Shirley Baptist Church is fortunate to have significant links with specific projects in other parts of the world, and this aspect of church life is very enriching and of great benefit to everyone who is involved. The strongest links are with BMS World Mission and Mercy Mission, but the church has also been involved in visits to Project Ruth in Romania, and to a school in Calcutta.
More recently there have been connections with two congregations in Birmingham which are serving people groups from specific countries – Iran and Romania.
The church supports BMS World Mission, which is the main agency through which Baptists from the UK are able to serve in other parts of the world. A particular aspect of this support is that the church acts as a training church for one of the Action Teams each year – a group of about 4 young people who spend a year with BMS and travel to one of their centres across the world. The team visits the church for two weekends in September whilst training for their time in another country, then again the following April before taking an 8 week tour of other churches in the UK.
For more details see www.bmsworldmission.org.
One of the members of Shirley Baptist Church has set up a mission programme in the rural district of Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh, India. This has grown to include an orphanage for 120 children, a day school for up to 400 children, a theological college to train students to degree level and a network of new churches across Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, and also in Kerala. There are frequent opportunities to visit Mercy Mission and to experience life in a very different culture.