News and information for CMS members
SAMS: Yes we can! for the integration. In the meantime, the
Venables, sent a message in which he
two trustee bodies will operate in parallel,
welcomed the opportunity for a new phase
with some SAMS trustees joining the CMS
of support for mission in South America.
board of trustees and vice-versa. Paul Butler
After the vote, Paul Butler called it “hugely
continues as Chair of CMS trustees with
encouraging.” And sisters Virginia Patterson
Patrick Coglan Chair of SAMS. Also, Tim
and Caroline Baynes were particularly
Dakin will serve as General Secretary of
happy. Virginia and her husband Michael
CMS and SAMS. Henry Scriven has taken
were SAMS mission partners in Argentina
up the post of mission director for South
from 1963–80 and from 1995–2002.
Caroline and her husband Simon were CMS
20 January. While most of the world’s eyes
Welcoming the historic agreement, Tim
mission partners from 1963–80 in Japan.
were on the US presidential inauguration
Dakin said, “In 1844 CMS was unable to
Happily, the family tradition continues –
ceremonies, another historic event was
support to the work of Allen Gardiner but
Virginia’s daughter Sonia Wilson is now
taking place with a bit less fanfare.
we wished him all the best…Now we’re
a CMS mission partner in Thailand with
That day, at a special meeting, CMS
delighted to say ‘yes’ unequivocally.”
husband Ross and children.
members gave their overwhelming approval
Adding his enthusiasm, Henry Scriven
Sisters Virginia Patterson and Caroline Baynes
to a resolution proposed by CMS trustees
commented: “This certainly was an historic
— to integrate with the South American
day which we hope and pray will bring a
Mission Society (SAMS).
long-lasting contribution to mission in South
The motion passed with 99 per cent in
America and beyond.”
favour of the merger. This followed an 84
Before the vote, members were able to
per cent majority approval granted by the
speak and ask questions. They heard the
SAMS general council on 29 November.
Archbishop of Canterbury, Patron of CMS,
Over the next 12 months CMS and SAMS
had indicated his prayerful support. The
will work together to put everything in place
Primate of the Southern Cone, Gregory
Rights, drama, action! “I’m so excited, I’m tingling all over!” exclaimed a 10-year-old schoolgirl taking part in the World to Rights project at Wells Cathedral. The World to Rights team, now touring the UK, works with primary and secondary schools, and aims to help young people explore the issue of children’s rights through a day of creative arts, dance, and music. “We challenge them to think more deeply about the history of children’s rights and the millions of young people worldwide who are still denied the most basic human rights,” says team member Anita Matthews.
Schools are encouraged to engage with these issues, as 2009 is the 50th Anniversary of the UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child. World to Rights offers a global Christian perspective, as it connects to the work of Kate and Tim Lee, CMS mission partners in Manila who have collaborated with local Filipino Christians to develop Jigsaw Kids Ministries. “During
the World to Rights programme, we show a DVD that looks at the lives of children who are living on the streets in Manila. Our aim is for young people to realise the need to stand up for the voiceless. We are all made in the image of God and we have a Godgiven responsibility to care for others.” One day technical difficulties prevented a DVD showing, so the team shared about Nobakoli, a CMS-supported project in Bangladesh that gives skills training to young girls and women who were victims of sex trafficking. All World to Rights performance costumes are provided by Nobakoli. World to Rights has already worked with over 1,500 young people, and will be working with many more this year. For more information and resources go to: www.worldtorights.info
with the CMS community online w w w.cms-uk.org
The best thing I could do by Peter Bell
Short-term Encounter: just say when! When is a trip to Hull an “overwhelmingly positive experience”? When it’s part of a
Always unsettled and a wanderer from
CMS Urban Encounter! Recently, participants
evacuation during the war, this “strangeness”
spent a few days with mission partners Anna
eventually led me to Kenya and years of
and Chris Hembury in Hull and they came
wonderful service for God.
back buzzing with excitement.
Having just missed WWII, I enlisted and served
Why not sign up for one of these two to three
10 years as an officer, outworking my patriotism, and becoming a convicted Christian in
day city-life immersions? This year we’re going
the process. Another conviction followed – that the best thing I could do was to teach
to Paris, Southall, Amsterdam, as well as back
Christianity. Following training, I spent many years as a teacher in Britain, seeking to live
out that belief.
Got a couple of weeks to spare? Then join
In my middle years, however, and as a CMS member from my youth, I applied to serve
an Encounter team to Russia in October,
overseas. Although initially turned down, a letter then came from Kenya asking me to
where you’ll see how God is working through
serve directly in the Kenyan education system. Wonderful years followed, with the greatest
Exodus, an organisation that ministers to drug
achievement being One Book for One Nation – one complete syllabus for teaching
addicts. You’ll also engage with people from
Christianity in all the primary schools in Kenya.
the Orthodox Church in Moscow. Or come
Now retired in Scotland, I look back and surmise that God gets done what he wants to
with us to Egypt in October and see firsthand
get done, despite our strangeness. At 78, I have put my affairs in order and have included
how the Anglican Church is working among
a legacy to CMS in my will. Why? Well, in Christian stewardship I give to vital causes, so I
the poor and marginalised.
would want any money left over to help continue that same work.
Other opportunities to take part in short-term
If you would like to know more about how you can help ensure the
mission can be found on our website:
continuity of the work of CMS, Mary Smith, our legacy administrator,
would be delighted to talk to you on 01865 787513 or email her on Mary.Smith@cms-uk.org
A worthy goal In October Mark Berry, who
Here today, Ghana tomorrow!
pioneers a small mission community called Safespace in Telford, visited Cape Coast, Ghana with the idea of developing a three way link project between young people in Ghana, AFC Telford United and Telford’s Ghanaian population (one of
October 2008 saw the launch of the
the largest outside of West Africa). Says
CMS Schools Links programme. A team
Mark: “Safespace has been working
of teachers from the UK visited Cape Coast
with the football club in Telford for a
in Ghana, where they spent a week teaching
few years now as part of our vision to
and observing lessons in their link schools,
share life in the local community; the
building relationships with teachers and
idea arose from this relationship and
pupils, and reflecting on the challenges and
our connection with CMS. Sport can
potential of the Ghanaian education system.
promote friendship, health, education
The hospitality the team received from their
and integration between communities.
host schools and from the CMS West Africa
Ghana is a football country we hope
team was both inspirational and humbling –
to be able to support young people
and we look forward to welcoming teachers
October 2009: another visit to link with new
through the resources we have, to learn
from Cape Coast to the UK in the future.
schools in Ghana, and a visit to Sri Lanka. If
from their passion for the game and to
Back in the UK, pupils and teachers from
you’d like more information, or if you know
connect with West Africans here.” The
the link schools are enjoying developing
a local school who might be interested in
plan is to work with CMS Africa and the
a friendship that we hope will last for
developing a global link, go to
Anglican Schools Sports Coordinator
years to come through letter-writing and
www.cms-uk.org/schoolslinks, email us
to develop a sports academy working
emailing. We’re planning two more “Teacher
on email@example.com or contact
alongside schools in Cape Coast in
Encounter” linking visits for half-term
Anita Matthews on 07910 137229.
partnership with AFC Telford United.
News Round-up: Another leap of faith One man definitely went to the extreme to help mission partners in need of special support. Paul Cho (married to Charitas Cho in the CMS personnel team) did a 10,000 foot skydive in November and raised £1,000 for mission. He says: “It was cold and scary but certainly enjoyable. The scenery from above was fantastic and the feeling during the fall was unexplainably awesome. My friends told me that it was a brave thing to do, but it was quite safe because it was with a professional skydiver. I think the really brave people are the missionaries who are working in the mission field where real dangers are. Since this unforgettable experience, I am praying for all the missionaries whenever I look up to the sky…” Thank you very much to Paul and Charitas for their hard work. If you’d like to support CMS in a creative way, please contact Ruth on 01865 787519 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you, matchmakers! A huge thank you to all who responded to our autumn appeal for mission partners who are struggling with increased costs in this economic climate. A generous supporter agreed to match all gifts that came in for this appeal and
RESOURCES Check www.cms-uk.org for a rich array of downloadable resources
21M is finally born! Using group activities and games, Bible studies, interviews with current thinkers and practitioners, and examples of mission from around the world 21M explores the Five Marks of Mission – and aims to inspire churches and groups to put them into action. 21M comes on a DVD with film clips and a leader’s guide. It’s structured to be an eight-week course, but elements could be used alone. 21M is suitable for use by groups, youth groups aged 14+. See www.cms-uk.org/21M to watch the trailer and order. (Those who already ordered should receive your copies in the next couple of weeks.) CMS Daily You can still join in the trial group for CMS Daily (as advertised through Mission Update) – the new prayer resource for the CMS community. If you’re keen to use the resource and give us feedback, please email Zoe at email@example.com or call 01865 787512
Listening to Asian voices We’re currently having conversations around the Asia region to discern together the future
On the CMS website you can find numerous free resources for the church year, including Lent, Harvest and Advent – see www. cms-uk.org/seasons There’s no reason you can’t use these at any other time of the year! Hit the Resources tab on the CMS site to discover more.
Speakers bureau Don’t forget that CMS has excellent speakers for your church service or special event. Get in touch with Angela Wenham on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01865 787543 if you’d like to speak for CMS.
New at www.cms-shop.org.uk! Stylish & sturdy reusable jute tote bags, only £5! Proceeds benefit Bangladeshi women overcoming poverty. 40(w) x 30(h), 15cm gusset, 15 cm handles missionary church. In Korean Protestantism there is strong growth in mission work but a lot of criticism for being imperialistic and overzealous. CMS can provide input and bring a
so far we’ve raised over £165,000, with
direction of CMS in Asia.
matched giving included! So behalf of
The plan is for ASIA-CMS to emerge as a
people like Katherine and Tony Paton in
separate entity with its own organisation,
South-East Asia and Judy Acheson in DR
leadership and governance. We’re considering
A growing friendship
Congo, thank you for your generosity,
various cities in Asia as a potential base, as well
CMS has partnered with the team behind
which will help their vital work continue. If
as exploring web-based technology as a way
the highly popular and effective Leading
you’d still like to give, please visit
Your Church Into Growth (LYCIG) course,
We’ve conducted consultations in Thailand,
which is for church leaders who want to
Pakistan and India and we’ll go to East Asia
see their congregations grow numerically
later this year. Simply talking together has
and spiritually. LYCIG embraces both fresh
encouraged commitment and ownership. In
expressions of church and traditional models.
Pakistan there’s a shift as the church accepts
Spaces still available for courses in High Leigh,
their mission mandate. Bishop David Lai of
Hertfordshire 15–18 June and Swanwick,
Taiwan agrees: “Over the last 50 years Taiwan
Derbyshire, 16–19 November. Ring Tracie on:
has accepted missionaries. Now it is time to
01274 604904 / 07799 845954 or email:
send missionaries.” Bishop Francis Park of
Korea points out: “The challenge is to be a
A SnowBall’s dance: A good time was had by all at the CMS SnowBall, which raised £5,100.
mission that is ecumenical.”
to events: www.cms-uk.org/events In your area Ipswich CMS association 26 Apr Tea and Talk by the Rev David Meikle, 4.30pm followed by Evensong, St Andrew’s Rushmere 27 June Strawberry Tea, bring & buy, with the Rev Stephanie van der Toom, 2.30pm, 81 Chaplin Road, East Bergholt CO7 6RN. For both events contact Jane Leffler on 01394 672279 Cheltenham CMS association 30 Apr Supper and speaker: Meshach Chujor, preceded by 30-min AGM at 5.40pm, St Luke’s church hall. Contact Mary Paterson on 01242 256262 Mid-Northants CMS group 30 Apr St Peter’s Irthlingborough, speaker: Pat Gilmer. More details from Margaret Walker on 01933 223614 Derby Diocesan CMS association 12 May Meal with Tanzanian flavour and talk by mission partners Laura and Simon Walton; 7pm, Duffield Parish Hall. Contact Brenda Norreys on 01332 851503
Norwich CMS association 16–17 May CMS weekend and AGM, with mission partners Caroline and Dick Seed (Rwanda). Contact Douglas Durand on 01263 822388 Worcester CMS association 19 May Mission On Our Doorstep: speakers Joy & Pall Singh, followed by bring & share supper, 7.30pm, St Nicholas Droitwich. Contact Beryl Bremner on 01905 453616 17 July Coffee morning, 10.30am– 12pm, 6 Jordans Close, Willersey. Contact Peter & Penny Burch on 01386 852352 CMS East Central annual meeting 6 June 10 for 10.30am – 3.30pm, Oakington Village School, Cambridge More details from David Nobbs on email@example.com or 01923 269480 York & District CMS association 8 June AGM, bring & share supper, speakers: Howard & Jean Dawson on Rwanda, 7 for 7.30pm, The Quiet Garden, Westfield Farm, Sheriff Hutton.
24 June Fundraising day, 10am–4pm, St Crux Hall, York. Details for both events from Eileen Wishart on 01904 633705 Birmingham CMS association 22 June Buffet supper, speaker: Richard Sudworth, 7pm, Springfield Centre, Moseley. Book with Ann Bower on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01564 775790 Hull Deanery CMS association 25 June AGM, speaker: the Archdeacon of Hull, 7pm, St Columba Church. Contact Isabel Gooder on 01482 342231
Nationwide Mid-Africa Region day conference 25 Apr Speaker: Bishop Paul Butler, 1–4.30pm, Highfield Church Centre, Southampton SO171RL (venue open from 12pm – bring your own lunch and drinks will be provided). More details from Jon Henderson on 02380 555719 Link Day 6 June CMS Oxford Linking up with a CMS mission partner is one of the best ways for your church
to plug your local mission into the global mission of God. This day – for all link contacts, ministers and those in churches interested in mission partner links – will help you discover more or deepen a link. Email email@example.com or call her on 01865 787524 for more details CMS Members’ Day 19 Sep 10.30am–4.30pm, CMS, Watlington Road, Oxford OX4 6BZ Share about CMS and its vision for the future with other members. Russell Price (01865 787490) would like to hear from anyone travelling up on the Friday who would welcome some kind of social event on that evening Mid-Africa Conference 2009 27–29 Nov High Leigh Conference Centre. Guest speaker: the Rt Rev David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham Correction Recipients of the CMS local groups’ newsletter please note the correct number for Wendy Williamson, Stockport Audiomission group, is 0161 483 3933
to CMS people Welcome Eric and Rhena Clouston, with Kitty and Sam, are new CMS mission partners in India, where Rhena is originally from. Based in Bangalore, Eric is working with The Association for Theological Education by Extension (TAFTEE). Jane and Peter Nott have become CMS mission partners in IsraelPalestine. They are working in Nazareth with Christ Episcopal Church, the Nazareth Hospital and Bethlehem Bible College. Their work includes helping teach English, nursing children, counselling families, and administration. Congratulations to these recently married mission partners who have become mission partner couples. Becky and Shemil Mathew have returned to Sri Lanka where Becky was previously working to St Thomas College, Mt Lavinia, where Becky is the first woman chaplain and Shemil will be teaching. Dipti and James Pender continue to work with the Church of Bangladesh on environmental and anti-trafficking projects. Gautam and Sabrina Money are to take up an assignment with the Delhi Brotherhood in India, advising and helping administer their development projects. In January, a joint appointment between CMS and the South American Mission Society saw the Rt Rev Henry Scriven join the team as SAMS mission director. Alongside directing the mission work in South America, he’ll be overseeing the merger process of CMS and SAMS, set to be completed in early 2010. Congratulations to Stephen Burgess, who begins a new role as transcultural mission facilitator for Europe and Africa. With CMS Africa now an autonomous agency, Stephen will help to ensure a continued interchange of people and
ideas. Stephen joins Paul Thaxter’s team – Paul became director for transcultural and reciprocal mission in February, with overall responsibility for the exchange of people and resources between CMS and wider mission networks. Ian Adams also joined the staff team on a part-time basis, helping to develop small mission communities.
Asia for six years, working in mental health care and then leading a disaster management programme.
Helen Brannam, a paediatric specialist, has returned to the UK after completing one tour of mission partner service at Bollobhpur Christian Hospital in Bangladesh, and is exploring possibilities of further service there in the future.
Meg Guillebaud has retired as a mission partner after 12 years in Rwanda offering Bible training to church workers in Byumba Diocese. She was awarded the MBE in 2004 in recognition of her service for reconciliation and unity and has written two books on Rwanda. Meg continues her relationship with CMS as part of the Salt programme and returns to Rwanda in April.
Laura and Maurice Connor – with Amberley and Daisy (just arrived in December – congratulations!) have returned from Pakistan, where they have been mission partners with the Lower Sindh Rural Development Association. Maurice will be particularly remembered for the water filter he designed – made from cheap, local materials and being used ever more widely (www.cms-uk.org/water).
Chris and Polly Barton were dental health advisers with the Diocese of Kigezi, in south-west Uganda from 2001. They set up a dental clinic at Rugarama health centre as well as an extensive community health programme in schools to train teachers to teach children about dental health – and even took part in dental health phone-ins on local radio.
Ina and Paul Watson, with Abi and Hannah have been mission partners in Sri Lanka since 2004. Paul was curate at St Paul’s Church in Kandy and worked with the church to raise funds for and set up an elderly people’s home. Ina, a counsellor, provided important counselling training in the wake of the tsunami and helped found a counselling centre in Kandy, which has gained a significant reputation.
Nancy and Phil Simmons, with Rosie, Naomi, Hannah and Caleb, were mission partners in Central Asia for four years. Phil, a doctor worked in a clinic helping to train trainers of GPs and Nancy co-chaired the local homeschooling cooperative, as well as getting involved in member care for the NGO they were seconded to. Siân Hawkins completed her mission partner service of three years in Southall, London, where she worked with St John’s Church and managed A Rocha’s Living Waterways conservation and education project. Before that she was a mission partner in Central
Robyn (Robbie) Langford served as a CMS mission partner for 10 years – eight of them in Central Asia, providing primary schooling for the children of members of an international development team. The last two years she spent with the Episcopal Church of the Sudan, helping to establish a primary teacher training programme. No less significant was Robbie’s time in South America through SAMS. Between 1978 and 1991 Robbie worked in Argentina, Chile and rural Paraguay, where she also trained teachers and helped set up schools.
Since the last Connect, the staff team said farewell to three people who’ve gone on to work with partner organisations or other mission agencies: Howard Taylor, major donor and legacy fundraiser, who is joining the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf in Jordan, Sarah Thomas, events and community fundraiser, who will work for UCCF, and Emily Platt regional personnel officer for Asia, who moves to Interserve. We also said goodbye to Sarah Body, regional personnel officer for Africa. Louisa Lapworth, international networks coordinator for Faith2Share, moved on to further study – and helping out the fundraising team part-time. We also said farewell to Yemi Adedeji, new relations adviser, who has done so much to link up CMS with black majority churches over the last seven years, and Patrick Gavigan, web writer, who faithfully served in various communications roles over 20 years.
DEATHS July 2008: Florence Mabel Martin, Bangladesh and Nepal, 1976–93. September: Daphne Bradford, CMS staff, 1981–89; Joan Bradford, Sudan, 1938–48; Patricia Hepworth, Kenya, 1965–74; Margaret Pattinson, Kenya, 1973–88; Elizabeth (Betty Elsie) Swan, India, 1963–74. November: Anthony Chase, Egypt and Kenya, 1950–66; John Williams, Iran, 1960–78. December: Mavis Bing, Sri Lanka, 1947–65; Margaret Clayton, Ruanda Mission (MAM), 1938–77; Sylvia Lawton, CMS staff, 1980–90; Jean Turner, India, 1948–9 January 2009: Mary Garrett, Nigeria, 1939–53; Kathleen Salisbury, India, 1947–63.
Faith2Share in South America
Ireland to assist the church in its mission. Finally SAMS Canada has mission partners in Honduras and Peru. The bishop of Peru,
Places such as Chile, Honduras and
have distinct ministries. SAMS USA has a
Mexico are going to begin to appear
particular focus on Central America, with a
more often in Connect in the future.
significant number of people in Honduras,
God is doing exciting things among our
where the Episcopal Church is growing
Latino sisters and brothers and many of
rapidly. As well as many social ministries,
them are active in mission in Europe and
they are involved with Alpha courses,
elsewhere. As SAMS and CMS prepare to
discipleship classes, and theological training
merge in Britain we would like to introduce
to equip lay and ordained leaders in the
you to the other South American members
church. Like SAMS USA, SAMS Ireland
of the Faith2Share network.
also works in several countries, but one
CMS members will already know of mission
of their particular concerns is for Paraguay
partners from CMS Australia working in
(especially the Chaco Indians) where they
Links to the website of each of these
Argentina, Chile and Mexico (11 families),
are planting new churches. SAMS Ireland
mission agencies can be found at
as well as New Zealand CMS connections
also brings many South Americans to
the Rt Rev Bill Godfrey, recently described his diocese as the most exciting missionary diocese in the world, as he trains 60-plus new clergy and plans to plant three new missionary dioceses in this mountainous country. Bienvenidos to the South American family of Faith2Share.
in the region, but did you know that there are also SAMS in the USA, Canada and Ireland, as well as Britain? Each SAMS traces its origins back to Allen Gardiner, who set out in 1851 to reach the Yaghan Indians of Tierra del Fuego, but today they
New trustees In January the Board of Trustees
welcomed five new members. It was welcome back to Ann Tyndall, who was a trustee from 1997 to 2004. A Chippenham-based pharmacist, she leads the ‘out-of-parish’ mission work of her local church. Mark Morgan is a principal management consultant with a specialist firm serving the oil, gas, power and chemicals industries and also a director of a community interest company, Just in the Park cafe, in Woodley, Reading. Keith Chua was co-opted onto the board, bringing vast experience in business and church life, particularly in East Asia. To help prepare for the integration with SAMS, three SAMS trustees also joined the board: the Rev Patrick Coghlan, SAMS Chair, who was a missionary in Brazil from 1979–92 and now works in Sheffield
From the CMS Norwich Diocesan Association:
Diocese; Peter Hyatt, SAMS Honorary
Last Autumn half-term, 46 young people and 16 leaders took to the Norfolk Broads in 10
with a love of long-distance cycling; and
sailing yachts for the “Cormorants” sailing holiday, which was sponsored by the Diocese of
Jonathan Brant, who has studied and
Norwich. CMS provided purpose-written Bible teaching material called “Living the Jesus
practised mission in the UK and South
Way”, which was appreciated by all. One local organiser commented, “This has been a
America, and is now the Oxford Pastorate
great example of CMS getting involved in UK mission and re-establishing its commitment to
Chaplain working with graduate at Oxford
young people in the UK.”
Treasurer, a recently retired accountant
My story my CMS David Fulford
PhD at Reading University. That led to my becoming a lecturer on an MSc course on Renewable Energy. Jane and I joined a CMS Regional Members’ Council and I became a representative on General Council, was voted onto Standing Committee in 1998 and thus became a CMS trustee. The Regional Council ran an annual members’ conference, which is still held. In 1996, Jane and I took over responsibility for management of it. In 1984, we took part as a family in a CMS youth camp on the Broads and became increasingly more involved until that outreach ended in 1998. Since then, we have participated in the CMS work at Greenbelt. A strong sense of God’s vision has accompanied our involvement with CMS.
My wife, Jane, and I both felt a strong call to work overseas even before we met – my call came while I was at the University of Bristol.
has now built 180,000 biogas units – although the aspect of tacit Christian witness disappeared after its transfer to local management.
I worked in an international students’ hostel while Jane finished her nursing training.
The local church faced persecution. At one point, several local believers were arrested for attending a baptism. Living in Nepal was like living in the Acts of the Apostles. We learnt much from seeing the local church’s commitment and determination while under pressure.
After two years at All Nations Christian College, I did a project in Alternative Technology at Reading University. Then God, through CMS, led us, after six months at Crowther Hall, the CMS training college, to secondment in Butwal with the United Mission to Nepal (UMN). National restrictions meant that we could not do church work directly, so I got involved in a biogas programme, part of UMN’s economic development work. The programme exemplified the concept of “Business as Mission”. The project’s business impetus proved successful – it
We rejoice that, though Nepal has faced many problems, the gospel has spread and the Church has grown there. Christmas 2008 was the first Christmas to be officially recognised as a festival in Nepal. After two tours – totalling six years – in Nepal, we returned to the UK. After a difficult time of resettlement, God provided an opportunity for me to do a
We felt that our calling to, and work in, Nepal; our return to the UK; the PhD and the job as a lecturer were all under God’s direction. Moving to voluntary support for CMS, becoming a trustee and involvement, as a trustee, in all the changes that CMS has been through, have all had the same feel of responding to God’s vision. A new direction in my life is to find ways to use biogas technology for Business as Mission projects – often with CMS involvement – in various other parts of the world. In recent years, consultancy work has allowed me to visit many countries to look at renewable energy projects. I find many opportunities to use my experience to help people to develop new ones. As a CMS trustee, I worked to keep members involved with CMS. The concept of ‘community’ in CMS reinforces that and I see new opportunities to help it to develop.
“You prayed for us, Madam?”
helped him and others.”
“Yes,” I replied.
“Is he all right now?” I asked.
Two days after the terrorist attacks in
“Are you a Christian?”
“Yes,” she answered tearfully, and then
Mumbai, I phoned National Rail Enquiries
said, “Christian prayers have been
to get some information. A lady from the
“And you prayed for Hindus and people of
answered…but there are hundreds mourn-
call centre in Mumbai answered.
ing the loss of loved ones; please continue
After she gave me the information I
“I most certainly did and I still am.”
to pray for us.”
needed, I expressed my deep concern for
“As you know, Madam, many innocent Hin-
I promised to do so and then she said, “We
all those targeted by terrorists, adding that
dus, Muslims and Jews were killed. I don’t
are all God’s children; tell me what you’d
I’d lived in India. Then I said, “I watched it
know why my husband escaped death. He
like me to pray for at temple.”
on television and couldn’t stop praying for
worked in one of the hotels and, wounded
I shared my prayer requests with her and
the people suffering in India. How have
by a bullet, took refuge in a gentleman’s
we prayed together before I rang off.
things been for you?”
washroom. He hid there for two days until
Joan Burton has been a member of CMS
After a pregnant pause, the lady murmured,
the siege was over. Your prayers must have
since age 14.
Church Mission Society, Watlington Road, Oxford, OX4 6BZ t: 01865 787400