Connor META team members attend first training session

Wednesday April 14th 2010

Members of Connor's July META team with David Gough, third from right, of CMS Ireland.Some of the members of the Connor Mission Experience Team Abroad (META) which will travel to Southern Sudan in July came together for their first training session on April 13.

The session was hosted by CMS Ireland’s David Gough. CMS Ireland will facilitate the META to Connor’s link diocese of Yei this summer.

The 11-strong team will be led by Canon Cecil Wilson, retired CMSI director, and the Ven Stephen Forde, Archdeacon of Dalriada and chair of Connor Council for Mission. Both have visited Yei in the past and Archdeacon Forde was there most recently in January as part of a small Connor team laying foundations for this META.

The Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy, will also be part of the team, making his first visit to Yei to officially open the new primary school in Mongo village, 16 miles from Yei town. The school was built with donations of £110,000 from parishes and individuals in Connor Diocese.

An itinerary for the team’s week in Yei is being planned, but it is anticipated that clergy members will lead a conference on preaching, evangelism and discipleship for pastors and youth leaders, who will return to their villages and parishes to disseminate the information to their non-English speaking colleagues.

Other members of the team will put their skills, including nursing, teaching and health and safety, to work in local schools, the church-run Martha Clinic and at the Episcopal Church of Sudan’s Vocational Training Centre.

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