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The Soldiers' & Airmen's Scripture Readers Association

In Partnership with the Benefact Trust

Mike Blackstock talks with Col Lewis and ASR Jim Henderson at his ‘Selection and Recruitment’ event.

Image: Mike Blackstock talks with Col Lewis and ASR Jim Henderson at his ‘Selection and Recruitment’ event.

We were delighted when the Benefact Trust agreed to a grant of £41,000 towards the recruitment, training and deployment of new Scripture Readers.

The Benefact Trust is one of the UK’s largest grant-making charities and awarded more than £23 million to churches, charities and communities in 2020. Its funds come from its ownership of the Benefact Group.

The current geopolitical climate and the changing nature of military operations have made the mission of SASRA ever more important and relevant. This is recognised across the military, with Scripture Readers playing an important role in the spiritual welfare of our service personnel, and an increasing demand from both Army and RAF Chaplaincy for more Scripture Readers.


SASRA’s partnership with Benefact Trust is helping to fund the training and deployment of our four newest Readers: Mike Blackstock, Josh Fortune, Jacinta Lyons and Scott Witherick. We are very grateful to the trustees of Benefact for their support of this vital gospel work, and pray that their donation would have an eternal impact.

For more information on the Benefact Trust, visit their website.

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