Pontypridd Overseas Network Trust (PONT)
PONT is based very much on friendship and mutual benefit. Our partnership with First Baptist Church in Mbale is centred around Hope Ministries , a programme they had already started before we met them.
Hope Ministries reaches out to the poor in their community with practical help like visiting, counselling, encouraging as well as helping people with small loans to enable them to set up micro businesses. The help that we are able to give enables them do do more of that by supporting a social worker as well as providing capital for the loans. They have also set up a training school to give people some skills to enable them to earn a living.
We never want to dis-empower the local church but to encourage them to be able to do more. We hold a second collection in the morning service 4 times a year for the work of Hope Ministries.
Casa Harului is a centre in the Romanian countryside where disadvantaged young people and disabled people of all ages go to enjoy the outdoors, good food and Christian companionship. The orphanage camp is a week long summer camp held at Casa Harului for the children from Lupeni Children’s Orphanage and Uricani Children’s Orphanage.
Temple Baptist has been involved in this mission since 2015 when two of our members, Martin & Dana, took over the leadership of this mission. Martin & Dana lead a team of people from Pontypridd and Frinton-on- Sea (Martin’s home town) to run the camp each
August. They are joined by a dedicated team of Romanian’s (lead by Anna) who help lead the camp.
Around 45-50 children, between the ages of 4 to 18, are homed between the two orphanages and all the children are welcome to attend camp. At camp they enjoy Bible teaching, worshipping together, drama, craft, excursions and lots of outdoor games and activities. The children and leaders have a truly blessed time together.
Each year the camp is funded by donations and a number of fundraising events are held through the year to fund the mission.
Over the years close relationships have been formed with the orphanages and the children are now partnered in prayer with members of Temple and Homelands Free Church, Frinton-on-Sea. As well as praying for them, the prayer partners are encouraged to write to the children and if they are able, to send them a small gift on their birthday or at Christmas.
As a church, we are blessed to be involved in this mission and look forward each year to seeing what God has in store for the leaders and children.