OUTREACH - A Task Unfinished
The call to Mission and Outreach, spreading the Good News of the Gospel, has never been an easy task.
The China Inland Mission (CIM), launched in 1865, was exposed to persecution from its inception. This included the forced evacuation of missionaries and the martyrdom of local Christians, which was ignited with the Boxer Uprising in 1900.
Nonetheless, the CIM, far from withdrawing from their evangelizing enterprise, marched forward. In 1929, it issued an appeal for 200 new missionaries within two years. In support of the appeal, Frank Houghton, editorial secretary of the CIM and prolific hymn writer, wrote “Facing a Task Unfinished”.
Penned by Frank Houghton, at a time when persecution in China was at its height, “Facing a Task Unfinished” has been a rally cry for missions in the Pacific Rim for many years.
In 1929, the Lord had lain a vision on the heart of CIM leaders to see 200 new workers plunge into the darkness and share the light of Christ, knowing that it could well cost them their lives.
As he reflected on Jesus’ words in Matthew 24:14 to bear the torch of the Gospel to all the nations, his heart was broken for the people of China, and he wrote:
And the prayers were answered. By 1932, the last of the 200 missionaries had set sail for China to spread the good news of the Gospel.
Since that time, the church of China has grown from an estimated 100,000 who claim Christ as their Lord to millions, and the Lord continues to work in great ways because of the faithfulness of those that gave their lives proclaiming that Jesus died and rose.
The task of Mission and Outreach remains unfinished today, both within our own country Australia, and throughout the world. And we can do our part, through our prayers, and our giving.
Have a listen to the Hymn, and while you do, think “What should I do to assist in this ‘Unfinished Task”
Below are a number of Outreach initiatives supported through our Parish. You can find more information and prayer points by clicking each Button. And you can find ways to donate, either through the specific sites, or through our Giving Page.
In partnership with Anglican Dioceses across the country, Bush Church Aid places committed and gifted Christians in a variety of rural and remote locations to help people connect with the grace of God revealed in Jesus.
Waterloo Bay Parish is twinned with the work of BCA on Norfolk Island, and we offer our Prayer Support to David and Crystal Fell, who moved to Norfolk Island from the Parish of Manly (Sydney) in February 2015 as BCA Affiliates.
The Bush Ministry Fund (BMF) was established by our Diocese in 1998 to provide support for struggling parishes and clergy in the Western Region of the Anglican Church Southern Queensland.
Through these grants clergy are available to offer care and spiritual support, not only to Anglicans, but to anybody who seeks assistance in the community.
Waterloo Bay Parish is twinned with the Western Parish of #, offering Prayer support, and there are plans to visit in 2021.
The Church Missionary Society (CMS) is a fellowship of Christian people and churches committed to global mission. We work with churches to set apart long-term workers who cross cultures to share the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Presently, CMS-A supports over 200 missionaries in over 40 locations around the world.
Each month, CMS publishes prayer points from all our missionaries. These give you up-to-date information about what each missionary would specifically like prayer for.
And one of the best ways that a church can be involved with CMS is by supporting a specific missionary.