Mission at St. Luke's
"Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”"
(Matthew 28, vs18-20) © NIV
St. Luke's aims to promote the Word of God by active participation in His mission - to equip His people to share the Gospel and to spread that good news wherever He sends them. To that end the church encourages and supports a number of people and organisations serving beyond the gates of the church as well as every member of the congregation in their local area. St. Luke's seeks to encourage every member of His church to take the good news to a fallen world.
The church is delighted to have strong links with the following mission organisations which are listed alphabetically.
Latin Link is a Christian mission agency with a passion for mission in and from Latin America. Latin Link is an international community with a calling to love and serve God and His neighbours. Most members of Latin Link work in Latin American countries; some work with Latin Americans in other parts of the world. Others go from Latin America to work in Europe and elsewhere. Latin Link is involved in many different things, but it's heart is expressed in one word: formación. From Spanish, this can mean ‘formation’, ‘training’ or ‘education’. To Latin Link it speaks of personal development and spiritual growth, leading to wholeness. Latin Link sees as ultimate fulfilment in Christ and none other.
The mission of Latin Link is to evangelise, to teach and equip, to prepare people for life and work, to develop their God-given potential and help them grow in the service of others. In Christian terms, Latin Link is about whole-life discipleship which it believes to be God’s heart for every person and every community.
Further information is available at https://www.latinlink.org.uk/
Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF)
MAF believes that nothing should stop people from receiving the love of God and the essentials of life – no matter how remote they are. MAF's vision is to see 'isolated people physically and spiritually transformed in Christ's name.' MAF uses aviation and technology, because in many places those are the only ways to reach isolated people in need.
In today's 'connected world', the irony is that never have so many people been so isolated. Many remote communities have never heard the Gospel & are living in spiritual darkness. If a person has a medical emergency and the nearest hospital is a few days walk or an uncomfortable drive on rough roads, their prognosis is poor. When natural disasters, conflict or famine strike hard-to-reach places, an aircraft may be the only safe way to reach the people on the ground.
For over 70 years, MAF has been flying light aircraft over jungles, mountains, swamps and deserts. MAF enables0 0more than 2,000 aid, development and mission organisations to bring medical care, emergency relief, long-term development and Christian hope to thousands of communities. Every four minutes an MAF plane is taking off or landing somewhere in the world to help eliminate the barriers to physical and spiritual transformation. Enabling partners is at the core of what MAF does and you can help make it all possible.
Further information is available at https://www.maf-uk.org
The call of Navigators begins with the Gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom. Like other Christian organisations they begin and end with Jesus and His purposes. Navigators are His servants, grappling with how to present Him to a disinterested world. Jesus’ expression of this in them focuses on His work in their whole lives. He has called Navigators to focus on sharing His life with those they rub shoulders with. They allow Jesus to lead them into the places where He would have them shine. Wherever He takes them, they share Him through relationships. They don’t bring a package; they bring a Person living in a person. The desire of Navigators is that those who grasp the reality of Christ in them will go on to share that same fullness with others. Whether you are asking questions about life or Christianity, or wanting to deepen your faith, studentNAVS could be the place for you. Don’t miss the unique opportunity of your student days to explore the big questions in life.
Organisationally the Navigators is a worldwide mission partnership existing in over a hundred countries. The Navigators UK is a charity with a UK board and membership of both the Evangelical Alliance and Global Connections. The Navigators UK has been serving in the UK for 60 years.
Further information is available at http://navigators.co.uk/
In fellowship with UK churches and other organisations, through it's mission OMF seeks to mobilise people, prayer and resources for mission to East Asians both here and overseas. The OMF vision is to see the church encourage and support the establishing of reproducing communities of believers in East Asia.It's values are those of: dependence on God through prayer; non solicitation; keeping the priority of long term mission and the biblical basis for mission before the Christian public; integrity in relationships; aiming to maintain high standards; and being a learning organisation. OMF offers opportunities to serve both life-long and short term in Asia for 2-6 week periods. If you believe that God is calling you to service in His name perhaps you should be calling OMF?
Further information is available at https://omf.org/uk/
The Great Commandment is the Pioneer's motive for the Great Commission. They want to live our their lives fully surrendered to Him so that all nations may know that He alone is God. Pioneers focuses on those with the least opportunity to hear and understand the gospel. They want to see new believers united in fellowship with other believers, forming churches that plant churches – until all peoples are reached. Pioneers partner with sending churches to plant new communities of Christians. They also work alongside local, indigenous fellowships wherever possible.
Teams that are both task- and member-focused are at the core of Pioneers. This is crucial since many of the world’s remaining unreached peoples are in difficult and isolated pockets of the world. Reaching the world’s remaining unreached peoples requires creativity and sensitivity to the unique calling, vision, and needs of each missionary. Pioneers has a decentralised leadership structure. They are principle- rather than policy-driven, applying an interactive approach to decision-making that is based on trust. Understanding that each person bears the image of God, Pioneers endeavour to cultivate an atmosphere of mutual acceptance and respect in all their relationships, encouraging one another to attain their full potential in Christ. The biggest need is for people to just live in these unreached areas... to go and learn the language and culture...to go and just make friends. Pioneers fully believes that any skill and interest has the potential to be used within a church-planting team!
Further information is available at http://www.pioneers-uk.org/
"Everything we do is about valuing children and young people. We help them explore what Jesus said and did. We offer times and places where they can discover, challenge and decide."
Scripture Union (SU) partners with churches across Scotland, helping them to realise their vision for mission and evangelism. One of the core values at The Leprosy Mission Scotland is a member of a global partnership bringing Healing & Justice to people affected by leprosy. Together, our Just Cause is to defeat leprosy and transform lives. Ultimately Scripture Union would like to see a world free of leprosy and its effects on individuals, families and communities.
Working across the country, SU Scotland is dependence on God – it’s so aware of how much we all need his direction, wisdom, and power! Not surprisingly, then, prayer forms a key element of all that SU does. They want to work with everyone in our society, but, in particular, they make time for those in challenging circumstances & with those with limited resources and few opportunities.
Through the year, SU workers and volunteers contribute to the curriculum in many of Scotland’s schools. Locally SU is active in a number of schools in and around Milngavie& Bearsden. Their discipleship programme helps young people to grow, learn, explore and develop. SU residential centres are places of adventure, escape, discovery and hope. They offer young people the opportunity to enjoy time together and try out new activities - outdoor fun, high energy activities, music, crafts, friends, fun, camping and a whole lot more besides. As the summer draws closer if you want a young person to enjoy the blessings of a Scripture Union camp St. Luke’s can put you in touch with the local organiser or or just go online.
Further information is available at https://www.suscotland.org.uk/
The Leprosy Mission Scotland
The Leprosy Mission Scotland is a member of a global partnership bringing healing & justice to people affected by leprosy. Together, it's "Just Cause" is to defeat leprosy and transform lives. Ultimately we The Leprosy Mission Scotland would like to see a world free of leprosy and its effects on individuals, families and communities. Working across the country, The Leprosy Mission Scotland seeks to educate, inspire and enable you, along with other people, their churches, schools, community groups and even the government, to join it in upholding and supporting people affected by leprosy.
World Leprosy Day World Leprosy Day is the major date in the leprosy calendar. Every year on the last Sunday in January (in some countries this is extended to cover the whole of the last week in January) the whole world has a chance to stop and consider those people who are affected by leprosy around the world. It is an opportunity to celebrate the many stories of hope, transformation and restoration that have been achieved as The Leprosy Mission, and many other organisations, take steps towards achieving our ultimate goal of Defeating Leprosy and Transforming Lives. It is also an opportunity to grapple with the scale of the problem that still exists around the world.
Further information is available at http://www.tlmscotland.org.uk/index.php