Mission PartnersEvery Christian is a Missionary and every Christian has a Mission. That mission field may well be the office we work in or at home being a full time parent or the gym where we work out. However we all recognize that mission opportunities arise, which, if they are to be realized fully, need people to leave paid employment and be supported prayerfully, financially and practically by the local church. All Saints’ has a number of such mission partners who are either home grown or are involved with outreach to English language people throughout the world. To find out more, please see details of our long term and short term mission partners.
Long Term Partners
Michelle grew up in Australia and worked as a Physiotherapist for five years while also completing an Associates degree in Christian Ministry.
She became involved in full time overseas missions in 2006. Initially she worked as a Physiotherapist with Mercy Ships in Sierra Leone, then joined YWAM Lausanne in 2007.
God called her to focus on discipleship, evangelism and mercy ministries; specifically training and equipping young adults, and facilitating opportunities for them to engage in missions overseas.
Michelle is part of a leadership team in YWAM Lausanne (Youth with Mission) which is an international and interdenominational Christian Mission committed to “knowing God” and making Him known in every nation of the world”.
The training consists of a five month, hands-on Christian discipleship training program with a 12 week lecture phase, followed by an eight week outreach. It is delivered in French, German, Spanish, Korean and English with students coming from all over the world to participate.
During the lecture phase, students get to know God in greater depth through the teaching they receive and through engaging in discipleship, evangelism and mercy ministries locally in Lausanne. Students are then commissioned in smaller teams to engage in ministry in different countries (for example with churches, hospitals, prisons, refugees, and orphanages).
Michelle is also involved in training new staff, and teaching at YWAM Lausanne. She goes regularly into the city of Lausanne to engage in street evangelism and share God’s truth and love with the people of Switzerland.
She loves seeing young people meet God personally and live out a relationship with Him in practical and tangible ways, expressing God’s truth, love and hope to the nations.
Richard & Karen Bradford
Richard and Karen Bradford have served as staff members of L’Abri Community based in Huémoz, Switzerland since 2001. They were married in 1994 in British Columbia, Canada and have two children, Alexis and Simon.
Richard was born in Toronto and raised in a number of places around Southern Ontario. He completed his undergraduate degree in philosophy at Trinity Western University and his Master’s degree at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Richard spent quite a few years painting houses before completing his education.
Karen was born and raised in Salmon Arm, British Columbia. Karen has completed a number of college diploma courses. For three years she ran her own massage therapy clinic in Vancouver. She attended L’Abri as a student in 1993 and returned with Richard, Alexis and Simon in January 2000.
L’Abri is a French word best translated into English as “The Shelter”. It was established in 1955 by Francis and Edith Schaeffer, who opened their chalet/home to those who were seeking answers to life’s many questions.
Today Christians continue to need to know how to navigate through the high degree of confusion to clearer thinking and living for the sake of Christ and L’Abri continues to be dedicated to helping provide a community where questions and problems about God and life can be discussed rationally and answers sought.
International Church Society
Brice Johnson is our most recent addition to our Mission Partners. He is best known to our young people not only as he led our youth stream at the Church Weekend Away last year but most especially as the leader of Project Compassion (Albania, Romania and Croatia).
Youth Compass is now under the much larger “umbrella” of Youth for Christ. the YFC and Youth Compass missions fit together very well and this allows Youth Compass access to more resources, staff support, a larger reach when recruiting staff, and more people praying for them.
For an update from Brice, click here: Project Compassion April 2017