Short term teams begin their journey...in Kilbroney

Posted by Rachel Brittain on Tue, 03 Nov 2015 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Gillian Maganda, CMSI’s Mission Personnel Coordinator, organised this year’s residential training weekend for our 2016 METAs (Mission Experience Teams Abroad). The event took place in Kilbroney Christian Centre in Rostrevor, and brought together 21 individuals representing three of four teams visiting our Global Partners next year. Here, Gillian shares something about the weekend.

The sending and receiving of people is one of the most exciting and important things that CMSI offers to the Church. Sending a short-term mission team helps a congregation to strengthen their global vision and to live out its calling in the world. Those who send, those who go, and those who connect can all benefit.

The residential is the start of the journey for team members, which we hope will be a life-changing and God glorifying experience. Teams planned for 2016 will be going to Zambia, South Sudan (Ibba and Yei Diocese) and DR Congo (Bukavu).

As a staff team, we believe that investing heavily in the training of teams is vitally important. The weekend gives us an opportunity to share an overview of how CMSI works, to offer some biblical perspectives on sending people to other places, to provide basic principles of development and to begin the process of team building. We even had some fun!

As we send people out on mission teams, we desire not just to give them a wonderful experience of international travel. Our desire is to produce Global Christians – men and women who are cultivating Christ-like compassion for our needy world.

Relationship is at the heart of all that we seek to do. We look forward to hearing the stories of ordinary people, whose lives will be changed because they are doing something that’s so central to God’s mission.

Please remember to pray for all those who are preparing for their META trip, that it will be a significant time for them, their families and church communities.

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