ communities as missionaries.
- creating opportunities for people to experience a different culture, and provide the opportunity to from new relationships
- serving others in need by providing maintenance and rebuilding at the One Pusu Bible College
Our next trip will be in 2017.
Uganda – Watoto
Watoto Child Care Ministries is a holistic care program that was initiated as a response to the overwhelming number of orphaned children and vulnerable women in Uganda, whose lives have been ravaged by war and disease. Founded by Gary & Marilyn Skinner, Watoto was birthed through Watoto Church, a thriving local church in Kampala, Uganda.
Watoto is positioned to rescue an individual, raise each one as a leader in their chosen sphere of life so that they in turn will rebuild their nation. The Watoto model involves physical care, medical intervention including HIV/AIDS treatment, education – formal and technical, trauma counselling and spiritual discipleship.
We exist to raise the next generation of African leaders by pursuing excellence in academic and practical skills, integrity in conduct and moral values, so that each one becomes a responsible Christian and a productive citizen.
We aim to care for 10,000 children in Uganda by 2023 and to replicate the model in other countries across the continent so as to fast-track the rescue of orphaned children and vulnerable women in Africa.
The Watoto Childrens Choir tour Australia each year and we have been privileged to have them at Whitehill each year for the last 8 years. Keep tuned for their next visit.
Philippines – Paul & Debbie Howells
Paul & Debbie Howells- From the beginning our heart and ministry has been to bring the Good News of Jesus to unreached people groups in the Philippines and ultimately, to see churches planted that have God’s Word in their language, are maturing and able to reach out to others. For us this has involved working amongst the Dulangan Higaunon and the Tala-Andig people. Please see the pages on the history of these works for more information.
Day to day, our ministry has involved all sort of things including… learning languages, studying culture and worldview, preparing Bible lessons in the local languages, teaching through the Word of God, translating the Scriptures into Tala-Andig and Dulangan Higaunon, discipling and equipping believers to carry on the work, training up Bible teachers, facilitating the teaching of literacy, offering medical treatment, training up medical workers, socio-economic development projects such as planting fruit trees, helping farmers with seed, cattle projects, a corn mill, building school rooms and sponsoring some kids and young adults through school and uni.
At the moment in the stage we are at in the Tala-Andig work, our focus is on finishing the translation of the New Testament into Tala-Andig and also teaching the Word, discipling the church leadership, and continuing on with helping the community and the schools as much as we can.
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Compassion – Sponsor Children
Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program aims to develop children that graduate with the skills to be economically self-supporting, are physically and emotionally healthy, and demonstrate a genuine relationship with Christ. There are many from our church who sponsor children including our Youth.