Every year, parishioners from St Stephen’s buy Smarties tubes and fill them up with coins, which are then sent to support the Tumaini Fund. This charity helps widows and AIDS orphans in Kagera, Tanzania.
Save the Children
Until 2018, our children and young people from St Stephen’s sold home-made marzipan fruits and peppermint creams in order to support Save the Children, an organisation which helps vulnerable children around the world to survive.
Mission Aviation Fellowship
Since 2017, St Stephen’s Church has supported the ministry of Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF).
For seventy years, MAF have been speeding physical and spiritual help to many of the world’s most isolated and suffering people.
Without MAF’s light aircraft, countless thousands of men, women and children would be without adequate food, clean water, medical care and Christian hope.
Our local MAF contact is Captain Bryan Pill, who lives in Guernsey and who has worked for MAF for over 23 years, 22 of them as a bush pilot operating in Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Chad, Ethiopia, South Africa, Congo and Bangladesh.
Doug and Jacqui Marshall – Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Malta
During 2016, St Stephen’s Church supported the ministry of Doug and Jacqui Marshall, who are working with asylum seekers and refugees in Malta. Their work is sponsored by the International Association for Refugees and the CMS (Church Mission Society).
Doug has worked in the humanitarian aid world since 2002. His first role was in Afghanistan on a post-earthquake rehabilitation project, and later project managed a shelter project in Iraq; both being implemented by Shelter For Life International. For two years Doug project managed two cross-cultural teams with Medair in Southern Sudan, a team implementing emergency water and sanitation solutions, the other drilling boreholes to provide communities with clean water. In 2011 he gained a BA (Hons) degree in Biblical and Intercultural studies at All Nations Christian College, UK.
Jacqui studied engineering in Glasgow and Montreal. She worked with Medair in Madagascar, where she assisted communities in obtaining safe, clean water in a sustainable manner. Again, with Medair in Southern Sudan, Jacqui worked in the emergency water and sanitation team, leading interventions in cholera affected and post-conflict areas. Jacqui has also worked for InterHealth, a travel health charity, in London. She recently completed the en route course at All Nations Christian College.
Doug and Jacqui met while working in Southern Sudan and married in 2008. Ethan was born in 2011, and Chloe was born in December 2012.
They moved permanently to Malta in 2014 and are currently working directly with asylum seekers and refugees, continuing to learn the context and placement of International Association for Refugees’ work on the island. They also network with the local church as well as NGOs.