ECHOING DOWN THE YEARS
Echoes of Service, based in Bath, England, and Interlink, in Glasgow, Scotland, join together in 2018 as a new mission charity called Echoes International.
After around 140 years of supporting missionaries around the world, these two charities are merging to form a brand-new charity, to encourage Christians to get involved in mission and share the transformative power of God’s Word and work.
Echoes of Service started in England in 1872 as the Missionary Echo, as a means of reporting on front-line Brethren mission across the world. Their Scottish equivalent Interlink wasn’t far behind, serving Brethren Assemblies in Scotland from 1881 onwards through their Home and Foreign Mission Funds.
Over the years, both organisations have supported over 6,200 mission workers and have served in over 135 countries.
Echoes International Director, John Aitken shares:
“God’s heart still beats for the lost and God still calls His people to serve, with His associated promise to go with them. God has provided the two organisations with a unique opportunity to join together to bring a new energy to mission in and from the UK.”
Today, new challenges face mission workers and so Echoes International aims to inspire churches to be enthusiastic about mission, sending new generations of workers into diverse models of gospel ministry. Long gone are the days when missionaries such as Frederick Stanley Arnot spent months travelling to Africa by ship. Now Echoes International mission worker and pilot Jon Lake flies regularly around Zambia, bringing medical care and services to local communities.
As well as a new online presence at www.echoesinternational.org.uk, Echoes International will also offer new opportunities for short and long-term mission, and a youth programme FirstServe.