The Connor Mission Experience Team Abroad (META) trip to Connor’s link diocese of Yei in Southern Sudan, returned home late on Friday July 16.
The 10-strong team, led by the Ven Stephen Forde, Archdeacon of Dalriada, and Canon Cecil Wilson, former Director of CMS Ireland, spent a week in Yei, travelling via Dubai and Entebbe, Uganda.
A focus of the visit was the official opening of Mongo Primary School, in rural Yei, built with donations from parishes and individuals in Connor. The team also ran a training conference for local clergy, and helped out in the Martha Clinic, local schools and the Yei Teacher Training College, and the Vocational Training Centre.
The team was made up of Canon Wilson and Archdeacon Forde, Fiona Forde (Larne), Ben Mallon (Stoneyford); the Rev Paddy McGlinchey (former Church of Ireland Chaplain at Queen’s, now Missiology lecturer at the Church of Ireland Institute, Dublin); Barbara Wilson (Ballynahinch); David Henderson (Larne); Judith Hegan (Agherton); Rev Sam Wright (Lisburn Cathedral) and Norma Nixon (Larne).
Fiona Forde, a paediatric nurse, had the honour of officially opening the new Children’s Ward at the Martha Clinic. She also led training sessions for nurses and medical staff, visited Yei Hospital, and travelled to a rural village with the mobile clinic. Fiona said the team had worked well together and described her experience as ‘amazing.’
Full reports to follow.
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