What's the Story?

Posted by Colin Corbridge on Wed, 10 Dec 2008 | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Stories are important – they can inspire and entertain, they teach, they challenge, they show how things are and how things could be. Everyone has a story.

Niall Manogue reflects on two evenings of Kenyan ‘story-telling’ and helps us listen again to the unfolding mission story of Ronnie and Maggie Briggs.

"At the end of November we held two focus nights in Lisburn and Enniskillen. With a focus on Kenya, we encouraged supporters to gather together and to hear stories of lives transformed and of how God is at work in Kenya, and in Ireland.

We heard from a wide variety of speakers over the two nights: Paul Ferguson, and some pupils from Limavady Grammar School were able to share on the mystery of God at work through their partnership with Kajiado Diocese; Rachel Brittain shared stories of hope and encouragement from craft projects in Nairobi; John McCammon told us the story, both past and present, of TEE in Kajiado.

We also had the chance to hear from Neil Brittain who has recently been involved in producing a new resource for CMS Ireland entitled ‘Karibu Kenya’. Comprising of a series of short films and accompanying study material, ‘Karibu Kenya’ is designed to highlight some of the stories of our partners working in Kenya – stories of how God is at work, changing lives. We will be launching this resource for general release in the New Year – contact either of our offices for more information or to pre-order.

One of the ‘highlights’ of these focus events was the chance to catch up with the work of CMS Ireland Mission Partners Ronnie and Maggie Briggs. 6 months after they returned to Kenya, we were able to listen to a phone interview where they updated us on their ‘story so far’. If you want to listen to this interview you can do so here.

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Throughout all the stories that were shared, one thing was common. God, in His infinite mystery, is at work in the world around us. Often the stories we see coming from Africa, coming from Kenya, are dark, hopeless, despairing. During the ‘Hadithi’ evenings, we watched and listened to stories with a different message.

Stories of a God who is at work. Faint glimmers of hope bringing light in darkness. But the story doesn’t end in Kenya. God is at waiting to work in each one of us.

Everyone has a story. What’s yours?"

Niall Manogue