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:
1) Existing partnerships
We have long-term partnerships all around the world, including the Somers-Harris family in Japan, Mike and Nelia Leal working for OM Latin America, 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, such as Hope Church, Cwmaman. 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 also regularly visit Bingham Academy, an international school in Addis Ababa, to encourage, offer training and support staff and families.
2) The poorest of the poor
We support a community of Dalits (‘untouchables’) in India, providing money and resources for a school. We also give to a local church through OM UK. 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.
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 support the work of Strong Hearts in Ethiopia through regular visits and financial gifts. Strong Hearts works in one of the poorest areas of Addis Ababa near the city dump.
3) Places where there is no church
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 and Off the Fence (working with the homeless). And of course, we have our Thrive internship programme, 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.
One of our UK based partners, Phil Leage, equips young Christians all over the world in understanding the Bible enabling them to better reach out to those around them, wherever they are.
4) The persecuted Church
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 May.
If you feel God is calling you into missions but finances might be an issue, we have a missionary bursary fund available.