Katherine Miccinilli, Member of the Chaplaincy Council explains our Mission Plan:
We are very happy to announce that, as of 2016, the combined parishes of Bruges, Ostend and Knokke-Heist will be giving 10% of their chaplaincy fund income to mission and charity. All that we have we receive from God, so it is our honour to be able to give a small part back to Him for the furthering of His kingdom.
You might be wondering why the Council has made this decision and how the amounts have been decided. Well, our starting point, as usual, is the Bible.
As individuals, God calls us to give and to tithe (Leviticus 27:30), and in fact so many of us give to churches and charities. God also calls us to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’ (Matthew 28:19-20). We can act upon this calling even as a church and have a far-reaching impact. Therefore, by giving a tenth of our joint first fruits to mission, we are trusting that God will use little us to make an impact upon our community and beyond.
The plan is to support four projects per year; these can be projects carried out by a church member or projects managed by larger charities.
For 2019, we have already planned the four mission partners. In the first trimester, we are collecting money for the Nigerian blind centre (already supported in 2016); the second trimester we are aiming at supporting Poverello Bruges (a local charity providing food and support for the poor); the third trimester we will support again the Mercy Ships; and finally we will support the Bishop’s Advent appeal in the last trimester. For Lent, we are planning to support the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Assisi, based in the town of Chililabombwe, Zambia (as a church member will be travelling there this year).
We thank you again for all your support and give God the glory.
Donations welcome by bank transfer to the Chaplaincy Fund:
IBAN BE07-0682-4964-3166 (BIC: GKCCBEBB)
The Council welcomes proposals from church members for other charities and missions to be supported and will decide at each meeting which project to support in the following trimester. Please contact Rev Augustine to submit your proposal.
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” Malachi 3:10.
The table below is the breakdown of our support to our various mission partners in 2018.
|January-March 2018||EDOU Project (Education and development Opportunity – Uganda)||200 euros|
|April-June 2018||Heide Huis (local charity palliative care)||250 euros|
|July- September 2018||Mercy Ships (international)||220 euros|
|October – December 2018||Bishop’s Advent’s appeal (kitchen for St Andrew’s Moscow)||250 euros|