Our international focus stems from our location in the heart of a multicultural city, our history of social engagement, our diverse congregations and visitors, and long-standing partnerships.
The St Martin’s International Committee represents the community of St Martin’s in building international relationships and offering a welcome to those who visit from overseas.
We seek to:
- Work in partnership with communities worldwide in the service of God.
- Make international issues an integral and visible part of the life of St Martin’s
- Build meaningful and reciprocal international relationships
- Welcome and include people of all cultures within the life of our church
The Committee is responsible for allocating the PCC’s annual budget of overseas giving by making small grants to grass roots organisations and groups across the world. We co-ordinate collections for Christian Aid and for the Diocesan ALMA appeal for Angola and Mozambique, and also offer a particular welcome at services and events at St Martin’s which have an international focus. These include the Archbishop Romero Trust service; hosting the Environmental Audit Committee; a Peace Vigil on 8/9 June 2012 to launch the 100 Days of Peace initiative for the Olympics and hosting the World Congress of Faiths service.
We are currently supporting these projects through small grants:
- Education of Amity Foundation orphans in partnership with Friends of the Church in China
- Support for a church community in Haiti, post-earthquake, in partnership with CAFOD
- Nursing training for staff at St Luke’s Hospital, Malawi
- MS Foundation School, Hyderabad, India: teaching assistance. In addition, 3 members of the congregation have made visits and taught there
- Melanesian Brotherhood, Solomon Islands: contribution to Great Conference
- Toungoo, Myanmar rural health project in partnership with USPG
- Leadership training for the church in Zimbabwe
- Papua New Guinea: support for training for women in partnership with PNGCP (Papua New Guinea Church Partnership)
- Mekele School for the Blind, Ethiopia: resources and teaching assistance
- Northern Uganda Paediatric Care Programme (NUPAC): perinatal care to children and mothers
- Helen Bamber Foundation: assistance for refugees and asylum seekers who have suffered human rights abuses
For more information about St Martin’s International work contact Susannah Woodd (Chair, International Committee) or Revd Richard Carter via the parish office.