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Well, CMS and SAMS are now truly integrated! Many of us had the chance to meet and celebrate at the Day 50 events. I personally enjoyed (I think that’s the right word for it) cycling for part of the accompanying Revolution sponsored cycle challenge to raise money for mission. God seems to have highlighted two verses for me recently: “Teach us to realise the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12 NLT); “So be careful how you live. Don’t live like Bishop Henry Scriven, Mission Director for Latin America

fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity (kairos) in these evil days.” (Ephesians 5:15, 16 NLT) I have been privileged to meet several people who have inspired my mission discipleship: David Orritt runs Mission Paraguay, which sends short term teams to work with the Diocese of Paraguay in construction and other projects. When retirement came close he saw his contemporaries buying big homes or other things to enhance their sense of material security; and he decided God was calling him to a lifestyle that focussed on the needs of others and the priority of the gospel. Numbering our days is not a morbid action; it’s about applying our hearts to wisdom. That’s part of the process we continue to go through: what’s the wisest way to use our resources for the good of the gospel in Latin America? We are so grateful for the many gifts that the new CMS are pouring in to support work in South America – finance, communications, fundraising, church relations, personnel support. We are also very encouraged by the formation of the Latin America Forum, which will work in a voluntary capacity to keep our work on the front burner. The earthquake in Chile shocked all of us. There was so much material damage.

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But what it taught many is that life is short; relationships with God, family and neighbours must take priority. Pray for us and for the church in Latin America, that we might make the most of every opportunity.

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Mission to the four corners of the world Tim Dakin, Executive Director of CMS, shares some insights from his time in Brazil Brazil is a big country. I checked my pocket atlas as I sat in a mission seminar in Recife; Brazil is about the same size as Canada and China and bigger than Australia! Brazil’s mission is also big; there are literally thousands of Christians involved in cross-cultural mission both within the country and to the rest of the world. I was privileged to listen to Latin American colleagues talking about their local and global mission during the recent Faith2Share conference. Nearly 20 mission societies from around the world participated, and there was a parallel track for local mission movements, those that were focused in Latin America and those working worldwide. As we shared together and listened to the Brazilian and Latin American mission story, I was struck again by the commitment to the gospel of those who’d gone before us. Of course we all know that there’s a long Christian history in Brazil – they even have their own tradition of Baroque sacred music. But we may not know that there’s a major Brazilian world mission. Brazilian Christians are like Brazilian football fans – very enthusiastic. As I listened to my colleagues and got out and about to see what was going on – it was inspiring to meet Ian and Simea Meldrum and to see their work in Olinda - I was greatly encouraged by yet another expression of God’s worldwide community, the church. When Paul saw a vision of Jesus on the road to Damascus, he asked the question, “Who are you Lord?” All of us need to ask the same question because the Lord is always bigger than we can imagine; he’s always beyond and deeper than our own culture, and his plans are always greater and more thorough than ours. Jesus is Lord of all; his followers are found in Brazil, Canada, China and Australia. He fills the whole world. And as we go on asking “Who are you Lord?” let’s be encouraged, within our own context, that Jesus is at work and invites us to follow him daily with renewed commitment. As the new CMS, which now includes a Latin American dimension to world mission, let’s also share with others how Jesus has changed lives from Brazil to Canada to China to Australia. His Spirit has been poured out on all flesh and invites all to know Jesus as Lord and Saviour.

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Unshakeable faith in a shaken world Eyewitness accounts of the Chile earthquake and the aftermath, from our partners on the scene

It was hard to know the severity of the earthquake at first because

there were no lights, television or phones. I remember looking at the moon and thinking, feeling, that many were suffering. It’s amazing how the Anglican Church has organised itself in a unified form and done things that have had a huge impact. Six trucks were sent full of 25 tonnes of food and provisions. For one little town that was destroyed, 90 people went and served: lifting up rubble, caring, praying, playing with the kids, sharing Jesus’ love in practical ways. When night came, the team showed movies in the plaza and even though there was supposed to be a curfew, the police let everyone stay because they saw it was good for people. Our church has decided to help a particular little village that was severely affected and to follow-through with their recovery long-term.

Cristobal Ceron, Santiago

We have learned so much out of the tragedy of the earthquake: that

all material things and possessions are dispensable and perishable. That all our technology, communication systems are of little use at the time of a natural disaster. That it takes only a few seconds to bring down all our material wealth and

we are left weak and fragile…

Ary and Danny Morrison, Concepcion

The son and daughter-in-law of two of our church members were

finally found after spending a week living out under canvas. Even worse than the earthquake for Concepción is the looting that took place in the first few days. So many shops were looted that they had to bring it a curfew. It wasn’t just food that was taken, which would be understandable, but everything from fridges to plasma TVs. One shopkeeper said that when they were attacked, several of those involved were his regular customers. Many of the streets organized their own barricades with neighbours armed with whatever weapons they could find and with elaborate systems of armbands and passwords to recognize threats. It may be this complete breakdown of trust between citizens that takes longer to repair than the physical damages. What is being done to help? Apart from all the aid from big NGOs, government,

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private business and other countries, our bishop Tito Zavala, with the help of the compassionate ministry of Alf Cooper’s La Trinidad church in Santiago, have been organizing the Anglican’s national aid to different spots and he personally travelled down to see how the churches were doing. In fact they got stopped at gunpoint at one barricade and things weren’t looking good until a man from the back shouted out, “You married me bishop- do you remember?” A group of about 60 students from churches in Santiago and Viña went down to help clear rubble for a week. There are still concerns of how the three Anglican pastors in Concepción might fare with reduced tithes later in the year due to everyone recovering financially. Daniel and Ellelein Kirk, Vina del Mar

As I write we are in touch with the missionaries from our church that are

driving large trucks of help in personnel and supplies today to the worst hit area, where there is no water and eight hospitals were destroyed. Please pray for us as we seek to bring the love of Jesus to the hurting crowds. Wherever we pray with people God´s love falls like a gentle dew and peace takes hold of hearts. Alf and Hilary Cooper, Santiago

Two people were killed just down the road when their adobe house

collapsed on them. A pupil of Linda’s told her that, when he was finally able to contact his mother 48 hours later, he discovered that she had eaten nothing since the quake due to shock. She lives on the 15th story of a block of flats and her bedroom must have oscillated through an arc of 40 or 50 feet. A farmer brought round water in a large tank behind a tractor for a couple of days and, while we were queuing for it and exchanging news with our neighbours, Linda commented that she was off to buy some bread, only to be told that no one was baking. Ninety minutes later, the daughter of the people across the road arrived with a big smile and four freshly-baked large rolls! For every incident of looting that has hit the headlines, there are hundreds of examples of kindness and solidarity, some very small like this, others much bigger. It will still take years to rebuild and there are a lot of memories which will be very, very difficult to heal.

John and Linda Cobb, Huelquen A big thank you to all supporters who contributed to helping victims of the Chile earthquake. From our online appeal we raise just over £6,000. Additionally, at the Day 50 event, the Redeemed Church of God in London presented a cheque for £15,000 to help rebuild in Chile.

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Allen Gardiner House: A family home By Bob Lunt Allen Gardiner Cottage closed in May, bringing to an end the South American Mission Society’s long sojourn in Tunbridge Wells. Born in SAMS’ history as the home of its wardens, Ted & Marjorie Jenkin, the cottage has been in recent years the Registered Office of the Society and a focal point for supporter relations, following the move in 1991 from its famous neighbour, Allen Gardiner House, which was sold in 2000. Allen Gardiner House holds a special affection for SAMS people and a prized place in SAMS mission history. It had been donated to the Society in the 1960s by Mr & Mrs Jenkin during a period of energy and fervour in the evangelical world. Their church in Wimbledon had as curate the dynamic young George Hoffman, a SAMS General Council member who went on to found Tearfund, and his challenge to evangelicals to follow Jesus in practical action and concern deeply impacted Ted and Marjorie. She was gripped by the Lord’s words to King David in 1 Chronicles 28:10: “Take heed now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for a sanctuary: be strong and do it.” She shared this with Ted who told her of his desire to give up their building business and do something completely different, though it was hardly the most propitious time to change course and take a major new step: they had a young family and the business, inherited from Ted’s father, was thriving. However, a meeting with Harry Sutton, then General Secretary of SAMS and another dynamic evangelical of that era, set in motion another kind of building ministry - a house for God’s Kingdom. They purchased Champneys House in Tunbridge Wells and donated it to the Society as a training and conference centre, and the renamed Allen Gardiner House was officially opened and dedicated in May 1966 before more than 200 guests. SAMS needed not just an office base - that was still in London - but a home. It was a time of exciting expansion for the Society, and the House contributed significantly as many folk benefited from its excellent accommodation and facilities. Visiting parish groups and young people were stirred to further service, while increasing numbers of missionary candidates and their children passed through its doors, notably on the 1966: The Bishop of Rochester dedicates the facility SHARE JUNE-SEPTEMBER 06


annual Orientation Course, before carrying its blessings into ministries across the Atlantic. As well as studying the religious, historical, political and social background of South America’s republics, they undertook intensive learning of Spanish or Portuguese, assisted by a language laboratory installed in 1974, the year the SAMS offices moved to the House. They also turned hands and minds to first aid, car maintenance, gardening and other practical disciplines – RFA (Ready for Anything) on the mission field, as one of the Jenkins’ successors repeatedly reminded

Ted and Marjorie Jenkin

us. The library was also built up there before its moves to Birmingham, Sheffield, and finally Oxford. This creation of a SAMS family home was something very beautiful and deeply spiritual; it was a place of tranquillity even in the midst of busyness. Parents of missionaries gathered for conferences which epitomised the Society’s pastoral heart and enriched its family spirit. Bishop Pat Harris recalls an occasion when “all the parents without exception were in tears. It was plain that the Holy Spirit was at work. Many were anxious and fearful, and some were angry and saddened by the fact that their children - and grandchildren - were the other side of the world. That conference was a turning point for many of those parents and they became a close fellowship, keeping in touch with one another and some never failing to attend the conference.” Private guests were also welcomed to this ‘SAMS hotel’, one regular visitor commenting on “high standards maintained and the peace and Christian atmosphere of a very lovely home”. Allen Gardiner House is now private apartments and its new sister-block alongside recalls SAMS’ origins in its name, Patagonia House. We wish the Cottage too a felicitous future after its own pivotal role in overseas mission, and bless the Lord for all who worked there, serving that mission with diligence, skill and grace.

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1966 dedication ceremony


Short-term short stories Jessica Helyar, Lima, Peru:

Jessica

Lara

Wendy

Zewelanji

I started my stay in Lima, Peru in February. Since then I have learnt a lot, seen a lot and done a lot! I am working in Shalom, which is a day care centre for disabled children, a pre-school and a church. In the mornings I work in the pre-school; there are six children, four who are disabled and two who are not. In the afternoon I do crafts with the children and parents as they wait for their therapies and teach English as well as doing any other jobs that need doing. I attend the service in Shalom on Sunday mornings and help with the Sunday school. Sunday afternoons I help at Jesus el Nazareno church and go to the service there in the evenings. I’ve also helped at a medical campaign.

facing the challenge of absent fathers and other complications.

Wendy Power, Cambodia

Following the four months I spent working in Paraguay as a short term mission partner, I have now moved to Cambodia to work as a volunteer for two years with Voluntary Service Overseas, where I continue to be linked to CMS as a SALT partner. When asked to reflect on how one experience has equipped me and led to another, I see I learnt more about depending on God when facing new situations, especially about living prayerfully. I see that God led me to trust him more with my physical, financial and emotional needs. I also began to consider the spiritual impact on the individual of long term work as a single mission Lara-Clare Bourdeaux, partner. I continue to work out what I Asunción, Paraguay think about this and how to serve God School is going well; I am preparing most appropriately to meet the needs students to take internationally of those I work amongst, but also to recognised Cambridge exams in the be watered and fed adequately as a English language. I have fairly quickly follower of Christ. Again, I turn to God settled into teaching and school life and for clarity and to sustain me. Here in I’m really enjoying it. I teach five classes Cambodia I work alone as a volunteer a week on my own, plus there are in a rural hospital, seeking to improve numerous sessions in which I assist and the standard of care through building sometimes cover for other teachers. I capacity (ability) of staff. It’s a huge am really enjoying getting to know the task that’s beyond me, but fortunately kids. The school’s mission is to give I work with Christ in me. Remaining in these kids a solid Christian education the body of Christ is crucial, especially and an excellent level of English, whilst in the context of working in a secular raising up the next generation of the organisation, in a Buddhist country. country’s leaders. Therefore daily Bible Zewelanji Chamunda, Argentina studies and prayers form an important part of class time. Many of the children The orphanage where I am working is come from difficult family backgrounds, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. The

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way the orphanage works is that the kids are split into three families, with each having their own tia (Spanish for aunty). This is miles better than clumping them altogether, as there is more of a family feel, stability, ownership and a place for them to call theirs...basically just what the kids need! I’m getting to know them all and they are lovely beautiful kids. Not all of the kids are orphans; some of

them have one or both parents and/ or godparents. The kids are here either because they are orphans, or because their home situation is bad: drug/alcohol addition, abuse (physical, sexual, verbal), neglect. This orphanage is so good and provides for the kids so well. Spiritually I am on cloud nine. I know I am being filled with so much love and joy so that I can pour it out on the people around me!

Rearing ducks, growing faith Bill Godfrey, Bishop of Peru, reflects on the impact of the holistic mission of Norma Montoya “Bishop, thirty ladies have given their life to Jesus.” Norma [Montoya, associate mission partner] calls me in excitement. It wasn’t an evangelistic campaign, but a duck breeding and training project in the extreme poverty of Lima’s shanty towns. It’s a three month course for 90 women. It aims to improve nutrition for their families (they get protein from meat and eggs), provide an income if they’re sold), raise self-esteem, and enable learning to work together. Often one of the first questions to Norma and her helpers is, “Are you nuns?” “No, we’re married and have children.” Over the weeks the women discover the team members are inspired by faith, but the issue’s not pushed. By the end of the course, however, there’ll be prayers, for their families and the sick, open conversation about faith, and all in the most natural way. We believe social outreach and the proclamation of the Gospel go Norma and Julio hand in hand. This practical project is good news for the women and very often Montoya changes lives. It could be any project, but in this case it’s ducks and faith in Jesus. Gospel -good news- was the word chosen by the apostles as the best way of describing Jesus, what he taught and what he did. There is no conflict between the Reprinted with permission from two. Serving others and the proclamation of Christ’s name belong together. “If I, your Evangelism and Church Growth Initiative—ECGI Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 1, March 2010 feet. For I have set you an example...” (John.13:14-15). To him be the glory.

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What a web we weave!

There are lots of ways to connect with CMS online and lots of reasons to do so Have you been to www.cms-uk.org lately? Here’s just a few things you can do at the CMS website: Read all our publications, including Share and Prayerlines Learn about our mission partners worldwide Sign up for prayer::space, our weekly email prayer bulletin Give securely See when people in mission are visiting your local area Check out upcoming events Explore membership Look up blogs from our worldwide community Listen to mission podcasts And did you know CMS is on facebook and twitter? Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/churchmissionsociety Twitter: @cmsmission

And introducing…drum roll please… We are Saying Yes – www.wearesayingyes.org We wanted you to be among the first to know about our new website campaign: We are Saying Yes, which is all about getting people into mission — wherever they are — one step at a time. At wearesayingyes.org you can see things that people like you are doing to make God’s mission their lifestyle and share your own ideas, too. Together we can show God’s love and Jesus’ way to countless others around us. It all starts with saying yes.

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From Bolivia to Paraguay An update from Nicky and Ron Irene

We have been living in Paraguay for a few months. It has not been easy but we have felt God’s hand constantly. Our main struggle has been health issues; both of us have been in hospital for different reasons. All our children caught bronchitis. Culturally the biggest surprise has been rejection towards Bolivians due to the Chaco war where Paraguay lost two generations of men. As Ron is actually North American, he has started calling himself an American and the attitude toward him changed. Our kids don’t seem bothered, actually. People are very friendly when you meet them, although shy, but it takes effort to really get to know them, whereas in La Paz, people may have been more standoffish at first, but they were overall much quicker to pour out their hearts. Ron has been working in two churches under Bishop Peter Bartlett’s supervision. The two congregations meet in the same building, which is the Cathedral of the Anglican Church in Paraguay. The two churches are different in many ways but they both are in tremendous need of raising national servant leaders. Ron is also chaplain of the school, where he has given more than ten talks to parents, staff and kids; he will also be giving pastoral counseling. Nicky works teaching secondary English full time at the school. We feel extremely blessed to be here and know that God wants us to learn complete dependence on him.

President’s new chaplain is Chile mission partner The news that he was to be the President of Chile’s protestant chaplain came while he was doing his exercises, says mission partner Alf Cooper. “I was in the gym doing my sit-ups when I received a phone call. I answered ‘Hello’ and I was told, ‘Rev Cooper, I pass you to the President.’ Sure enough I received the official summons.” Alf joins Catholic chaplain Luis Ramirez in service to Preseiden Sebastian Pinera. Alf has been pastor of La Trinidad church in Santiago since 1984 and a SAMS mission partner in Chile since 1975.

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Photo: Alex Ibanez Alf (centre) with the President (right) and Luis Ramirez


Keeping Count Philip R Tadman As readers of previous Share magazines will know, SAMS (GB) transferred its assets and operations to a new joint entity, called CMS on 1 February 2010, so SAMS (GB) no longer receives income. Income that was destined for either the old CMS or SAMS (GB) should now go to the new CMS at the address on page 2. However, as we come to the end our service, the SAMS staff and volunteers have not been idle as we have been working on a variety of tasks including the SAMS annual report and accounts for the 13 months to 31 January 2010, prior to the planned closure of Allen Gardiner Cottage in May 2010. Whilst serving the SAMS it has been a joy for me to know and appreciate God’s wonderful provision for the Society during its 165 year history. The latest report and accounts again testify to God’s faithful provision for his work in South America and Iberia through SAMS. As we thank God for enabling his people to give to SAMS, we also thank all those who have supported SAMS in the past. The funds the Society were entrusted with over the years were the result of much prayer, generous and often tax effective giving, for which we grateful to many people. Please pray that the new CMS will receive the income it needs in the future and that the members of the new CMS community will know God’s guidance in their stewardship of resources entrusted to them in the days ahead. As I close, and as some of us move on to different work/ministry, I am reminded of Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians 5:16-18: “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for that is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”.

A note on giving:

Thank you so much for your continuing support of mission in Latin America. Please note, as Phil says, all gifts should now go to CMS, Watlington Road, OX4 6BZ. Cheques should be made payable to CMS. Please rest assured that if you earmark your gift for Latin American mission, then that’s where your gift will go. If you give by standing order, you will need to contact your bank and amend your order so that giving goes to CMS, charity number 1131655, bank: RBS, account: 22897864, sort code: 15-10-00. If you need a standing order form or would like to switch to direct debit giving, we can help you – just call 01865 787469. Also, it would be tremendously helpful if you would use Gift Aid so CMS can collect an extra 28% on every gift at no charge to you. So if you haven’t signed – or re-signed – a Gift Aid declaration form since the SAMS-CMS integration, please arrange to do so. Again, we are available to help you. Thank you so much for helping ensure that Latin American mission continues.

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Helping youth in Peru feel their value We caught up with Paul and Sarah Tester, to get an update on how their work with children and young people is impacting their wider community Paul and Sarah, what are the biggest issues facing young people in Lima? Paul: I think that would be feeling valued. People want to have children, of course, but it’s almost like they have little value until they are adults. We are helping people recognise that the young are valued by God. Peru has quite a young population; so why do you think this is the case? Paul: Until they are able to work and produce something, they aren’t considered particularly helpful to the family or to the culture. How is the Anglican church, a rather young church in Peru, helping? Sarah: Well, an example is The Ark playscheme I work with in a very poor area. It’s a place where children can feel safe and loved and listened to. And learn about Jesus. What about adolescents? Paul: I think the key is to provide a welcoming place. We’re seeing more and more people reaching out to youth and recognising that they have something to contribute. I have a real heart for discipleship. I’m also excited to see young people developing in their faith and giving back to the church. We’ve recently been able to take on a diocesan youth coordinator and more youth are getting involved in music ministry and leading groups. Sarah, tell us about someone who exemplifies why you are in Peru. There are a brother and sister who come to The Ark, Alison, the girl said she wanted to know Jesus and we prayed together. Through this relationship with Alison, we’ve been visiting the family. When Alison’s brother broke his arm and the family couldn’t afford the operation, we worked with links and friends to raise money for his surgery and physiotherapy. This really impacted on his mum, who now comes and helps lead at The Ark. What can we pray for? Paul: The toughest thing is often seeing families struggling and really, the best thing you can do is come alongside them and be with them in their struggles. It’s hard to know you can’t help everyone. Pray for us to be able to keep building trusting relationships. Pray for more leaders to get involved in children’s work, too, that they’d see the value in it.

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From Interview with the Paul and Sarah Tester on Audiomission: Latin America Prayer Focus, April-June 2010 edition, produced by CMS


The gospel: light of hope for the Latin American family? Some thoughts from Rev Pablo Zavala, pastor of Iglesia El Redentor in La Serena, Chile Latin Americans have a high view of the family and dream of setting up and living in a stable family unit. However, their dreams have been frustrated in recent decades. Modernisation and globalisation have impacted the state of the Latin American family, and, therefore, society. Issues such as divorce, domestic conflict, teenage pregnancies, redundancy and lack of opportunities have made young people and adults disillusioned with the notion of establishing a traditional family based on the values of their forebears. For example, young men with few resources feel incapable of carrying out the demands of a family. Some young people are prioritizing economic status over family. Meanwhile, adult men, feeling the weight of social and economic demands, are deciding to break the marriage bond in order to escape their responsibilities of being husband, father and provider. In Chile an estimated 50% of marriages fail. Yet the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is being proclaimed and the Holy Spirit is at work in people’s lives, reconciling them to God and helping them to pull families together. Firstly, it leads them to recognise the problem, highlighting personal and social wrongdoing, and helps them understand societal changes and discuss issues together. Secondly, it inspires and challenges families to live according to Christian teaching. Thirdly, the gospel provides a social network of Christian fellowship through the church, with people praying for each other, bearing one another’s burdens, sharing biblical counsel and Christian experience, as well as giving necessary material assistance. And fourthly, the gospel offers a new vision for life and a reason Originally published in the International Anglican Family Newsletter, edited here for space

to live it; families see in Christ a present hope and a model to follow. In these times it would appear that to set up a family here in Latin America is not an attractive proposition. Nevertheless, in Christ there is hope because he makes all things new.

Faith Reflection: Forgotten no longer Maurice Sinclair shares thoughts on the past, present and future of the Wichi people Gone is the time when the Wichi, an indigenous tribe in Northern Argentina, were a forgotten people. On a weekend in high summer last year more than

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a thousand Wichi came together in the Chaco town of Sauzalito to honour the memory of Bishop Mario Marino and to have his life’s work recognised by the Argentine authorities. My wife Gill and I were on a return visit to see friends and former colleagues from our years of missionary service, and we were delighted to be able to accompany newly consecrated Bishop Nick Drayson and his wife Catherine on their journey to Sauzalito and to share in this celebration of Bishop Mario’s achievements as a leader of church and people. Having been re-acquainted with the mud roads of the Chaco and having negotiated a river crossing in a leaky rowing boat, we found ourselves engulfed in a praise service at full volume with one gospel group after another taking the lead. On the Sunday morning at a slightly quieter service Nick Drayson and I had our hands full confirming lots of Wichi youngsters. The previous afternoon there were speeches given by Mayor Jose Kloster and Bishop Nick also spoke brilliantly. The climax came with the unveiling of a beautiful marble plaque in memory of Mario Marino, so obviously loved by his people and respected by the wider community. With the events of this weekend still vivid in my mind two thoughts are uppermost. First, who will, under God, be the outstanding indigenous leaders in the Wichi church in the coming years? But then an answering thought: this forgotten people were never forgotten by the Lord and he will guide them whatever the future holds. Terry and Pancha Barratt have retired as mission partners after 40 years with SAMS GB, but have remained with CMS as associate mission partners as they continue their work with SEAN Seminario por Extension a las Naciones (www.seaninternational. com). We are thrilled that they are able to keep this strong link with CMS and are encouraged by the amazing work that they do with and through SEAN courses across the world. Alf and Hilary Cooper will be in the UK from 17 May until 16 June on a short visit to their link churches before returning to Santiago, Chile. Hugo and Techy Vergara are currently in the UK on a well-earned six month sabbatical from Northern Argentina. Nick and Catherine Drayson will be in the UK from 13 May to 15 June when they will return to Northern Argentina where Nick is the Suffragen Bishop Paul and Sarah Tester are back from Lima, Peru and

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in the UK until August. Jill Ball will be flying back to the UK from Santo Domingo, Ecuador on home leave from mid-July until mid-October. René and Marina Pereira are due to visit the UK for three weeks in October and hope to visit most of their supporting churches around the country. You can find out more about where and when these Globe+crossers might be in your area on the CMS website www.cms-uk.org and click on the map of Latin America. We would like to express our sincerest apologies to all of you who did not receive their Latin America Prayerlines on time. This was due to a problem with the company we used to send out mailings, which caused a delay. Current and back copies of all CMS Prayerlines, including those for Latin America can be downloaded from the CMS website, under the heading Pray along the top.

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You’re invited!

¡ADELANTE! Moving forward Global Mission with a Latin Heart Friday 25 March – Sunday 27 March 2011 Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire Keynote speaker: The Bishop of Chile, Tito Zavala, Bible readings: Rogelio Prieto A weekend packed with speakers and activities – with a truly Latin flavour Swanwick is a family friendly venue with family bedrooms, on-site facilities including a sports hall and various local attractions. Young children will have their own tea and we will organise a babysitting rota if needed. There will be a crèche and separate youth and children’s programmes. • Day Visitor rates for Saturday 26 March will be available

Costs for weekend, full board: Adults from £145, ages 14–18 from £95 under 14 £50, under 6 free. Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. For full details and booking please contact: Tim Greenhalgh 01594 542314 Or email tim.greenhalgh@cms-uk.org Jo Hazelton 01865 787410 Or email jo.hazelton@cms-uk.org

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