As a fifteen year old, Mabel Anne Bladon dedicated her life to Christian service. She served as a Sydney City Mission sister from 1938 to 1947, as a Red Cross matron at the Herne Bay Nursing Centre from 1948 to 1949 and as a medical missionary at the Bamu River Mission in Papua from 1950 to 1953.
At that time, her mother suffered a coronary occlusion and Mabel Anne returned to Australia and started a nursing home in order to earn her own living and care for her mother. The nursing home eventually was named the “Mary Bladon Hospital” after Ms Bladon.
In 1969 Mabel Anne commenced supporting two workers at the Waterloo Congregational Church and legally inaugurated the Mary Bladon Hospital Christian Fellowship in order to ensure their continued support. The main aim of the Fellowship was “to work with our hands in order to support Christian evangelists”. This was accomplished through the administration of the nursing home, hostels and other properties.
In 1982 Ms Bladon retired both from the nursing home and the Board of Directors and a new Board was established from members of Narwee Baptist Church.
The zeal, talent and energy which Mabel Anne Bladon showed throughout her life and which she unselfishly directed towards the work of God was an inspiration. That same inspiration is reflected in the lives of the people who continue God’s work through the various ministries supported by Mary Bladon Christian Fellowship.
Having recognised the nature of the charitable and social objects of the fellowship, the directors are motivated by the underlying purpose to use the vehicle to support the promulgation of the Gospel and teaching of Jesus Christ.
Simply put the mandate which was passed on to the Board from Mabel Anne Bladon is: ”To support the man or woman with the Message.”
Who is supported?
MBCF apply the following criteria in evaluating ministry programs.
- MBCF priority is to support ministry programs which have a primary focus on evangelism, discipling and teaching.
- Funds are directed firstly to the support of people and secondly for means/aids for directly facilitating their ministry.
- The ministry supported should have a sound theological basis and be conservative evangelical.
- Priority will be given to innovative ministries where ministry returns on financial input is maximised.
- Generally MBCF does not support ministries which are the responsibility of a local congregation.
Over the years MBCF has supported individuals within a wide variety of ministries including Christian Surfers Australia, Special Religious Education (SRE) Teachers, The Baptist Evangelism Intern scheme, University Based and Olive Tree Media to name just a few.
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The current MBCF directors are John Whittingham (Chairman), Steve Wright, Ian Garlick, Christie Price, Kevin Margetson, Ashley Seaton and Greg Leach.
In accepting memberships and directorships of the Fellowship, the current directors have been challenged to carry on the good work done by the previous directors of the Company and, in particular, the late Mabel Anne Bladon, the founding director.
Having recognised the nature of the charitable and social objects of the Fellowship, the directors are motivated by the underlying purpose to use the vehicle to support the promulgation of the Gospel and teachings of Jesus Christ.