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.
The table below is the breakdown of our support to our various mission partners since 2016.
|Period||Mission Project||Amount given|
|January to March 2016||Mercy Ships (international)||250 euros|
|April to June 2016||Poverello (Ostend)||210 euros|
|July to September 2016||Blind Centre (international)||333 euros|
|October to December 2016||De Berkjes (Bruges)||200 euros|
|Memorial fund 2016||Exodus Vision (for Malawi)||525 euros|
|Bishop’s Advent Appeal||St Johns Church Casablanca||140 euros|
|April-June 2017||DESO (Disabled Equipment Sent Overseas) – Ghana|
|July-September 2017||Mercy Ships (international)|
|October-December 2017||Bishop’s Advent Appeal: St Paul’s within the walls (Rome), refugee project (Rome)||230 euros|
|December 2017||Humanitarian Corridors, Belgium (in support of refugees)||250 euros|
CURRENT APPEAL (January/February/March):
During the first quarter of 2018 we are supporting EDOU (Education & Development Opportunity – Uganda), a charity organisation incorporated and operating in Uganda since 2009. The founder of EDOU, Brian Mutebi, visited Ostend to talk about his work. EDOU’s mission is to transform lives by touching hearts of orphaned and vulnerable young people particularly girls, giving them access to education, empowering them to succeed, uphold fundamental human rights with particular focus on girls and women to ensure sustainable development. Their work is deeply rooted in our strong conviction about man’s primary responsibility – serving humanity – which gives us and our partners opportunity to demonstrate love and compassion in communities. Since inception in 2009, EDOU has been growing in her charity cause, mobilizing and committing resources in areas of practical need. Our Core values are Love; Innovation; Integrity; and Accountability.
Read more here: EDOU
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.
We are excited about this new development and look forward to seeing God in action in our community and beyond!
“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.