News from February 2008

New Site Goes Live...

So the new site has gone live! After about a month’s full-on work I’m pretty happy with the result and looking forward to seeing how it all pans out over the next few months. Big thanks to Stuart, Roger and Niall for all their work on it too. Let us know what you think…

Spike Posted by Colin Corbridge on Sun, 02 Mar 2008 | 1 comments | Visit Spike Corbridge's blog

The Long Road 'Home'...Going Back to Kenya


It has been quite a journey! But now after about four years, Maggie and I are able to make some plans for returning back to Kajiado in Kenya.

When we went out in 2002 we had planned to stay for at least 6 years but then when Naomi fell ill we had to come back home earlier to allow her to regain her health. Little did we think it would take this long and it has been a challenging time for all of us, to say the least. We praise God that Naomi is now beginning to show good signs of recovery and she is at last on the long road to recovery.

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Ronnie___maggie_3 Posted by Ronnie & Maggie Briggs on Thu, 28 Feb 2008 | Visit Ronnie and Maggie Briggs's blog

All I Wanted Was Some Branston

March 2008. It’s now just over 6 months since I came back from Kiwoko to work for CMS Ireland. It is often commented that coming back from Africa and readjusting to life in the West is more difficult than going out to Africa in the first place – there is more than a grain of truth in this. On one hand, I have loved picking up aspects of my life here again – friendships, family, a job that excites and enthuses me. And yet, there is a part of me that finds being here, just a little bit uncomfortable.

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Niall2 Posted by Niall Manogue on Wed, 27 Feb 2008 | Visit Niall Manogue's blog

New Look Site Connects Global Partners.


It was Bill Gates who claimed that, “the internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.” While the metaphor may be somewhat mixed his point is a good one – online spaces are increasingly acting as ‘meeting places’ for diverse communities.

We hope that this latest version of our website will prove to be just that – somewhere that acts as a bit of a ‘hub’ for the global family that is CMS Ireland.

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Posted by Colin Corbridge on Tue, 26 Feb 2008 | 1 comments

Beyond the Pitch Black...

Jools has been involved with CMS Ireland over the past few years as the host of our Summer Madness programme – but it’s only fair to say that there’s a whole lot more going on in that wee head than we get to see in the pitch black hustle and bustle of ‘the Cavern’! At the moment he’s having a bit of a think through Eddie Gibbs and Ryan Bolger’s book, The Emerging Church It seems like a good discussion is starting in the comments.

Spike Posted by Colin Corbridge on Mon, 25 Feb 2008 | Visit Spike Corbridge's blog

Sustainable Mission...

Andrew Jones has written an interesting piece that explores how mission initiatives might be self sustaining. He takes some of Henry Venn’s (a key player in the history of CMS) ideas from the mid-19th century and looks at how they might resonate today. There is also a fuller article on the CMS-B website. Definitely worth a look.

Spike Posted by Colin Corbridge on Wed, 20 Feb 2008 | Visit Spike Corbridge's blog

The Rains Are Here!

Greetings from a rainy Kiwoko!

They’ve come at last. I got soaked last night when out on my bicycle – sort of not good as I was wet and muddy, but sort of fantastic as we now have some water in the hospital water tanks.

Our container also arrived last weekend. Brian Dorman and some friends had garnered up some fantastic equipment from various hospitals and friends. The container got stuck in Kenya in the middle of all the strife there. Amazingly it arrived on Saturday afternoon, when as circumstances would have it, Brian was visiting Kiwoko. What had taken him weeks to prepare, and a day with a forklift truck to pack, our men unloaded by hand (with the aid of 2 ropes and 3 planks) in 1.5 hours.

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Wilsons_2013 Posted by Rory Wilson on Sat, 16 Feb 2008 | Visit Rory, Denise & Gideon Wilson's blog

Missing the point?

I’m loving some of the stuff that Jon Birch is doing over at ASBO Jesus...

Is it possible that we spend a lot of the time missing the point?

Spike Posted by Colin Corbridge on Tue, 12 Feb 2008 | Visit Spike Corbridge's blog

Let the blogging begin...

So here we go…blogging again…

It’s been about two years since the old typepad blog was killed off and I’m not really sure how this one will shape up – but perhaps that’s part of the experience…

I’ve been asking myself why I’m starting this all again and the best reasons I could come up with were:

1. While we’ve been building the new site we’ve asked everyone else to do it – I guess it’s only fair that I join in!

2. The reason we’ve been encouraging the rest of our staff and Mission Partners to do this is because we reckon its a good way of sharing some thinking about mission stuff and encouraging people to get involved in working through some of the issues. Again I suppose I should really buy into that too!

3. I am a self-absorbed narcissist…that one’s a joke…mostly…

Let the rambling begin…

Spike Posted by Colin Corbridge on Sun, 10 Feb 2008 | Visit Spike Corbridge's blog