Supporting Missions

Our support of missions is just part of ‘Influencing our world’ through spreading the Good News and bring Hope and Love to others. God has a perfect plan for supporting missions through the offerings of the Church. Paul points out that everyone should give: “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7). Paul is clear that this is an offering by grace (2 Corinthians 8:7). It is part of who we are in Christ. God’s blessings are promised to those who give. “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully ” (2 Corinthians 9:6). Also in 2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”

David and Margurita

The seed of Smethurst Ministries was planted in 1972 when God called David Smethurst and his wife Margurita into ministry. This calling has taken them into churches, schools, youth groups, colleges, convents, military bases, prisons etc across the world including Africa, Australia, USA, Britain, Ireland, Latvia and other ex Soviet countries, Yugoslavia, Singapore, Malaysia, Iceland…

1988 saw the establishment of the Smethurst Ministries in Australia. From preaching in Lutheran Churches in Australia God gave the ministry favour with the Lutheran Arch Bishop of Eastern Europe resulting in teams ministering in Latvia and other ex Soviet countries in churches, schools and orphanages. Whilst the broad focus of the ministry continues the needs within Ukraine have been brought before David & Margurita particularly those within the Odesa Oblast (Odessa Region)

Smethurst Ministries (an interdenominational ministry) has a multipurpose in helping Christians to be more vibrant witnesses for Christ.

Empower Asia

EMPOWER ASIA was established in 1990 when Paul and Carlie Somerville moved to Bangkok, Thailand,from New Zealand, to take in and care for street kids.and now operates in six Asian nations; Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bhutan, Kolkata (India) and Nepal. Around 265 teenagers receive 24/7 care while residing in one of our 18 safe-houses so that they may receive nutritious meals, come to grow in their knowledge of God and also attend school (or tertiary institutions). This is all carried out in a loving family environment.
Empower Asia is the key project of Empower International Trust which is a New Zealand government registered charity holding Certificate of Incorporation number 894963. The Empower Asia board members operate under the supervision of the trustees of the Empower International Trust in accordance with the registered constitution.
Empower Asia was founded from New Zealand and has been working in Asia since 1990. Whilst the organisation is Christian based there is no affiliation to any particular group, church or denomination. The vast majority of funds are sourced from private individuals, families, small businesses and churches.

Baan Phak Phing

Christine Overeem started her work in Thailand for 25+ years ago. During that time she has opened four houses at Baan Phak Phing for girls that she and her team have rescued from child prostitution. She has no personal income and totally trusted in God to supply her needs which He has done through many private  sponsors and churches from The Netherlands and from other countries as well. In gratitude she looks back on the fact that she and the girls lacked nothing. There was always food, a roof over their heads, salaries for the staff, and clothing and education for the girls.
In those years well educated and motivated Thai staff members were recruited. In 2007 Peter and Tatjana with their 3 sons, a Dutch family, went to live Thailand. Peter is responsible for all the maintenance work at Baan Phak Phing, he is a concierge, mechanic, and IT administrator. He ensures, in the broadest sense of the word, the maintenance of the four houses at Baan Phak Phing. Tatjana does, besides her personal responsibilities, various things for Baan Phak Phing, such as projects, the website, and communications with The Netherlands and the rest of the world.
In 2011 Christine handed over the responsibility of the day-to-day leadership of the houses to three of our Thai staff. Christine will be available for them as an advisor. She will also keep up the (inter)national contacts and she has fully put herself to the task of coaching/counseling the girls. Her main goal is to make sure that Baan Phak Phing will be able to function independently for many decades to come. This ministry’s work isn’t done yet, not for a long time. It is more than worth it to see a girl come in and then later be able to, with love and care, make a new/fresh start in life.

Paul and Deborah

Paul and Deb are long term field workers in Vietnam who are passionate about seeing the people in their world become all that God desires them to be. They have gained incredible favour with government and communities by working closely together to see real transformation happening at many levels. They moved to Vietnam in 1998, where they founded AOG World Relief Vietnam, and began with providing vocational training for the blind and child sponsorship of 100 kids.

Since then their work has continued to grow and expand in response to the needs of the communities they world in. Today their work includes: Community Development; Child & Youth Advocacy; and Life Skills Training initiatives. These needs have and will continue to be identified through direct consultation with the communities themselves and the government authorities of these areas.

Through regular engagement with community leaders, they are helping them journey in their thinking from ‘welfare to development’ and seeing sustainable solutions being implemented to address important issues such as poverty alleviation, access to clean water, health care & child advocacy.

Tim and bronwyn

Combining their experiences from almost 30 years of ministry with their passion to build the kingdom, Tim and Bronwyn are pioneering new works across Southeast Asia. Their ability to be connectors of people and organisations leads to unity and a strong kingdom focus. As they connect into all levels of society, they bring effective influence and attention to areas of injustice. They are passionate about church planting and the training of national leaders, with a strong emphasis on next generation leaders, children and youth. Tim and Bronwyn carry the presence of God and are helping people to encounter His presence.

Tim and Bronwyn have 4 adult children, and 3 gorgeous grandchildren.


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“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”

Hebrews 11:6

“..give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

Luke 6:38

“Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, 2 and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith.”

2 Thessalonians 3:1-2