Cross-Cultural Ministry

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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. Two we have ongoing connection with are the Saiyarak group and Project Kola.

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 four 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').

Scott & Rachael have been actively involved in cross-cultural mission for much of the last 25 years while living in SE Asia and when based in Australia. Their first overseas period was working with The Leprosy Mission in Northern Thailand for 3 years from 1992. When their boys were in primary school they returned to Thailand for 5 years, this time working with the Uniting Church’s partner church, The Church of Christ in Thailand. Scott took up the role of Regional Director SA/NT for Interserve thereafter. In 2009 they were asked to lead the growing Interserve team in Cambodia, where Scott was the Country Team Leader and Rachael part of the leadership team from January 2010 until their return to Australia in July 2015.

They remain Interserve partners reliant on team support. Currently they are together sharing the role of Personnel Director for Interserve Australia, based in Adelaide but serving Australian partners of Interserve around the world.

You can check out some updates and more information about Scott& Rachael's role 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.

For nearly five years, Terry and Julie (and their sons Daniel and Micah) served in Pokhara, Nepal with International Nepal Fellowship (INF). Terry was the Finance Advisor, helping to improve the financial systems and provide training to the Nepali finance team. Julie used her midwifery skills to help train Nepali health workers and she was also engaged in supporting a local women’s education and empowerment group GLOW. They were also connected with their local Nepali fellowship, and very engaged with the Pokhara Study Centre where the boys attended. 

The Stevens returned to Adelaide in March 2020 and are slowly transitioning back to life in Australia with Daniel and Micah attending a local school and both Terry and Julie finding work in their fields of expertise.

You can check out some updates and more information about Terry & Julie 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.

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