Missions News June 2017

Church Mission Society

This is the month in the year when we especially remember CMS and in particular, Lynn Treneary, our Mission Partner working in Maridi, South Sudan.

There will be no stall selling crafts this year as CMS have closed their shop in Oxford. This is because the internet and mobiles enable the different craft producing groups to make their own contacts in UK markets.

Our main event for June will be on Sunday 11th June at the 10.30am service in All Saints, Faringdon, when the Reverend Colin Smith will be speaking. He will stay after the service for a Bring-&-Share Lunch in the Barber Rooms, when he will show a short film on the work of CMS. and be available to answer questions on the work of CMS

We know now that  it will be a weekend of Election fever, but we do ask that you will make a special effort to be at the service to hear Colin and to come to the lunch afterwards to talk with Colin about his work.

Colin was a Mission Partner in Africa and now prepares new Partners for their work in a different culture and different conditions. This is very important work.

A couple with two small children recently felt God was calling them to serve abroad, and they went to Ethiopia to work amongst the refugees from South Sudan. There were drought conditions and temperatures of 40 degrees and above, and they had to move to Kenya for the sake of the children who could not cope with the intense heat. They have just returned as the rains have started and are able to continue their work and learn the local language. They asked for prayer as the heat made them so tired and the work was hard.

Lynn, too, has been away in Kampala, Uganda for a week or two. Though it is so far safe in Maridi, she needs a break every three months or so, just to access money, meet other church friends and recharge her spiritual batteries. But, despite the  fighting and misery in South Sudan, God has been amazingly answering our prayers. There are many all over the UK who are praying for South Sudan ,and  as we have been praying in May, saying “Thy Kingdom Come”. God’s answer came in March, when a new translation of the Bible in the language of the Baka tribe, a group living near Maridi, was launched. Despite the fear that the people there had of leaving their homes, because of the soldiers patrolling the roads, over 7,000 came to celebrate the launch and enjoy five hours of worship and celebration! The boxes of Bibles were opened and everyone rushed to buy a copy and straightway sat down on the grass to read it. Yes, they were able to read the bible in the language of the majority, but they said, “This Bible speaks to our heart”!

This gathering was an answer to the prayers of many, but it is also a challenge to us. These 7,000 people risked shooting or kidnap to possess a Bible that ‘spoke to their heart’.  Would we have done that? Is reading our Bible daily so important in our lives, that we are prepared to set the alarm earlier so as not to miss it?

These people not only made the effort to get to Maridi, but, once there they spent five hours, singing, dancing, eating and praising God for his gifts to them. We as a congregation have promised to support Lynn Treneary, financially, by our prayers, and by our support mentally and spiritually. This service on 11th June is a chance to show that care, in our enthusiasm to hear about the work of Lynn and CMS. This is our CALL from God.

We can also show that care, to which we are called by sharing a meal together (see below). Drinks will be provided, just bring something savoury, and/or sweet that we can all share, and talk with Colin Smith and each other .and celebrate what God is doing in South Sudan.

As I was sending this to print, a Link Letter from Lynn arrived. It is very exciting and will be on the Barber Rooms board from 21st May. Do make an effort to read it – you will be inspired to give thanks and to pray.