As a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, Saint John’s Church is committed to helping others around the world. Our love for Jesus Christ, one another, and for those who are in need of any kind, helps to energize members to give their time and talents.
Partnership with the Diocese of Northern Malawi
The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth (DFW) and the Anglican Diocese of Northern Malawi (DNM) have been committed to partnership since 1995, when the DNM was established with the Rt. Rev. Jackson C. Biggers as its first bishop.
Today the DNM is blessed with the spiritual leadership of Rt. Rev. Fanuel Magangani, the DNM first Malawian born bishop. For more information, visit the DNM website at www.nmalawianglican.org
The DFW partnership is spearheaded by the Malawi Subcommittee, a committee of the DFW World Mission Committee. The Malawi Subcommittee is comprised of clergy and lay leaders. The committee’s operates under the direction of the World Mission Committee and Bishop Iker with the goal of providing opportunities for partnership and relationship.
La Gran Familia
It’s about God’s children! La Gran Familia is an orphanage ministering to abandoned and impoverished children who have been living in the hills and on the streets of Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, Mexico, located southwest of Chihuahua City. These children, only boys at first, lived in desperate and deplorable conditions. Many had been “thrown away”, most had no hope. Now they are healthy, thriving boys and girls who have a lovely home and a family who loves and supports one another. It was started in 1998 and operated by Fr. Greg David-Spinks until his untimely death on October 7, 2001.
Fr. Greg’s legacy of faith and love has been carried on for the last 16 years by loving, faithful servants who work with and care for the children day in and day out.
The women of the Diocese of Ft. Worth were very responsive to these children’s needs. Through the grace of God, they raised $36,000 for the purchase of a home for the boys in May of 2001. This home housed 20 boys. Soon after, the girls moved into a home just three empty lots over from the boys’ house. This home housed nine girls.
Over the years, the three lots between the houses have been purchased. More recently a beautiful building was built on the lots. It was finished in August of 2014. This building has space for 20 more children, a library, a computer room, a game room, office space, and an apartment for a dorm mom and dad. Needless to say, additional staff has been added!
The Holy Spirit is always present there. Please pray for the Director, Martin Cordova, his staff, and the Mexican Board of Directors. God has sent each one of them to La Gran Familia to do His work. Of course, pray for the children that they may grow in their faith to love and serve the Lord. For more information, visit the La Gran Familia website at http://www.fwworldmission.net/la-gran-familia.html