The mission goes global.
St Nics is proud to support several individuals and organisations that are committed to proclaiming the gospel and showing the love of Christ all over the world. The ministries we support include bible translation, biblical education for clergy and laity, church planting, community development, medical missions, and much more. Our dedicated missions support team here in Durham typically gather fortnightly to pray for our mission partners and receive updates. During this season, there will be an opportunity to virtually meet our mission partners via a Zoom call. Details are in the online notices.
Bible verse? great commission or Mark 11:17 - And He began to teach and say to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’?
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
The Bible Society
The work of The Bible Society extends beyond distributing the Bible as a book. They have an extensive multi-media department producing films, Scripture portions and magazines all portraying Bible stories. The Bible Society presents the Bible in formats suitable for all, including those with physical and learning disabilities. Some members of St Nics take part in Open The Book which is a scheme operated by The Bible Society all over the world. Volunteers go into primary schools and help to bring The Bible to life for children using plays, readings, dressing up etc.
Western Toba Bible Translation Project
The Western Toba are an indigenous group living in the western part of Formosa Province, Argentina, 1000 km north of the capital Buenos Aires. There are about 5000 Western Tobas: traditionally hunter-gatherers, they are now mostly settled in small communities in and around the town of Ingeniero Juárez.
Michael Browne visited St Nics in January 2019 and some of us heard his remarkable account of how The Lord called him to Argentina and the Toba people. Michael arrived in Argentina in 1990 and set about learning the Toba language. He then started to translate the Bible with a team of local assistants. The Toba New Testament is already available and Michael is now working on the Old Testament. In 1995, Michael married Sylvia whom he met in Argentina. They have two sons––Michael who is 21 and studying veterinary science and Christopher who is 15 and at school. Christopher would like to study music at university.
Toba Church Community
Bible Translation in Paraguay
Tim Curtis has spent most of his life in the inhospitable Chaco area of Paraguay where the Enxet people live.
Over thirty years, Tim has overseen the translation of the whole Bible into Enxet. The Bibles have now been printed. However, it does not stop there and Tim is now engaged in discipleship building and training indigenous pastors, many of whom are semi-literate so need guidance when reading the Bible. Illiteracy is quite common among the Enxet, so Tim is organising the distribution of “proclaimers”, each proclaimer contains a recording of the Bible and is capable of playing the recording at high volume to a large number of people. Tim has also started to translate Bible study notes into Enxet to help those who can read come closer to Christ.