Church Missionary Society Ireland

Church Missionary Society Ireland

A Year in Mission (2010 Highlights)

CMS Ireland exists to help the church engage in God's Mission. Over the past year, God has given us many opportunities to serve Him and support His church.

With the help of 28 Global Partners in Africa and Asia and over 120 Link parishes in Ireland, we have continued to develop partnership in Mission.

We provided funding from churches in Ireland for Mission Partners who are doing valuable service in Uganda, Kenya, Nepal and Burundi.

Members of our staff and volunteers have attended events in churches in Ireland, giving news and views from the various churches and dioceses.

We facilitate visits to Ireland for teams from Kenya, African Bishops and Mission Partners on home assignments.

We also supported those who took part in Mission Experience Abroad. Over 50 people travelled in teams to Nepal, Sudan, Uganda and Rwanda.

We continually receive prayer and support for our partners abroad, for staff working in administration and for those who work voluntary.

CMSI is grateful for the support given by our own church here in Tullylish and we extend an invitation to our Church Family to join us in All Saints for a CMSI Service on 17th April. At this service we will also commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible. We will have a series of readings from the KJV and will see how its impact is still paramount in our work for Mission.

The annual mission box collection and donations from our church amounted to £600 and the annual Biblical Quiz which was won by George Wilson raised approximately £200.

Thank you for your support for these two annual projects. Thank you also for making the work of CMS Ireland a firm stepping stone on the journey of obedience to our Lord's command. (Mark 16:15)


During the summer, teams of people travelled abroad to various venues on Mission Experience.

In July, a party of young people went to Rwanda and spent three weeks helping to run a youth camp. They also worked alongside the youth of the Diocese in building two houses for returning refugee families.

A team from Connor Diocese travelled to Yei Diocese in S. Sudan where new schools have been built and are now open and operational thanks to funding from Connor Diocese. In August, a team visited Kiwoko Hospital in Uganda and worked with a Ugandan team providing children's programmes. These visits are opportunities for people who want to grow in faith and share that faith with the underprivileged. Many people who have been on a team say, "The journey is just the beginning."

CMSI has recently appointed Ronnie Briggs as the new Mission Director. Ronnie is well known to CMS staff and supporters having been involved in the life and work of the society for 30 years. Ronnie and his wife Maggie have spent many years serving as partners in the Diocese of Kajaido. They will bring a wealth of experience to their new job.

We pray for the Briggs family at this time and assure them of our love and support.

Isabel Whiteside - Autumn 2010

We hosted an evening recently on Mission Awareness when speakers who had "Travelled with a Purpose" in Africa, told us of their experiences and gave us an insight into Mission at work.

The speakers were The Reverend Elizabeth Hanna, The Reverend Adrienne Galligan and Mrs Jane Corbett who all agreed it had been a privilege to be with people who, in spite of civil war and deprivation, are happy and willing to see and be involved in church growth.

Slides and photographs were shown of the work in Kajiado , Rwanda and Sudan which gave us an opportunity of seeing something of the work of Mission Partners in Africa .

We join with the staff of C.M.S.I. in wishing our General Secretary, Canon Cecil Wilson, every good wish as he prepares to retire after 20 years of dedicated work.

The new Director of Mission is Mr Ian Smith who will take up duty in June. Please remember both of them in your prayers.

My grateful thanks for all your support for CMSI.

Isabel Whiteside