Exceptional in the ordinary Prayer Prayer the Churches banquet, Angels age, Gods breath in man returning to his birth, The soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage, The Christian plummet sounding heav’n and earth; Engine against th’ Almightie, sinners towre, Reversed thunder, Christ-side-piercing spear, The six-daies world transposing in an houre, A kinde of tune, which all things heare and fear;
Softnesse, and peace, and joy, and love, and blisse, Exalted Manna, gladnesse of the best, Heaven in ordinarie, man well drest, The Milkie way, the bird of Paradise, Church-bels beyond the starres heard, the souls bloud, The land of spices; something understood. George Herbert
‘Heaven in ordinary’ is half a line from the seventeenth century metaphysical poet George Herbert’s well known poem entitled Prayer. I was looking at it in a retreat with our small bishops’ cell group, led by the poet, David Scott. He encouraged us to look at each phrase in the poem and then asked us to pick a phrase that most spoke to us about prayer. I chose ‘heaven in ordinary’ as a description not only of prayer but of life as I experience it here in CMS and in Abingdon, where I live. There are so many ordinary things that I am privileged to see in the extraordinary light of God’s goodness and glory. I often cycle to work and see the rising sun and mist over the fields and the river Thames: ordinary but filled with glory. I work in the CMS office with people from at least a dozen different countries – ordinary people with an extraordinary mix of cultures and personalities. We have people visiting the office from all over the world several times a week; and my life is enriched. All of us who read Share magazine will pray for the situations and people described, knowing - many of us from firsthand experience - that we are praying SHARE is produced by the Church Mission Society, Watlington Road, Oxford OX4 6BZ. Tel: 01865 787 400. Registered Charity Number 1131655. If you have any questions regarding the content, please call us or email: email@example.com
for fallible, weak human beings. Yet we have seen how God is able to transform individuals and communities as they are faithful to him; and our lives are enriched. Enjoy the stories and news in this edition but be reminded, as I was by Oswald Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest for 21 October that: “It does require the supernatural grace of God to live 24 hours in every day as a saint, to go through drudgery as a disciple, to live an ordinary, unobserved, ignored existence as a disciple of Jesus. It is inbred in us that we have to do exceptional things for God; but we have not. We have to be exceptional in the ordinary things, to be holy in mean streets, among mean people, and this is not learned in five minutes.”
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Happy 40th Birthday, SEAN This year – 2011 – SEAN, the international theological training programme directed by CMS associate mission partners Pancha and Terry Barratt, celebrates its 40th birthday. This grass-roots educational programme, Seminario por Extensión a las Naciones, or SEAN for short, was the brainchild of the late Tony Barratt - Terry’s father. Tony and his wife Peggy were former SAMS mission partners in Tucumán, Argentina. Peggy sadly passed away earlier this year. [see tribute below] SEAN International chairman Tony Thompson explains its origins: “During the 1950s and 1960s Tony Barratt’s great passion for the churches served by the South American Mission Society was the training of their members for leadership. “For the vast majority, training in residential colleges was not possible or practical. Tony realised that only locally-based training by extension would serve the
Terry and Pancha Barratt
purpose, and that the training had to be accessible to all, not just to those with a good education. “He prepared a paper, in which he set out his vision, for presentation at a Consultation on ‘Education by Extension’ convened by Bishops and other mission leaders of SAMS in Tucumán in 1971. The consultation concluded that Tony should be asked to direct the ‘Training by Extension’ ministry. On 14 July 1971, Tony made this simple entry in his diary: “I am to direct the Extension Ministry” . We believe that was the day that SEAN was born.” Since its early days, SEAN has spread far beyond the boundaries of the Anglican Church and is now an interdenominational and international body – with thousands of students around the globe using the programme, learning more about their faith and passing this knowledge on to others. Testimonies, congratulatory messages and birthday greetings have flooded into SEAN’s offices from organisation across the world. In SEAN’s newsletter Tony Thompson writes: “ We invite you to give thanks with us for all that God has achieved through SEAN so far, and to pray with us for all who are part of the SEAN family, as we seek, under God, to continue this work.” (Philippians 1:6)
Peggy Barratt: a life of adventure and faith In June of this year Peggy Barratt passed into glory. She was laid to rest on 28 June in Axmouth churchyard with her husband Tony. Peggy, a mother of five, lived with her husband Tony for 30 years as SAMS missionaries in South America – living through revolutions, dictatorships, guerrilla bombs and government purges. Bishop Henry Scriven represented CMS at Peggy’s funeral. The preacher at the service was Bishop Pat Harris, formerly SAMS president, and the funeral was attended by many former SAMS mission partners as well as by her children and grandchildren. Those present included: Terry and Pancha Barratt, Rosemary Barratt, Alf and Hilary Cooper, David and Pattie Dixie and Jonnie Barratt. If you would like to lear more about Peggy’s extraordinary life of adventure and faith then read ‘The Hummingbird Nest’ (published by SEAN International) which she wrote with Tony’s help during their retirement. It was published in 2003 when Peggy was nearly 80 years old. SHARE WINTER 2011 03
A century of sharing the good news This year is the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first SAMS missionaries in the North of Argentina. During 2011 there have been many centenary celebrations among the indigenous communities across the diocese of Northern Argentina. “On 10 April 1911, a doctor, a linguist/pastor and an explorer arrived at the sugar plantation of Leach Bros in Northern Argentina with the intention of meeting the indigenous migrant workers from the Chaco forest. The three men had previously been involved in similar missions in Paraguay and Patagonia,” write CMS mission partners Catherine and Nick Drayson, in Salta. “Their peaceful encounter led to the establishment of missionary work in the area, which 100 years later has led to a local-led church of some 20,000 members in over 120 towns and villages, and several cities. “Over the decades it has helped bring survival, dignity, spiritual life, health, education, development and justice to the peoples in whose communities it exists. There are many stories of God’s work in people’s lives, and of the outstanding ministries of missionaries and local leaders alike. “This year’s celebrations have taken place in different places - including conferences, church services, publication of a book, and T-shirts with a commemorative logo. This milestone gives an opportunity for the older people to remember what difference the gospel made to their lives - and also for the younger generation to visualise what changes it can bring to their future.”
A work worth celebrating – Bob Lunt reports from two centenary celebrations – one in Santa Teresa, the other in Alto de la Sierra: In April 1911 three SAMS missionaries arrived in Northern Argentina and set in motion what has been called “one of the outstanding stories in Christian mission”. Barbrooke Grubb, Richard Hunt and Edward Bernau had already founded, with others, the indigenous church in the Paraguayan Chaco that continues solidly today. Generations later my wife Margaret and I were part of the now well-established work in Argentina among the Wichi people, and I returned this summer to share in two centenary celebrations. I received the Wichi welcome given to former missionaries: “Very good you’ve come back”; “You’re preaching this morning”; “Your hair’s turned white”. And slightly more alarmingly, “We’ve told the church you’ll do a Bible course for young people” and “We’ll soon need an assistant bishop: we’ve decided it’s you”. Transatlantic flights, 24-hour coach travel and journeys in pick-up trucks along unmade forest roads were worth the yawns and jolts as I joined hundreds gathered inside and outside churches founded years ago by Wichi who had responded to the gospel first proclaimed by missionaries. Celebrations included long services led by ordained Wichi, music in Wichi and Spanish from talented young people, and fellowship around communal stewpot and mate drink.
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I also spent a week in the village of Santa María where, despite church divisions, Christians old and young seek to know and grow. The impromptu course I took on was to that end. ”The church is alive, despite problems that sounded no different from when we lived there. The same phrases came up: “new religions in the area”; “the young prefer new ways of worship, we prefer the old”; we need people to teach us the Bible”; “the white man should not be selling alcohol to our people”. But nevertheless, it was good to hear leaders standing up to proclaim biblical teaching and standards, and to hear young singers lending upbeat rhythms to ancient hymns. The 19th century “Come, every soul by sin oppressed” is a top worship song among the Wichi. Despite material advances of mobile phones, motorcycles and satellite TV, impressive new schools and welfare benefits, there was a focused awareness of what really matters: understanding and doing Lhawuk lhämet – the Word of God as revealed in their Scriptures. And this is strongly supported by Bishop Nick and Catherine Drayson, René and Marina Pereira, David and Shelley Stokes. This Anglican church should be around in another 100 years. Witness at the Cross – Catherine and Nick Drayson report from celebrations in Mision La Paz: “It was a warm night on the banks of the Pilcomayo and the service was held outside. We were honoured by the visit of Dr Michael and Virginia Patterson, retired medical missionaries in the area. The speaker was a Wichi leader in the Pentecostal church. He described the debt owed to those who had followed God’s call and left their country 100 years ago to bring good news to the Chaco. ‘And now, as a way of saying thanks to those we never knew, let us give a hug to those missionaries who are here tonight!’ And with that there began an extraordinary outpouring of emotion, lasting what seemed like hours, in which hundreds of people embraced us, the Pattersons and other visitors present, in a symbol of gratitude and commitment. “In Algarrobal we walked to the old wooden cross that marked the original site of the first mission station. Everywhere the few surviving elderly people who remembered the early days of the church gave testimonies, which were recorded. And everywhere there was much music, dancing and eating.” Time for celebration – David and Shelley Stokes, CMS mission partners in Salta, report: “We have been to several celebration weekends in various Wichí communities, and more are planned for the rest of this year. Last Sunday, we sat in a packed church, with many men and women wearing the liturgical poncho of deacons and priests. Local leaders led well, inviting various people to speak or sing in Wichí or Spanish, and using Anglican liturgy in Wichí for Communion. People had poured in from surrounding communities, wanting to share in the celebration. Services often last for three hours or more, as old people share memories of the arrival of the gospel in their village and numerous music groups, some highly skilled and some less experienced, want a turn to play and sing. Food is abundant – huge cauldrons of pasta or rice with beef, cooked on a wood fire. The Wichí churches face many problems and challenges, but there is vibrant spiritual life and much to celebrate.” SHARE WINTER 2011 05
Coordinator David Orritt reports on Mission Paraguay 2011 After a drive of approximately five hours along the TransChaco highway, the only road through the sparsely populated Chaco linking the capital Asunción with Bolivia, you reach the Anglican Centre at Rio Verde. During August this was the base for ten Mission
blocks for the
Paraguay volunteers from churches in England and
Northern Ireland. They spent almost three weeks with CMS associate mission partner Chris Hawksbee gaining hands on experience working on projects to benefit local communities and helping them to become more self-sufficient. For the last few years Chris’s ministry has included organising the building of new homes for local families. Through the generosity of our supporting churches and individuals this is one of the projects, funded by Mission Paraguay, which provides valuable work and income for families as well as allowing for direct involvement by the volunteers. Eligio Velaguez and his family will soon move into one of the ten new homes to be completed during the next few months. Like many of the Enxet Indian people in the scrubland of the Chaco, they live in a simple home constructed of logs, corrugated metal and polythene sheeting. Eligio has no electricity, piped water supply or sanitation. Eligio’s new home has adobe brick walls, a concrete floor and a corrugated metal roof with guttering to collect rainwater - a valuable commodity in a region suffering prolonged annual drought. One of Mission Paraguay’s priorities is to fund underground storage tanks for the collection of rainwater and each year despite temperatures often in excess of 30ºC volunteers assist with the excavation work – armed with a spade – no JCBs available. The team also accompanied CMS mission partner Ed Brice on visits to communities, where he provided pastoral support and training for local church leaders. This year’s visit coincided with the baptism of 20 people in the local pond and a traditional wedding.
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While other building
Projects funded by Mission Paraguay during 2011
projects are funded
each year, including
Gilmour-White, with sewing
completion of the construction of an additional floor on a multi-purpose building erected in 2006 behind the church at Zeballos Cue. The new premises will be used for youth work construction of a toilet/shower block at San Lorenzo where in previous years a permanent building for work with children and young people was funded by Mission Paraguay on the land purchased in 2008. Forty chairs were also supplied refurbishment and redecoration work at the diocesan offices redecoration work at the Esperanza Foster Home supplying consumable materials for work with children at Mirador supplying materials for a toilet to be built for an elderly woman living alone at Zeballos Cue supplying materials for a small brick home for a family whose previous makeshift wooden home had recently been partially demolished in high winds. The building work was carried out by church members at Roque Alonso supplying toys for the mobile toy library operated by FEISA, the Anglican early years teacher training college.
workshops, initially started
new churches and improvements to existing diocesan buildings, a visit to Paraguay is not just about construction work. A group of nine volunteers who went out in July were based at Roque Alonso on the outskirts of Asunción. They assisted another CMS mission partner, Caroline
through Mission Paraguay funding. The group undertook a range of work with children - including
redecoration of part of the inside of St Pablo’s Church providing funds to assist the operation of the Saturday meal for up to 80 children from poor families in the Concepción area.
In the Chaco:
By assisting the ministry of
construction of a 21,000 litre underground storage cistern at Karanda to collect rainwater during the rainy season for use by families during the prolonged drought periods each year construction of six homes built of adobe bricks with sheet metal roofs and concrete floors to replace overcrowded homes built of palm logs, plastic sheets and other discarded materials. At least four more new homes are planned over the next few months, as funds allow redecoration and repair work at the church at Makxawaya the construction of storage/vestry rooms at the churches at Alegre and Dos Palmas building a long drop toilet the relocation and rebuilding of a lockup store at Rio Verde for church and Mission Paraguay use providing DVD teaching materials for use by missionaries funding for eye surgery and other operations for people in the Chaco and supplying medical items for CMS associate mission partner Beryl Baker (a nurse) who works in the Chaco
the local church, using the
specific skills of the group
providing materials for sewing workshops which have operated for the last four years in Asunción, Concepción and Rio Verde in the Chaco to encourage self sufficiency distribution of more than 800 pairs of spectacles to communities in Asunción and Concepción and to nurse Beryl Baker for her distribution supplying clothes, blankets, and other items for distribution to people in need
helping with a mobile toy library operated by FEISA, the Anglican Teacher Training College, to provide learning through play for children without toys of their own. Mission Paraguay is about building relationships, changing lives and deepening commitment.
members, the visitors are able to experience life in Paraguay and share the love of Jesus.
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Bridge building in secular Spain Being a mission partner in Spain is a challenge as it is a secularist society, with many Spaniards who are disillusioned with their religious heritage. But this was one of the reasons why CMS mission partners Felipe and Sarah Yanez felt a strong calling to go to Spain four and a half years ago: “Spain is such a needy country and it really needs an extra pair of hands,” as Felipe puts it. The couple had also, for many years, a desire to see people working across organisational and denominational divides. Felipe, who is originally from Chile, had previously been a youth worker in Sparkhill, Birmingham – working with immigrants, while Sarah had worked in the same area as an occupational therapist. Felipe continues: “After more than ten years in Birmingham we felt it was time to move on. We explored different places where a lot of immigration was going on. Spain was experiencing a lot of immigration [from South America and North Africa] and we thought it was a good place for us to serve and also because the country is very, very secular and there are very few Christians we call evangelicals. “Spain is a very different ball game because they are coming out of oppression. In the past it was a very religious and strict country. Now it is very free and people don’t always want to know about authority and God. It is a very, very secular nation and of course having so many tourists and so many people coming over, they are very cautious about people coming from outside, so you really have to build trust in order to get to know Spaniards; that is why it is so difficult.” Sarah agrees it’s not been an easy ride for the couple, who when they first went to Spain supported an outreach project for immigrants and an associated church fellowship in Malaga. “One of the hardest things for me has been the length of time it has taken to build relationships and get to know people,” she says. “I have also been surprised by just how uninterested people are in anything to do with the church and religion.” She continues: “It stems from the years under Franco when the Catholic Church ruled and had the final say and evangelical Christians had to be underground. There was a lot of suspicion and the impact of that today is still very strong. A lot of people are anti-church and anti-religion. Some
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people see religious activities as being on a par with other social activities – so they will sign their children up for either catechism, or football, or swimming.” A part of Sarah and Felipe’s ministry is hospitality - supporting Latin Americans and other Christian workers and missionaries who need somewhere to stay as they pass through the region en route to other countries. This entails opening their house to visitors. The Yanez family live in Alhaurín de la Torre, a town about 17 kilometres from Malaga where they’ve been with their sons Samuel (8) and Aaron (5) for two years. In Alhaurín the family is also very involved with a small, young, bilingual free church - Centro Cristiano de Alhaurín (CCA) - which will hopefully soon be able to rent an old shop premises. “We have always felt it is important to be involved with our local church. We have found ourselves in an ideal position to be bridge builders between the English speaking missionary community and the Spanish speaking South Americans who attend our church,” says Sarah. She adds: “We are also taking on more and more responsibility in the leadership and activities in the church – including reaching out to the needy.” For example, CCA has close links with a Christian NGO in the town, the ABC, which provides food and practical help to those in need. Sarah continues: “When driving through, you would not think Alhaurín is a ‘poor’ area…there are parks, tree-lined roads and a lot of new housing. But hidden below the façade are people who have mortgaged themselves up to the hilt, taken loans out on cars and have now been hit by unemployment. “Many now cannot afford their mortgage and loan repayments and yet are unable to sell their homes. Government help is also being cut, and what there is often is not sufficient to cover housing costs, let alone food, etc. A number from church are really struggling to make ends meet and the ABC is essential in providing at least some basic food to see people through from week to week.” The couple also work with the immigrant community in nearby Torremolinos – through an outreach organisation called Asociación Manantial de Agua Viva – which provides food distributions and language classes to the local, mainly Moroccan, community. Prayer points: “We have built relationships and gained people’s confidence and we have now got to the point where we need to be more hands on. Please pray for how we can invest our time effectively for the future development of our various areas of mission. Please also pray for our boys, that God protects them from the negative influences of such a secular and individualistic society.” SHARE WINTER 2011 09
we saw shocked us. No two days were the same; however we usually did manual tasks in the morning, such as painting, and then we spent time with the children in the afternoon. With the language barrier a constant challenge, we got to know the children through interactive activities, like the card game Uno. During supper times, our coordinator Karina told us some of the children’s stories. It was incredibly moving to learn about the horrifying situations James Archer reports back from a recent CMS Encounter trip to the Hogar el Alba orphanage near Buenos Aires
that some had been through. But it was also encouraging to see first-hand what God is doing in their lives. As we became
We left the UK on the hottest day of the year at
close to many of
the beginning of August and when we landed in
the children from
Buenos Aires, it was zero degrees Celsius.
the home and
After being met by our hosts we were driven to
people from the
the orphanage, where we were to spend the next
local church, we
three weeks. The Encounter team consisted of
decided to hold a British party, with scones and
three teachers and two students, including me, all
some ceilidh dancing, which everyone loved.
from different backgrounds and churches.
At our final meal with Alfredo and Hilda Cittadino,
Our first job was to walk around the local barrio
the directors of Hogar el Alba, Alfredo told us that
handing out flyers for the upcoming Megafestival -
it was not our manual labour that had made a
an annual evangelistic festival that the orphanage
significant difference, but the moments when we
organises. Then we spent our first week helping
laughed with a child, when we cared for a child
prepare for the festival. Tasks included painting
and when we gave them our undivided attention.
the site entrance and planting trees.
The trip was at times challenging (especially
After the festival (which was a great success) we
trying to overcome the language barrier), at
visited Buenos Aires for the day. We ate Argentine
times very enjoyable and overall an incredible
asado (barbeque) and in true gaucho fashion
experience. Highlights included witnessing first-
we ate parts of a cow you would not normally
hand what it means to rely on God’s provision and
eat – including the liver, stomach and kidney. It
building relationships. Through the example of
was great to see some of the famous sites of the
our coordinators Saki and Karina and the directors
capital city, for example the Eva Peron balcony.
Alfredo and Hilda, we discovered above all the true
We were struck by how strange it is to greet
meaning of what it is work for the glory of God.
everyone with a kiss. Argentine time is very relaxed and everyone is extremely welcoming.
CMS Encounter Mission Community 2012
But the basic standard of living for some people
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didn’t think I’d be doing. But whilst you are overseas God changes you; he prepares you for changes and nudges you in the right direction. It was a natural progression. The church is an integral part of what I do in the community. I don’t separate the two things. I’m a community based pastor and hopefully that’s how people see me – as someone who
Pat’s Peruvian talents When Pat Blanchard first went out to Peru in 2000 it was to use her artistic skills to work with young people, particularly those with disabilities, in the Anglican diocese. Today, as well as working with disabled children and their families in Lima through the Shalom project, she also leads two churches as an ordained deacon. While Pat was on leave in the UK recently, SHARE magazine caught up with her. Q: Did you ever think you would become an ordained minister? Not at all. For the first five years in Peru I was doing a more administrative role - project writing and fundraising for income generating social projects like schools and healthwork in the diocese. It was only later that I really felt a call to step into a more pastoral role. I told the bishop I would like to take on responsibility for the church and consider ordination.
is very involved in people’s lives and helping them spiritually and practically however I can. Q: Why did you want to work in Peru? I studied textiles at university and someone came to do a talk about weavers in Peru and then I bought a book about the country. I went out to Central America with Tearfund, visiting Peru for the first time in 1990. I made some good friends and thought I would like to go back. I was delighted when in 2000 I was offered a position by the Bishop of Peru to work full time as a missionary in the country. Q: Tell us how the Shalom project came about and what it does? Shalom started nine years ago through some community visiting, where we found a 14-year-old boy with cerebral palsy sitting outside his house. He was really big so his family could not move him. We invested in getting him a wheelchair – making links with a charity that gives wheelchairs to people. We soon found many others in the community with disabilities. After two years we started
Q: How did you feel when you started leading the church?
providing simple therapy sessions. Since
In 2005, after I started leading the church,
about 50 children and young people with
I really felt I was where I was supposed to
disabilities who come on a regular basis for
be. It was a funny feeling and something I
speech, physical and occupational therapies.
then Shalom has grown and now we have
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The changing face of the Chaco Ed and Marie Brice have been SAMS/CMS mission partners in the Chaco in Paraguay for over 30 years, serving with the Anglican Diocese of Paraguay. In 2007 Ed was ordained with special responsibility in the Chaco. Ed accompanies and trains ordained and lay local leaders and also pastors the San Mateo congregation in Rio Verde. Marie is a teacher and works with children in the Chaco in churches and villages and occasionally schools, doing drama and puppet theatre, and drawing and painting with the children. She has also written a book for 11 to 12 year olds and is currently writing a book for teenagers. The couple are on leave in the UK until 6 December. When they return, Edâ€™s focus will be on identifying and training new church leaders. Q: Whatâ€™s the biggest change youâ€™ve seen in the Chaco over the last 30 years? In the past the local people were relatively isolated. The only people they really came into contact with were those who came to work in the Chaco. But now with the construction of some tarmac roads and regular bus services, and the arrival of radios, and cell phones, they are much more in contact with the outside world. They love to travel anyway so the ease with which they can travel now makes life great for them - they will get on a bus and visit distant relative at the drop of a hat and even go to the capital city. All this also means more people are arriving in their communities. There are various pressures and challenges that they face continually because of their sensitivity to other people and a desire to respond to others. So these encounters (although this may not be the intention of visitors) can often distort the whole dynamic of a community. Q: What effect do you think these changes are having on the indigenous people in the Chaco? All cultures change. Even cultures that are isolated change. Inevitably the local people are going to come into contact with different cultures, especially in the predominant Paraguay culture. The important thing is to help them evaluate the different things that are impinging upon them and help them evaluate which ones they want to take on board. Not an easy thing to do. Q: Have there been other significant developments? The government has started improving health services, which is a tremendous
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thing as in the past the Anglican Church was the only one providing any healthcare. Now the government is not only employing local health promoters but is also setting up clinics with doctors and nurses. Education is also improving but there are still huge steps to make because of the cultural differences and often there’s not much sensitivity on the part of the teachers. Q: The Anglican church among the Enxet people is one of the oldest protestant churches among native South Americans but faces many external pressures. How would you describe the current health of the Anglican Church in the Chaco?
Enxet Bible study translation
It varies from place to place; generally speaking there is an encouraging group of leaders, but there is a need for producing a new leadership within the Anglican church. People tend to see themselves as being Christians because they are Enxet – which is partly because of their history. Anglicanism was how Christ came to their communities and as often happens in indigenous communities, as the number of people responding to Christ increases, there is a point when the whole community turns to Christ and it’s seen as a kind of community activity. This is something which the church leaders are generally aware of and work with to discover ways to help their own people maintain a vital walk with Christ. Another challenge is how to keep the young people on board.
Romaldo the visionary – as told by Ed and Marie “Romaldo Rojas is a pastoral helper in his forties with a large family. His education is relatively limited, with up to four or five years of primary education. But he’s a man who has a deep concern for his people. He lives in the old mission community of Makxawaya. Romaldo has a vision for not just encouraging his own community in their faith in Jesus, but also reaching out to some of the other surrounding communities. Recently he made a trip on a bike 10 miles south of where he lives to a ranch community together with a group of young people. They took guitars along with them and went to the community to encourage the local Christians, who had probably had no other Chrisitans visit them in years. A month later Romaldo again met with several Christians who had not previously had much support. As a result, many wanted to recommit their lives to Christ and more than 10 people wanted to be baptised. Romaldo also wants to improve education for children in his community and has approached the ministry of education, with a view to them paying him to be a literacy teacher in his language.”
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continued from page 11 Pat Blanchard (centre) with her Shalom family
Q: So how are you using your creative skills in your mission work? My flat is always full of things I plan to use to make other things, either in a Sunday school lesson or therapy session for Shalom. With the disabled children, we’re always trying to be creative using materials that don’t cost a lot of money. I am also involved in sewing projects with some of the mums. I feel the creative gifts that God has given me are always in fashion, if you like, and are a great way of getting involved with people. Sewing, knitting, painting, sticking, colouring – you name it I do it and enjoy it.
Faith, hope and love in Brazil Reverend Marcus and Tamara Throup, who are CMS mission partners with the Brazilian Anglican Church in Joao Pessoa, northeast Brazil, highlight several areas of their work for people to pray for. Pray for continued outreach to families in the local slum area and plans to set up literacy classes in the city’s Cathedral building for the community. Also for a new mission plant ’El Shaddai’ in a neighbouring district, with 20 members so far. Pray for Marcus’s three sermons on the fundamentals of the Christian faith: ’Faith, Hope and Love’. Pray for Marcus’s PhD studies (Gospel of Mark) - going well so far. Pray also for the launch in November of a second book in Portuguese - on aspects of Brazilian Christianity: from legalism to religious pluralism, from holistic mission to theological education. Thank the Lord for the Cathedral Dean, Raimundo - who is leading the pastoral team and settling into his new role well. Thank the Lord for family. Marcus and Tamara’s daughter Rebekah (one and a half) is doing well, as is Tamara – who is pregnant with Mateus.
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Ed and Marie Brice are in the UK from Paraguay from 2 September until 6 December. The Kirk family will return to the UK on 10 December until June 2012. Short Termers: Suzanne Irvine left the UK in September for Lima where she did a month’s language study and is now based in Arequipa helping in an orphanage. Charlotte Bull and Heidi Elkington have both arrived in Lima, Peru, where they will also spend some time doing Spanish language study, as well as engaging with the children’s and youth work within the Diocese of Peru based in Lima.
Thanks for your support by Adrian White, finance director Even in difficult economic times, we have been blessed with continued support for the work of CMS in Latin America. We currently support 19 mission partners in Latin America and have numerous grants for other relationships. However, unless income improves before the year end, maintaining our current level of work will result in a deficit situation this year and the need to draw on reserves. Support from churches has been especially hard hit and this is a trend across the rest of CMS as churches find themselves under pressure in the current economic climate. Our aim is to continue with the policy of “fully resourcing” our mission partners. This means we seek to raise restricted income that covers each mission partner’s direct costs (allowance, travel, pensions etc). Fully resourcing creates a way of making mission partners financially sustainable and also provides a strong link between them and their supporters. We also hugely value general donations to the work in Latin America, which help
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Stefanie Drayson Le Tissier is spending
six months in Salta, northern Argentina, doing Spanish language study and getting involved with youth work there before also going on to Lima, Peru in February 2012. Please continue to pray for mission partner Sue Woodcock in Barcelona, Spain, who is continuing to receive treatment for pancreatic cancer. You can find out more about where and when these Globe+crossers might be in your area, by going to www.cms-uk.org/linkvisits support grants to diocese and Latin partners, which are so important in growing the church through local people. Do continue to pray for the work and particularly for sufficient funds to maintain our current level of activity. For more information, or for a speaker to come and talk to your church about our Latin America work, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Winchester call for Tim CMS wishes to congratulate community leader Tim Dakin on his appointment as Bishop of Winchester, after nearly 12 years’ service with CMS. “To be asked to be Bishop of Winchester is an amazing privilege and a wonderful opportunity to serve God’s mission in a new way,” Tim said. “I want to thank all those who have encouraged me and prayed for me during my time at CMS. The senior management of CMS is an extraordinary team to lead and be part of. I’ve learnt a lot and grown with them as we’ve changed and developed over the last 11 years.” Tim will be with CMS for a few months yet so an orderly transition can be arranged. Chair of trustees John Ripley said: “We have a clear strategic plan in place and a talented leadership team. Do pray for them as they will face some uncertainty and bear a heavier load. The trustees would also value your prayers as they seek God for the next leader.”
Climbing every mountain for Chile Arnold Page intends to mark his 70th birthday by climbing the fifteen 3,000 feet peaks in Snowdonia in 24 hours next July. His efforts are to raise money for a CMS-supported project in the Chilean Andes mountains – among the Pehuenche Indian community in the Alto Bio Bio area. His passion for the poor in Chile extends back several years to his work as a Methodist missionary in Punta Arenas. After he returned to the UK he set up a charity called Chile for Christ. The money he raises will help the Pehuenche families to grow vegetables and fruit in polythene greenhouses 4,000 feet above sea-level. Arnold’s team needs £2,400 to make up the current shortfall in funding and keep the project running for a further six months. He hopes to do the challenge with other walkers and at least two support personnel. “The Pehuenches are some of the poorest people
in Chile, and since they live among the world’s second highest mountains it seemed like a good idea to climb a few hills in North Wales to help them out,” says Arnold. He continues: “Chile has one of the world’s most unequal distributions of wealth. Chile for Christ supports the ministry of local churches to some of its poorest people, including self-build housing, honey-making, furniture-making, the provision of children’s Bibles to parents and the education of pastors’ children.” Over the past 19 years Chile for Christ has given thousands of pounds to the Pehuenche community – through a Chilean organisation called Camdes (which translates to the Anglican Corporation for Mission and Social Development). Arnold has undertaken several other climbs, including two previous attempts on the same fifteen peaks in Snowdonia, and a successful Three Peaks Challenge. Altogether these have raised £19,790. CMS trust fundraiser Andy Bowman has direct experience of working on projects with the Pehuenche community in Alto Bio Bio. Before joining CMS, Andy was a missionary in the area for nearly 11 years. Whilst he was there, Andy remembers showing slides of Arnold’s previous efforts to the large Anglican church in Concepcion. They were so impressed that they decided to also take an active part in supporting their Pehuenche brothers and sisters up in the mountains - a promise that they have continued to keep to this day. If you would like to sponsor Arnold, go to: www.cms-uk.org/climbforchile
Why not join the Latin America Forum? The Latin America Forum is always looking for new members and is also drawing up a list of volunteers to speak to local parishes on behalf of CMS about its mission work in Latin America - for which CMS would give help and training. The forum was set up following the integration of SAMS with CMS and aims to support CMS work in Latin America; and strengthen the support of Latin partners. It is chaired by Barry Harper and has eight members so far, with Jo Hazelton and Henry Scriven as resource people. The group meets about four times a year in London and Oxford. Earlier this year, the forum organised a Latin America Weekend conference – ¡Adelante! – held in Swanwick in March, bringing together many former SAMS supporters with CMS supporters and staff. The forum is now planning the next Latin America weekend to be held on 10-12 May 2013 at High Leigh Conference Centre in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. If you would like to join the forum and/or take on a volunteer speaking engagement, please email email@example.com or phone (01865) 787418.