Philippines Mission Trip 2017

30th December 2016 - 22nd January 2017




Why go?

As God’s saved people, we are called to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19), and our church’s mission statement involves “showing Christ to the world”.
This includes making disciples in Mittagong, but the global church is much bigger than that. That’s why we as a church support missionaries all over the world.
This trip is an opportunity for us to encourage and support our fellow brothers and sisters in the Philippines—including missionaries serving with OMF and local church leaders. It will also be an opportunity for us to see what God is doing in another country, and get a taste of cross-cultural mission.


Why the Philippines?

Our church already has connections with ministry in the Philippines, through Dina Roki and through sending teams in the past. Many people in the Philippines are in need—physically, but also spiritually. The gospel is being shared by missionaries and locals, and we are excited about supporting them for three weeks and seeing God at work.


Meet the team




  • Ben Hanna works as an architectural draftsmen. He also serves on Parish Council and plays bass at our 5pm service. This will be his first time to the Philippines.
  • Kathy Crawshaw works as a dressmaker, serves at 5pm church and is also involved with Mothers’ Union. She previously went to the Philippines in 2014, and is keen to continue to serve there on this trip.
  • Lucy Mills is in year 12 at Wollondilly Anglican College, and serves at church through leading at Kids @ Mac and being part of the 5pm music team. She is passionate about children’s ministry.
  • Sam Mills studies at UOW, works part-time in public relations and co-ordinates the music ministry at 5pm church. This will be his third trip to the Philippines, and he’s excited to continue to serve the missionaries there.
  • Kathryn McIntosh is currently studying through Mary Andrews College while working part-time for church and part-time for a local café. She runs our church’s drop-in centre, leads at Follow: Youth and leads singing at 5pm church. She previously travelled to the Philippines with a church team in 2011.
  • Dina Roki is our Young Families’ Minister, and previously taught highschool English at Faith Academy in Manila. She loves taking teams over to experience and serve in the Philippines.
  • Jono Mills studies Creative Writing / English Literature at UOW. He coordinates and leads Kids @ MAC, and serves at 5pm as part of the music team and leads services. This will be his third time to Manila.
  • Marge Mills lectures in ministry, church history and the bible at Mary Andrews College. She also serves at church by leading services and bible studies, and helps lead Kids @ MAC. Marge will be leading the team with Dina.


What we will be doing

We will be running the children and youth program for a OMF Missionaries Conference, from 3rd to 6th January, 2017. This will be an excellent opportunity for us to serve the missionaries and their children.
While the rest of our itinerary is yet to be finalised, the plan is to serve with the church leaders in urban poor areas of Manila and Calapan (a town on the island of Mindoro). This may include prayer walks, children and youth ministry, assisting with livelihood projects and building projects, music ministry and training.




Prayer points

  • For safe travel as we catch planes, jeepneys, buses and trikes.
  • For good partnerships with missionaries and local Christians.
  • For us as we lead the children and youth program at the OMF Missionaries’ Conference—for wisdom, patience and flexibility.
  • That we can be helpful and encouraging to missionaries and local Christians in Manila and Calapan in whatever ways we end up
  • serving there.
  • That we will grow closer to God as a mission team, and in grow in using our gifts to serve God.

For more prayer points and updates from the trip, we’ll try and blog regularly throughout our time in the Philippines at this website.





Please consider attending our fundraising events on 19th November.
Or you may like to give towards the cost of our team travelling and staying in the Philippines in one of the following ways:

  • Through the offertory bags at church, in an envelope marked “Philippines Mission Team”
  • Or in person to one of the mission team members.


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Men's Breakfast - Saturday 5th November - with guest speaker Colin Bale

Our next Men’s Breakfast is Saturday 5th November 7.30-9.00am here at St Stephen’s. 
Our speaker will be the Vice-Principal and Academic
Dean of Moore College, Colin Bale. 

Colin will be speaking on:-
‘Australian stories from WW1 – finding hope in the face of loss’
Tickets available today for $10 each.
Please see one of the men with the clip board after the service, or contact us.


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Philippines Mission Team 2017



As most are aware, we are in the process of preparing to go to
Manila in January 2017. This will be to run the children's program for the OMF Missionaries Conference, and help out the urban poor church, “Dawn for the Poor” as they lead us”. . Those going are:
Dina Roki, Marge Mills, Jono Mills,
Sam Mills, Lucy Mills, Lachlan McGuire,
Ben Hanna, Kathryn McIntosh, Kathy Crawshaw.

A variety of events are being organised, including meals and a stall, to help raise money for this mission trip. Keep an eye out for these events and if you, or a group, are willing to help in our efforts, it would be greatly appreciated.

Please keep the 19th November free for fund raising events. More
details to follow. Contact Marge or Kathy.

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Prayer Day - Wednesday 19th October

We will be holding a prayer day in our MAC centre and encourage all to come and join to pray for the various needs and ministries within our church and further afield. Times to meet together will be:
10am to 11am 2:30pm to 3:30pm 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Please come to one or to all!

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Guest speaker at 5pm this Sunday - Mike Raiter

Next Sunday, 11th Sept: At the morning services Matthew Brooks-Lloyd will be speaking on the topic of prayer.

At the 5pm service our guest speaker will be Mike Raiter.


Mike Raiter is one of Australia's best known preachers. He has been a missionary in Pakistan; lecturer at Moore College and principal of a Bible College in Victoria. He has spoken at CMS summer school and Katoomba conferences.
He now runs preaching workshops for ministers and will be running another one at our church on Monday, 12th and Tuesday, 13th of September. Our three ministers will be attending this workshop along with five other local Anglican ministers.

Please come along next Sunday at 5pm and feel free to invite others to hear Mike speak.




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