QUIN & MALENI DELPORT
MATT & JESS
Following 8 years on the pastoral team at St Mark's, Quin and Maleni joined the 24-7 Prayer Church plant team to the island of Ibiza in August 2017. They were invited to join this team to prayerfully discern and begin to build an all year round Church Community which would stand on the foundations built by 24-7 Prayer teams over 15 years - praying for Ibiza and loving and serving the people who flock here in search of meaning, excitement or escape.
Since arriving, Quin and Maleni have been helping to nurture and build community with a view also to shaping bilingual worship gatherings and Bible teaching; a space for visitors, temporary residents to the island and locals to feel integrated into a thriving and authentic church community.
In the summer months they have 80+ volunteers from all around the globe forming teams over 2-week missions to help the sick and vulnerable to safety or to medical attention, to pray for the lost, hand out Bibles and share the love of Christ. www.24-7ibiza.com/
MARK & KYLIE THOMAS
For over 12 years Matt and Jess have been working with Muslims in the United States, South Asia and Southeast Asia. They met and got married in 2007 and have 3 children.
They have been involved with earthquake and tsunami relief work, English teaching and community development, but their greatest passion is bringing the Good News to Muslims.
Currently they are working for Frontiers UK as mobilisers and trainers for those with a heart for the unreached peoples of the world. They are also involved in outreach among Muslims in the UK.
For more information visit www.frontiers.org.uk
After 5 years on the staff at St Mark's, Mark and Kylie were invited in September 2018 to join the CRT (church-planting training) programme at St Mark’s sister church HTB, with a view to planting a new, city-centre resource church in the summer of 2020 somewhere in England or Wales. We're delighted that our beloved church family at St Mark's are continuing to support us in prayer, and perhaps in other ways too when it comes time to plant!
Please do pray for us to keep growing into Christ-like, pure-hearted leaders and that our eyes are open to everything that God wants to teach us in this season of preparation. And, of course, that God leads us to the planting opportunity where we can best partner with Him in building His Church and increase the praise of Jesus on earth!
JAMES & JOANNA
Lisa went on 'mission' for six months in June 2000, and has been used by God mightily in that time! She recently visited us with an update on what she is doing.
Having spent time in Hong Kong first as a volunteer for Crossroads International who distribute humanitarian aid globally and then later as a teacher, she is back in her native Cape Town, once again working in prison ministry. Lisa is passionate about helping young men who are in prison to turn their lives around. She recently sat through long sessions of Parliament, campaigning on behalf of the young men as new legislation was debated.
She recently completed her MA in Restorative Justice and has helped set up a small Trust/NGO called “RESTORE: justice, healing, hope”, as a vehicle to administer and support restorative projects in and around Cape Town.
Please see: www.restore.org.za for more information
James & Joanna have a heart to see a disciple making movement amongst the Raja people, a marginalised least reached people from Myanmar. They moved to SE Asia in 2015, with their two young children, to work with Raja refugees who have fled persecution.
They are teaching English as a means to connect with people, build relationship, and share Bible stories in their heart language for discussion. Each week they visit men & women in their 'home' environment to deepen relationships. In addition they seek to respond to felt needs, facilitating free medical clinics, developing educational resources, and a pilot sewing project.
DAVE & RACHEL LARLEE
Heather’s mission involvement began when she was invited by a St Mark’s mission partner to help with kids' work at an OMF conference in Thailand in 2014. It was a truly eye opening experience, meeting with missionaries and hearing about how God is moving in East Asia. After another mission trip to Thailand she felt God leading her to explore opportunities to use her professional skills in web & digital marketing in mission.
An opportunity arose for Heather to spend 4 months in Tokyo in 2016 helping to develop and grow OMF’s short-term mission discipleship programme, Serve Asia, by setting up a website and social media channels.
Now based at the OMF UK office she has continued in this role while taking on another managing online campaigns and supporting OMF centres across the world in the areas of social media and web content. She is excited about how social media can connect people with the mission field and help them to understand and respond to God’s calling to be involved in mission in East Asia.
BISHOP MICHAEL NAZIR-ALI
Dave Larlee is an Associate Pastor at All Saints Church in Dallas. He and his wife Rachel with their two sons moved to the US in December 2013.
Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali was the 106th Bishop of Rochester, for 15 years, until 1 September 2009.
He is originally from Asia and was the first non-white Diocesan Bishop in the Church of England. He was appointed in 1994. Before that he was the General Secretary of CMS from 1989-1994 and prior to holding this position was Bishop of Raiwind in Pakistan. He holds both British and Pakistani citizenship and from 1999 was a member of the House of Lords where he was active in a number of areas of national and international concern. He has both a Christian and a Muslim family background and is now President of the Oxford Centre for Training, Research, Advocacy and Dialogue (OXTRAD).
Michael’s secondary education was in Pakistan. He read Economics, Sociology and Islamic History at the University of Karachi, and Theology at Fitzwilliam College and Ridley Hall, Cambridge.
His interests have led him to research and study in several fields.
Andy is an itinerant Apologist / Evangelist with the Zacharias Trust whose motto is “Helping the thinker believe and the believer think.” Andy previously worked as an advisor to Private Equity houses in London and in Financial Operations for a NASDAQ-listed multinational. Now he co-leads “Festival of Thought” which focusses on apologetics and evangelism for the business world. Andy’s passion is for the Gospel and seeing people turn to Jesus Christ, which has seen him lead missions on a number of University campuses across the UK.