Cross-Cultural Ministry

3 October, 2018Community

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 three partnerships with CoroUniting members working cross-culturally - 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.

Josh & Hayley 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 are now working on the film, Kimberley Spirit.

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.

Terry & Julie and their family moved to Pokhara, Nepal, in July 2015. Terry, a chartered accountant, is working as a finance advisor with International Nepal Fellowship (INF). INF is a Christian organisation working to give some of the most marginalised Nepalis hope and greater fullness of life through health and community development work. INF also works with and encourages the local churches.

Julie has had previous experience in Nepal as a midwife and nurse. In addition to supporting their children, Daniel and Micah, who attend the small INF school, Julie also builds relationships with local women and is involved with medical camps and other INF health projects.

INF are the Steven family’s sending agency, but they are also associated with TEAR Australia, a Christian relief, development and advocacy agency with many projects in Nepal, including partnering with INF.

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