CMSI Personnel Manager, Gillian Maganda writes...
We were shocked to hear on Monday that Ronnie and Maggie Briggs (Mission Partners in Kajiado Diocese, Kenya) had a serious car accident on their way back from a trip to Oltiasika. As they drove onto a very slippy, newly graded road, their Landrover spun out of control and ended up on its roof, lodged against a rock. Thankfully, their vehicle is fitted with a safety roll cage as well as a heavy-duty metal grill at the front.
Team member Patti Johnson, from Albany Diocese, shares her thoughts from the Peace and Reconciliation Conference. The team are spending the next few days in Rhino Camp observing the different Madi West Nile projects; Days for Girls, Prayer ministry, Medical and Educational teams. “Praise be to the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so we can comfort those in any trouble with the co
Team member Carla shares some reflections from earlier this week. Listen dear friends to God’s truth, bend your ears to what I tell you. I’m chewing on the morsel of a proverb; I’ll let you in on the sweet old truths, stories we heard from our fathers, counsel we learned at our mother’s knee. We’re passing it along to the next generation – God’s fame and fortune, the marvellous things he has done.
Psalm 78 (Message Translation) It is another warm day here in Uganda, I can’t
After a safe arrival to Arua yesterday our team of 14 joined 25 of our South Sudanese global partners to open the Peace and Reconciliation Conference. We celebrated being together and felt so thankful for the opportunity to be meet, some for the first time and others renewing friendships after many years. Today began with Archbishop Justin's opening blessing in which he vividly described the current situation in South Sudan and how the Church is responding. He started by rela
At the Ignite conference in Dromantine in September, CMSI outlined its annual theme for 2018-2019, which is entitled 'In The Margins - Serving The Least Among Us.' Each annual theme highlights an aspect of the work of CMSI and its global partners. It provides a focus for our events, publications and presentations. Crossing Bridges Last year's theme emphasised the role of the Church in spanning divides, making connections and bringing people together. Throughout the year, we s
'Marvellous and maddening, full of secrets and surprises, peopled with the whole spectrum of humanity... This is Cairo, my home. Please come in and enjoy it.' (Omar Sharif) And I certainly have! Arriving late on Sunday night after delayed flights, I was very glad to be welcomed to the diocesan guest house, a place I had last visited in 1984 when the beautiful cathedral opposite was under construction. Shaped like a Bedouin tent it symbolises a place of hospitality, rest and r
The middle weekend in September saw CMSI friends and supporters gathering at Dromantine Conference Centre for Ignite - the society's annual conference. The event kicked off on 14th September with the Friday Extra programme for residential guests. This included the now familiar and much-loved Communion service, using a liturgy from Iona Abbey on the theme of hope. An informal panel interview offered an opportunity to get to know a few of the CMSI family and a much overhyped Be
This week, the CMSI staff team spent some of their lunch breaks upstairs in the conference room at the Dargan Road offices in Belfast. It’s the first time in a while we’ve spent time there together and it prompted a bit of nostalgic reflection. Over our 11+ years in this office, that room has hosted a huge range of gatherings: Focus Events; photo galleries; prayer gatherings; Communion services; parish reps brunches; Momentum evenings; Children’s Resource launches; Marketplac