We’re delighted to confirm that the Rt Revd Moses Zungo, Bishop of Maridi Diocese, South Sudan, will join us for our annual conference, Ignite, in September. Bishop Moses and his wife, Mama Rejoice, were recently granted their UK visas and are now awaiting a decision on their Irish visa application. In addition to contributing to the Ignite programme, they will be spending time with CMSI link churches during a two-week visit to Ireland
Bishop Moses is pictured here with Mama Rejoice and some of the youth of Maridi Diocese.
Bishop Moses has been leading Maridi Diocese since June 2018, having succeeded the current Archbishop of South Sudan, The Most Revd Justin Badi Arama, who himself spoke at Ignite in 2017.
Speaking about this latest development, CMSI’s Mission Director, Jenny Smyth said:
“We are delighted that these visas have been granted and we are looking forward to having Bishop Moses and Mama Rejoice at Ignite. It’s the latest expression in a long, fruitful relationship with Maridi Diocese and with the wider Church in South Sudan.
“In CMSI, we invest significant time and effort in facilitating such visits to Ireland from our Global Partner leaders. These visits are a source of real blessing to churches and individuals here and they help to deepen the bonds of friendship and partnership. Our partners have much to contribute to the Church in Ireland; we want to help them share these gifts.”
In addition to Bishop Moses and Mama Rejoice, CMSI hopes to welcome two guests from Kenya to Ignite 2019: Bishop Gaddiel Lenini (Kajiado Diocese) and Antony Nyoroge (Urban Development Programme, Nairobi). The programme will also include inputs from CMSI Mission Associates, Paul and Alison Guinness (Burundi) and from Archbishop Richard Clarke.
We continue to pray for Antony, who is still waiting to hear the outcome of his visa application. Antony has been awarded a three-month scholarship with the Harman Institute and he is due to come to Ireland in September for study and to help develop the UDP links.
This year’s Ignite conference takes place on Saturday 14th September at Dromantine Conference Centre, near Newry. There’s also a Friday Extra evening programme on 13th September for those who book as residential guests. Lots of CMSI members and supporters have already booked their places at Ignite, but there’s still space for more.
See the Ignite page for further information, including booking details.