We are delighted to share the great news that the St Andrew’s Hall Redevelopment is complete!
We praise God for bringing the project to a successful finish in the midst of a global pandemic. He is faithful. We have prayed that the project would be delivered on time, on budget and safely; and God has answered! The prayers and generous giving of many friends and supporters has made this possible. Thank you.
The handover of the building to CMS has occurred, and training of our 2021 missionary cohort is underway in the new premises. Staff and trainees have settled into the wonderfully purpose-built learning environment and facilities.
An official opening event run by the property’s trustees, the Anglican Evangelical Trust, will be held on 20 March 2021. Due to COVID restrictions, the number of attendees is unfortunately very limited. The event will be livestreamed and include a video tour of the new facilities. Please join us from 2pm March 20 by clicking this button
The $17 million redevelopment has been fully funded. A large part of this came from the reallocation of $6 million in CMS fellowship assets. As this means reduced funds for ongoing missionary operations, we are seeking to raise another $2 million towards the project and CMS.
We thank God for the generosity of his people. The project is complete, but our partnership continues. The new St Andrew’s Hall is already training the next generation of missionaries for the next 50 years of missionary endeavour.
Thank you so much for your generosity towards CMS as together we work to see A World That Knows Jesus.
Yours in Christ’s service,
Rev Canon Peter Rodgers, International Director, CMS Australia
Rev Dr Wei-Han Kuan, Campaign Executive Director, St Andrew’s Hall Redevelopment Project
Our focus on in-depth training is grounded in biblical truth and a desire to see our missionaries thoroughly equipped for long-term mission service. Redeveloping St Andrew’s Hall has become essential to ensuring that we can provide this valuable training to future generations of missionaries.
Throughout the Bible, God urges Christians to train and prepare themselves for every opportunity to present the gospel. St Andrew’s Hall extends the theological foundation missionaries receive with practical and pastoral skills, so that our workers are able to communicate the gospel effectively across cultures.
In order to best take the gospel to another culture, missionaries need to understand that culture and all its intricacies. St Andrew’s Hall equips missionaries to deeply embed themselves in their new ministry contexts, to understand cultural differences, and to maximise the impact of their language learning.
Crossing cultures can be a difficult experience. Missionaries need to be prepared as much as possible for the challenges they will face. St Andrew’s Hall equips missionaries with tools to help them process their new experiences and take care of themselves physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Arthur and Tamie Davis went to St Andrew’s Hall in 2012. They now serve in Dar es Salaam, where they partner with the Tanzania Fellowship of Evangelical Students (TAFES).
Arthur and Tamie are thankful for the preparation they received at St Andrew’s Hall in learning how to graciously approach cultural differences:
“Tanzanians often comment to us on how well we describe their own culture to them. They say, ‘You see things other white people don’t. You really know us.’ The reason we have been able to get to this level with them is because of what we learned at St Andrew’s Hall. It’s easy as a white, Bible college-educated type to think of yourself as an expert or a teacher, but St Andrew’s Hall emphasises holding back judgement even when things look ‘wrong’ or don’t make sense. This has given us the opportunity to learn at a much deeper level.
“More importantly, this has been appreciated by those around us. It means people trust us and are willing to share further. It means when we do get to teaching the Bible, we are more likely to hit the mark in a way that is locally meaningful.”