“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
“God so loved the world...” What should our response to that love be? What else can it be but to share this most amazing news? Our missionary God calls each one of us to join in his mission – to our families, friends, colleagues and neighbours.
We also share this good news not only in word but through building meaningful relationships with others both near and far who are serving Christ in different ways, places and cultures. We also share it through caring for the needs of those around us, a real expression of God’s love poured out. Currently, 10 percent of St Swithin’s income goes to supporting its mission partners. The range of organisations with which we are linked, and the different ways in which they work, demonstrates the extent to which Mission is no longer about ‘us’ bringing something to ‘them’. So much is about partnership: working with other organisations; developing initiatives with local peoples and churches; and nurturing links between churches in different corners of the globe both practically and prayerfully. And in this way, in a host of ways, we enjoy a richness that comes from sharing together that which God has given us.