Celebrating the Life of Sheilagh Jebb

Posted by Sarah Caughey on Tue, 08 Nov 2011 | 1 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

It is with great sadness that CMS Ireland announces the passing of Sheilagh Jebb, a long serving missionary, a passionate prayer warrior and a faithful supporter of mission throughout the world.

At morning prayers today, CMS Ireland staff took time to reflect on and celebrate the life of this remarkable woman of God. Many of the staff shared personal stories about the impact that Sheilagh had made on their lives through her support of CMS Mission Personnel, through her volunteering in the office and through her faithful and fervent prayers in her parish and in her home.

CMS Ireland Mission Director, Ronnie Briggs had this to say about Sheilagh’s life:

“Sheilagh’s prayer support was one of the most significant events for Maggie and I in our Mission Partner service in Kenya. Knowing that people prayed for us was always encouraging but knowing Sheilagh prayed for us filled us with joy. She wrote to us on a regular basis, shared her enthusiasm for spreading the gospel and lamented that there was never enough people in her prayer group to keep the praying going!

To say that her life was an inspiration is an understatement and her memory will continue to inspire for many years to come.

“She was always a lively part of our volunteer team in the office and worked tirelessly from the time she came in until she left – in fact she worked so hard that no-one else in the office could keep up with her!

“To say that her life was an inspiration is an understatement and her memory will continue to inspire for many years to come. Speaking about Sheilagh, Bishop Taama from Kajiado Diocese in Kenya made this comment: “When people like Sheilagh finally pass on who will replace them? Where are the committed people who will carry on this special work of prayer?”. If we can stand up and be one of those people then we will leave a precious legacy from Sheilagh’s life."

In the days to come, we hope to share more stories from Sheilagh’s life. The forthcoming edition of inMission will also feature a special reflection on Sheilagh.

Please join with us in praying for her family and friends at this time. And let us give thanks for the witness and service of Sheilagh’s life, praying that her life will continue to have an impact for years to come.


Rosemary Stephens said Tue, 22 Nov 2011 03:41PM
I was honoured, and humbled, when Sheilagh asked me to write the foreword to her autobiographical book "Going for God" in 2008. Thank you. Rosemary.

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