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Our name is changing, but the gospel remains


In November this year, USPG will change its name to Us in a move to keep the gospel message fresh and clear

the organisation’s values.’ Janice Price, USPG’s Church Relationships Adviser and a co-ordinator with Partnership for World Mission (PWM), said: ‘Change is always a painful process because it’s about identity. Mission agencies are a part of people’s identity – so any major changes are bound to cause discomfort. The key is to try and understand that

this change of name does not mean a change in core values and beliefs.’

Endorsements from Archbishops Tutu and Rowan Archbishop Tutu wrote to us about our new name. He said: ‘I think you are onto something vital. People are upset by the inequities

USPG stands for ‘United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel’. The phrase ‘propagation of the gospel’ was coined in the colonial period and carries an association with imperialism. So we needed a new name that reflects who we are now, rather than putting up a barrier.


The new name ‘United Society’ – to be known as Us – is not entirely new. In the years following 1965, when SPG and UMCA came together to create USPG, many people called us the United Society, rather than USPG.


Our name and logo are changing, but our core values remain the same: we are committed to living the gospel. We hope the new name will help us to connect with many more people.


This decision was taken following extensive research among both supporters and non-supporters.

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change, we’re giving a fresh look to all of our publications – but they will still be full of news and photos about the world church. We’re sure you’re going to like them!

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Why USPG is changing its name





they see around them and I think are longing for something that says you belong. Go for it!’ Archbishop Rowan Williams – our President – also endorsed the name change. He wrote: ‘The worldwide church is called by God’s love to promote life in all its fullness for everyone through its work in mission and development. We are called to rediscover our interdependence, our mutuality – to rediscover what it means to be “Us”. This understanding of human dignity and mutuality in the gospel has always been at the heart of USPG’s mission. This inspirational historical identity will continue as the United Society [known as Us], with its focus on “every person, every community, a full life”.’


n November, our name will change from USPG to United Society, but we will be known as Us. The name was chosen following an extensive – and prayerful – process of research. Over 500 people responded to a survey we advertised in this magazine and on our website. We spoke to many supporters and churches and we met with people who don’t currently follow our work. Our research showed that people were confused by the meaning of the name USPG – United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. People who knew nothing else about our work thought our name made us sound old-fashioned, preachy and colonial. Clearly, for many people, the name USPG does not convey our faith-based approach to community development. So we set ourselves the challenge of finding a new name that honoured the gospel message, and our history, without putting up unnecessary barriers. We chose United Society – Us for short – because it references our history and because it contains the idea of ‘a world reconciled’ (Colossians 1:20). Us – not an abbreviation, but the word ‘us’ – talk about belonging and how we are all interdependent. Hannah Silcock, aged 18, who went on a volunteer placement with USPG in South Africa, admitted that her friends thought the phrase ‘propagation of the gospel’ conveyed a sense of ‘judgementalism’, even ‘fundamentalism’. By contrast, she said: ‘The new name makes it a lot easier for me in talking about the work. The name Us is about being open and reflects




The gospel remains A message from Janette O’Neill, USPG Chief Executive


SPG is changing its name. We know from the survey we conducted through this magazine and our website that many of you recognised this as an important strategic decision. To put it plainly, the name ‘United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel’ had lost its currency. The name was devised when we were founded in 1701. Our original title was ‘The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts’. Over the years we have tried abbreviating the name – first SPG, then USPG in 1965 when we merged with UMCA. More recently we tried adding a supplementary name, to become ‘USPG: Anglicans in World Mission’. But, whatever we did, the name continued to cause confusion. Put simply, it is an eighteenth century name that causes confusion in the twenty-first century. Our survey confirmed this – 40 per cent of you thought we should update our name. From my own experience, people would often ask: ‘What does USPG stand for?’ I would

then spend several minutes explaining the history of the name and what it means and what it doesn’t mean. And this is before I even get chance to talk about our excellent work! So we realised a name change could not be put off any longer. To survive and thrive, we need a name that helps us to reach out to a new wave of supporters, inviting many more people and churches to get involved in the mission of the world church. Of course, it is a monumental step – and it was not without hesitation and much prayer that our Trustees finally gave the green light. We announced our new name for the first time at our annual conference. To be honest, some supporters were concerned to see the word ‘gospel’ disappearing from our name. If this is also your concern, we want to sincerely reassure you that Us has not forgotten the gospel. We remain firmly a Christian organisation, rooted in the broad Anglican tradition. Our desire to express the love of God remains at the heart of all we do.

The altar at Aglipay Theological College, in the Philippines

Altar contains blood-stained robes of murdered archbishop This altar in the chapel at Aglipay Theological College – part of the Philippines Independent Church (PIC) – contains the bloodied bedclothes of an archbishop who was stabbed to death because of his stance on human rights. Archbishop Alberto Ramento was asleep when he was brutally murdered in his home in Tarlac City, north of Manila, in 2006. The archbishop is one of over

1,000 human rights activists who have been killed after speaking up for the rights of the poor. Many more have been tortured or imprisoned. Human rights advocates believe there is an undeclared state policy to kill those who stand up for the marginalised in a country where a small elite makes a vast profit out of selling mining rights so that foreign companies can take natural resources. Archbishop Alberto’s

dedication to justice remains an inspiration for the church and civil rights campaigners. Canon Edgar Ruddock, USPG’s Director for Leadership Development, said: ‘Praying in this little chapel was a deeply moving, and disturbing, experience. We in the west often find it incredibly hard to grasp how big a price is paid by some of our brothers and sisters around the world when they are called to account for their faith in a God of justice.’

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Looking at Bangladesh in a new light Tom reported: ‘We were told that the Church of Bangladesh now has twice as many clergy as 20 years ago and is building new congregations, especially among the Santals who live in the north-west. Every church congregation is involved in social development work among the poor, especially women.’ He added: ‘We can be proud of the difference that mission agencies such as USPG have made in Bangladesh.’ Tom and his wife Diane are happy to speak at any church in Durham Diocese. They can be contacted on 01429 823940.

Painting of Ratanpur village, Bangladesh, by Tom Thubron

She added: ‘Personally, I have a double stigma because I am both a widow and HIV-positive. Society seems to think these sorts of things happen by our own choice, but it’s not like that. We need to address issues such as the lack of under- standing and gender violence.’ There are currently one million adults and 150,000 children living with HIV in Zimbabwe – most of whom are women and girls. A survey last year found only 40 per cent of the population held accepting attitudes towards people living with HIV (Zimbabwe Demographic and Health Survey). USPG/Priscilla Mountford

Speaking at the launch of USPG’s new HIV programme in Zimbabwe, Tariro explained how she was ostracised by her community after disclosing she had HIV. ‘When my husband of HIV died 12 years ago, people no longer wanted to mix with me, and they called me names. I started to ask myself whether I was still a human being or just an animal.’ Tariro said she is saddened by attitudes to HIV in her country. ‘HIV is all around us – it is in our homes. Discrimination is everywhere. We must help each other.’


Your donations to USPG will support this HIV programme in Zimbabwe and other vital work of the world church.

Nearly one year on, we are happy to report that our pioneering Hands on Health programme in Malawi is having a huge impact on local communities. The principle behind the programme is surprisingly simple. The programme brings together village leaders, local churches, government health workers and community volunteers – and gets them talking about health concerns and opportunities. As a result, small Hands on Health teams are set up to pool ideas and resources. One team – based at Kapiri Health Centre, in Nkhotakota – made tackling malnutrition their number one priority. Hands on Health co-ordinator Lusungu Nkhoma reports: ‘Malnutrition is a major concern around Kapiri, so nutrition programmes have been started. Community homecare volunteers have been visiting homes to show people how to prepare nutritious meals using local food, and all the communities have started making monthly contributions to support each other.’ Communities around Liwaladzi Health Centre have

started a similar initiative. In the region of Chilipula, a Hands on Health team built pit latrines in 11 villages to combat diarrhoea. Villagers in nearby Mangochi heard about the work and were inspired to build their own pit latrines. This is an example of how the Hands on Health programme can move from village to village. Hands on Health brings people together to have conversations that lead to positive action. Communities identify their strengths and find solutions to local challenges. This is development as selfempowerment rather than dependency on aid. Mr Mwenechunga, a member of the Kapiri Hands on Health team, said: ‘Health is becoming the responsibility of everyone, rather than relying on health workers or institutions. We are doing it together.’ USPG co-ordinated the initial training for Hands on Health and the results are plain to see.



It is clear that the stigma surrounding HIV is preventing some people from receiving treatment and is encouraging discrimination. But in a country where 80 per cent of population goes to church, the USPG-spearheaded programme will begin by challenging some of the wrong ideas being preached from pulpits about HIV. Speaking at the programme launch in June, the Rt Revd Ishmael Mukuwanda, Bishop of Central Zimbabwe, explained: ‘HIV is in the church, so we need to talk about it. Many lives have been lost because the church has judged. Some churches have promised healing that hasn’t happened, and this has stopped people from taking their treatments. It is a serious problem.’ He added: ‘The church is a unique position. We have a platform to pass on information and reduce stigma. The church has to be at the forefront.

Malawi health programme is a success one year on

Read more about our work in Malawi at


Zimbabwe programme will tackle HIV stigma and save lives


This wonderful watercolour of Ratanpur village, in Bangladesh, was painted by USPG volunteer Tom Thubron. Tom, who is a USPG’s Associate Mission Adviser for Durham Diocese, was revisiting Bangladesh for the first time since he worked in the village as a parish priest in the 1970s. He found it to be very different. St Peter’s Church, where he served, had been a quaint nineteenth-century English-style building – it is now a brand new building with a PA system.


Dance performance at the programme launch

Church of Pakistan focuses on women’s rights Training women leaders will be one of the priorities for a new nationwide leadership training programme being developed by USPG with the Church of Pakistan. The programme will build on successful initiatives already being implemented by women. In Peshawar, for example, women are playing a vital role in

promoting inter faith harmony. This year, the Diocese of Peshawar Women’s Desk helped to organise a seminar looking at ‘The Role of Women in Interfaith Peace and Harmony’. Delegates at the seminar – from Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh communities – were encouraged to begin the peace process in their own homes.

Diocesan officer Nadia Das explained: ‘The mother’s lap is a child’s first school. This is how a mother can teach and influence her children to become agents of change to promote a peaceful tolerant society.’ In Raiwind Diocese, Alice Garrick, of WDSS (Women Development and Service Society), is encouraging women

to tackle hunger, poverty and human trafficking. She said the situation facing rural women in Pakistan is ‘quite pitiable regarding marriage, poverty, illiteracy, and a lack of healthcare and employment opportunities’. However, she added: ‘Through the empowerment of rural women, poverty and hunger

can be eradicated.’ Edgar Ruddock, who directs USPG’s Growing the Church programmes, said: ‘Including women as equal partners in the training and developmental life of the Church of Pakistan is one way for the church to challenge existing patterns in society, releasing more people’s gifts for the good of everyone.’

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Educating young Christians will help the church to grow

Young Christians in Myanmar – particularly those from rural communities – are struggling to gain a higher education and are missing out on jobs. As a consequence there is a fear that the church will increasingly struggle to find people to take on leadership roles, especially in new areas of work, such as development. These are the concerns of the Most Revd Stephen Than Myint Oo, Archbishop of Myanmar, who visited USPG’s offices recently. He said: ‘My immediate concern for young Christian people is their education. Secondary schools and colleges are very expensive, and becoming more so. Soon, only a

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The Anglican Church in Myanmar is promoting education to build capacity in church and community

Secondary students at Bishops Court School, Toungoo, Myanmar

few rich people will be able to afford to send their children to school.’ He added: ‘We need to upgrade the capacity of the Christian people because Christians often cannot compete in terms of their skills. Our faith is big, but our

capacity is decreasing.’ The church is responding in two ways: by supporting both formal and informal education. Formal education – supported by USPG – takes the form of Anglican hostels which provide students from rural communities

with free board and education. In Sittwe Diocese, for example, the church is running six student hostels, which last year accommodated 157 students. Ma Htay Htay Hlaing, aged 14, from the village of Tukma wa, explained that her goal was to

become a nurse. ‘My goal is to reach the level of students from affluent society,’ she said. ‘Being at the hostel has really taught me the value of education. I have become more broad-minded in dealing with others. I feel I have been enriched in so many ways.’ Maung Naing Win, aged 15, from the village of Doe chawng wa, added: ‘The students come from many different places and situations, but we have got to know each other and come to love each other like brothers and sisters. I am very happy here.’ In terms of informal education, Archbishop Stephen explained that the church was urging parents to take time out – perhaps during meal times – to sit with young people and educate them about the world. He said: ‘Many young people cannot afford to go to academy or schools so we need to find a way to bring adults and children together to share wisdom and knowledge. Young people especially need to know about international issues.’

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HIV programme saved life of six-year-old Fatuma

When Fatuma Athmani (pictured) was two years old her mother died from complications caused by HIV. Her father remarried within a few months of his wife’s death. But Fatuma’s new stepmother – who already had her hands full with three children of her own – was unable to take good

department diagnosed that Fatuma was suffering from malnutrition. She was also suffering from pneumonia and was HIV-positive. The PMTCT team put Fatuma on anti-retroviral drugs to combat the effects of HIV. And, because Fatuma’s stepmother had other children to care for, the team arranged for Fatuma’s cousin to become her carer. Eventually, a staff member at St Raphael’s offered to take care of Fatuma – and has since adopted her. Fatuma, now in good health, is still in touch with her cousin

and father, and is attending nursery school. The USPG-supported PMTCT programme at St Raphael’s is making a huge difference in communities around the hospital – supporting mothers and training traditional birth attendants.


care of Fatuma, who often missed meals. Fatuma’s health went into decline. She suffered fevers, acquired a constant nagging cough, and struggled to breathe. Meanwhile, Fatuma’s father was busy seeking casual labour so he could feed his family. Fatuma was six years old, in September last year, when she was examined by the community health team from the Anglican-run St Raphael’s Hospital, in Tanga, Tanzania. She was taken to St Raphael’s, where the PMTCT (Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission)

Your donations to USPG will support the PMTCT programme in Tanzania and other vital work of the world church.


St Raphael’s Hospital, in Tanga, provides a vital service for rural communities

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Israeli intimidation prevents villagers from seeking healthcare

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to a staffed checkpoint, where they are forced to wait and undergo checks.’ B’Tselem claims some patients have died because of delays. St Luke’s mobile clinic places a special emphasis on treating the elderly, who are suffering increasing levels of diabetes and hypertension due to the stresses of living in the West Bank, and pregnant women, who are at risk because it is so difficult to visit St Luke’s for delivery.


Palestinians in the West Bank are struggling to access medical care due to delays at army checkpoints and intimidation from Israeli settlers. In response, USPG-supported St Luke’s Hospital, in Nablus, is piloting a mobile clinic to take healthcare into the community. Abir Rukab, of the Diocese of Jerusalem, which runs the hospital, explained: ‘Access to

Nablus has become more difficult because of security checkpoints, maintained by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). Also, inhabitants of Israeli settlements are sometimes violent and threaten Palestinians. These factors prevent people coming to St Luke’s.’ Worst affected are the 20,000 inhabitants of five villages south of Nablus. Their plight has been well documented by observers in the West Bank. Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem reports: ‘In many cases, the way to the hospital is blocked, so the sick and injured have to travel on long, winding and worn roads. These alternate roads often lead

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St Luke’s Hospital, in the West Bank, is piloting a mobile clinic

Israeli controlled territory in the West Bank

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A student at St Augustine’s School, in Mpaka, Swaziland


Many children are facing an uncertain future 13-week term because her grandmother could not afford the schools fees. (In Swaziland, schooling is free only for younger children.) When the school realised what was happening, they intervened and made arrangements whereby Nomathemba’s grandmother could pay the fees in manageable instalments. Nomathemba’s work is average. Perhaps under different circumstances she might excel. But, the way things are, it is extremely unlikely that she will progress to secondary school. One teacher said sadly: ‘Such girls become pregnant.’ In a

society of orphans, where few children receive parental love and men tend to marry late because of the expense, many young women try to find love through sexual relationships – perhaps hoping it will turn into a secure marriage. Such girls can become single mothers. The church is doing what it can with limited resources. [Names were changed to protect privacy.]


Thandi is aged 11. Like many girls of her age, Thandi is a well-motivated pupil producing satisfactory work. She is neatly dressed, quietly selfassured and popular. In a country where an estimated 9 per cent of the 1.2 million population are AIDS

orphans (UNICEF), Thandi and her two younger siblings are unusual in that they live with both their parents. Thandi’s parents – both teachers – are not well-off, but they have saved up enough to build a modest house close to the school. For Thandi, the future looks bright. Nomathemba’s story is very different. Aged 13, she lives with just her grandmother in a dilapidated home, traditionally built of mud and thatch. She is also a quiet and conscientious student – but so quiet she is easily overlooked. Earlier this year, Nomathemba attended only three weeks in a

Read more from Nola Nixon in the Autumn 2012 USPG Prayer Diary.


Nola Nixon is teaching at Anglican schools in Ezulwini, funded by USPG Ireland. Here is her report

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‘I was 47 and my life was going nowhere’

and even harder to settle down to normal life back home. I came back a totally different person. I was brimming with confidence and my faith had grown in leaps and bounds. So here I am 14 years on! I've hit 60 and am facing the prospect of retirement. Who knows what the next chapter of my life will bring? Whatever happens in the future, I'm so glad I had the EEP experience. Definitely the best thing I’ve ever done! Mandy Spalding

tops. Everyone was so friendly. I spent my mornings in the crèche, helping with the preschool children. They all seemed so happy, despite the fact that many of them had very difficult backgrounds. After ten happy months I found it so hard to say goodbye

A USPG-supported programme is helping to combat malaria A young mother has told USPG that her children are healthier and stronger thanks to the use of mosquito nets. Anaba Ayetya belongs to a farming community in the village of Kpalsako, in Tamale, Ghana. She was given insecticidetreated nets by the Anglican Health Service (AHS), which receives support from USPG. The nets help stop bites from malaria-carrying mosquitoes. ‘Before I was given nets, my children and I used to have malaria at least three times a month. I even had malaria during my second pregnancy,’ Ayetya said.

Anaba Ayetya, who received insecticide-treated nets

‘But since we started using the nets, I’ve noticed the rate at which we fall sick has reduced. In fact, last year, only Patience, my two-year-old daughter, fell sick of malaria. ‘I’m happy that my children are very strong because they hardly get malaria now. Mosquito nets are a very good thing and we are very grateful.’ As well as distributing nets, the Anglican Health Service provides instruction in malaria prevention and control. Ayetya says she now knows a great deal about the cause and prevention of malaria. She said: ‘When my child has a temperature, I first suspect malaria and do what is necessary immediately. I bathe her in lukewarm water, give her paracetamol and rush her to the health centre for treatment.’

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Mandy Spalding, of Bury St Edmunds, spent ten months in Zimbabwe with USPG's Experience Exchange Programme for volunteers. She told us how the placement was a life-changing experience, giving her confidence and growing her faith: I was 47 and my life was going nowhere. I felt I needed to do something totally different. It was 1998. I was working as a nanny but realised I’d had enough of looking after wealthy

children who had everything they wanted and decided I would love to care for children who really needed me. I applied to various organisations without success as I had no formal qualifications and was considered too old! Then I was put in touch with USPG and the rest, as they say, is history. Several months later I found myself on a plane heading for Zimbabwe where I spent the next ten months working at the Matthew Rusike Children’s Home, in a township on the outskirts of Harare. What an amazing place! There were people everywhere: ladies carrying huge loads of goodness-knows-what on their heads, often with babies tied to their backs; children playing in the dust; men playing draughts with bottle

‘Mosquito nets mean my family is healthier’

To find out more about the Experience Exchange Programme, call Habib Nader on 020 7921 2215 or visit

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Volunteer Mandy Spalding says a tenmonth placement in Zimbabwe was ‘the best thing I’ve ever done’


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Looking back years of pione As USPG prepares to change its name that led to this historic moment SNAPSHOTS

Fr Roger Tennant, a USPG missionary in Korea between 1954 and 1962, was known for his humility and compassion. Once, when approached by a beggar in the market place, Fr Roger gave the man his only cassock. The beggar put on the cassock and went on his way, but found himself being continually stopped and asked for advice by market-goers who assumed he was the local priest. Fr Roger’s most lasting achievement was to establish a leprosy colony in Namyangju which became the model for subsequent government-funded projects.

USPG has sent missionaries to some of the smallest and remotest places on earth. In the 1880s, the Society sent the Revd Edwin Dodgson – brother of Charles Dodgson, better known as the author Lewis Carroll – as a missionary to the volcanic island of Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic, known as ‘the lonely island’. He stayed for eight years, then transferred to the Cape Verde Islands off the west coast of Africa for another five years.



he story begins in 1701 – Bach and Handel were still young men and the finishing touches were still being made to the dome on St Paul’s Cathedral. A visionary priest called Thomas Bray obtained a Royal Charter setting up a society to send Church of England priests to minister to settlers in America. He called this new organisation the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (SPG). This was the start of a story has become a part of global history. Expanding its initial remit, SPG started sending priests and school teachers to work with slave and native American communities. Working within – and challenging – the cultural understanding of their day, SPG missionaries did their best to help these persecuted communities. Over the next three centuries, we sent over 15,000 missionaries worldwide. Some of these

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Anglican Communion. The Rt Revd Richard Chartres, Bishop of London, believes Thomas Bray’s pioneering vision still has the power to inspire. At a special service in 2008 to commemorate the 350th anniversary of Bray’s birth, the bishop said: ‘We give thanks for Thomas Bray, for his confidence in the gospel and its compatibility with reason. We give thanks for his nonexclusive but profound conviction that the Church of England is called to serve and challenge a world misled by atheists and libertines – to be an effective agent of the mystery of God’s will.’

The Revd Thomas Bray, founder of USPG

Giving their lives

missionaries were pioneers, tackling slavery, championing women’s rights and opposing racism. They all helped to establish indigenous Anglican Churches in the countries where they worked, helping to build what is today the global

Over the years, we have sent personnel to over 50 countries. We sent our first missionaries to India in 1820, South Africa in 1821, China in 1863 and Japan in 1873. In those days, there was a high risk of catching malaria and other diseases, with no effective treatment available,


Dr David Livingstone – perhaps the most famous missionary of all – plays a key role in USPG’s history. In 1857, Livingstone gave lectures at Oxford and Cambridge Universities advocating a mission to Central Africa, where Livingstone hoped the arrival of ‘commerce and Christianity’ would bring about the end of the slave trade. The lectures led to the formation of the Universities’ Mission to Central Africa (UMCA). In 1965, UMCA merged with SPG (Society for the Propagation of the Gospel) to form USPG.

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This photo shows a hospital orderly, in Chipili, Zambia, around the middle of the last century. The equivalent of an orderly today would be an assistant or auxiliary nurse. Orderlies would typically be local people who received medical training from mission hospital staff. As a result they could work out in communities, often taking charge of rural clinics or dispensaries.


at over 300 ering work to Us, we take a look at the events which meant many brave men and women became missionaries knowing they might literally be giving their lives for the gospel. In 1856, SPG broke with convention by accepting its first single woman as a missionary: Sarah Coombes, who was a schoolteacher in Borneo. And, throughout this period, there was an increasingly emphasis on supporting indigenous missionaries, both men and women. The focus was on building capacity in the local church – an ethos that we continue to this day. In 1965, SPG became USPG (United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel) by joining with the Universities’ Mission to Central Africa (UMCA), an organisation that pursued evangelistic, medical and educational work in East and Central Africa, making major contributions in the fight against slavery and leprosy. Three years later, USPG was joined by the Cambridge Mission to Delhi (CMD), which

had a history of supporting healthcare and education, as well as supporting India’s independence.

Changing times An organisation with a 300-year history has inevitably had to change with the times. In a recent book review in The Guardian newspaper, Archbishop Rowan Williams wrote: ‘All human language [adjusts] to historical change, even when trying to stay the same; as Cardinal Newman observed, to say the same thing as your ancestors said, you may well need to say something apparently very different.’ Such is the case with USPG and our name. No doubt in 1701 ‘The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts’ carried a clear message. But today both supporters and non-supporters tell us that the phrase ‘propagation of the gospel’ makes us sound old-fashioned, colonial and preachy. Hardly a

good advert for our contemporary approach to community development that respects people of all faiths! In other words, the name USPG is a turn-off to potential new supporters. And this is something we need to redress if we are to continue building support. So we have taken the bold step of changing our name so that we can express the gospel message in words that better connect with people today. Us speaks of inclusiveness and unity and the fact that we are all inter-dependent. And our new strapline – ‘Every person, every community, a full life’ – is a direct reference to John 10:10, evoking the goal of the gospel. Change is always uncomfortable, even when it is done with the best of intentions. But we hope you will celebrate this change and accompany us as we continue to live the gospel – still inspired by the pioneering spirit of our founder.

In 1930, UMCA nurse Edith Shelley contracted leprosy in Tanganyika (now Tanzania) and chose to live at Lulindi Leprosy Settlement while undergoing treatment. She began to study the disease and became convinced that out-patient care – setting up clinics in villages – was the way forward. Edith set up a number of clinics, which she ran herself. Then, as more clinics opened, she trained African medical staff.


.......................................................... Evelyn Ashdown, a teacher at Queen Mary School, in Delhi, India, was returning from Bombay to England in autumn 1942 when her ship was torpedoed and started sinking. She boarded a lifeboat on which she and other passengers sailed in search of land for 14 days until being rescued. After the war, Evelyn returned to Delhi and continued her work at Queen Mary School until 1960, when she retired at the age of 74.

.......................................................... USPG Mission Companion Canon Robin Lamburn, although officially retired, dedicated 25 years to Kindwitwi Leprosy Village, in Tanzania, where he encouraged residents to be self-reliant. Their self-esteem increased and they regained dignity, despite their suffering. Canon Lamburn’s humanitarian work was recognised when he was awarded the Albert Schweitzer International Prize in 1985.

.......................................................... John Wesley (1703-1791) is widely known as the founder of Methodism. As a younger man, he spent 21 months as a missionary in America with SPG, from February 1736 until December 1737. Back in London, in May 1738, Wesley recorded his conversion experience in which his heart was ‘strangely warmed’.





A blackboard has been set up by a primary school teacher in a rural part of the Diocese of Masasi, in Tanzania. The photograph was taken in the 1930s by Canon George Tibbatts, who was a UMCA missionary from 1931 to 1938. Canon Tibbatts main duties were as a priest in charge of a mission station, which would have included supporting educational work.

Leonora Lea was one of a tiny number of westerners who were allowed to remain at liberty in Japan during the Second World War. She taught at Shoin Jo Gakko, a girls’ high school in Kobe. While other missionaries were deported, it is thought Leonora was allowed to stay because the Japanese authorities held her in such high esteem. Leonora taught in Japan from 1927 until shortly before her death in 1971. At the end of the war, she wrote: ‘The whole nation lives by the black market, or dies on the rations.’

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Complete the sentence: ‘We all want…’ World mission event gives people the chance to share their hopes for the world for Donor Engagement, and her eight-year-old daughter Molly were running the USPG stall. Zoe said: ‘A lot of people were happy to complete the sentence “We all want...”. It really highlighted some of the dreams and aspirations that we all share – whoever we are and wherever we live.’ Circle the World was organised by the Diocese of Ely, bringing together a range of church and charity groups for a day of celebration. Attractions included dance displays, live music, talks, worship, and a shared lunch – not forgetting free lollipops at the USPG stall. You can see more photos from Circle the World on our website at

How would you answer the question: ‘What do we all most want?’ This question was asked of all visitors to the USPG stall at Circle the World, a world mission event held in the magnificent Ely Cathedral last July. The photos on this page show some of the answers – written on a white board… Water and sanitation for all. Food. Books. Education for all boys and girls. A normal happy family life. Peace. A safe world to live in. Equality. A fairer world. Peace between nations. Love and a big hug. Fun. To be happy and help others. To always be brave and confident. To experience the love of God. All great answers! Zoe Bunter, USPG’s Director

Members of St James’ Church, in Alderholt, near Salisbury, pulled together to make an annual plant sale an extra special event for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Christine Hensel said: ‘We’ve been having a plant sale for USPG for ten years. We normally have the sale at our house, but this year we held it at the church with tea and cakes served in the church hall. ‘It took place on the same day as the Thames boat pageant, but fortunately we had better weather! ‘We had all the bunting and table decorations. Lots of people helped. Les Sacre ran the plant stall; Jean Mortimer organised the teas; Karen Gould and her

daughter Georgina made hundreds of scones! We really enjoyed it.’ The event raised £410 for USPG. Over the last ten years, the plant sales have raised

£5,000 for USPG. Christine added: ‘We have to be outward-looking and realise how fortunate we are and that there are people out there who need help to help themselves.


Diamond Jubilee cake and plant sale

Student enjoys work experience at USPG the church are helping people affected by flooding in Ghana. ‘I think USPG is a great charity because it is always praying for people in poverty and trying its best to help people around the world. It was a great experience.’

Rhianna Tyrell (pictured), a 14-year-old student from St Martin-in-the-Fields High School for Girls, London, had a fun time on work experience with USPG in London. Here is her report: ‘I heard about USPG from my mum who had previously worked for the charity, so I decided to find out more. ‘Visiting the archives was one of my most interesting experiences. Some of the documents date back to 1701 and are extremely fragile. ‘During my two weeks, I also sorted donation cheques and wrote an article for the USPG website about how USPG and

important for us to remember there are many in our world who go without.’

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A knitted ‘Queen’ doll provided a Royal presence at a Jubilee lunch held at St Paul’s Church, in Grangeover-Sands, Cumbria. Diners were invited to guess how many knitted rows were in the Queen’s train – and the winner got to take home the doll, which was created by Pam Cook (pictured). Decorations in the church hall included a Union Jack flag from the Coronation. Over 50 guests enjoyed a mouth-watering main course and desserts, including a Union Jack-decorated cake, and managed to raise a total of £250 for our work around the world. Penny Ward, one of the organisers, commented: ‘It is


..................................................................................................... A Royal Knitted Queen at World church in Lichfield celebration Jubilee celebration Visitors from 36 parishes in the Diocese of Lichfield were offered an insight into the work of USPG at a gathering for church leaders held at St Oswald’s, in Oswestry, Shropshire. USPG volunteer Martin Wilson – our Associate Mission Adviser for Lichfield – set up a stall and handed out more than 250 USPG postcards, leaflets and bookmarks.

Martin said: ‘Supporting USPG helps churches to understand what is happening in the world. It helps us to see the world through the eyes of Christ and understand what Christ’s mission means for us today.’ Churches in Lichfield Diocese can book Martin, or his colleague Tony, for a world mission presentation. Call him on 01743 236300.

Chilly summer weather meant Janet Templeman had to move her annual USPG summer tea indoors. Nevertheless, the event, in Cranleigh, Surrey, was a

success, raising £250 for our work in Tanzania. Anne Barrett-Lennard commented: ‘Everyone enjoyed themselves and the delicious food, including cucumber sandwiches.’

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An ‘indoor street party’ – with Union Jack bunting and red, white and blue balloons – was held at All Saints’ Church, in Stock, Essex, in celebration of both the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics. In keeping with the theme, coronation chicken was on the menu – along with apple pie and ice cream – and there was a fundraising raffle. Julia Seaman, of the church’s overseas mission committee, said: ‘We were very proud of the finished result and very much enjoyed the whole thing.’ The event raised £760 for USPG.

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What are you giving thanks for this Harvest? USPG Harvest Appeal 2012 In Malawi, young mums are giving thanks for a gardening project that is showing them how to grow fruit and veg so they can give healthy food to their families. This pioneering initiative is being run by St Luke’s Hospital, in the region of Malosa, with support from USPG. Visit for Harvest prayers, all-age talk, activities, poster and other resources. To order a FREE DVD about the garden project and Harvest collection envelopes, use the form on page 11, call 020 7921 2200 or visit

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USPG Peace Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 25 November – 4 December 2012 Galilee, Nazareth, • Visit Cana, the Jordan Valley, Bethany, Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Emmaus Palestinian • Meet Christians and engage with local peacemakers worship in • Share historic settings Led by Canon Edgar Ruddock, USPG Director for Leadership Development. Cost £1,695 Ask for a booking form and reserve your place: Lightline Pilgrimages Limited, Dept 10, Coopersale Hall Farm, Epping, Essex CM16 7PE T: 01992 576065 E:

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