Con(n)ors show the way

Staff_team_2015 Posted by Roger Cooke on Tue, 26 Dec 2017 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

2017 has been a year of global visits and ‘face-to-face connections’. Individuals and teams have travelled from Ireland to visit CMSI’s global partners. Some of our global partner friends have travelled to Ireland to share at our events and spend time with their link parishes.

January saw the second of our school-leaving Con(n)ors embarking on a Short-Term Experience Placement. Conor Adams was already into his 4th month at Kiwoko Hospital, working with the Wilson family, having gone to Uganda in September 2016. Nepal was the destination for Connor Skuce at the very start of 2017. He went to do some teaching support at Kathmandu International Study Centre (KISC) for a few months.

Two inspiring young men, who finished their A-levels and then headed off to work alongside the global Church. Global mission placements are far from a thing of the past!

Here’s an extract from one of Connor Skuce’s blog entries…

Comparisons, endurance and challenges (26/1/17)
Another week at KISC has flown by! As time goes on, I am getting more involved with lessons and with different groups of kids, which is great as I get to know them better and how to best help with their education.

Somebody asked me during the week what the differences were between my school and KISC, and after a I thought about it, I realised the main difference was the kids. Despite enduring difficulties of constantly making and losing friends as people come and go and of growing up in a mix of cultures, they are very open, grateful and willing to learn – making my job of teaching easy as I’m sure any teacher would agree! The verse for this term at KISC, and one of my personal favourites, is quite fittingly about endurance and character. It’s from Romans 5:3-4 and it says:

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

I spent another Saturday morning at SD Church, but this time I wasn’t just clapping my hands along to the music and trying to decipher anything I could from the service. I had been asked to do a short talk to the young people about temptation; and the similarities and differences of life in Northern Ireland and Nepal.

Having never done something like this before I nervously embraced the opportunity to share my experiences and God’s word with people of a similar age from a different culture. The few seconds’ pause between sentences as they were translated definitely made it easier and it was great afterwards to chat to some of the people and hear their stories.

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