Cross-Cultural Ministry

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Claire Bell

Mission Support Facilitator

0427 330 021

missionsupport@corouniting.org

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CoroUniting commissions individuals and families who are called to share the good news of Jesus in words and actions by living and working in other cultural contexts.

Many exciting ministries are also happening through others beyond Australia’s shores, and we love to build relationships with some of these. Specifically, we have an ongoing connection with the Saiyarak group in northern Thailand.

Mission Care

Mission Care (formerly Mission Focus Group) is primarily focused on the pastoral care of our Cross-Cultural Workers, especially those who are geographically separate from us. It is our deepest desire that these brothers and sisters not be forgotten or disregarded when we act as a church community. The pastoral care we offer is to hear the stories of those interested in becoming involved in mission activities that require them to cross cultural boundaries, and to journey with them as they enter the field, do the work, and return.

We currently have three cross-cultural partnerships with CoroUniting members - see the below tabs for details.

Each of these Cross-Cultural Workers keep in touch with their supporters via newsletters, blogs, facebook groups and videos - for privacy reasons, these are restricted to those who call CoroUniting home and can be viewed in the Resources section (search for 'cross-cultural').

After many years of working overseas in Thailand and Cambodia, serving as State Director SA/NT and later SA mobiliser (Scott) and Personnel Managers for Interserve Australia, Scott and Rachael’s roles changed again in mid-2020. Scott ceased working with Interserve in order to be the minister of Bridgewater Uniting Church.

Rachael continues with Interserve in a new role as a Spiritual Director, helping Interserve partners around the world and in Australia to draw close to God in the pressures of everyday life so that they can flourish in their calling. She will continue to need financial and prayer support as she runs retreats, provides one-on-one spiritual direction and facilitates an international peer network within the agency. Rachael, previously a physiotherapist, has recently trained in Spiritual Direction and completed a Doctorate of Ministry. Her new ministry flows from her extensive experience in mission and transition.

You can check out some updates and more information about Rachael in the Resources section (search for 'cross-cultural') - for privacy reasons this is restricted to those who call CoroUniting home.

Josh & Hayley (with their son Koa) work with Youth With A Mission at the Perth base, Josh in a film ministry and Hayley in facilitating the Children at Risk School (CARS). The film ministry, Cygnet Films, aims to develop scripts which communicate Christian values which are modelled in the filming process. Both scripts and filming involve the community the team are reaching out to, building on relationships with them and exploring their own stories. Their first film, Wongi Warrior, was released in 2014 and they continue to develop their web series, Kimberley Spirit, speaking into the God-given identity of Aboriginal young people.

As a YWAM ministry, the film group participates in occasional overseas outreach trips along with others from the base. The Perth base has a specific commitment to working with indigenous communities in the Kimberley region, and both Josh’s and Hayley’s work involves growing relationships there.

You can check out some updates and more information about Josh & Hayley's role in the Resources section (search for 'cross-cultural') - for privacy reasons this is restricted to those who call CoroUniting home.

Third Culture Kid (TCK) is a term describing people who spend a significant part of childhood living outside their passport countries.

Kath is an Interserve partner, relying on team support as she develops policies and practices that support Third Culture Kids (TCKs) as they prepare to move overseas, while they live there and when they return. This involves developing and running programs for children and teenagers in Transition Training (a Missions Interlink twice-yearly residential preparation course) and at overseas regional team conferences; providing Child Safe training and resources to Interserve staff and families; and personal engagement with young Australians of Interserve families at all stages of their cross-cultural journey. She is passionate to see young people adjusting to the constant transitions in their lives and to have their identity grounded in Christ.

Kath keeps in touch with her supporters primarily via facebook (email Kath for details).

You can check out some updates and more information about Kath's role in the Resources section (search for 'cross-cultural') - for privacy reasons this is restricted to those who call CoroUniting home.

More from 'Community'

mainly music

Are you are the parent or primary carer of a pre-school child? mainly music is a fun music and movement session for you and your pre-schooler to enjoy together with yummy snacks, the chance to catch up with other parents and much more…

Throughout the thirty-minute music session, children develop gross and fine motor skills, language, imagination, maths and pre-reading skills. They then enjoy a healthy snack before having a time of free-play whilst the parents/carers have the opportunity to catch up over a cup of real coffee/tea and delicious morning tea. Children are introduced to music, creativity and more, plus families given a chance to think about the God-part of life.

Our mainly music sessions run on Monday mornings from 9:30 (for a 9:45 start) - 11:00am during term-time (starting the second week of each term) and cost $6 per family per session or $40 per term (you can prepay online here).

Check out the link for the current mainly musings newsletter.

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Saiyarak

Saiyarak, an HIV/AIDS support group in Nan Province, Thailand, is a group of about 40 adults and children affected by HIV who provide a network of support in their communities through microenterprises, education support, health education, holiday programs and family support.

They are supported within Thailand by the Church of Christ in Thailand AIDS Ministry (CAM) based in Chiang Mai. We occasionally send teams from CoroUniting to continue to build relationships with Saiyarak and CAM to complement our financial and prayer support. The last trip with a team was in 2017.

A comprehensive Saiyarak Q&A has been written to answer any questions and provide further information.

Education Support: One of the key ways in which we financially support Saiyarak is through our Saiyarak Child Sponsorship (see linked brochure), enabling sponsors to support a particular child in their journey through the education system.

If you are interested in supporting Saiyarak financially, please download the linked Support form or contact Abbi Gottsche.

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Local Partnerships

What does it mean to be part of our local community, to belong? Surely part of the answer is that we contribute, we make a positive difference.

As Christians, Jesus says that we are salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16) – He wants us to flavour our local communities, to bring out the best in them and to shine His light wherever we go and whatever we do. God has put us in local communities to share our lives so that, through us, people would see Jesus and He would be glorified.

At a local level, CoroUniting partners with several surrounding churches through the Mitcham Hills Inter-Church Council. The group supports the work of Pastoral Care Workers (PCWs, previously known as chaplains) in our local schools and has also initiated the Beacon Emergency Relief Service providing assistance to members of the community who are struggling.

You can find out more about these and other ministries below and also in the Resources section where you will find recent newsletters and updates.

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Creative Threads

Are you new to this area and would like to connect with local ladies? Or do you know someone who loves doing threadwork (ie sewing, patchwork & quilting, knitting, crochet, lacework, etc) and wants or needs to connect socially in a small group with others who also enjoy threadwork?

Creative Threads is an opportunity to find new friends through a common love of threadwork.

We'd love you to join us!

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The Alpha Course

Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith - no pressure, no follow up, no fees!

What does Alpha include?

Eat: Alpha always involves having a bite to eat, whether it’s a full meal or coffee & cake, it’s a great opportunity to get to know other people in a relaxed environment.

Watch: We watch a short talk that discusses various aspects of the Christian faith.

Chat: In small groups, there is the opportunity to discuss the thoughts presented in the talk, and any other questions, openly and honestly.

Email the Church Office for more information about our next Alpha course.

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