2010000393024_Cover-9702013 has been an exciting year for Syzygy as we have built upon the hard work of recent years to expand our ministry in a number of different ways.  Below is a brief synopsis of the ways in which Syzygy has been helping in mission.  Just click on the orange hyperlinks to find out more about the issues involved.

Singles Ministry.  The most high-profile change in direction for us this year has been the start of the Syzygy ministry to single mission workers.  This aims to help singles focus on their calling, get their singleness in perspective and have a healthy single lifestyle.  In September Tim led a retreat for single mission workers, and this will be repeated this year, and together with our associate Dr Debbie Hawker edited Single Mission, a book for single mission workers which was published in November.  This has led to invitations to speak at conferences helping mission leaders be aware of issues they need to address so that their agencies are better places for singles to thrive.  More events are planned.  We also blog regularly about singleness as an issue in mission.

trainingTraining and debriefing.  We’ve continued to provide training to several mission partners preparing to go into cross-cultural mission, and for the first time we’ve developed a training module called Why do we Choose to be Stressed? which addresses underlying issues that can cause mission workers to suffer from stress and burnout.  This has been well received and we hope to roll it out more.

Pastoral support – in June Tim went to Mozambique to visit mission workers and spent some significant time providing training and member care.  We’ve continued to support several mission workers suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  We’ve helped over 20 mission workers in direct one-to-one debriefing and advising, including providing information on issues ranging from tax to accommodation.

GalaxyWebsite – throughout the year traffic on our website continued to grow as we redesigned it  to make it easier to read, and it’s now been seen by people in over 130 countries!  We blogged regularly about a variety of issues of interest to mission workers, notably on stress, which continues to be an ongoing challenge to the entire missions sector.  As well as a regular devotional blog to help address the lack of spiritual input mission workers can suffer from, we also regularly provide informative updates and this year started a series of briefing papers about practical challenges about which we find mission workers are often seriously uninformed.  We also do an occasional book review.

Car ministry – this year our car ministry grew significantly.  We were given two cars, sold one and are just about to buy another to replace our ageing Galaxy.  Donors gave generously to the costs of providing vehicles for mission workers on home assignment, and we started an ongoing sponsorship programme called Keep a Missionary Mobile to help meet the ongoing costs of the ministry.  How about making a donation?

Collaborating with others – we have had the opportunity to work with a number of different agencies and forums over the year to provide training for them and additional support for their mission partners.  We also helped to organise a conference for the European Evangelical Mission Association on Contextualisation in Mission, which was a fascinating event.  We were also involved in coordinating a response to UK government legislation which will make it much harder for British mission workers who’ve married overseas nationals to move back to the UK with their partner.

Finally, we’d like to thank all our Trustees, volunteers, donors, contributors and prayer partners for helping Syzygy continue to help support mission workers worldwide, and of course we’d like to give glory to God for all that he has accomplished through this ministry.