Here are five different international mission organisations that Goring Free Church partners with:
Katy joined Wycliffe Bible Translators in 1963 and served in Nigeria from 1964 – 1989.
From 1971 – 76 she served as Co-ordinator of Bible translation programs for SIL in Nigeria. She then worked with the Nigeria Bible Translation Trust, focusing on the training of Nigerian translation consultants and translators. From 1981 – 89 she served as Translation Co-ordinator for SIL Africa Area. From 1989 – 1999 she was SIL International Translation Co-ordinator during which time she led training seminars for translation consultants and other translation-related programs in Kenya, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Philippines, Cyprus, and North America.
She has written textbooks on Bible translation and literacy and published articles in Notes on Translation, and The Bible Translator.
Since 2001 she has been with the Seed Company, involved in the development of the Luke Partnership, a partnership between the Seed Company and the JESUS Film project. The project works worldwide to promote the translation of the gospel of Luke and the JESUS film in clusters of languages that have no previous Bible translation, also training those involved to continue with the translation of other Scriptures.
Since 2016 Katy has been based in the UK, making regular visits to Nigeria to help check the translation of Old Testament books in Mbembe, the language with which she worked on the New Testament, published in 1985, also helping check translations in a related language. She continues to be involved with training translation consultants through workshops in Nigeria.
Carl and Joy Follingstad
Carl and Joy have worked with Wycliffe Bible Translators since 1985.
They initially worked with the Tyap people of North-Central Nigeria to develop their unwritten language and helped them complete the Tyap NT which was dedicated in 2015. They now travel to East Africa where Carl consults with speakers of a large language group to help them produce quality Bible translation in their language. Joy assists the work in various ways administratively, and is developing capacity as a certified coach.
They have three children, Rachel (1989), David (1991) and Rebekah (1994) who live and work and study in Texas. Carl and Joy attended Goring Free Church from 1994 – 97 while Carl was doing further studies.
Gary and Kris have been members of Wycliffe Bible Translators since 1985, serving in an administrative support capacity. They’ve worked in Kenya, England and are now based at a Wycliffe centre in Orlando, Florida where they provide support for teams in the Eurasia Area.
Gary serves as Finance Co-ordinator and Project Funding Manager and Kris serves as bookkeeper to two of the Eurasia Area groups. It was a privilege to have them worshipping here with us at Goring Free Church for seven years while they were based at the Wycliffe Centre, High Wycombe.
Uche and Marianne joined the Nigeria Bible Translation Trust (NBTT), a Nigerian Wycliffe organization, in 1983, and were sent to work on Obolo language as Project Advisors. They completed the New Testament in 1991. From 1995 to 2006, Marianne was a Literacy Coordinator and Literacy Consultant at NBTT. Uche was Translation Coordinator as well as Field Projects Coordinator from 1995 to 1999, and Director of NBTT from 2000 to 2002. He became a Translation Consultant from 1989, a Linguistic Consultant in 1995, SIL International Translation Consultant 1996-2011, and SIL Senior Translation Consultant since 2012.
Both Marianne and Uche retired from NBTT in 2006, and went back to Obolo to complete the Old Testament, and the whole Obolo Bible was dedicated on 24 May 2014. From 2014, Uche joined the Seed Company, and is now checking Old Testament translation in Bekwarra, Ekajuk, and Lokaa languages, and New Testament in Ibani language, under the Seed Company. He is also involved in consultant training and mentorship. Having completed her PhD study program in Bilingual Education at the University of Reading in the UK, Marianne is back in Nigeria in charge of the Obolo Literacy project, and Obolo Bilingual Education program. She has also been helping in the Literacy aspect of the Bekwarra project.
Uche and Marianne have five foster children whom they brought up. These are Ekonyi Dienye (special education teacher, with two children), Igbemi Arthur (medical doctor, with three children), Akama Arthur (petrochemical engineer, with two children), Dorah Gwunireama (zoologist, with three children), and Uche Bassey Aaron (computer science student).
Tim and Fiona are with WEC and are currently co-ordinators for WEC France. They spent 8 years serving in Chad, Africa before moving to Normandy, France, where they live with their three daughters: Jasmine, Danielle and Caroni. They are also part of a WEC ministry called ARTS RELEASE* (formally Resonance). They have set up Arts Release France to engage and reach the francophone world with this ministry.
In Normandy they work with “La Source”, a Baptist church in Lisieux which has a vision to help resource and encourage churches and new congregations in the Normandy region. They help oversee the running and pastoring of the Lisieux church as part of the leadership team.
*ARTS RELEASE is a collective of creative arts specialists who love Jesus and people of other cultures. They enjoy expressing God’s love through various art forms, focusing on the arts that have the greatest resonance (or ‘ring true’) for particular individuals and groups. This usually reflects the cultures and societies where they were raised. They engage with the arts in various ways: Outreach projects / Discipleship and healing / Training and mobilising / Creative activity / The worship of Jesus. https://artsrelease.org
Fiona organises the children’s work at the church, and creative events for teaching, discipling and evangelism and occasionally preaches. She has been able to develop her artistic gifts, painting and using art to provoke opportunities to share her faith. She is exploring the role of art in the church, as worship and for healing. Together with ARTS RELEASE colleagues, she helped organise and contributed works to an international arts exhibition in the European City of Culture 2016, San Sebastián/Donostia.
Tim runs the the Café Association on a large council housing estate. It is the church’s daily outreach project. The Association runs activities for the community such as homework help, English clubs, kids craft times and computing for senior citizens. It provides an oasis for families, single mothers and the elderly.
Tim leads worship at the church and trains others and youth in worship. He does song-writing and multicultural music workshops in various francophone countries for releasing heart worship through expressions that most profoundly represent the diversity of God’s people. He uses multicultural music for outreach and deepening true fellowship within the church community.
Tim and Tricia have been missionaries with AEF and SIM serving for fourteen years in Zimbabwe, and more recently for eleven years in South Africa, during which time Tim served as Regional Director for the SIM Region of Southern Africa and Tricia worked with vulnerable children and families in Alexandria Township.
Early 2016 the Barrows returned to the UK as application for extension of their work permit was refused. Presently Tim coordinates the new SIM UK ENGAGE program which seeks to place overseas gospel workers in UK churches in order to help resource the church to reach surrounding international communities for Christ. Tricia has a consultative role assisting SIM with child-safety matters.
Tim and Tricia have four children; Michael, Ben, Sacha and Gabby. They all now reside in the UK and are at various stages of study and employment.
CWI is a UK-based interdenominational evangelistic society committed to sharing the Good News of Jesus the Messiah with the Jewish people. Like the apostle Paul, we reason from the Hebrew Scriptures to demonstrate and prove that the Messiah must suffer and rise from the dead and that Jesus is the Messiah, the Saviour of the world promised through the ancient Jewish prophets. We believe that to preach the Good News of Jesus to everyone but the Jews is an act of spiritual anti-Semitism.
Why Sierra Leone?
The Countess of Huntingdon, Lady Selina Shirley, was part of the 18th Century Evangelical Revival which gave birth to Methodism, and giving up her entire fortune she raised money to pay for ministers to preach the gospel, mainly in England and Wales. She also sent ministers to the United States where they came into contact with Negro slaves, who were converted to Christianity, and after helping the British fight in the American War of Independence, were promised their freedom.
After an unsuccessful attempt at settling them in cold, inhospitable Nova Scotia, the British Government agreed to give them passage to West Africa, where some 1196 of them landed in what is now Freetown, on March 28th 1792.
About half of them were ‘Huntingdonians’ and they kept the name of the church to which the ministers who had preached to them belonged. The English church was totally unaware of their existence for some years. Eventually a link was established, with the formation of the Sierra Leone Mission, and has been maintained in various ways ever since.
The Huntingdon Churches in Sierra Leone celebrated their bicentenary in 1992 with a procession through the streets of Freetown followed by a rally and many other celebrations.
The Connexional Churches are primarily in the Freetown Peninsula. There are now about 25 churches in total but this number is constantly increasing, particularly in the rural area between Magbafti and Mabang.