News from October 2008

Supportive message to DR Congo


CMS Ireland offers support to partners in DR Congo as reports of rebel forces arriving in Eastern Congo sends fear across the country.

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Posted by Rachel Brittain on Thu, 30 Oct 2008 | 0 comments

4 Hours 36 minutes

What can you do in 4 hours and 36 minutes?

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Mpkenandjudith Posted by Ken & Judith Finch on Tue, 28 Oct 2008 | 1 comments | Visit Ken and Judith Finch's blog

The Body of Christ is Called to Act...


Speaking during two keynote addresses at the Annual Missions Conference in Albany diocese, USA, Ian Smith, CMS Ireland’s Director of Mission, challenged some of the ‘comfortable notions’ of mission that often exist in today’s church.

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Posted by Colin Corbridge on Mon, 20 Oct 2008

Photo Blog...

They say that a picture paints a thousand words. So here we go…a few pictures from our recent life in Arua…

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Den_breejen_2011 Posted by Aart and Geesje den Breejen on Wed, 15 Oct 2008 | Visit Aart and Geesje den Breejen's blog

Rain, rain, go to Spain…

…never show your face again! Many of us will remember this familiar saying from our childhood; indeed I still say it to my Grandchildren when it rains at home.

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Img_4014 Posted by David Gough on Tue, 14 Oct 2008 | Visit David Gough's blog

Rory relishes a weekend on call

Working a 36 hour shift may not be everyone’s idea of a good weekend, but for Rory it can prove a welcome break from administrative hassles.

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Wilsons_2013 Posted by Rory Wilson on Sun, 12 Oct 2008 | 0 comments | Visit Rory, Denise & Gideon Wilson's blog

Mission in the 21st Century – “Huge challenges for the church…”


“The old ways of doing mission are rooted in our culture – and they don’t apply to global mission today”, claimed Tim Dakin, CMS Britain’s General Secretary, at a recent gathering of clergy in Belfast.

Speaking during the session, hosted by CMS Ireland, Canon Dakin explained that rapidly changing global situations meant that there were significant challenges for those looking to engage in contemporary mission.

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Posted by Colin Corbridge on Fri, 10 Oct 2008

'Going for God' - Former Mission Partner Releases New Book...


The recent Mid-Africa Partnership Conference, in Newcastle, saw the launch of a new book by one of CMS Ireland’s longest serving volunteers and former Mission Partner, Sheilagh Jebb.

Entitled ‘Going for God’, the book is a reflection on almost 40 years of mission service with the Church Mission Society. Starting during the 1950’s in Nigeria and subsequently moving on to Sudan, The Gambia and Sierra Leone, Sheilagh’s ‘mission story’ is an inspiration to those considering long-term service today.

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Posted by Colin Corbridge on Thu, 09 Oct 2008

At Home in Uganda...


It’s around 100 miles from Yei (in Southern Sudan) to Arua (in northwest Uganda). In 2006 I completed the journey in approximately 3.5 hours, last year it took 6.5 hours but we managed the journey in an hour less this time. It was extremely exhausting with 3 people sitting across the front seats of a pick-up and getting covered in red dust from the road, choked with fumes from oil-burning trucks.

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Img_4014 Posted by David Gough on Wed, 08 Oct 2008 | 1 comments | Visit David Gough's blog

Being Church?

Recently I’ve been thinking a fair bit about what it means to “be church” and specifically to “be part of a church”.

It is, I admit, a pretty foundational issue for someone engaged in mission – but one that I can honestly say still leaves with me with lots of questions.

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Spike Posted by Colin Corbridge on Wed, 08 Oct 2008 | Visit Spike Corbridge's blog