Eden is fuelled by mission-minded churches that send people out. When those being sent are integral to church life it can be hard to let them go. But here’s a story that demonstrates how a church has been blessed through the commissioning of a young couple to God’s work in a very different part of the country…
Jon Langford, Associate Leader, St Paul’s Salisbury has been ‘cheering on’ Steve and Lianna Roast (right) ever since they decided to move north to join Eden in Gorton, a very deprived community in east Manchester. “Having had the privilege of seeing Lianna come to faith,” said Jon, “and knowing that God had planted a seed for Manchester within her many years ago, it has been wonderful to see that come to fruition. Steve and Lianna brought so much to us as a church but we knew that God had clearly called and equipped them for the task.
“At St Paul’s we have a strong commitment to mission, 12.5% of our giving is allocated that way. Through Steve and Lianna, and the Eden Network, we are now able to invest in mission in the UK.”
St Paul’s stays in regular contact with the Roasts, meaning that urban mission is regularly profiled in Sunday services and prayer events. “We are a larger church,” Jon said, “this means we have to invest in profiling our mission partners to ensure new members know who people are. They also visit us a number of times a year which enables us to keep them in the spotlight.”
Jon has noticed the St Paul’s youth being particularly challenged by Steve and Lianna’s example as it has illustrated for them what mission looks like locally and not just on an international scale.
“Sending people within the UK when we have previously only sent mission partners abroad is a living demonstration that we care for those closer to home as well as those many miles away. It has also led us to consider our own local mission to our literal neighbours here.“
“On a purely personal note, we do, of course, miss them! However, this drives us to pray for them, and hopefully ensures that they know our support is not just financial. We are standing with them as they serve the people of Gorton.”
To contact Steve or Liana Roast email firstname.lastname@example.org