What really counts

Posted by Rachel Brittain on Wed, 16 Sep 2015 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

After a big event like the CMSI Weekend in the Glenada Conference Centre, Newcastle, the staff could look at the facts and figures to determine how successful it was. Adding up the numbers of people who attended or the amount of leaflets taken could show us that we have engaged with and connected with ‘x’ amount of people.


But really, it’s not about the numbers, or the leaflets. What matters most is the people and the space to spend time with them and with God.

The conference is such a special event in the CMSI calendar, where faithful supporters and new faces join with staff and volunteers to listen, share and learn. Prayer and worship form the basis of a special time of fellowship.

This year’s theme was Above and Beyond and included a series of reflections from CMSI’s Mission Director, Jenny Smyth, who challenged us to embrace a bigger, global perspective as we read the Bible. Having spoken about prayer on Friday evening, Jenny shared some thoughts about the refugee crisis on Saturday morning, drawing on familiar words from Matthew 25:

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me…

The conference also included updates from CMSI’s Global Partners and Mission Partners and a whole range of personal stories and reflections, but as always, the programme itself was secondary to the sense of friendship and family.

Next year’s CMSI conference sees us moving to a new venue and making a few small changes to the format. On Saturday 24th September 2016 at Dromantine, Newry we hope that we can recreate that family feeling and see more people from our support base join with us and meet with God in a very real and special way – because that’s what really counts.

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