• Short Term Mission planning

    Does anyone have any form of "toolkit" or guidance/planning process that would assist a local church wishing to plan and undertake a short term mission trip, usually overseas?

    A UK-based healthcare charity, committed to caring for those who care for others, has celebrated its milestone anniversary with an event showcasing its work and impact over the past 40 years.

    HealthLink360, a charitable organisation with a Christian ethos, provides much-needed medical, psychological and travel health support to overseas workers and their families.

    The anniversary event featured an interview with the founders, Dr Mike Jones and Elizabeth Jones, testimonials from clients both past and present, a reflection from Canon Mike Parker, poetry from writer and broadcaster Fiona Stewart, and music from singer and songwriter Gareth Davies-Jones. The leadership team concluded by setting out its vision for the next stage in the organisation’s journey.

    HealthLink360 works with missionaries, aid agency workers, medical relief teams, volunteers and local sending organisations undertaking work in challenging and often hostile environments. Open to those of all faiths and none, its own faith ethos and values drives its vision.

    It employs a dedicated team of doctors, psychologists, counsellors, and travel nurses who care for clients at every stage of their journey, whether it be pre-deployment, during an assignment or post-deployment.

    The team delivers travel consultations, vaccinations, medicals, psychological therapies, and counselling both in-person at its Carberry clinic and, where possible, remotely. Tailored support packages developed to suit the needs of each individual organisation are also offered.

    Nicki Davies-Jones, managing director, HealthLink360, said:

    “As a team, we feel blessed to be celebrating 40 years of service to our clients who make it their life’s work to serve and care for others in many different parts of the world; from right here on our doorstep to some of the most remote or challenging locations imaginable.

    “As we step in to the next 40 years, we remain committed to delivering tailored, focused care that meets the needs of our clients, which in turn enables them to continue their important work.”

    The charity first opened its doors in 1983, born out of the personal experience of Dr Mike and Elizabeth Jones, who recognised the need for a facility dedicated to supporting the healthcare needs of global workers; one that not only treated the physical symptoms but provided whole person care, valuing everyone as uniquely created and loved by God.
  • Ichthus Motor Mission looking for new home

    Ichthus Motor Services runs Ichthus Motor Mission - an agency which has been supplying cars, to missionaries home on furlough, for over 40 years. We supply to all who subscribe to the Evangelical Alliance statement of faith. We have been based in South East London all that time but the future would indicate we need to be somewhere else. We need :-

    - A good transport link to Heathrow Airport.
    - A plot of land or yard suitable for off street parking for about 30 cars during the winter season, when demand is lower, with an office nearby where missionaries can be received.
    - The property can be for rent or sale

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  • Looking for people in East Algarve, Portugal
    We are looking for mission-minded people living in E Algarve, in the River Guadiana area, to work with us in Kingdom building here. Contact us, please, to talk about possibilities. Email:
  • Hi all! Pretty specific US missionary in living in Scotland Visa/IRS question. Next July will mark 5 years in the field and plan to apply for the indefinite leave to remain visa, but have been told I need to return to the US for 6 months for tax reasons when my 5 years comes up. Has anyone done this and how do I navigate making sure I am legal on all fronts?
  • Hi there, I am new to Oscar Active, but I am wondering if anyone would be willing to take a few minutes to help with some research. We are looking into specific gaps and ‘pain points’ around the issues of training and support for cross-cultural workers (pre-field, on-field or post-field) as well as their senders and supporters. We are especially interested to see if Covid has changed anything in this regard.Here is a link to our survey – please fill out yourself and forward to anyone else you can think of who fits these categories. Thank you for your help! We will study the results and release a report for anyone interested.
    FieldPartner Cross Cultural Survey
    Thank you for taking the time to fill out this survey. Please give as much or as little detail as you wish. Your answers are confidential. The purp…
  • Advice needed on Vehicle Purchase for Southern Africa
    A UK church have raised £40k to fund the purchase of a vehicle for a mission partner in Southern Africa and are looking to purchase outside country and ship in. There are many companies that do this, but they would welcome any advice from folk that have maybe done this before. Please reply here or to
    • We (Zambesi Mission) have looked at shipping vehicles to Malawi before, but there is usually a 30% import duty on imported vehicles. So you would pay the UK price and then the shipping cost and 30% duty on top. Other Southern African countries may be different, but you should compare the cost of purchasing in country. Can they raise £40k for a new vehicle for us!?
  • I think one barrier is having to be online to read messages? If they could be downloaded when online then that would help those of us in remote places who need to download online and then return to our venues to read and reply to emails.
  • Hi everyone. It’s been a while since I have been on Oscar active, but I still get the message board emails. 😊 The Lord has just closed the corporate door in my life. I am looking for opportunities in either Scotland or Wales to come into Community and Evangelism. If God puts anything on your heart for me, please do let me know. Very many thanks and kind regards. Amina 😊
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