On the seventh day of Christmas, the global Church gave to us… the gift of leadership. Guidance, wisdom, discernment – these are attributes that are found in good leaders. Our global partners model such leadership allowing us to learn from their lived experience and their daily lives.
On the sixth day of Christmas, the global partners gave to us… the gift of worshipping together. When two or three gather together… the opportunity to worship God in one place after so many years apart was a special gift. Thank you for taking the time to allow us to share this experience with you.
On the fifth day of Christmas, Kingdom Voices gave to me… the gift of family. One body, connected in Christ: we are family! Sharing songs in our different languages and uniting our voices in praise to God helps us live into the feeling of family. But whether or not we are together in body, we are connected to our brothers and sisters around the world in spirit – what an amazing gift of love.
On the fourth day of Christmas, Chilli Children gave to us… the gift of prayer. Chilli Children's Project Prayer For food and drink and fellowship, may God's Holy name be praised. Heavenly father we thank you for: the gift of being created in your own image, the gift of life you have given us, the gifts of patience, hope, faith and love as your children. And thank you that you chose us and sent us to go and produce lasting fruits. In the Holy name of Emmanuel, Amen.
On the third day of Christmas, the global partners gave to us… the gift of laughter. “God has brought me laughter”, proclaimed Sarah. God brought us much laughter with the arrival of many of our global partners in August. Thank you for the gift of friendship and laughter. It gladdens our hearts most deeply.
On the second day of Christmas, the global Church showed to us… the gift of hospitality. Welcoming the stranger, giving hospitality to the dispossessed. In our homeland we see a glimpse of what this might mean. But many of our global partners help us to see what it looks like to open hearts and homes to those seeking refuge as they continue to live into a history of housing those fleeing their place of birth.
On the first day of Christmas, the church in Ibba gave to us… the gift of a Christmas day grace. Greetings from Ibba! A grace for your Christmas meal today. Gracious God, thank you so much for having brought us this far to celebrate your incarnation; the day you brought Salvation to the world. Thank you for the food that has been prepared for us on this joyous day, bless it as we eat to nourish our body. Similarly, as we eat we are mindful of millions of people around the glo
A very happy Christmas from the staff team at CMSI! Tonight, we move from the season of Advent into the feast of Christmas - a 12-day celebration of God's great gift of grace and truth. To mark this special time of thanksgiving, we want to share some gifts from the global Church.
In CMSI, we believe that the Church in Ireland has as much to 'receive from' as it does to 'offer to' the global Church. True partnership is shown in interdependence and mutual sharing: when there
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. [Deuteronomy 31:8] Please pray for Geoff Dean of Dromore Cathedral and CMSI Trustee, Geoff Wilson, will be spending part of his sabbatical by fully immersing himself into the life and ministry of the Diocese of Maridi in South Sudan for 4 weeks from early January 2023. Dromore Cathedral have had a longstanding link with Maridi Diocese and De
The CMSI staff team are trying to live more sustainability. Here is a flavour of some of the ways this is being worked out in each of our lives this Christmas. Anne It’s really hard to get started as a young artist or to make a living as a local seller. Something that I like to do at this time of year is to support my neighbours by buying gifts from the craft market. There is one artist who only uses recycled materials to make jewellery. Every piece is utterly unique – this p
image bearers in Uganda Seeing the image of God It was a long and arduous journey to a small ill kept village home. Nankya saw the battered pickup approaching and as it halted, watched Jajja Nightingale manoeuvre herself out of the vehicle and make her way slowly up the muddy path. Nankya, despite her cerebral palsy, beamed and, squealing, flung herself chaotically down the path towards her friend. I watched, wondering. Nankya, in a filthy, ragged dress was covered in dirt an
All profits will provide school meals and food for the elderly and vulnerable at the Tujisaidie community in Nairobi, Kenya. Gift 1 : Vintage tea £7 Contents: Bone china teacup and saucer / Slice of Christmas cake / 2 x handmade shortbreads / 2 x chocolates / 2 x teabags Gift 2 : Afternoon Tea in a Box £10 Contents: 2 bone china cups and saucers / 4 Lindores chocolates / small slab of Christmas cake / Bells Christmas speciality tea bags / napkins / gift tag Gift 3: