Thanksgiving Offering

Each year as we approach the Church Anniversary, we reflect on the many ways God has blessed our local church congregation for over 120 years. The Thanksgiving Offering is an opportunity to offer our thanks to Him in a practical way by giving financially to a number of projects that express God’s love for all his people. 

Donations are invited for the four projects below until 13th November. We appreciate that some members of the congregation will be suffering financially because of loss of income, but would ask all those who are in a position to do so to give as generously as they can. It is not possible to give cash this year, and so we ask that you transfer your gift directly to the MOBC Missions account (BSB 704-922 Acct 100 002 806) and then let us know your project preferences.

Please note that to claim a tax deduction (only available for projects 1 and 4) you must provide your details so we can arrange for you to receive a receipt.

African Enterprise – COVID Response for Africa (Tax Deductible)

African Enterprise’s (AE's) mission is to transform the cities of Africa through mission in Word and Deed, in partnership with local churches. For nearly 60 years AE has been mobilising local volunteers and churches in African nations to bring the Good News of Jesus to city people in Sub-Saharan and North Africa. It has also rescued many thousands from lives of forced poverty and misery. This year African Enterprise has risen to the challenge of the COVID crisis in Africa. Across the twelve countries in which it operates, AE staff, volunteers and ministry partners are visiting townships, clinics, police stations, markets and hospices where they share the Gospel and provide education about COVID-19. They also distribute liquid soap, hand sanitizer and face masks as well as food for those people who can no longer provide for themselves.

 

MECO – Beirut Relief Fund (Not Tax Deductible)

The Middle East Christian Outreach (MECO) is a team of people who share God’s heart for the Middle East. It encourages national churches as they engage in effective witness to Christ. It does this with cultural-sensitivity, a commitment to learn language, and a flexibility and willingness to serve under local leadership. MECO works in fellowship and co-operation with Christian churches and agencies in the region to proclaim the Gospel and serve the people of the Middle East. 

On August 4, a massive explosion in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, shook a nation already in political, economic and pandemic turmoil. The Beirut Relief Fund provides support for those affected by this tragedy. Finances received will be channelled through MECO's partners and local churches who are on the ground responding to those in need. Let us be God’s light and hope to our Lebanese brothers and sisters.

 

Freedom to Flourish (Not Tax Deductible)

Angela Ngiam a SIM missionary running Freedom to Flourish, a project that serves the refugee community in Sydney. The mission team noticed that many people suffer from grief and trauma in their country of birth, in their journey of seeking refuge, in the process of arriving in Australia and in adapting to life here. This project supports Angela as she runs the Freedom to Flourish project that aims to meet migrant and refugee needs for emotional and spiritual healing. It does so through individual counselling, trauma healing groups and therapeutic gardening groups.

Its mission is to create a safe environment for individuals, families and communities from refugee backgrounds, where they are supported in their healing journey. Emily Woods, one of MOBC's supported missionaries, is ministering with them while she is in Australia.

 

Bible Society - Supporting First Nations People (Tax Deductible)

This project, five practical steps Christians can take to support First Nations people, was inspired by an article in the Bible Society’s Eternity magazine. The list was compiled from interviews with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and allies. 

  1. Language. The preservation of language – a basic justice issue – and the Gospel come together in Bible translation.
  2. First Nation churches. Supporting local Indigenous pastors financially, prayerfully and practically.
  3. Education. Nungalinya College in Darwin trains Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christians. 
  4. History lessons. There are great Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christian heroes. There have also been a lot of things that have been done in the name of the church that have been ungodly. We need to know about both these things.
  5. Campaigns. As Christians we should be some of the strongest advocates for justice for First Nations peoples.

Donations made to this project will be given to the Bible Society to act on these steps.

 

How to Give

It is not possible to give cash this year, and so we ask that you transfer your gift directly to the MOBC Missions account (BSB 704-922 Acct 100 002 806) and then let us know your project preferences.

Please note that to claim a tax deduction (only available for projects 1 and 4) you must provide your details so we can arrange for you to receive a receipt.