Little Saint Mary’s Church, Cambridge

LSM Global

A number of overseas missions and charities are supported by Little St Mary's through the LSM Global Group. We currently support:

Each year, the PCC allocates 5% of the parish's ordinary income to be distributed to our overseas links in accordance with a recommendation by the Group. In addition we donate the proceeds of an Overseas Box and special collections made from time to time during the year.

Whilst financial support is important, it is only part of the story. Each member of the Group is responsible for maintaining personal contact with one of our overseas links. News and information is provided through a notice board in the church, through reports to the PCC and through the parish newsletter. Personal visits by supporters are particularly appreciated, and these visits have proved an enriching experience for a number of people from Little St Mary's. There is also a pressing need for work on the ground, if only of a mundane administrative or clerical nature, and we are keen to encourage school or university leavers, or people who have recently retired, to consider a period working with one of our overseas partners.

We are sometimes fortunate to be able to entertain visitors from one of our overseas links at LSM who can talk to us.  Recently we have enjoyed visits from Papua New Guinea, Calcutta, St Cyprian’s and Peru (in the person of Bishop Bill Godfrey).

In addition LSM and all our overseas links support one another in prayer.

The missions and charities we support are:

The Cathedral Relief Service (CRS) in Calcutta (Kolkata)

CRS was founded in 1971, in the aftermath of the Bangladesh war, to deal with the flood of refugees. CRS evolved from a relief organisation into a development agency, and today works in the city's teeming slums, as well as in a number of the poverty-stricken outlying villages, providing primary education and health care, and running women's self-help groups, in particular teaching skills that will enable the women to earn a living. The emphasis is on self-help, to enable the people to establish viable communities. We support CRS through the Friends of CRS in Britain.  For more information, please go to the Facebook pages of Cathedral Relief Service and Friends of CRS. Clive Brown has also written an update in our February 2017 Newsletter (on pages 11-12 of the online edition).

The Papua New Guinea Church Partnership

The fascinating country of Papua New Guinea occupies the eastern half of New Guinea, the world's second-largest island after Greenland, being bordered to the west by Indonesia.  The PNG portion alone of this enormous landmass covers nearly twice the area of the entire United Kingdom, and its people are among the world's poorest.  English and Tok Pisin are the main official languages, but over 800 different dialects, many of them mutually unintelligible, are spoken in the various isolated communities.  The landscape comprises high mountain ranges and tropical forests, with very few roads.  Internal transport, such as it is, mainly involves light aircraft using grass landing strips in forest clearings,  simple open boats plying the few navigable rivers, or arduous foot trails.  Most of the population rely on subsistence farming, particularly in the remoter settlements which are difficult and hazardous to reach. To a large extent health care and education are provided by the Christian churches, the Anglican and Roman churches working very closely together (see the article in the December 2016 Newsletter, beginning on page 5) and there is a pressing need for people who are medically trained or able to work as administrators. We support the work of the churches in PNG through the Papua New Guinea Church Partnership — see their Twitter feed.

The Makeni Ecumenical Centre in Zambia

MEC offers an opportunity to the destitute in township slums to train in agriculture and be resettled on land of their own in rural areas. Some 6,000 acres of land, supporting five villages, have provided support for hundreds of families. The Centre provides primary, secondary and adult education courses in a variety of vocational subjects, and medical clinics. There is also an AIDS education programme, and an AIDS orphanage which is currently supported by a number of sponsors at Little St Mary's.

The mission at Makeni was founded by Fr Pierre Dil who died in 2006, but the work is continued by his widow Wenda and other members of his family, as well as local workers. It hosts a very informative website .

St Cyprian's, Sharpeville, South Africa

LSM Sunday School in Sharpeville ZA

St Cyprian's is a parish in the Diocese of Christ the King, which covers an area to the south of Johannesburg, including some southern suburbs of the city itself. Sharpeville was an African township which grew up near the city of Vereeniging in the Transvaal (now Gauteng province), and which became internationally notorious following the massacre of 21st March 1960, when police fired on an unarmed crowd who were protesting against the infamous Pass Laws, killing 69 people.

In 2007 Fr David Dinkebogile, Rector of St Cyprian's, was on sabbatical in Cambridge and attached to Little Saint Mary's. He told us about St Cyprian's, the problems its people face and his own life and background, and the link between the two parishes was forged. Money was raised towards the construction of a Sunday School and Parish Centre which was opened in January 2011, and named the Little St Mary's Building.

Fr David moved to another parish in January 2015, but not before establishing a very strong lay ministry in the parish.  His near namesake Fr David Mahlonoko has now succeeded him as Rector of Sharpeville.

For more information see St Cyprian's Facebook page. Clive Brown has also written an informative update on page 12 of our February 2018 Newsletter.

Diocese of Peru

Some years ago, the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (as it was then called) asked us to support the work of Dan and Pam Caldwell, who were USPG-funded missionaries working in Peru. The Caldwells have since returned to England, and USPG (now called United Society Partners in the Gospel) no longer works in Peru. We were, however, inspired by the work of the Anglican Church in Peru, which is an exciting and expanding church, until recently under the leadership of Bishop Bill Godfrey (see their Diocesan website). We therefore continue to support the church in Peru directly.

USPG

We also continue to support the worldwide work of USPG.

Christian Aid

We support Christian Aid during the annual Christian Aid Week in May, and hold special collections when they have appeals for particular crises.

For more information about LSM Global please get in touch with the Chairman, Alexander Whiscombe or the Secretary, Clive Brown (01223 467616).