Fulfilling the Great Commision is a high priority- we support mission initiatives both locally and internationally, and we have a goal to send people out reaching out to those in need, seeing God's kingdom expanded.
Please find below details of major missions we support
We are very fortunate having some great chaplains at our local schools, who support the students, their families and the wider community.
Eastgate is a big supporter of chaplaincy, with chaplaincy being a major focus of our local missions giving,
For more information on chaplaincy through youthcare, please click here
Alan & Mary Bennett- Ministers, Eastgate Fellowship International
Eastgate Fellowship International is a network of like-minded churches across the globe overseen by Alan and Mary Bennett, and was started out of Eastgate Church.
Initially beginning through mission work in India, the fellowship of pastors and churches is growing through teaching, training and ministry.
The Eastgate Fellowship Pastors, India
In 1990 the Lord gave a young woman a vision to build a women's refuge and home for abandoned children.
Mercy Abraham's vision was realized in 1992 and MAHALIR ARAN TRUST was founded. The name, meaning Women's Fortress in Tamil, was given by the Lord from Psalm 18:2.
THE LORD IS MY FORTRESS AND MY DELIVERER.
Mercy and her husband Vincenzo Imondi now oversee the work at Mahalir Aran Trust together. They have an 8 year old daughter named Persis.
Where are we?Situated on 35 acres in Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu, South India. We have been blessed with a picturesque, tranquil setting which is truly a place of refuge.
Who lives here?30 women and about 70 children. All have a tragic story to tell. The women are shunned by their family and a society who consider women to be second class and disposable. They are destitute with no means of earning an income. Some are widows who have been thrown out by their families because they cannot support them any longer. Others are sick, and cannot work to pay for medical treatment. The children are orphans and many have never been to school. One girl was sold into prostitution at 9 years of age, and came to us a few years ago in very poor health.
What we provideA future and a hope through:
Plans for the future
Our ultimate goal is to be self funding and to reproduce MAHALIR ARAN TRUST in many places throughout India.
Devar Outhu PallamBalajangamanhalli (PO)NallampalliDHARMAPURI 636807Tamil Nadu. India
Telephone: +91 (0) 4342571804Mobile: +91 (0) 9443260169