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About: Our Vision & Mission

Our Vision

To see the grace of God overflowing to a world in need.

Our Mission

To strengthen churches and help transform communities by building relationships between Australian Christians and local partners in Australia and overseas.

Our Values

Our values are informed by reformed, evangelical faith and sound development principles.

Gospel partnerships
Community participation
Sustainable transformation

Our History

The Archbishop of Sydney’s Anglican Aid (Anglican Aid) was previously known as the ‘Archbishop’s Appeals Unit’ until 2010.

Anglican Aid has existed in various forms since 1934, when Archbishop Howard Mowll responded to the ravages of the Great Depression in Sydney with solid preaching, backed up with love in action. The Archbishop of Sydney’s Winter Appeal was born. Over time, his work extended from this annual financial appeal to become the Archbishop’s Community Care Fund.

In 1971, Archbishop Sir Marcus Loane took Sydney’s eyes from the suffering in our suburbs to needs overseas. To those affected by war, poverty, disease, injustice and natural disaster. The Archbishop’s Overseas Relief and Aid Fund (ORAF) was established.

Through ORAF, Archbishop Harry Goodhew gave support for numerous appeals from overseas. In 2001 Archbishop Goodhew established an Archbishop’s Overseas Ministry Fund, to help ministries in the developing world by providing financial support for Bible and leadership training.

Today, the Archbishop of Sydney’s Anglican Aid proudly reflects this history in three funds: Overseas Development (ORAF), Overseas Ministry, and Anglican Aid (which contains Sydney-based Community Care, and overseas projects).

Community Care Fund

Anglican Aid’s Community Care program partners with churches in disadvantaged areas of Sydney Diocese, reaching out to the most vulnerable people in their community.

These ministries serve people from all around the world, including Christian brothers and sisters fleeing persecution, and people of all faiths and backgrounds.

In suburbs like Eagle Vale, Guildford, and Liverpool South, Anglican Aid partners with local churches to provide innovative programs that meet local needs: food, women’s and children’s support, men’s services, English classes, recreation, school and homework support, financial and pastoral counselling, fellowship for people living with disability or special needs, and assistance in finding housing.

Community Care projects address addiction, homelessness, unemployment, domestic violence, gambling and mental health issues. In partnership with the Diocesan Ministry in Socially Disadvantaged Areas Committee (MSDAC), Anglican Aid enables individual churches to own and deliver their own ministry programs, creating effective, sustainable transformation and high levels of participation.

Overseas Development Fund

The Overseas Development Fund, also called Overseas Relief and Aid Fund (ORAF) supports Christian agencies overseas, focused on tax-deductible projects within a broad range of health, education, agricultural, income generation and capacity building initiatives.

Anglican Aid Overseas Relief and Aid Fund (ORAF) is a registered charity with tax deductible status. It is a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct. As a signatory we are required to meet high standards of corporate governance, public accountability and financial management. This fund does not promote proselytism, welfare or partisan political objectives. 

More information about the ACFID Code of Conduct can be obtained from: www.acfid.asn.au.

If you believe Anglican Aid has breached the ACFID Code of Conduct and has not satisfactorily resolved your complaint, you may lodge a complaint with the ACFID Code of Conduct Committee.(https://acfid.asn.au/code-of-conduct)

ORAF-funded project (ACFID accreditation)  This icon indicates an Overseas Relief and Aid (ORAF) Project, covered by Anglican Aid’s ACFID membership.

Overseas Ministry Fund

Through Overseas Ministry, Anglican Aid is able to partner with Christian brothers and sisters in places where strong Biblical training is limited and under-resourced.

As a result, Anglican Aid is supporting the next generation of gospel workers, so that the grace of Jesus Christ will be known more widely in the developing world.

The Bible College Student Sponsorships (BCSS) program is a critical part of Overseas Ministry, seeking to connect Australian Christians and ministry students at trusted theological institutions in Africa, Asia and South America.

Church leadership in the developing world has often not had the benefit of good theological education and flounders in the face of false doctrine, syncretism, corruption, and persecution. The church is growing in number, but not in depth of understanding. The BCSS program addresses this by sharing our resources to foster strong theological colleges, to build gospel-rich Christian churches and to develop communities with integrity.

A registered charity, Overseas Ministry is not tax-deductible.

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