Encounter: the beginning of a beautiful partnership in DR Congo For Matt Barber, a 2011 CMS short-term trip had a long-term impact. Edited from an interview for the CMS Audiomission podcast What did the team do whilst in DR Congo? The primary element was providing support to CMS mission partner Ian Harvey at Centre Kimbilio haven for street children in Lubumbashi. It’s still a young project and there was a good amount of manual labour to do. There was also scope for doing a bit of teaching and other activities. Ian went to great lengths to ensure people felt looked after and at ease. Has this short-term trip had any long-term impact for you? Prior to going to DR Congo, we were asked about our areas of interest and our skill sets. I’m studying for a masters degree in
Meet the newly elected CMS trustees Craig Hampton A technical specialist for the environment agency, Craig’s interest in mission was first sparked as a CMS volunteer at a school in Kenya from 1977-79. “It was a formative experience in so many ways, not least because I met my wife Ruth. We returned to Africa as a family a few years later, where I taught in schools in Southern Sudan and Western Uganda. Our final placement was at Makerere University, Kampala, where I lectured in geology. “I have maintained my mission interest mainly through heading up the international missions committee at Greyfriars Church, Reading. I have also been involved with the Large Churches’ Forum, a group set up by Global Connections to assist mission-minded churches.” Professor Ian Jones An educationalist, Ian founded a leading European MBA, drawing on management experience in Unilever and education at London Business School. He has been treasurer, chair, or vice chair of various mission-shaped organisations over the last 25 years, such as Lee Abbey Movement, ICS, and Oxford Evangelical Pastorate. “The turning point in my Christian journey was my commitment in 1979, en-
environmental politics and my undergraduate degree is in environmental science. Whilst we were in DR Congo, Ian cited particular needs of Centre Kimbilio, a primary one being a lack of a sustainable energy source. I’m in a fortunate position, in that my university, Keele University has a strong reputation in project development with respect to sustainability so I’ve been engaged with Keele staff, primarily to source funding and resources to work with Centre Kimbilio to resolve that energy issue. How has that unfolded? Ian, staff at Keele and I have worked together closely. This summer, we’re organising a delegation to return to DR Congo and implement the solution we’ve come up with. As part of formally linking with DR Congo, we are also hoping to launch a pilot education programme, where we will basically explain to the children the virtue of sustainable energy solutions and put it in the context they are living in. We want to say to them that it’s not about a group of people from a rich country coming to solve their problems for them, but to point out how elements of sustainability are working for them and there are things that can be worked through in their daily life in regards to sustainability.
couraged by Harry Sutton of SAMS, after years as a churchgoer. Ever since, I have sought to apply my faith to my work and my skills to Christian organisations. “I would like to share in CMS’s new thinking about mission and its warm Christian welcome that I have already enjoyed.” The Reverend Ian Wallace Ian trained as a solicitor in a practice serving church-based organisations before going on to work for Tearfund in Southern Sudan and Guinea-Bissau. He returned to work in the head office, firstly as West and Central Africa Regional Manager and latterly as International Regions Director. He became a founding trustee of Compassion UK and the chair and founding trustee of People in Aid. Ian is also a member of the Langham Trust Scholarship Committee. “I left Tearfund to train for ordination and am currently curate in the parish of Wisleywith Pyrford. In 2010 I became a founding trustee of Woking Street Angels and also serve as a trustee for the Sudan Church Association. I bring a combination of legal training, experience of working with the church in Africa and of running UK charities, and passion for mission. I have supported CMS for more than 25 years.” Mr Michael Whitlam CBE Michael has worked in the charity sector as a director/CEO since 1974. He has been UK director of Save the Children Fund, Director-General of the British Red Cross, Michael Whitlam, far right
CEO of Mentor International and Vision 2020 the Right to Sight, where he had to operate at the highest governmental level and with the UN or WHO. He worships at St Giles Church, Ickenham, Middlesex. Since 2005 he has been a consultant fulfilling various non-executive board roles, such as Chair of the Primary Care Trust and the Ofcom Advisory Board for Older and Disabled People. “My career has also included much volunteering. For example I was the Founder of ACEVO, the chief executives’ body in the charity sector and am currently chair of the Chalker Foundation for Africa as well as leading the Community Link programme between Ickenham and Rukiga (Uganda), close to Kisiizi Hospital. “I rediscovered my Christian faith in 1991 whilst alone in Baghdad negotiating the release of a British hostage.” Also re-elected following the most recent voting were Mrs Ann Tyndall and Canon Patrick Coghlan. A huge thank you to all members who took the time to vote for CMS trustees!
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