Mission Partners

Here at St Catharine’s we support four main mission partners, both financially and in prayer. Please find below some information about the missions we support.

Open Hands – David Wisdish

More information can be found in the Open Hand – Next Chaper HERE

Open Hands started in 2006 with Hand in Hand Preschool.

  • 2008 Food Hampers given out
  • 2009 Opening of the Compassion Centre – drop in sessions begin ( clothes & Household items) Tuesday Night Meals
  • 2010 Furniture Project, Emerge self-esteem course and English classes begin
  • 2014 Launch of Tour de Leicestershire annual cycling fundraiser
  • 2015 food store opens and Employments mentoring begins
  • 2016 6 degrees Café opens and Open Hands receives Queens award for voluntary service
  • 2018 Next Steps Employment workshops begin
  • 2020 plans for new Compassion centre

After a long time Open Hands have now signed a 10 year lease for £6500sq. ft. warehouse

Work is now underway to convert this into the new Centre which is expected to open in early Autumn 2021

Prayer points

  • Finance for the new centre renovation
  • The ability to re-open fully many of the services suspended during the pandemic
  • Continuing need for donation of food ( still being provided from Highfields street )
  • Current main food needs are
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Pasta Sause
  • Tins of Tomatoes, Pulse Beans, Vegetables Fruit
  • Tea bags (max 40)
  • Coffee

Home for good – Michael Corner

More information coming soon

St Francis Hospital, Katete – Isabel Oldham

St.Francis Hospital is a church administered hospital founded in the Katete district of Zambia in 1948 by the Revd Dr Francis Trefusis. It serves a population of a million people and is focused on treating the most vulnerable in society as well as providing training for healthcare professionals.lt is integrated into the Zambian Health Service but relies for much of its funding on donations from across the world.

The hospital provides services in Medical, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery, Ophthalmology and Paediatrics. Other services include Laboratory, Dental, Radiology, Physiotherapy, Optometry and HIV/AIDS. There is also a Nursing College.

Accidents and injuries are the main reasons for admission to the hospital. In 2020 there were 75,227 attendances at the Outpatient department.

Earlier this year an oxygen plant was delivered to the hospital so that it is no longer necessary to make 1,000km round trips to Lusaka in order to replenish the hospital cylinders. The Friends of St.Francis, whom we support, were largely responsible for funding this. The Friends are now hoping to provide solar panels to generate electricity to pump oxygen to the beds as the electrical supply to the hospital is unreliable.

Covid 19 has reached Zambia and is putting much pressure on the hospital’s resources.

The number of volunteer doctors from overseas is much reduced and there are problems with sourcing PPE and coping with an increase in patient numbers.

Our prayers and financial support for St. Francis Hospital are greatly appreciated.

Care for the Family – Barbara Scase

Spring 2021 update

Care for the Family’s aim is to be accessible to every family whatever their circumstances and to create resources and support that are preventative, evidence-based and easy to apply. They focus primarily on the following areas of family life:
Marriage, parenting and bereavement. There are podcasts and blogs to listen to and read as well as other resources for all areas of family life in the forms of books, leaflets and more.

New projects for Spring 2021 at Care for the Family.
• Author Katharine Hill has just finished her new book ‘A mind of their own’.
Prayer: Please prayer this book will get into the right hands and touch families in many ways.
• Care for the Family has a new online event called ‘Meet the Author’.
Prayer: Please prayer this will be a blessing to many people.
• Care for the Family are just launching their own Positive Parenting training on Zoom.
Prayer: Please pray for the training team who are delivering these courses. This is a new adventure for Care for the Family over Zoom because usually these training days are delivered face to face.
• All their bereavement conferences and training days planned to March have sold out. More are now ready for booking on to.
Prayer: The bereavement resources will be effective.

Thanks from the Care for the Family Team.
We have so much to be thankful for- God’s provision is awesome!
• Thank you so much once again to St Catharine’s for their support.
• Our online events would not have been possible if we had not moved to our new offices 18 month ago, little did we know then that Covid would stop us taking our events on the road in 2020 so, God’s timing is perfect. We are so blessed to have excellent recording facilities to film our events and run them online.
• We are thankful to God for all our staff, for their talents and flexibility, that they can work from home which has been vital with the pandemic especially with the restrictions from the government about working in the office and staying home. This means we have not stopped moving forward with our mission -families need us more than ever, so work continues very much in Care for the Family.

Care for the Family can help you.

Care for the Family has many resources that can been used by the church for the church and the community and by individuals, they also have a Careline team (who are a listening hear over the phone).

Visit www.careforthefamily.org.uk or contact St Catharine’s rep Barbara Scase 011624142598