We believe God has intentionally placed us in the heart of Howick for a reason. And we have a growing conviction that the church must be actively going into our community with the good news of Jesus Christ, meeting needs and making disciples. This is to be through our daily interactions with the people God brings into our lives by being intentional and praying for them. And by partnering with people reaching out into our community, one of the organisations we partner with locally is - Sowers Trust.
Sowers Trust was set up as the community services arm of Howick Community Church. It was incorporated in 1988 and has been providing mentoring and programmes to young people within the community of East Auckland since that time. This work is carried out by a team of suitably skilled staff, with qualifications in social work and occupational therapy.
Today Sowers serves not only youth, but also their families in the Howick Ward area impacting the lives of those most vulnerable and marginalised in our local community.
Here at HCC we support Alongsiders International. This organisation does incredible work walking alongside young people in Cambodia who walk alone.
"At the beginning of the year 2000, the founder of Alongsiders, Craig Greenfield, left a corporate career in the technology sector and moved into a Cambodian slum (just a stone's throw from the slum community Craig and his family live in today)...Today, hundreds of young Christians faithfully walk alongside one vulnerable child each in their own communities, and the movement has spread into seven provinces of Cambodia. One generation is being equipped to reach the next."
To find out more about what they do and how you can help, check out alongsiders.org.
We also support several missionary families working overseas. If you'd like to find out more, please email the office.