News from March 2008

Goat kebabs and some rather angry men.

Partnership ain’t sexy. Often it carries on unseen without grabbing the headlines. But this week, I have seen its potential – if Burundi is to continue upon its path towards recovery, if the church s to play a role in that journey, then partnership, long term holistic involvement, is going to prove to be very significant indeed.

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Niall2 Posted by Niall Manogue on Mon, 31 Mar 2008 | 0 comments | Visit Niall Manogue's blog

The long and winding road...

Ali and I have just returned from our Hospital in the Far West of Nepal, sure it is only 800km by road – happily we flew most of it on a Budha AIr 19 seater plane. The trip crosses two-thirds of Nepal and we see lots of territory. The high Himal peeking through the clouds, the dry earth – even more dry the further we get into the dry season: next rain? it could be June…let’s just forget the umbrellas. Going through the forests, amazing huge pine trees opening on to rhododendron forests just at the end of the blossom season, deep red blooms of glory. Some of the locals in Dadeldhura, where our hospital is, have been entrepreneurial and used the blooms as the basis for a drink – ‘Lali Gurans Teas’.

What a journey, long and tiresome, yet inspiring and beautiful. What a God to create such wonder.

35580008 Posted by Mark Gill on Fri, 28 Mar 2008 | Visit Mark and Ali Gill's blog

Poppy's Marvellous Medicine...

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Sometimes, when it comes to prayer, we are surprisingly timid. I am often struck by the difference in how we pray and how our partners pray. It occurs to me that learning from our partners about how God has responded to the needs of His people around the World is one way to be encouraged to greater boldness and intimacy in prayer.

One of our Short Term Mission Partners, Poppy Spens, recently shared with me how God responded more directly than she ever imagined to a prayer request in Southern Sudan.

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Img_4014 Posted by David Gough on Wed, 26 Mar 2008 | Visit David Gough's blog

Holy Week and the Media Scrum

Perhaps unsurprisingly the fact that it’s Holy Week has seen faith pushed further up the media agenda.

The events of this week lie at the centre of the story we have to tell as Christians and it’s been interesting to see some of the media reaction this year. A few things have caught my eye…

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Spike Posted by Colin Corbridge on Tue, 18 Mar 2008 | Visit Spike Corbridge's blog

Burundi Schools Programme Builds on Solid Foundations

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CMS Ireland’s partners in Burundi are celebrating a major new education initiative which will enable them to rebuild seven schools over the next three years.

CMS Ireland has recently secured €500,000, from Irish Aid, to help the local church rebuild primary and secondary schools devastated by decades of civil war. But this programme is about more than just building with bricks and mortar – it’s the outworking of years of partnership and demonstrates a shared desire to see transformation in Burundi.

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Posted by Colin Corbridge on Wed, 12 Mar 2008

Mum's the word

I wanted to take a minute and write something about a scheme we ran a few months ago – belated I agree but important nonetheless…

For most of us in Ireland, Christmas is a time when we receive more than enough nutrition. My New Year is often spent trying to correct the results of my festive overindulgence! Christmas 2007 saw CMS Ireland running an alternative gift scheme focused around nutrition needs in one of our global partner locations.

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Niall2 Posted by Niall Manogue on Mon, 10 Mar 2008 | 0 comments | Visit Niall Manogue's blog

Challenged by Gandhi...

I have been reminded this week of something that I read on Jonny Baker’s blog ages ago. I lifted the quote back then and every once in a while it comes back to challenge me a little.

It’s from ‘The Christ of the Indian Road’ by E. Stanley Jones and the chunk that stood out for me was part of a conversation between Jones and his friend Gandhi. I reckoned it was worth sharing…

“Mahatma Gandhi I am very anxious to see Christianity naturalized in India so that it shall no longer be a foreign thing identified with a foreign people and a foreign government, but a part of the national life of India and contributing its power to India’s uplift and redemption. What would you suggest we do to make that possible?”

He very gravely and thoughtfully replied: “I would suggest first of all that all of you Christians, missionaries and all begin to live more like Jesus Christ”.

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Spike Posted by Colin Corbridge on Fri, 07 Mar 2008 | Visit Spike Corbridge's blog

Power Sharing Agreement Brings Hope to Kenya

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After almost 2 months of political crisis there are hopes that a power-sharing agreement by Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga will lead to much needed reconciliation in the troubled East African country.

CMS Ireland is asking supporters to continue to pray for politicians and church leaders as the deal is implemented.

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Posted by Colin Corbridge on Wed, 05 Mar 2008

Showers of Blessing for Yei Opening

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In Southern Sudan it is said that if it rains before a special event it is a sign that God is blessing the occasion. On the morning of Friday 29th February, untypical during the dry season, it rained just hours before the official opening ceremony of the new Diocese of Yei Primary Health Care Centre, the Martha Clinic.

Funded by CMS Ireland, with generous support from Irish Aid and others, the new clinic will help the local church address one of Southern Sudan’s most pressing needs – healthcare.

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Posted by Colin Corbridge on Wed, 05 Mar 2008

A Day in the Life Of...

Dear Friends,

We thought you might like to see a short video of the work going on at Kiwoko. The video was taken by Kate who visited Kiwoko recently and has made her video available on You Tube. Here is the link and hope you enjoy seeing a bit of life here at Kiwoko.

God bless,

Ken & Judith

Mpkenandjudith Posted by Ken & Judith Finch on Tue, 04 Mar 2008 | Visit Ken and Judith Finch's blog