MISSION

St Mary's actively supports two international mission projects.  One is in Uganda and the other is in India.  
   
J10:10, Uganda

This organisation was founded by two members of St Mary's to provide health care, education and sustainable business in rural Uganda.  It was born out of the scripture in John 10:10 which says, "the thief comes only to kill, steal and destroy but I have come that they might have life and have it to the full."  Since its foundation, a 'linking' programme was put in place with Kegazi Baptist Church in Uganda where members of J10:10 belong.  There are monthly exchanges of prayer requests which not only give prayer support but also offer regular updates on how the project and its people are doing.  In its first year (2014), St Mary's, through J10:10 financially supported an outreach project that KBC was called upon to assist and regular progress of the project was shared with the congregation of St Mary's.  This culminated in a visit by some of the team to KBC in November 2014.

   

For more information, please visit www.j1010.org

   

St Scholastica, south west India

Run by the Benedictine Sisters of Our Lady of Grace and Compassion in Makkiyad, St Scholastica provides many areas of care in its surrounding community.  St Mary's supports St Scholastica by giving them specific items that they need.  (In the past these have included lightening conductors, hospital equipment and financial support for specific individuals and families).  St Scholastica lies in a small, under-developed village (Makkiyad) in the district of Waynad in south west India.  It is surrounded by the natural beauty of mountains, streams and canals which gives enough water for the green, fertile land.  

    

St Scholastica is a refuge home for all ages: there is a senior citizens' home and a palliative care and psychiatric home (where the sisters and dedicated staff provide a safe haven for all ages, particularly the elderly.  There is a clinic which reaches out to patients in the village and those who are bedridden at home.  A resident doctor provides assistance where required and the sisters give their valuable help at all times along with their prayers.

   

St Scholastic also has a registered orphanage for girls, which helps students who are mianly from tribal areas.  The sisters provide accommodation, food and study expenses.  These girls are not only helped by their education but also with their character formation by the sisters.  There is a hostel for girls who study nearby at the English school.  These girls are not local to Makkiyad but to get a good education they stay in the hostel and go to the school.  

   

Scholastic land cultivates pepper, gigner, coconut, plantain and other vegetables.  There is a small farm with cows and cattle which provide work for local people as well as enough milk for the Scholastica community.  

   

The sisters do all kinds of work along with the staff: cleaning, bathing, washing, cutting vegetables, cooking, shopping, visiting the sick in their houses, counselling and listening and praying for people.  IT is God's grace that enables them to co-ordinated people of differing faiths (Hindu and Muslim as well as Christian) and ages, to animate them as one group and to help them to live in harmony and peace.