After a three year gap, it was fantastic to be able to gather once again in person for our annual CMSI Ignite Conference earlier this month at Dromantine! There was a lovely atmosphere at the Friday night extra with around 30 delegates meeting for worship, fellowship and a good bit of craic! One of the highlights was having Adrian Dorrian in our own CMSI Nolan Show interviewing former staff member Jen Christie along with newcomers Wendy Houston and Emma Lutton. Saturday’s mai
NEPAL - SD Church & SDSS - Please pray for the SDSS office IT upgrade project, the temporary IT technician who is carrying out the assessment of needs, and the installation of new computers, software, server, and WiFi systems. This is essential to enable the smooth running of all the ministries in the organization.
At the start of September, CMSI launched its annual theme for 2022-23, ‘Living Lights’. The purpose of having an annual theme is to help shape our focus for events, the literature we produce in print and online, as well as directing our wider church engagement across the year. Our hope is that through the annual theme we will shine another light on mission and the church, one that will aid each of us in our understanding of and engagement with God’s mission here on earth. Thi
NEPAL - SD Church & SDSS - Please continue to pray for BJ as she heads up SDSS maintaining the legacy of her late husband, and seeking to serve adults and children with disabilities in love. Pray for the team at SDSS, and at SD Church – including BK and G.
NEPAL - “A melting pot of diverse races, numerous languages, and religions, Nepal is rich in its varied culture. We are a progressive nation and we don’t look back - Jai Nepal!” (from the Nepali national anthem). Pray for unity and respect amongst the people, and ask the Lord to protect the church from prejudice and persecution.
GENERAL PRAYERS - Resourcing the vision - A prayer for RTV group (and financial support): Psalm 54:4 ‘Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.’ Give thanks that God has provided for the work of CMS Ireland for over 200 years. Ask that we will rely on Him for all the society needs to fulfill our calling.
RWANDA - Kibungo Diocese - Pray for the pastors and lay leaders in our diocese who are conducting home-to-home evangelism visits in order to reach those who haven’t returned to church after the lockdown, and to strengthen the weak ones. Pray for strength, God’s wisdom and favour as they visit those homes.
RWANDA - Kibungo Diocese - Pray for Bishop Emmanuel Ntazinda as he visits many parishes in the diocese to help strengthen the church after closure during the Covid-19 lockdown, and to confirm a number of Christians.
RWANDA - Shyogwe Diocese - We celebrate with Bishop Jered Kalimba on reaching his 25 years anniversary as bishop on 14 August and for the 30 years anniversary of the inauguration of Shyogwe Diocese! Ask the Lord to bless him, his wife and his grown-up family.
KENYA - Kajiado Diocese - Pray for the current rainy season (October and November) to be fruitful, after two years of failed rains. Pray for the reservoirs to be filled and the fields to be watered so that the next crop will be plentiful and the people have enough to eat. Please pray for the inhabitants of the famine-affected regions and the suffering wildlife.
RWANDA - Shyogwe Diocese - Pray for the parish of Muhanga who are currently unable to gather for worship services because the church building doesn’t meet government standards of hygiene, safety and durability. After the crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic, the congregation has been constructing a new church which, with support from a CMSI link parish, is about to be completed.
RWANDA - Rwanda President of Rwanda Paul Kagame once said that, “prayers are not enough to put [Rwanda] where it needs to be if national values are not put into action”. Ask God to encourage Rwandan leaders in church, community and government to keep working to overcome malnutrition and poverty that still affects large numbers of the population.
UGANDA - Luweero Diocese - Two diocesan seminarians, under sponsorship provided through CMSI from Christ Church Lisburn (ordinands Robert Tendo and Bryan Lukabwe), completed their studies at Uganda Martyrs Seminary, Namugongo in August. Pray that all may go well with their final placement and subsequent ordination in the second week of December.
As names go it's quite long: The Church of Jesus Christ the Light of the World. In Old Cairo it is next to the Deaf School. Bertie and I were there on Sunday evening for the Arabic service. Rev Kamil and his wife, Joujou, are obviously doing a great job. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. It was joyful and uplifting, yet the members of the congregation certainly have their fair share of problems. The congregation were from a wide variety of backgrounds but they had a receptivit