What an exciting year so far...

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I thought it might be useful for you to know what exactly I do, so here goes… It certainly has been a jam-packed year so far for me, but also a year of exciting challenges and encouragement. I’ve visited the Spens and our partners in Yei and Kajo-Keji Dioceses in Southern Sudan, I’ve participated in a CMS Retreat in Jordan, attended by our Mission Partners the Maganda’s and visited Cairo and Port Said in Egypt as well as many Clergy and speaking engagements throughout Ireland.

The last few weeks have been very busy too. On Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th June I attended the DR Congo Consultation in CMS Britain offices in Oxford with Alan Dunn. On Monday 16th June I was speaking about the Payawa School in Yei, Sudan to school children from Killiney, south Dublin. On Sunday I was speaking at St Bartholomew’s in Belfast about the new Mongo School in Yei. The previous week Aart, Geesje, Anne Fleur, Ruben and Jan Lucas den Breejen were visiting for their pre-departure briefing, meeting Rectors and preaching. Sometimes I don’t quite know which country I’m focussing on… and that’s been only the last number of weeks!

The DR Congo consultation was a great opportunity to get an update about one of my new countries and for Alan Dunn and I to meet up with Archbishop Dirokpa, Bishop Bahati and Assistant Bishop Enoch again, alas Bishop Masimango could not get a visa. It was also good to hear from the other partners supporting the church there. Please pray for the church in the Congo as it faces huge challenges of poor communication and transport in many areas supplies have to be flown in. Alan brings much DR Congo experience and will remain the key contact person for DR Congo.

It was really encouraging to talk to two groups of over 100 children about the value of education in Sudan and particularly in Payawa, Longamery Archdeaconry, Southern Sudan. Delgany and Kill o’ the Grange Parishes have supported the building of the main admin school block. The Killiney School has also raised €1,000 annually from its school sale for Payawa.

I found it extremely encouraging to speak at St Bartholomew’s Parish and witness the absolute engagement of the complete congregation in the Diocese of Connor Project to build a school at Mongo Archdeaconry in Yei. During the family service I was blessed to see how not only were the adults committed the children were too. During the service some of the girls performed a short sketch exploring what it’s like to go to school in Belfast compared to Mongo. I received a generous cheque of £1,000 from the congregation and an additional £300 from the Sunday School.

The week with the Den Breejen’s, who are CMS Ireland’s new Mission partners for Madi West Nile Diocese, Uganda, was again a valuable time as they prepared for mission in Arua. They had a busy but worthwhile week, a few of the highlights was their Commissioning Service, meeting three Rectors Brian Harper, David Gillespie and Paul McAdam at a coffee shop and then Gerald McCartney unexpectedly turned up and pledging his parishes support. They also had a very busy Sunday morning speaking at 3 churches Castleblaney, Ballybay and Clontibret. The family, including 3 children under 6 years, depart on 24th July for Madi West Nile Diocese. Aart will be working along side the tutors of the West Nile Ecumenical Vocational Training College, so please pray for them as they make their final preparations.

Oh yes I nearly forgot, I also made contact with CMS Ireland Mission Partner, Keith Scott and Bishop Chama, the Bishop of North Zambia, another new country under my brief. I also met with Robert Ferris as he prepared to visit Zambia to work alongside Keith for 2 months.

I hope this has given you a brief glimpse into the work of a CMS Ireland Regional Mission Partner.




Robert Ferris said Sat, 05 Jul 2008 07:15AM
David! Glad you didn't forget about me :-) Robert