Jesus said that he came that all people may have life and have it abundantly, but for millions of people around the world, this is still far from reality. That’s why at St John’s we partner with Anglican Overseas Aid (AOA), which is an overseas relief and development agency. Their work is inspired by the gospel of Jesus, with a vision for a peaceful, just, and sustainable world for all.
AOA works with in partnership with local organisations. The people in the best position to make a difference are those who live and work in a community or are closely connected to them. That’s why they work with partners who are part of their communities – they are trusted, share the everyday challenges of the people they work to support and are in a position to reach the most neglected and vulnerable. They are committed to supporting communities to engage in and influence their own development.
They partner with Anglican and like-minded agencies to create and strengthen partnerships in developing countries to overcome poverty, injustice and disaster. They support these partners to assist marginalised communities to take control of their own lives and promote community wellbeing.
AOA’s work is funded and energised through friendships, hard work, a shared Anglican expression of Christian faith and everyday acts of unity. They oversee projects in countries across Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific ranging across broad areas including HIV/AIDS awareness and community care, solar lighting, disaster response, breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, maternal and child health, promoting the elimination of gender-based violence and more.
AOA does long-term development work, helping communities take control of their futures and overcome poverty and injustice. They also respond to disasters and emergencies that arise, either by supporting their partners if they work in the affected areas, or joining with the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of 140 Christian agencies, to support a rapid and effective response. Currently, they are responding to the East Africa Food Crisis and the Crisis in Syria.
If you’d like more information, check out their website at anglicanoverseasaid.org.au