A Commissioning Service was held in Lisburn Cathedral on Sunday June 19 for a group of seven young people who travel to Yei Diocese, South Sudan this month.
The Mission Experience Team Abroad, led by Cathedral curate the Rev Simon Genoe, and youth worker and schoolteacher Zara Wortley, will run relationship workshops and youth mission in both Yei town and Mongo village.
Connor Diocese has been in partnership with the Diocese of Yei in Southern Sudan since 2006, and parishes and individuals from Connor raised funds to build a school in Mongo village which was officially opened by a Connor team in 2010.
Other team members are: Matthew Bell, Grace Fullerton, Michael Wright, Victoria Bell, and Lauren Elliott. They leave for Africa on June 26, departing Yei on July 7, two days before the new state of South Sudan celebrates its independence.
The Commissioning Service was attended by David Gough and Gillian and David Maganda from CMS Ireland, who are facilitating the trip.
The rector of Lisburn Cathedral, Canon Sam Wright whose son Michael is part of the team, gave a very encouraging address during the service, when can be downloaded by following this link: http://web.me.com/simon.genoe/Thoughts_and_talks_from_Lisburn_Cathedral/Thoughts_and_talks_from_Lisburn_Cathedral/Entries/2011/6/19_Commissioning_service_of_team_going_to_Yei_Diocese_in_South_Sudan.html