Bacon butties and family reunions

Posted by Roger Cooke on Mon, 18 Apr 2016 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

On Saturday 16th April, over 50 of CMSI’s members and supporters gathered together for Shine – the society’s annual review and AGM. The event was held in the Emmaus Centre, Swords, and saw folk travelling from as far afield as Cork and Coleraine.

Once again, the bacon butties proved to be a particular highlight for those who travelled together by bus from Belfast and the buzz of lively chat on the bus continued throughout the day. Just like last year’s event, the day was later described as being “like a family reunion” – and there was certainly plenty of ‘togetherness’ in the worship, in the sharing and in the eating of lunch.

In the morning, the Annual Review included a special focus on Firm Foundations – CMSI’s Annual Theme for 2015/2016. We heard examples of how CMSI’s Global Partners are looking to the future by investing in leaders, through theological education and clergy training. We met Keith and Lyn Scott, CMSI’s newest Mission Partners, who hope to return to Zambia in the Autumn and help the Church there build strong foundations through St John’s Seminary in Kitwe. We also heard from Rory Wilson, who shared stories of transformation at Kiwoko Hospital in Uganda.

During the Annual General Meeting in the afternoon, the Chair of Trustees, Revd Adrian Dorrian, highlighted the huge diversity of work across the society. He concluding his remarks with these words:

There’s no ‘one size fits all’ when to comes to mission, but the common factor is Jesus Christ, the one who changes lives.

In her Mission Director’s report, Jenny Smyth reinforced CMSI’s commitment to stand with the Church in places of conflict and deep suffering, even if such a commitment is costly:

In deliberately choosing to work in some of the most unstable and disrupted parts of the world, places often forgotten, places where our fellow Christians feel very isolated, we recognise that this presents great challenges… We ask for patience through these challenges because we believe these are the places God has called us to work, the places God has not forgotten.

For all who came along, Shine served as a reminder of the common ground we share as the CMSI family – a family that is much bigger than our gathering in Swords, a family that extends to our brothers and sisters in Africa and Nepal. May our global family be one marked by love, unity, grace and prayer.

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