WE HAVE A HISTORY
The Overseas Appointments Bureau began its life in the late 1950s as a part of the work of the then British Council of Churches and merged with Catholic Overseas Appointments in 1972 forming Christians Abroad. Christians Abroad (Limited) was a registered charity (no. 265867), and a company limited by guarantee (no. 1110421). These organisations recruited Christian lay people to work in overseas mission schools and hospitals. In the 1980s, Christians Abroad was an ecumenical agency recruiting some 20+ lay people a year on two year appointments and was funded by the Department for International Development, the Christian mission agencies CAFOD and Christian Aid, and many of the larger denominational mission agencies. It was an agency of the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.
In the 1980s it had grown to include an advice service for people working overseas and a Christian information service in support of Christian travellers and it also managed projects on behalf of other agencies. In the 1990s, the enthusiasm for ecumenical work amongst the churches waned, largely because of internal pressures in these organisations. This resulted in a shift of their priorities away from funding ecumenical agencies. DfID's priorities and terms of reference also changed, which meant that Christians Abroad was no longer a necessary partner. Christians Abroad adapted by providing short term voluntary placements for people of any age working in overseas development and mission. However the pressures mounted and the decision was taken to de-register as a Charity and as a limited company and close all its operations. The organisation closed in March 2011.
Colin South and David Brett, however, thought that there was still work to be done and a place for a continuing specialised ministry in support of worldwide Christian service and fellowship. CTBI Christians Abroad started a new life as a heritage project of 'Churches Together in Britain and Ireland' (registered charity no. 1113299) following closure of its predecessor . CTBI Christians Abroad is accountable to the Finance Committee of CTBI and submits its accounts annually to CTBI for consolidation and audit. You can find more information about our new parent body at www.ctbi.org.uk.
WHAT WE ARE TODAY
In 2017, CTBI Christians Abroad has a small volunteer programme providing opportunities for about five or six Christian people a year some of whom are undertaking internships or university placements in a development project overseas. Volunteers of any age, over 18 yrs, may spend one - three months in orphanages, schools or hospitals or in some community/environmental project overseas usually in Africa, South America or Asia.
CTBI Christians Abroad also has an Associate Mission Partner programme and provides professional, administrative and pastoral suppor to individuals or families who make long term commitments to service overseas as Mission Partners. This programme specialises in managing mission partners whose ministry, for one reason or another, is not easily managed in a Mission Agency structure. In 2017 there are three such individuals and families.
The other major and growing part of our work is travel insurance and other insurance in support of mission partners overseas. CTBI Christians Abroad provides information and some practical low cost solutions to insurance problems and the management of risk.
ACCOUNTS AND ANNUAL REPORT
Click on SUMMARY ACCOUNTS to access a summary of the accounts submitted to CTBI in January 2016 (Accounting Year Jan-Dec). Click on ANNUAL REPORT to access an account of progress in 2016 in our Xmas letter of 2016.
For a short personal profile of COLIN, DAVID and HAZEL who are the managing consultants of CTBI Christians Abroad, click here PERSONALPROFILES
Contacting us by telephone is not the most efficient way of communicating, as we are not always at our desks. If you do wish to leave a message, use the telephone number provided and we will respond to you as soon as possible, normally within 48 hours. You may be fortunate and find one of us at our desks!
The freephone number for all calls and messages is:
03000 121 201
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For all matters related to recruitment and international partner relationships:
CTBI Christians Abroad (Recruitment)
14 Millbridge Road
For all matters related to finance, support and consultancy:
CTBI Christians Abroad (Admin and Support)
22 Ebenezer Close,