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, where Richard is now Director. 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
Richard Bromley is the Mission Director of ICS which stands for Intercontinental Church Society.
The calling of ICS is to mission and ministry to English speaking people. The organization takes the Good News of Jesus Christ to English speaking people all around the world, through chaplaincies, both seasonally to tourists and permanently to key locations.
ICS is responsible for the appointment of clergy where ICS has a right to appoint. Elsewhere ICS supports churches to enable them to reach out to the communities they are in. ICS also hosts a yearly conference for all the chaplains located in different places in the world.
ICS provides a termly prayer letter called ICS News which is excellent and available on request.
On the ICS website you will find daily prayer points and up to the minute prayer news and requests. This should allow you to pray for ICS more intelligently ad frequently. It can be found on the following site: www.ics-uk.org The Twitter feed is @interchsoc where the update news and prayer needs are posted.
All Saints supports the work of Medair, an international humanitarian organisation inspired by the Christian faith with its headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. This support is through financial giving and through members of the congregation who are employed at Medair’s headquarters and working in the field.
Medair works around the world in emergency relief and recovery. For general information regarding Medair please access relief.medair.org/en/mission/. To be connected with those at All Saints who work for Medair please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Short Term Partners
Muriel Ijere-Crot is a retired French teacher who taught for more than 40 years in Secondary Schools in Nigeria and in Language and Hotel Management Schools in Switzerland. She was also a Senior Lecturer in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.
Muriel grew up in a God fearing family and she gave her life to Christ in 1960 during a convention in Lausanne with Billy Graham.
When she was young she had a dream to live in Africa. God was preparing the way for her and when she met her Nigerian husband, that dream was fulfilled.
After 23 years she had to return to Switzerland because living in Nigeria was no longer possible: riots and armed robbery on the campus, strikes, no payment of salaries, etc. Her children were suffering too much in that country.
Muriel retired in 2012. A call from God that she had at 18 could at last be answered. She decided to devote some of her time to God and to serve Him on short-term missions around the world.
She joined Wycliffe and went to Yaoundé, Cameroon, to teach French in the Rain Forest International School for 3 months. There she gave special private classes to students who faced difficulties in learning French. She also taught the language to members of staff who were interested and donated 3 folders filled with self-made handouts.
In 2014 Muriel went to Faith Academy in Manila, Philippines. She replaced a teacher who needed to go on maternity leave. She taught 4 classes, 2 in Middle School and 2 in High School. Living in Manila where shopping malls are huge, people are active day and night, was a new and interesting experience. The Church she attended was one of the smallest churches and yet there were about 2 000 worshippers from around the world at each Sunday service.
Then in 2015 she went to Antananarivo, Madagascar to teach French in a Christian School. It was created by a Christian couple and the teachers were Christian and talked English. She supervised French teachers, created hand-outs and was able to have an impact on the children by singing in French with them and teaching them how to pray in French. As the school had no curriculum in French, she spent the first five months of 2016 to write a curriculum for the whole school.
Short-term missions have been a rewarding way to serve the Lord. God is always with her and He protects her during all her missions. There is no age limit to answer God’s call.
Muriel would be so happy if persons from All Saints’, young or older, would show motivation to serve God in the mission field. To be connected with Muriel please contact email@example.com