True Hospitality

Staff_team_2015 Posted by Roger Cooke on Thu, 28 Dec 2017 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

For many years, CMSI has helped to facilitate global ministry placements for Church of Ireland Ordinands. This is part of our investment in ‘firm foundations’ – as we help to train and equip Church leaders. While much of this focus tends to be on clergy and students in our global partner locations, we also seek opportunities to support leaders in Ireland – helping them to develop a deeper, global vision in their ministry.

The latest student to partake in such a placement was William Jeffrey, who spent a few weeks in Zambia this summer, visiting Keith and Lyn Scott and ministering alongside clergy in the Diocese of Northern Zambia.

Here’s an extract from one of Jeffrey’s blogs, entitled Giving And Receiving.

This Zambian experience continues to provide fresh opportunities for learning, insight, growth and dependence on Almighty God…

I spent the last couple of days with two young Zambian Anglican priests named Crossberry and Godfrey as well as with some of the experienced and committed lay leaders (elders) in their respective parishes. These lay leaders are a special type who really look out for their young priests, and I also felt very safe in their company as we moved about the community.

Wednesday saw me attend two home communions with Crossberry. The two elderly ladies we visited are being cared for by family members in challenging situations and their conditions prevent them from attending their parish church. It was a wonderful privilege for me to join with these two beautifully humble ladies in the Eucharist – occasions I shall never forget.

At the end of the second home communion service the lady unwrapped a handkerchief and from it made two offerings. I was then completely taken aback when this most gracious lady handed me 10 Kwacha (c £1) to buy myself a cola drink.

This lady made her loving sacrificial gesture to a stranger in her midst whilst sitting on the stone floor of her home coping with arthritis in her hip. What a challenge this presents to me and to all of us in our giving and receiving hospitality in the name of our saviour Christ…?

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