Jesus taught us to love people, and to show this love by caring for one another's physical and spiritual needs. At St Mark's we are pleased that we are able to show Christ's love to others in many ways. We are in partnership with a number of people and groups, who share the good news about Jesus throughout Australia and overseas, and who demonstrate God's love in practical ways while they do this.
We partner with Mike and Karen Roe, who left Adelaide for Namibia in 2016 and have since moved to South Africa to continue their mission, with the support of Church Missionary Society (CMS). Mike's role includes teaching theology to future pastors throughout Africa, supervising postgraduate students and encouraging and supporting theological students at Bible college. For more information about them, or if you would like to receive their monthly prayer updates, please click here.
We financially support the work of ABM - the Anglican Board of Mission. ABM works with Anglican churches in other countries to help them meet the spiritual and material needs of people. Each year St Mark's chooses a project to financially and prayerfully support.
We collect non-perishable food items for 'The Mission - Elizabeth' and new toiletries items for 'The Magdalene Centre - Adelaide', as well as some financial support for Anglicare SA ministries. Anglicare SA help to meet the needs of many people around South Australia. They run programs in areas such as parenting, youth, foster care, financial literacy, new arrivals, Aboriginal services, disability care emergency assistance, homelessness, and aged care.
The Bush Church Aid Society has a heart for people living in regional and remote parts of Australia. Field Staff of BCA help people around Australia by sharing the gospel, building up local churches, and caring for people. BCA seeks to equip and train local people, to proclaim the good news about Jesus wherever possible, and to support Indigenous ministry. St Mark's are pleased to financially and prayerfully support the ministry done through Bush Church Aid. For more information you can visit their webpage here.
We also support Christmas Bowl. This is a group that aims to forge a loving connection between the Christian community in Australia, and people around the world who are experiencing hardship and suffering. Recent donations made to Christmas Bowl helped provide food for refugees from Burma, medical care for Palestinian families in Gaza, and help for Christians and other groups fleeing persecution in Iraq. Members of St Mark's donate money at Christmas time for this cause.
Operation Christmas Child is part of the Christian charity, 'Samaritan’s Purse (Australia and New Zealand)' which brings physical relief and hope to victims of war, poverty, disaster, disease and famine across the world. St Mark's parishioners assist this organisation by filling shoe boxes to give to children from around the world. To find out more please visit the Samaritan's Purse website.