One of our key values at Holland Road is world mission – reaching out both locally and to the nations.
Our four main priorities as a church are:
We have long-term partnerships all around the world, including the Somers-Harris family in Japan, the Leal family in Brazil, and a network of churches in the Welsh Valleys. Each year a team from Holland Road join a team from New Hope Baptist Church in Atlanta for a week of events and outreach alongside local churches. Our goal is to build up relationships between the churches and reach out to share God’s love with people living in one of the most disadvantaged areas in the UK.
We support a community of Dalits (‘untouchables’) in India, providing money and resources for a school and a church. These are among the poorest people in the world, living in pipe villages and rejected by most of their society. But God is doing amazing things there, and we have been privileged to be a part of it both through visits and through long-distance partnership. See OM India for more.
We also support the work of United Christian Fellowship in Sri Lanka, run by Brother Ranjan. UCF pioneers new churches, as well as providing free medical clinics for remote villages.
We have partnerships in certain places in North Africa and the Horn of Africa where there is no church. We offer financial and prayer support for families who are seeking to live their lives out there and show God’s love to those around them.
Alongside all this we have a huge heart for Brighton, supporting organisations such as Brighton and Hove City Mission, Off the Fence (working with the homeless) and Alternatives (pregnancy counselling). And of course, we have our Transform team, made up of those who have given a year of their lives to serve the church and the city as missionaries in Brighton and Hove.
Praying for Christians facing persecution and supporting them through organisations such as Open Doors.
As a church we are committed to giving away at least 25% of our income to work beyond ourselves, including many of the people and places mentioned above. We have gift days twice a year, which are opportunities for our members to give above and beyond our normal giving. One of these is given over completely to world mission every June.
If you feel God is calling you into missions but finances might be an issue, we have a missionary bursary fund available.