News from March 2009

Reunions, Visa, Church, FNL join Burundi army ...


Wonderfully, I have just received my 2 year Visa D’Etablissment without having to pay any ‘extra’ fees.

The final rebel group, the FNL, has now joined the army and the country is looking towards the next elections in 2010.

This month, as well as language study, I am helping host the YWAM Belfast team here and my friend Sheron from Brockley Church and Kenya is visiting for Easter!

I hope this finds you well. Thank you again for being in touch, for your prayers and financial support. Have a very happy Easter!

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Alison_28_march_2011_001 Posted by Alison Gill on Wed, 01 Apr 2009 | Visit Alison Gill's blog

An update from Bishop Justin in Maridi


In the aftermath of weeks of rebel incursions by the Lord’s Resistance Army, Bishop Justin reports that there is relative calm in Maridi town. Meanwhile, the daily struggle for survival continues for 10,000 displaced people in temporary shelters in Maridi, fearing a return to their homes.

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God is Able...


When Bishop Joel Obetia spoke to a group of CMS Ireland’s members in Belfast recently his message was clear, “God is able!”

Bishop Joel, from Madi West Nile Diocese in Uganda, was addressing CMS Ireland staff and supporters during a visit to Ireland, which included a week long programme in Armagh Diocese. He was keen to stress that, despite challenges and difficulties, “God is at work through His church.”

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Posted by Colin Corbridge on Tue, 24 Mar 2009 | 1 comments

Bitter Sweet


What it’s like returning to Ireland after living in Uganda for several years…Denise Wilson reflects on the good, bad and the…

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Time is marching on....

An awful pun…but so very true! In the past week the sky has been overcast and some thunder/lightening and much needed rain came on wednesday night…supposedly marking the end of winter and the start of increasing temperatures – so what I am to do now with the wooly hats and and jumpers I came with!! Life has settled into a “normal” routine here…but I have been pondering if that is a good thing…

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Sarah_hutchinson Posted by Sarah Caughey on Fri, 20 Mar 2009 | Visit Sarah Hutchinson's blog

A blog worth visiting...

Tom Sine has started blogging. I’m looking forward to following his thoughts – his book The New Conspirators was one of the best things I read last year. Genuinely radical mission thinking.

Worth a look…

Spike Posted by Colin Corbridge on Wed, 18 Mar 2009 | Visit Spike Corbridge's blog

Thank you Lord: new house and car

Friends, thank you that so many of you having been in touch by email, letter, phone and skype. These last weeks have become very busy with finding and moving into my new house, my work permit application etc so please forgive me if I haven’t replied to you – I hope to soon!

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Alison_28_march_2011_001 Posted by Alison Gill on Fri, 13 Mar 2009 | Visit Alison Gill's blog

Unreported World

The ‘Unreported World’ stuff is usually excellent. Tonight they’re showing a piece on LRA activity in DR Congo. I haven’t seen it yet and I don’t think it’s a repeat. Probably worth a watch for anyone interested in Central Africa. Here’s the link to the Channel 4 webpage about it…

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Spike Posted by Colin Corbridge on Fri, 13 Mar 2009 | Visit Spike Corbridge's blog

Belfast Offices to Host Ugandan Bishop


On Friday 13th March CMS Ireland’s Belfast Offices will host a public meeting with Bishop Joel Obetia, from Madi West Nile Diocese, Uganda.

If you would like to hear, first hand, about how the local church in Northern Uganda is working to bring the transforming power of the Gospel to life – and perhaps be inspired to deepen your engagement with mission – then please join us.

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Posted by Colin Corbridge on Mon, 09 Mar 2009

Madula's harrowing experience at the hands of the LRA


Unfortunately, Madula’s story is not uncommon for the rural population of Western Equatoria, Southern Sudan, where the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) are free to roam from their bases deep in the bush along the DR Congo border.

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Img_4014 Posted by David Gough on Thu, 05 Mar 2009 | Visit David Gough's blog