have asked where has CAT (Christadelphian Advancement Trust) came
from, where is it now and where is it hoping to go if the Lord will?
The germ of the work started in 1951 in an endeavour to preach the
Truth via Correspondence Courses. In the next five years there were
a few baptisms in the UK and limited advertising abroad, with the
first baptism in 1956 in South Africa, which was quickly followed
by a few more. The late 1950s and early 1960s saw a number of baptisms
in West Africa and consequently the formation of a Committee to
deal with that area. Interest was being generated world wide and
once baptisms were achieved numerous small Committees were formed
to look after individual Countries. By the 1980s we were getting
at least 2,000 enquires for literature a year – one year 6,000.
In 1992 it was decided to form a Registered Charity which, in addition
to giving a tax advantage, meant accounts were given to the Charities
Commission and also independently audited. In addition to the preaching
aspects a considerable amount of pastoral work is involved.
main aim is supporting the spread of the Gospel world-wide, and
assisting those converted and their families. We have seven trustees,
all members of various Central fellowship ecclesias mainly situated
in England. We produce fully audited accounts each year and are
fully accountable to the UK Charities Commission.
see ourselves not so much as missionaries, but background support
for the good work done by the various missionary organizations and
individuals in the brotherhood. We seek to supply resources and
appropriate expertise as a service to the entire brotherhood in
their missionary endeavours. We are comprised of a group of brethren
with wide and long experience throughout the brotherhood; we seek
solely to serve the entire brotherhood and empower, so far as we
are able, the many wonderful initiatives which there are underway.
the years our especial focus has become the production of literature
in many languages. Our largest publication has been Bro. Duncan
Heaster’s work Bible Basics , which is now available in over
50 languages, and has gone through over 100,000 copies. Requests
for this book come in from all over the world, thanks to the internet.
The CAT has mailed out an average of around 600 pieces of literature
/ per week for more than 10 years; and there is no sign that the
interest is abating! Rather is it increasing, as the Truth spreads
world-wide. We especially encourage newly baptised brethren and
sisters to translate literature into their native languages.
CAT have mailed literature to almost every country on the planet
- from Greenland to Iraq to remote Pacific Islands.
CAT have sent thousands of copies of Bible Basics to libraries world-wide-
resulting in baptisms in New Zealand, the UK and North America.
Our aim is to place a copy of Bible Basics in every library on earth.
We’ve also distributed the book in prisons, resulting in baptisms
of prisoners in the Caribbean, USA and UK.
addition to Bible Basics, the CAT publish a wide range of other
preaching literature: Introducing Bible Basics, the Bible Basics
full colour doctrinal leaflets, full colour general advertising
leaflets etc. We have also published a number of books in Russian
and other languages, in order to provide follow up pastoral care
for those baptized who do not know English.
are probably nearly as many Christadelphians in the mission field
as there are in the Western heartlands of Christadelphia. These
brethren and sisters scattered throughout the poorer parts of the
world, are often without longstanding ecclesial experience. The
CAT feel the burden of helping to support them when and where we
can. We seek to integrate them with the rest of the community and
encourage them to form local ecclesias, and to take as much responsibility
for themselves as they can. One way we do this is through the publication
of Gospel News magazine. Through the magazine we encourage local
brethren and sisters to communicate with each other, write articles,
share photographs, communicate with each other and report upon their
efforts to preach the Gospel and establish fledgling ecclesias.
This magazine is largely by them and for them. The only problem
is… that we are probably the only major Christadelphian magazine
that has a readership who can’t pay for their copies! And
so we have to find funds for printing and mailing the 3,000 copies
of the magazine which we send into the mission field every two months.
We have to find 30,000 GBP (US$58,000) per year for this work. And
it’s increasingly difficult for us.
also acts as a conduit for the brotherhood’s donations to
be used for various specific projects. One recent example has been
our invitation of the sponsorship of the books Where There Is No
Doctor and How To Grow A Balanced Diet. We are great believers in
encouraging self-help wherever we can; in providing a fishing rod
rather than a fish. Many copies of these books have been sent out
to the very large number of brethren and sisters in the developing
world who desperately need this kind of help.
addition to the publishing work, CAT has also played a part in helping
our persecuted brethren in fleeing from death sentences and other
persecution. We are able to make immediate response to issues, and
have built up quite some experience of appealing to the United Nations
High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and other agencies. We’ve
been able to respond immediately and relevantly when the various
crises have occurred, and have worked profitably with other Christadelphian
agencies and committees in the work of helping our persecuted brethren
get to safety. Being an officially registered Charity in the UK,
who also have local-language speakers as our co-workers on the ground,
we have been the ones to appeal on behalf of the Christadelphian
community for the lenient treatment of military service cases before
tribunals in the ex-USSR, and to introduce our persecuted brethren
from Iran to the UNHCR. The CAT has always been the Christadelphian
body under whose auspices the initial Iranian applications to the
UNHCR have been made. All of the Iranian brethren who have either
gained or still seek asylum were introduced to the UNHCR under our
umbrella, and the majority have gained asylum. The CAT has been
happy to have been of assistance to the brotherhood in this way.
However, there are new cases coming up all the time, and we ask
for your continued prayerful support of our work.
CAT also work to provide relevant welfare aid to those in need.
There are many brethren and sisters whose needs are not met by any
other organization and we seek to help as we can.
CAT is also keen to support the work of individual brethren and
sisters world-wide as they seek to establish interest in the Truth
through welfare projects as well as direct preaching.
could summarize our work like this: The great spiritual truths which
our Heavenly Father has entrusted to the Western Christadelphian
community have quite rightly been shared by us with the rest of
the world. The CAT are happy to support this work, to take the Truth
"into all the world". We do, however, see a situation
developing whereby the sheer size of the response is so great that
our work must revolve around making the new converts independent
and self-sustaining, rather than relying upon the West. And yet,
that said, there are daily requests for serious and major welfare
support coming to our ears, which we realize we are intended by
our Father to respond to. We ask for your support in whatever way
you can, and especially for you to remember the CAT in your legacy.
Any donations can be gift aided and we accept cheques in any currency
have no paid staff and a minimum of administrative expenses.
would be delighted to send a free sample issue of Gospel News to
any interested in supporting our work, or to arrange for a presentation
at your ecclesia about our work.
more information, please contact:
Marcus Heaster, 49 Woodfields, South Croydon, Surrey CR2 0HJ ENGLAND
Roger Richardson, 32 Wingfield Rd., Lower Knowle, Bristol BS3 5EH
in Australia and New Zealand:
& Robin Jones, P.O. Box 152, Menai, NSW 2234