About: Our Vision & Mission
Anglican Aid is
an aid and ministry support agency of Sydney Anglicans in partnership with the global church.
To see the grace of God overflowing to a world in need.
To strengthen churches and help transform communities by building relationships between Australian Christians and local partners in Australia and overseas.
Our values are informed by reformed, evangelical faith and sound development principles.
1934 – In response to the hardships of the Great Depression in Sydney, Archbishop Howard Mowll founded the Archbishop of Sydney’s Winter Appeal. This fund, later re-named to the Archbishop’s Community Care Fund, focused on those people in need within and around the Sydney Diocese.
1971 – Archbishop Sir Marcus Loane established the Archbishop’s Overseas Relief and Aid Fund (ORAF) to reach beyond the Sydney Diocese into the developing world, to care for those affected by war, poverty, disease, injustice and natural disaster.
2001 – Archbishop Harry Goodhew created the Archbishop’s Overseas Ministry Fund, to help ministries in the developing world by providing financial support for Bible and leadership training.
2010 – Archbishop Peter Jensen renamed and restructured the Archbishop’s Appeals Unit, which managed the three funds, and created the Archbishop of Sydney’s Anglican Aid.
Today, Anglican Aid manages three funds which reflect our rich history: 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 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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