News from July 2008

Visitors, visitors, visitors!


What happens when 36 people from Limavady decend on you….

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Ronnie___maggie_3 Posted by Ronnie & Maggie Briggs on Sat, 02 Aug 2008 | 2 comments | Visit Ronnie and Maggie Briggs's blog

One down, two to go (1.08.08)


Team Ramro have completed their first week in Nepal and have made remarkable progress on the ABBS programmes. Health has been restored to most of the team and everyone is doing well. A weekend of relaxation, shopping and churching lies ahead!

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Wfteamnepal Posted by Team Ramro on Fri, 01 Aug 2008 | Visit ramro's blog

"Random Thoughts" from Zambia...


Robert Ferris is a final year student at the Church of Ireland Theological College in Dublin – and is currently undertaking a STEP placement in the Diocese of Northern Zambia. Robert is working alongside CMS Ireland Mission Partners, Keith and Lyn Scott and recently took a few minutes to share some of his experiences and thoughts so far…

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Posted by Colin Corbridge on Tue, 29 Jul 2008 | 1 comments

Thick as many long planks (28.07.08)

After a busy and mixed weekend of Nepali church, tourist trailing, overeating and facilitating a worship seminar for Nepali youth leaders, Team Ramro got started on their main Week 1 programme today.

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Wfteamnepal Posted by Team Ramro on Mon, 28 Jul 2008 | Visit ramro's blog

Ramro are go (26.7.08)

This morning, I was awoken by the enthusiastic strains of a Nepali band who were in full carnival mode. Clearly, the locals were out celebrating the safe arrival of Team Ramro (and their luggage)!

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Wfteamnepal Posted by Team Ramro on Sun, 27 Jul 2008 | Visit ramro's blog

Times, they are a changin.

Our Medical Superintendent is to be married…that’s me!

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Wilsons_2013 Posted by Rory Wilson on Fri, 25 Jul 2008 | 6 comments | Visit Rory, Denise & Gideon Wilson's blog

'Once again we must cry out for the poor'

“The shouts of outrage at the desperate situation of the world’s poorest appear to have quietened to a whisper. Calls to “make poverty history” seem to have faded as quickly as the credit crunch has arrived. But while we tighten our belts at home, the chilling facts of international poverty remain brutal. Once again voices must be raised into a pressing chorus for people living in poverty in our global village.”

Archbishop John Sentamu has written a brilliant piece in The Times today. It’s a good reminder of some of the reasons that we, in CMS Ireland, do what we do. Click to read the whole thing.

Spike Posted by Colin Corbridge on Thu, 24 Jul 2008 | Visit Spike Corbridge's blog

Wheelnuts, Developments and the Future...

We are writing this on the last day of our short holiday in Uganda, in the northern town of Arua. It’s been a good break and an opportunity to catch up on sleep, enjoy pizzas, do some shopping and even to swim in the hotel pool! Getting here was, as usual, a challenge and this time was made more interesting because a rear wheel decided to separate itself from the vehicle.

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Spens Posted by John and Poppy Spens on Mon, 21 Jul 2008 | Visit John and Poppy Spens's blog

"I'm going to miss this place..."


Rachel McCartney is a CMS Ireland STEP volunteer working in Kiwoko Hospital, Uganda. As she approaches the end of her time in Luwero Diocese she gives us a bit of an insight to some of the things that have challenged and inspired her over the past few months.

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Posted by Colin Corbridge on Wed, 16 Jul 2008

Wisdom (Teeth) and Troubles...

So, we’ve been off for the past few days and instead of some much needed rest and relaxation I spent the time lying on the sofa – dosed up on antibiotics and painkillers because of an abscess in my wisdom tooth…not fun…

However a few days of being pretty much housebound did give me the chance to catch up on a bit of reading and to work my way through most of season seven of The West Wing.

I read Uwem Akpan’s “Say You’re One of Them” on Saturday and it’s a staggering piece of work.

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Spike Posted by Colin Corbridge on Wed, 16 Jul 2008 | Visit Spike Corbridge's blog