St Mary's Haddenham has a long history of supporting mission. This has tended to be linked to the interests of individual members, and there was an increasing feeling that we needed more coordination of our work in this area. So in the summer of 2012 the new Global Mission Group (GMG) was formed with Tricia Stradling as Chair. The GMG produced a mission strategy for the church and has decided on the annual allocation of the tithe made by St Mary's to mission work, a sum that is frequently over £10,000. We focused our attention on four mission partners and organisations: Christian Engineers in Development (CED); Kone Kmeng in Cambodia; Kailean & Kim Khongsai working with A Rocha UK in Southall, and funded through the Church Mission Society (CMS). These are all organisations and people that we have strong links with. In line with our mission strategy we have given the greatest financial assistance to these four.

We also support other organisations with smaller amounts of money. The Streetlight Trust is a particular interest of our curate, Ian Herbert, and backs the work of Kanlungan who work with street children in the Philippines. Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF) has a long association with St Mary's and their Barnabas programme has been active in our schools. Many members of our congregation have supported Utugi in Kenya, and we continue to offer some financial assistance as the project moves towards independence. We also give some money to Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). 

But we don't stop there! We often give money to support disaster appeals and local initiatives, and the offering from the Christmas 2013 services was shared between Tearfund's disaster relief work in Syria and the Philippines, and foodbanks in Thame & Aylesbury.

    CED Water project work in Tanzania   

    Christian Engineers in Development (CED)

    Established in 1986, CED is a membership organisation of Christian engineers and associated professionals who want to use their skills in overseas development work within the framework of a professional organisation. Our aim is to offer a quality professional engineering service at minimum cost to communities, via our partners, to enable them to address some of the underlying causes of poverty and ill-health. We are run and managed by volunteers. We seek to serve whole communities; we respect the beliefs of others and though we want to introduce them to Jesus, would see it as contrary to his teaching to oblige people to listen to our message as a condition of receving help. CED policy is to establish partnerships with local communities and promote self-help with the maximum use of local resources of manpower and materials.

    Recent projects include:

    • Water supply, improved sanitation & hygiene promotion for 22,000 people in Pawaga, Tanzania
    • An extension to a water supply to serve a school in Gulu, Uganda
    • Technical advice and supervision for repair of a water offtake, Kenya
    • Assistance with repairs to Zanzibar Cathedral
    • Assistance with water supplies in Thar, Pakistan

    CED greatly appreciate the faithful, generous and invaluable prayer & financial support ut has received from St Mary's church. CED can only operate with support of this kind.


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    Kailean and Kim Khongsai, with their daughter Limmy, work in multiethnic Southall with A Rocha, the Christian environmental agency.  The Khongsais are linked with Church Mission Society (CMS) through whom we offer our funding.   They run family events on the Minet Park reclaimed country park, encourage local people to tend allotments and are now pioneering the development of another urban green space project called Wolf Fields.  Kim also manages the A Rocha Centre, UK headquarters of A Rocha.  They seek to share the love of Christ with their mainly Sikh and Muslim neighbours through encouraging community development and working together in God’s creation.

    Kone Kmeng is a Christian charity based in Phnom Penh and working throughout Cambodia seeking to transform the lives of vulnerable children, through working with the local church network.

    Their five main programmes are:-

    Children At Risk (CAR) program is designed to respond to at risk children in a holistic approach which focuses on Education Support, Prevention/Protection, Income Generation Assistance and Spiritual Growth.

    Relief and Development assistance (RDA) through providing clean water, sanitation and health care

    Childrens Prayer Movement  -  children will bring changes to their families and communities as their faith is strengthened through a lifestyle of prayer

    Partner Capacity Building helps to build the capacity of Kone Kmeng partners to develop a clear project and to run projects with effectiveness and efficiency

    The Dorm Ministry Program (DMP) provides opportunities for education for young people at high school and college levels.

    A new charity ‘Dignity and Hope, Cambodia’ was formed in 2013 in the UK to fundraise for Kone Kmeng and other similar Cambodian charities.




    In 1988, Kanlungan sa ER-MA Ministry Inc was established in response to the growing need of abuse & exploitation of street children in Metro Manila. "kanlungan" means sanctuary or refuge, ERMA stands for Ermita-Malate, the former red light district of the Philippines capital.

    Kanlungan provides street children with necessary care, love, protection, rehabilitation & education. Driven by unity, love, respect and faith in God, Kanlungan helps to improve the lives and gives opportunities to the families living on the streets of Manila.

    Establishing a relationship with the children starts on the streets by providing street children with on-site services such as first aid, counselling, health education and recreational activities. Kanlungan also organise street dweller groups, working with the street families and mobilising communities to help eradicate child abuse and neglect by conducting parent effectiveness services.

    Kanlungan have a dedicated team of Street educators who bridge the gap between the streets, the drop-in centres and the residential care programme offering the children additional help & support.

    Kanlungan is a non-profit organisation, licensed by the department of social welfare & development to operate as a child-caring agency, registered with SEC.


    The Streetlight trust is a UK registered charity established in 2006 to work in partnership with Kanlungan by supporting their ongoing work through prayer, financial giving and sharing with others the plight of the street families in the Philippines.


    Barnabas in Schools and BRF

    Barnabas in Schools provides a professional education service to primary schools, resourcing the teaching of Christianity & the Bible within RE & Collective Worship. Our team of two staff and 18 freelance education and creative arts professionals work with primary schools through England, leading Barnabas RE Days and training sessions for teachers. We also publish a range of books for use in the classroom along with an extensive website, packed with free downloadable resources. During the last academic year the website received 87,400 unique visitors and over 21,500 "Ideas to use" PDFs were downloaded.

    Each year we launch a new theme for schools: for 2013/14 this is "Why Narnia?" which explores Christian themes in CS Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia and for 2014/15 the new theme will be "What price peace?" linking with the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

    Barnabas in Schools is part of BRF, a registered Christian charity. Other aspects of BRF include Messy Church, Foundations21 (a free online Christian lifelong learning resource), and Who Let The Dads Out? (an outreach to dads and their children), along with an extensive publishing programme of Bible reading notes and books (including apps and ebooks).


    The Utugi Street Children Kenya Project

    This charity, started by three Haddenham residents, built and supports a home for street children in the Kirinyaga Diocese in Central Kenya.

    A committee runs the project in Kenya. Christian teaching and feeding programmes begin on the streets and boys are admitted to residential care after referral from social workers.

    Funding is by sponsorship and donations from UK supporters, many from the Haddenham area, and fund raising events. Biennial visits are made by UK teams. Currently 57 boys aged 5 to 19 years live in the home. Older boys go to secondary boarding schools while younger boys attend classes on site or in local primary schools. Buildings include a dormitory with showers & toilets, large hall, kitchen, classroom block and staff accommodation. A large workshop provides for vocational training. Maize, bananas and vegetables are grown on the 4.5 acre site, and chickens, rabbits, goats, a cow and commercially bred fish in fish ponds are kept. Street boys' lives have been transformed both physically & spiritually, producing responsible young men.


    Mission Aviation Fellowship UK

    This is part of Mission Aviation International, operating some 125 light aircraft (some are fitted with floats) in over 30 countries to bring Aid and God's word to isolated communities and also medical evacuations in emergency situations.

    It was all started by Murray Kendon in 1944 as a wing of the Mildmay movement in London. He was joined by Stuart King to carry out a survey of Central Africa in 1948. In 1950 the first service was started in Sudan.

    Today MAF are involved with Relief Agencies, Bible Translators & National Government Organisations. They often fly to remote airstrips, saving many days by road, such as they are, boat and on foot.

    MAF are now helping to provide and maintain communication networks giving help to isolated communities. Everyone is committed to serving in this way, with many locals being trained in all aspects of support for the planes, enabling MAF to provide a service to other organisations involved with relief work.

    Some of the countries covered include Angola, Bangladesh, Borneo, Congo, East Timor, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Southern Sudan and Tanzania.

    Tear Fund  

    A Christian international development charity working through local churches to unlock people's potential, helping them to discover that the answer to poverty is within them.