Overseas mission

We support a number of projects beyond the work we do here in Oakwood:

The Mahalir Aran Trust is a Christian refuge community for disadvantaged women and children in Tamil Nadu, south India. It aims to meet the practical, spiritual and emotional needs of those resident in the centre, and people in extreme poverty in the surrounding villages. It is also building a church in the nearby village, and they rejoice to see people becoming Christians. St Thomas supports this project with prayer and giving.

Andrew Chard (Wycliffe Bible Translators): Andrew and his wife Rachel spent fourteen years in Tanzania as pioneer church planters with six of these years leading an international church planting team among a totally Muslim people group. They returned to the UK in 2008, and they are now based in Oxford where Andrew works for Wycliffe Bible Translators - an organisation seeking to enable everybody to engage with God's word in their own language.

Janet & Peter Dallman work with OMF International in Tokyo, Japan. Peter is Training & Development Coordinator for OMF in Japan, running training courses for missionaries in evangelism, church planting, life management and team building. Janet is Pastoral & Spiritual Care Coordinator, which means making sure all the missionaries receive adequate support practically, pastorally and spiritually. Janet also acts as Candidate Coordinator for OMF in Japan.

Riste & Tea Micev are our mission partners with Crosslinks in Novi Sad, Serbia.  Riste runs 'Project Timothy', supporting the growing number of church plants that are being established around the country. Many of the new church leaders are working in isolated, lonely regions of Serbia where there are often no other evangelical Christians. Project Timothy helps with resources, courses and training programmes. Riste has previously worked at the HUB Bible school, where many of the new church leaders were trained.

Robbie & Lizzie Bellis are Crosslinks missionaries in Belgium. They have just planted a new church in the university town of Louvain la Neuve, having previously worked for a French-speaking church in Brussels.