PRAYING FOR BIG DREAMS IN LATIN AMERICA AND SPAIN Inside: Stories of dynamic discipleship from Chile, Ecuador, Brazil, Bolivia, Spain, Argentina and Paraguay
Praying for ‘big dreams’ in South America I was reading a short report of a visit to a mud hut church in western Ethiopia by my friend, Grant Le Marquand (SAMS–USA mission partner and Bishop of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa). He spoke to the church about the woman who anointed Jesus with costly ointment and washed his feet. During the offering time, handfuls of grain and one birr notes (worth six cents) were placed on the mat along with costly offerings from the women: a scarf, a necklace of plastic beads, etc. “One by one,” Grant writes, “women, who from a western perspective had nothing, came and brought gifts – costly, because that was all they had. In the West, because of the much that we have, we can substitute pleasure for joy. These women have joy.” Substituting pleasure for joy. It’s so easy for us to do, and it is easy, too, for those we serve in South America – even those in desperate situations. The pressure is on them to think that what they see on the TV or in the shop front is what they need for a fulfilling and complete life. The witness of those who work with the poor is to show that pleasure is not joy and that joy is possible only from a relationship with God: “my exceeding joy” (Psalm 43:4).
Bishop Henry Scriven, Mission Director for Latin America
I went to a deanery chapter (clergy) meeting in South London with Faith Gordon, a mission partner in training who’s waiting to go to Recife, Brazil. She said she always tries to find out what people’s dreams are. She visited Recife for a few days and met with some women connected to House of Hope. Asking one woman what her dreams were, she expected to hear “a good education for my children” or “a decent house”. The woman said, “I want to be a cleaner”. Poverty can so easily stunt dreams. The gospel offers far more – not mere pleasure, but joy. As we read in this issue of Share what God is doing in South America, let’s pray for big dreams, God’s dreams. Let’s pray for stamina for those who seek to hold out the dream of the Kingdom of God, those who offer joy in the Lord.
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Abundant life in Santo Domingo By Henry Scriven, CMS mission director for Latin America, who visited Ecuador in the spring My first morning in Quito, Ecuador, I met new mission partner Sharon Wilcox and we went by taxi down the steep mountain to Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas. Sharon is doing language study in Quito before moving to Santo Domingo to carry on some of the work started by CMS mission partner Jill Ball. Jill welcomed us when we arrived in Santo Domingo. The first priority was to meet the teachers and children and attend the classes at the special needs school, called Vida en Abundancia (Life in Abundance) that Jill founded. The overwhelming impression is that here are special children who are happy and fulfilled because they are loved and cared for. Jill has done an amazing job. She is retiring (again!) but will go back after six months in England. I preached twice in a Baptist church in the centre of town on Sunday morning and then in the evening at a small church plant in a very poor community by a rubbish dump called Laura Flores. It has been Jillâ€™s
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vision, shared by several in the church, that they should be starting congregations in some of these shanty towns. Laura Flores was one of the poorest communities I have ever seen, but the little church was lively and the gospel is changing lives. Pray please for Ramon and his three children. They are homeless and his wife recently died of cancer, but he was willing to receive prayer. As we work through CMSâ€™ strategic priorities for the next few years, one at the time of writing reads: In the recruitment, placement and resourcing of people in mission, place emphasis on pioneering contexts amongst the least evangelised and the most marginalised. I certainly met some of the most marginalised in Laura Flores. I left giving great thanks to God for Jill and her work and for Sharon as she begins in Santo Domingo.
Changed lives at Chile Church When mission partners David and Gina Hucker went to Arica, northern Chile, in 1998 to plant San Andres church their goal was to “make themselves redundant” by creating a stable congregation and paving the way for a Chilean pastor to take up the reins. For the first 11 years, things were by David and Gina’s own admission “tough”. San Andres was the first ever Anglican church in Arica and because of that the Huckers sometimes felt isolated. In the early days, the congregation often comprised David, Gina and their two young sons Caleb and Wesley. “For the first 11 years we experienced little growth. People would come and go,” said David. In the past two to three years, the church plant began to grow. Often through word of mouth, once one person would see the difference becoming a Christian made, they encouraged their friends and family to also attend church. Fast forward to 2013 and the church has a growing congregation
of more than 80 and reaches out in the community both in evangelism and social concern. After years of meeting in different venues, San Andres has its own purposebuilt premises. David said: “We are hugely encouraged by how the church has grown – not just in numbers but people have been growing in their Christian lives. “We are so excited about what God is doing. He really has been touching, restoring and healing lives. People want friends and family to share in what God has done in their lives. “We have adopted a motto for the church: love, acceptance and forgiveness. It’s a lot to live up to but I really believe God has been creating that kind of environment.” Examples of people whose lives have been transformed include the aptly named Christian. A recovering alcoholic, when Christian first walked through the doors, he was prone to flaring up at the slightest things and had anger management issues. But within a week at San Andres, he came to faith. David said: “Christian attended a men’s prayer breakfast and when the other chaps prayed for him, he felt the power of God. Since that day he has never missed a meeting.” Not long after Christian found faith, his parents who live in Southern Chile came to visit. His mother was so moved when she saw how much Christian had changed, that she and her husband also gave their lives to Christ immediately.
David and Gina Hucker: “hugely encouraged”
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Nelly is another person whose life was transformed. Born in Bolivia, she was abandoned by her mother at two years old. At age 8, she moved to Chile and started cleaning houses. “One day (as an adult) she appeared at the church doors,” explains Gina. “We welcomed her.” It emerged that Nelly had been abused and her father was a witchdoctor. “She came to us broken and hurting,” said Gina. But through the Huckers’ nurturing, “Nelly has given her life to Jesus and changed into a beautiful Christian woman. God has released her from all of her hurt and bitterness.” Nelly is very involved in church life and has completed SEAN (Study by Extension for All Nations) Abundant Life discipleship course. And most recently Nelly married Christian. Jimmy and Nancy are Colombians. They have two teenage children. In Colombia, Jimmy owned various businesses. He was being forced by the paramilitaries to pay huge sums of protection money. When he refused to pay, his and his wife’s lives were in jeopardy; at one time a gun was placed at his wife´s head. The Lutheran Church stepped in and moved them from city to city, with Jimmy living apart from his family for a year. They were sent to Chile as political exiles, where they struggled to make ends meet. Jimmy didn’t receive a permanent visa from Chile, which prevented him from working much in Arica. He contemplated suicide. “When we first met Jimmy he was very depressed,” said David. But since going regularly to the church, David has seen a SHARE SUMMER 2013 05
real difference in Jimmy. In recent months, business opportunities have enabled him to provide for his family. “Today you Jimmy and Nancy with their sons only have to look at his face to see what a difference God has made in his life.” And at a recent farewell party before the Huckers returned to the UK, Jimmy told David: “I want you to know that it is only because of you that I am here today.” After nearly 15 years of building the church and getting things ready for a Chilean pastor to take over (in the shape of CMS Latin partner Federico Bascunan), David and Gina are ready to move on. They are hoping to work as CMS mission partners in Salta, northern Argentina with CMS mission partner Bishop Nick Drayson, helping to develop city churches and take teams out into areas around Salta where there are churches without pastors. The ministry will entail replanting churches where buildings and remnant congregations exist. Pastor Hugo Vergara, CMS Latin partner, who is in charge a church in Salta, wants to strengthen congregations where the resources are thinly spread. His vision is to build up existing churches to then reach out with ministry teams to the other churches. For more about the Huckers including how you can support them in their ministry visit www.cms-uk.org/hucker
Adelante conference: celebrating friendships old and new The theme for this year’s Adelante conference was “looking ahead at emerging patterns in Latin America.” Delegates heard from Latin Timothy partner Cristobal Ceron, who has planted a church for young professionals and students in downtown Santiago, Chile (see page 8), and from mission partner Marcus Throup, who is involved in theological training for a new generation of leaders. Here are some quotable quotes from attendees: Bishop Pat Harris, former president of SAMS and mission partner This was a superb conference that I would not have missed for anything. Yes, there were old friends to catch up with, but the main memory for me was the dynamic, challenging thrust and the telling testimonies of the new and younger generation of mission partners. Marcus Throup left us hungering for more as he expounded the word of God and what a moving experience it was to listen to Cristobal Ceron telling us of the ways in which the Holy Spirit continues to give new vision and empowerment to the church in Chile. Another highlight was the keynote address given by Philip Mounstephen. (Allen Gardiner and Harry
”We are family”
Sutton would have been jumping for joy!) I came away as enthused for the work in South America as I was when I first went out there 50 years ago! Next time there is a conference, make sure you are there! Mary Rollin, CMS Latin partner officer: There was much in the sessions we could take away to our churches and contexts, making this a conference which could have a real impact on the gospel in our own country. Mary Lanham, member of Christ Church Selly Park’s Bolivia group: My decision to attend the Adelante conference was extremely last minute – I had very little idea what I was signing up to, but knew that in a few weeks’ time I would be part of a Birmingham diocese trip to Bolivia and so any South American input would be a bonus! However, from the outset, despite having no CMS or Latin American background, I felt welcomed into part of a warm, dynamic, outward-looking family… I felt I gained a flavour of what God is doing in different parts of Latin America. The contributions were honest and inspiring, not glossing over the difficulties, yet leaving us with an uplifting sense of how God is
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continuing to transform lives and bring healing into bleak or unlikely situations. A personal highlight was meeting two Bolivians, Marcello and Orlando. Both whetted my appetite for the forthcoming trip and were able to… give helpful insights into the situations we will be encountering. Add into this mix a beautiful setting with time just to ‘be’, opportunities for devotions, fascinating mealtime conversations… it all made for an excellent weekend! Miriam Banting, member of Christ Church Selly Park’s Bolivia group: [I’m] part of a group of 12 people from Birmingham who are going to Bolivia for three weeks this summer to link up with Walter Barrientos (CMS Latin partner) and Anglican churches in Bolivia. (see page 15) For us this was [an] opportunity to meet people who knew South America well and they made us very welcome. Their commitment to God and work in South America was obvious, no better illustration than the before breakfast prayer meeting attended by more than 50 per cent of delegates…. I have never been to South America nor met any native South Americans; however the main speaker was a Chilean who began by thanking the missionary heritage in Chile for the conversion and witness not only of his generation but his parents’ generation. The sense of history and commitment to Latin America was also emphasised by seeing pictures taken in the 1950s, 60s and 70s of missionaries when they first went abroad, and of course many were sitting in the room with us. SHARE SUMMER 2013 07
Sharpening the focus By CMS Executive Leader Philip Mounstephen It was a great pleasure to attend the recent Adelante conference. I was impressed by the spirit and energy I encountered, which made me even more excited about my first visit to South America this autumn! I gave conference delegates a brief summary of work we’ve been doing to bring further clarity to CMS life and mission and I’m happy to share those thoughts here. Essentially we’re clarifying the answers to three questions. The first is Who are we? This relates to our identity and our reply is: we are a community of people in mission who want the world to know Jesus. “Community” taps into some deepseated values that both CMS and SAMS have shared – we are not just an agency that sends mission partners overseas, but a family of people who together are committed to living lives of mission. Philip Mounstephen: “We want the world to know Jesus”
Sharpening the focus continued Question two: What do we do? This question relates to our activity or our mission, and we say: we raise people up to share Jesus and change lives. People – not money – are our prime resource, and we’re committed to raising people up in mission worldwide, so that mission is no longer “from here to there” but from everywhere to everywhere. In that regard it’s wonderful to hear about Marcus Throup training Portuguesespeaking African pastors in northeastern Brazil – who will then return to Guinea Bissau on Africa’s west coast. But lest there be any doubt – CMS is still recruiting people for mission overseas. The third question is: Why do we do it? This relates to our vision and we answer by saying we want the world to know Jesus. That – and that alone – is the business we are in: Jesus is the very essence of the good news we share, and if it’s not about Jesus it’s not good news. Those questions and answers might seem simple, but I think that’s a good thing! The work we are involved in is complex, but our focus needn’t be – indeed it shouldn’t be. We need to be sharply focussed. So we focus on people, and we focus on one person above all, the person of Jesus Christ. He is the alpha and the omega of our mission. It is he who sends, he who blesses us and he who will bring our work to completion. To him alone be the glory!
Telling the old, old CMS Latin partner Cristobal Ceron is a pastor in the Anglican church of Chile where he has planted a church in Santiago city centre, St James’ Church, to reach students, young professionals and others with the gospel. He has been there three years. A protégé of CMS mission partner Alfredo Cooper, Cristobal spent a year as Alf’s apprentice at La Trindad church, Santiago (where Alf has been pastor since 1984). A young and passionate evangelist, Cristobal spoke at the recent Adelante conference and his enthusiasm was infectious. We caught up with him at CMS in Oxford just after the conference and before Cristobal’s tour of visiting UK churches and supporters. At Adelante, you asked delegates to pray for a revival in the Church in Latin America. Can you expand on this? My main message was to show what Latin America is today, the challenges for the Church, and to suggest a way forward – which is what the Bible is saying about revival. We need revival in South America that means a refreshing movement from God to encourage our local congregation to do evangelism out of a deep conviction that they have in God and salvation by the Holy Spirit. We have to go back to basics and trust in the old story told in the gospels. Trust in Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit to raise new leaders to plant churches that may be able to send missionaries all over the world. History shows that God has always being doing that through revivals. Revival means you go back to find the hidden treasure, the pearl of great value, which is Christ and the gospel. SHARE SUMMER 2013 08
story to a new generation So we are praying for a new realisation of that reality in our local church, and ask local churches here to do the same. Tell us about your church plant in downtown Santiago. It started with seven people about three years ago. Now there are 65 people every Sunday and a growing community – mainly young professionals who are coming to learn how to be Christians. We have been trying hard to do discipleship, evangelism and pastoral ministry and a lot of thinking about how we can be a church for the new generation of Chileans with new issues. There are a lot of challenges but we have received great encouragement. My big conviction is that people come to know Jesus through the proclamation of a message – and telling the story of Jesus through messengers. We want to tell the story of Jesus to people so they may come to know Christ and that salvation is by grace not by works – very needed in our context. The Christian message brings tremendous hope that you don’t have to earn it but it’s a gift by grace from God. You are adopted by God as a child not because you earn it but because you receive it – that is a hope. I feel it is a privilege for me to be part of what God is doing in downtown Santiago. Tell us about the influence Alfredo Cooper, pastor at La Trinidad, has had on your life. I heard the gospel preached from him. He is an evangelist. I saw him as a preacher and as a role model on how to live the SHARE SUMMER 2013 09
Cristobal Ceron: wowing people at Adelante
Christian life. I spent a year with him – he opened his life and his office to me and that year was crucial for the rest of my pastoral ministry. The passion he has for Christ, I wish I could have. I envy his prayer life. It has always been encouragement. Every Monday morning we pray together for revival in our congregation. His church is supporting our downtown Santiago plant – with prayer and financially. One of your other hats is head of communications in the Anglican Church of Chile. What is your message? As head of communications, I am trying to challenge and encourage people to communicate what God wants to communicate. God is the best communicator ever. He sent his good news and his message has gone across all over history, languages and cultures. So we need to proclaim the message and disciple people in Jesus Christ, serve our communities as Jesus did, with mercy and love. More about Cristobal: Cristobal is married to Alejandra, and they have three children: Belen, Jacinta and Amanda. Alongside leading Iglesia Santiago Centre, Cristobal leads MOU Chile, a national evangelistic mission seeking to share the gospel with young people throughout Chile and provide structures to evangelise and train new leaders. He previously led Gimnasio – a ministry training programme organised within the Anglican church for training a new generation of pastors, which is now run by an interdenominational organisation.
Back to basics in Brazil Marcus and Tamara Throup with their children Rebekah (3) and Mateus (16 months) are mission partners based in João Pessoa, Recife diocese, in northeast Brazil. Ordained in the Church of Brazil, Marcus is on the leadership team at the city’s Pro-Cathedral of the Resurrection where he enjoys a preaching and teaching ministry and heads up the Anglican diocesan seminary. His ministry is growing and taking him all over Brazil – and beyond. We caught up with Marcus at Adelante. What was the main message of the Bible reading that you led at Adelante? We looked at the beginning of Psalm 119. My message was of the importance of us going back to basics – to God’s word and understanding that this is God’s holy word and it’s life and God speaks to us through the Bible. It’s very easy to lose sight of the basics. This is true in Brazil and in Britain. This year I felt God drawing my attention to the importance of meditating and reflecting on scripture and going back to
the basic evangelical habits that some of us may have lost along the way. Apart from attending Adelante, what brings you to the UK? We are on a three-month visit for me to continue my studies for my PhD on the New Testament (Mark’s gospel) through St John’s College, Nottingham University. The studies are to better equip me for my job: training trainers, leading leaders in northeast Brazil and other regions, too. You are really embracing the concept of mission from everywhere to everywhere and have been training some African students from Portuguese-speaking African nations in Brazil. Can you tell us a bit more? The African students are from Guinea Bassau, a small nation on the African west coast, with limited resources in terms of training, so their key leaders come over to be trained in Brazilian theological colleges and then go back to Guinea Bassau and pastor churches and train people and grow the church. What is your day to day life like in João Pessoa? My mornings typically are spent concentrating on my PhD. My afternoons are spent preparing for lectures, conference work or book projects and then it’s teaching in the evenings. What does your wife Tamara do? Tamara is a full-time mum and a psychologist by training. She used to
Marcus Throup: “God speaks to us through the Bible”
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have a local government job and is praying and thinking about what to do career-wise when Mateus is a couple of years older. Tamara is Brazilian, from Recife. A tragic event happened last year when your diocesan Bishop Robinson Cavalcanti and his wife Miriam were murdered by their adopted son. How is everyone in the diocese coping? Initially we were all shell-shocked to lose such a strong leader. But praise God we have a new diocesan bishop, Miguel Uchoa, and two suffragan bishops. Praise God for the way in which positive things are coming out of such a dark situation. The event has also brought us all closer together as a body of ministers. Hundreds of people came to the funeral and it was quite an inspirational event. What is life like at the Pro-Cathedral of the Resurrection? We’ve been involved with this church for about five years now – me, as assistant minister for most of that time. I’m involved with preaching, teaching and looking after the young people. It’s a church that has grown from about 60 people to over 100. It’s a middle-class church and doing pretty well under the leadership of a new dean. What is your message to your CMS supporters? Thank you for supporting our ministry over the past 13 years. We would not be able to do the things we do without our solid SHARE SUMMER 2013 11
platform of prayer support. Please continue praying for wisdom and energy. How did you feel about Cristobal Ceron’s message at Adelante? Inspired. Much of what Cristobal said about Chile also goes for Brazil. I had a real sense of identifying with what Cristobal said about how the Lord is working to bring many people to faith in Chile and Brazil. Latin Americans are great at evangelism. But the important thing is discipleship. We need to properly disciple and prepare future leaders. We want the church to grow, and become deep and be transformative on the world stage. Good discipleship of leaders is essential. Cristobal wanted us to pray for a revival in Chile. Is that something you would like prayer for in Brazil? There has been to an extent a revival but Bishop Robinson used to say that there is only a revival if social structures are being changed. What we see in Brazil is many people calling themselves Christian but the social change has not come fully yet. That tells us what we have experienced isn’t always conversion. When people do convert truly to Christ, then the country will be transformed. Pray for revival and true conversion so the country’s social structures might be changed. Yes, it is happening slowly but surely but I would like it to happen more fully so the great imbalance between the have and have nots, that we see in Chile and Brazil, might be changed by the gospel.
SHORT-TERM SHORT STORY
Finding family at Hogar el Alba
The children of Hogar el Alba: a godly family
By short-termer Marten van den Toren Hogar el Alba is a home for children just south of Buenos Aires, Argentina. There is also a church full of people from the local community. Hogar el Alba is a place full of hope and joy and a place for a new beginning. El Alba means dawn. I arrived in Hogar el Alba on 2 November 2012. The first time I met some of the kids was at the airport at around midnight after they waited for around two hours as I had problems with my luggage. After a 10-hour flight and hardly speaking any Spanish I tried chatting to them with little success. But the next morning I woke up after around four hours’ sleep to go to church. It was a sunny beautiful day. Church was full of children, most of them living in el Alba; there were also other people from the surrounding community. I could not have been in a more joyful place! As time went along, I really got to know the kids on a more personal level. All of them had stories of how they lived on the street, how they were abandoned or
molested by parents and therefore were taken away. The story of the surrounding community is not a lot better. Nearly everybody here comes from a broken family; they work extreme long hours to provide for the people who depend on them. But I don’t want you to think of this part of the world negatively. Despite all this the Argentine spirit prevails – making the best of what you have. Hogar el Alba is a place where children get an opportunity to have the God-given life they deserve. Hogar el Alba is also a light shining God’s love in the surrounding community. In a place where there is no family that is not broken in some way, el Alba has become a godly family where people can find rest, support and laughter. I could not be happier about living here for four months, sharing in the joys and difficulties. There could be no better place to learn the importance of our God-given family, where we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. SHARE SUMMER 2013 12
meet the team
Introducing Henry Scriven, mission director for Latin America What is your family background? I grew up in a Christian home, third of four children, in Surrey. Both my parents were doctors but I had two cousins who were missionaries, one with CMS in Nigeria and one with SAMS in Paraguay and Argentina.
What made you interested in Latin America? I started praying for South America while at university then at theological college. I met lots of mission partners and heard their stories
How did you become a Christian?
Where did you learn Spanish?
The Christian faith became more real for me at a Christian boys’ camp where I faced the fact that I was a sinner and then heard that Christ took the punishment for my sin.
I taught myself from books, talked to people in the streets and had a couple of hours a week to check in with a very wise bilingual lady.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen in Latin America?
How did you get out of Argentina when the Falklands war started?
Me! Preaching in Mision Chaquena (Argentina) covered from head to toe in mud; we had been stuck in the mud for several hours and I had no time to get cleaned up. Bishop Mario Marino (this was in 2002) said to us: “Why did you come? We never travel in the rain!”
We were asked to leave by the bishop and diocesan committee and we left overnight in a pick-up truck with the McKemeys and the Hawksbees; we went to Asuncion and then flew back to the USA for my wife Catherine’s grandmother’s funeral.
Most inspirational thing you’ve encountered in your job at CMS? So many! The Chilean miner’s tour, Shalom Centre in Lima, Life in Abundance Trust in Ecuador, Catherine and Nick Drayson and David and Shelley Stokes in Juarez, Tim Curtis in Rio Verde…so many more! How did you become a bishop? I was Chaplain in Madrid for five years, having worked for six years with the Spanish Episcopal Church, and the Bishop in Europe asked me to be his Suffragan. I said no, but he twisted my arm! SHARE SUMMER 2013 13
What’s your favourite South American food? Empanadas and humitas.
Bishop Henry: memories of preaching in mud in Argentina
Sharing grace in Spain When CMS mission partners Felipe
Felipe and Sarah work with two
and Sarah Yanez started their
Christian NGOs: ABC in their home town
ministry in Spain six years ago, their
of Alhaurin de la Torre, a town about 17
focus was on working with Moroccan and
kilometres from Malaga, and Asociacion
South American immigrants. But as Spain’s
Manantial de Agua Viva in Torremolinos.
economic crisis deepened, they have
With their local church, Centro Cristiano
found themselves working increasingly with
de Alhaurin, they help provide practical
and emotional support to people.
Felipe explains: “Spain is struggling
The ABC centre is based in premises
through one of its hardest economic crises,
provided by the local council and
with a record six million people
gives food, clothing and practical help.
unemployed and thousands of people
This includes food handouts to more
being evicted from their homes (on
than 200 people a fortnight and, with so
average 2,000 people lose their houses
many people unable to make ends meet,
everyday). More people are looking for
the centre now contributes second-hand
food in the rubbish containers and in
clothing and other items, particularly for
recent months we have had people
children and babies.
coming door to door for help.”
“Sometimes people need help with food and clothing and sometimes they need emotional help,” explains Felipe. “People are very frustrated or down. If they have lost their job, their self esteem drops. It has a huge impact on families. The only thing we can do is walk alongside them, hear their stories, be merciful, forgiving and share grace. As followers of Christ, we can be his ambassadors – his hands and feet. It’s a tremendous opportunity but only the tip of the iceberg. We do what we can do.”
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Globe+crossers Andrew and Maria Leake are back in the UK from July until August. Gina and David Hucker are in the UK from Chile from March until the beginning of September with their son Caleb, who is volunteering in Ashburnham Place, after which they are hoping to relocate to northern Argentina. Caroline Gilmour White finished with CMS in June after serving with SAMS and CMS for more than a decade in Paraguay. Marcus and Tamara Throup are back in the UK with their children Rebekah and Mateus until the end of July. New mission partners and their studies: Anna Sims has completed her Professionals in Mission course at Redcliffe College. Sharon Wilcox is studying Spanish in Quito, Ecuador before working with Life in Abundance Trust in Santo Domingo. Efraim and Ruth Vilella with their son Max continue their studies at All Nations Christian College. Short-termers: Marten Van Den Toren has been working with St Paul’s School as well as with Daniel and Ellelein Kirk in Viña del Mar, Chile and returns to the UK in July. You can find out more about where and when these Globe+crossers might be in your area at www.cms-uk.org Tribute: Aphra Busk (nee Ward), who died in March, was born in Argentina and served on the SAMS home staff and with SAMS in Chile, northern Argentina and Paraguay in the 1950s and 60s. She was a faithful, lifelong supporter of SAMS and CMS and we give thanks to God for her life and witness. SHARE SUMMER 2013 15
South American adventures with CMS A team from Christ Church Selly Park in Birmingham, which is going on a short-term mission trip to Bolivia this summer, has tapped into CMS’s 200-plus years of cross-cultural experience. The team joined a training day led by CMS discipleship advisor Helen Brook and CMS regional personnel officer (South “Bolivia, here we come!” America) Jo Hazelton, to help them prepare for their trip. The 12-strong group going to Bolivia is led by Christ Church vicar Geoff Lanham. The all-age team will visit La Paz, Tarija, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz, where they will join in church activities and specific projects. In La Paz, for example, they will assist a health education project for deprived children with Iglesia Anglicana Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer), where CMS Latin partner Walter Barrientos is rector. The group includes Gill and Maurice Sinclair, who spent some years in Northern Argentina, where Maurice served as Bishop, supported by SAMS. During the CMS training and briefing day, Helen Brook says: “We looked at their personal expectations for the trip, cross-cultural issues and mission in a Latin American context. Other issues we examined included partnership and paternalism.” CMS offers a range of tailormade training programmes for short-term visits overseas. To create your own adventure, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 01865 787493.
Santo Domingo, Ecuador CMS mission partner Jill Ball, who set up a special needs school in 2004, developed workshops for disabled adults and latterly a safe house for women and children who have been abused, writes: “Although I am officially retiring from CMS in September, I am planning to return to Ecuador in January 2014. Many, many thanks to all those who have faithfully supported this work in Ecuador. I hope you will feel able to support and pray for mission partner Sharon Wilcox as she begins her term here.” Life in Abundance
CMS mission partners Andy and Rose Roberts write: “A huge thank you to all who helped ReVive raise over £50,000 in three weeks! A tremendous answer to prayer – what a faith builder! The house contract is now signed.” Praise God for this property in Olinda, and pray Andy, baby Sofia for them as they look to and Rose Roberts: prepare it as a safe house for “£50,000 in three weeks. Thank you!” vulnerable girls.
years ago, and dozens of people are crossing the threshold and finding Jesus and community. Mission partner Bishop Peter Bartlett says most of these people weren’t attending church before and some are new Christians. “Christ the Saviour church was built more than 25 years ago, but faced several struggles and closed,” he said. “Last year CMS Latin partner Ronnie Irene, who serves as chaplain at St Andrew’s school and works in Marriage Encounter ministry, was able to re-open and start leading the church and a good number of his ministry contacts started attending, about 40 people.
Temuco, Southern Chile CMS Latin partner Joel Millanguir, has begun his new pastoral ministry at the Nativity church in Temuco, and says he’s been encouraged to find such an enthusiastic congregation. “We are based in a working class town, and we are grateful to God that he has begun to bring many who previously attended church back into the congregation,” he says.
Trust (Ecuador) Trust (LiAT), is the umbrella
Salta, Northern Argentina
charity for all Jill’s projects.
Charles Barr Johnston in Salta, Argentina, writes: “I was very pleased to see many of you at (wife) Lynn’s memorial service. Thank you very much for coming. Here in Salta I received a great welcome from many believers and from not yet believers. I also received text messages from all the ministers we trained in Juarez, Chiriguanos and Yema saying how happy they were that I had come back and that they would tell their congregations.”
Earlier this year Jill and her team held a conference for pastors on the need to work towards eradicating family abuse, with 27 attendees. A pastor has invited the charity to participate in an event with church leaders from all over Ecuador.
Asuncion, Paraguay A church in Asuncion, Paraguay has re-opened its doors after being closed four
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