Commissioning Services Begin a Busy Summer...

Posted by Colin Corbridge on Thu, 25 Jun 2009 | 2 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

A series of commissioning services, taking place throughout June, will complete the preparations for almost 100 CMS Ireland volunteers travelling to Africa and Europe this summer.

Over the next few months five META teams will work alongside our partners in Burundi, Kenya, Uganda and Romania; short-term volunteers will spend time in Brasov and Arua; whilst Mission Partners on home leave will be heading back to Kiwoko Hospital in Luwero.

“It’s an incredibly exciting time for us”, said Gillian Maganda, CMS Ireland’s Regional Personnel Coordinator. “There is a real sense of excitement about the summer and the opportunities that people will have to experience and participate in the work of God’s worldwide church. The number of people engaging with the work of our partners is growing every year. These face-to-face encounters will hopefully be a real encouragement to the global Church and a blessing to those taking part”, she continued.

As this busy period begins, we want to encourage CMS Ireland members and supporters to get behind our plans and people in prayer. In particular we would value it if you could pray for…

Kenya METAs

From 5th-28th July a team of 18 young people from across Ireland will be working alongside our partners in Kajiado Diocese, Kenya. The team will be following-up the 2008 Annual Project, Footsteps, and will be working in some of the schools that are benefiting as a result of the money raised.

Taking part in a wide variety of building work, hands-on practical tasks and evangelism initiatives, the young people will get a chance to experience life and faith in rural Kenya. Please pray that the trip would help the group experience God in new and deeper ways. Pray that their work would make a difference in the lives of children and young people in Kajiado. Remember Julie Currie, Victoria Harrison and Johnny Harper as they lead the team – pray for wisdom and guidance as they try to make the most of the experience for everyone.

Pray too for a team from St Paul’s Parish, Lisburn – travelling to Kajiado between 21st August-13th September. Pray for Rev Jim Carson and Stephen McWhirter as they lead the team and for all those taking part. Pray especially that this visit will act as a catalyst for further mission engagement in Lisburn, when the team return home.

Urban Soul

From 7th-11th July hundreds of teenagers and young adults from around Ireland will gather on the streets of Dublin, carrying out ‘indiscriminate acts of kindness’ as they look to show the love of Christ to local communities.

For the second year in a row CMS Ireland will be partnering in the event, as we embrace opportunities for mission on our own doorsteps. Pray for the communities that will be impacted by these practical demonstrations of love and for the many young people taking part. Pray that lives would be transformed and communities changed. Pray also for James Price, CMS Ireland’s Regional Mission Partner for Europe, as he helps the leadership team make the most of this fantastic opportunity.

Ekisa META

For 3 weeks during July (9th-26th ), 23 young people from Bangor will be working with CMS Ireland’s partners in Luwero Diocese to deliver an outreach programme and run two kids clubs. Working alongside a team from Kiwoko Hospital, the group will be organising games, activities and crafts in the community and in a number of local schools. As they build relationships with children and young people in Uganda they will also be seeking opportunities to share their faith.

Please pray that the META team themselves are deeply impacted by working alongside Ugandan Christians. Pray for Dave Cavan, Sam Johnston and Susie Beech as they lead the team – ask that they would be sensitive to the needs of the group and the local church. Pray for the staff and students at the hospital, that they would discover God’s blessing in the relationships that will be built. Pray too for the children who will take part in the programmes – that God would be at work in their lives throughout this time.

Romania META

Our first ever META team to Romania leaves on 14th July for a 2 week programme, working alongside a number of local church initiatives. The team, are drawn mostly from West Cork. Please pray the practical arrangements would go smoothly and that the experience would have a profound impact on the spiritual lives of those taking part. Pray that the local church would be blessed by the visit and remember James Price as he leads the team.

Burundi META

This summer sees our first ever META team visiting exclusively to Burundi. Between 15th July and 2nd August, a mixed-age team of 12 people from all across Ireland will travel to support the work of our partners in Gitega and Matana Dioceses.

Please pray for Rev. Bobbie Moore as she leads the team. Ask that she would be especially blessed with insight and discernment as she provides guidance to the other team members. Pray that the team would be encouraged and surprised by how God uses them during their time in Burundi. Pray for health and safety as they travel and ask that the local church will be strengthened by their visit.

Our Mission Partners

Over the next three months our Mission Partners will be involved in a huge range of activities, in many of our partner locations. Some of them will be receiving META teams, some will be kept busy in their roles with our Global Partners, whilst others will be on home assignment or preparing for the next step in their lives following a time of international mission service.

We would ask you to remember each of them by name and pray that they would know God’s blessing in everything they do. Pray for: Aart and Geesje den Breejen; Ronnie and Maggie Briggs; Ken and Judith Finch; Alison Gill; Mark and Ali Gill; David Maganda; Jason and Louise Mehl; Keith and Lyn Scott; Rory and Denise Wilson.

Comments

Paul McAdam said Thu, 25 Jun 2009 08:41PM
Hi CMSI The headline tells us that there are lots of commissioning setrvices happening - but not where and when. Can you give me the details for the Burundi team? I want to let our congregation know about it this Sunday - but Kethryn Orr is away at present so I can't get the details from her. Paul
Spike said Fri, 26 Jun 2009 02:38PM
Hi Paul, Thanks for the note. The Burundi Commissioning is in All Saints' Parish (University St. Belfast) on Sunday 5th July, 7pm. Look forward to seeing you there. Spike