Wet, but not washed out...

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Despite the worst weather since records began, I enjoyed a relaxing break during the summer, sandwiched between a busy, yet very productive, work schedule.

In early July James, the Regional Mission Partner for Europe, and I flew to the Netherlands to attend the Commissioning Service of CMS Ireland’s newest Mission Partners, Aart and Geesje den Breejen and family in their home church in Gieessendam. Both James and I were made to feel very welcome and had the opportunity to speak during the service. It was truly a blessed time and the hospitality from them as a family and their home church was overwhelming. They have a great support base encouraging them and it was encouraging to speak to members of their family and close friends. The Den Breejen’s are now well settled in Arua with the children attending school and the refurbishment work complete on their home. I will be visiting them in early October.

I arrived home from Holland at 11.30pm on Sunday evening and was up before 6.00am the following morning for the first flight to Bristol and onward by bus to Salisbury to attend the 3 day Sudan Partner Conference, organised by the Salisbury Sudan Link. It was a great opportunity to meet the Archbishop and many of the Bishop’s including, Bishop Francis of Rokon, Bishop Hilary of Yei, Bishop Poggo of Kajo-Keji, Bishop Andudu of Kadugli, Bishop Alapayo of Rumbek, Bishop Henry of Wau and other friends as well as representatives from other mission organisations. It was particularly encouraging to meet 2 new Bishops – Bishop Wilson of Ibba and Bishop John of Ezo. Unfortunately Bishop Justin from Maridi was delayed and unable to attend.

Since returning from leave however, I was able to welcome Bishop Justin and Mama Joyce of Maridi Diocese in Sudan, to the CMS Ireland offices in Belfast. I also attended a special dinner for Bishop Justin and Mama Joyce at the Bishop Harold of Down and Dromore’s home. On Sunday 24th August I participated in the CMS Ireland RTE Sunday Service, Cecil Wilson, who led the service, interviewed me about the link and support of Delgany and Kill of the Grange Parishes for the building of a new Primary School at Payawa Archdeaconry, Yei Diocese. The service went off well there was even a sense of worship in the studio. Thanks to Cecil, I can bring the DVD of the service to Bishop Hilary on my visit to Yei, later this month.

I’ve also met recently with the Secretary of Armagh Diocese Council for Mission to discuss their potential link with the Diocese of Madi West Nile in Uganda and the Chair of Connor Diocese Board of Mission about their ongoing partnership with Yei Diocese and their support for Mongo Primary School. Last week I launched the joint Dromore and Movilla, Maridi META 2009 at Dromore Cathedral. More recently I’ve been making arrangements for my next Global Partner visit later this month emailing Bishop’s and Mission Partners to confirm my plans, please pray for my forthcoming trip.

On Monday, 15th September I visited John and Poppy Spens at their home in Winchester. Thankfully Poppy is recovering well, though still in much pain, from her hysterectomy operation. John departs for a short visit to Yei again on Sunday, 21st and Poppy is planning to return to Yei for a few weeks in mid November – meanwhile she keeps in contact with the Martha Clinc by email. Please pray for her continued speedy recovery.

It may have been a wet miserable summer, but I’ve returned refreshed and certainly not been washed out.