CMS Ireland partnership co–ordinator David Gough departs for Africa on October 3 visiting a number of CMSI’s global partners, including Connor’s link diocese of Yei in South Sudan.
David’s first port of call is Egypt, and during a packed three weeks he will return to the Democratic Republic of Congo for the first time since 2003, when he was there with the charity Concern.
CMSI is doing vital work with its partners in the countries David will visit. In Egypt, CMSI continues to support Refuge Egypt, EpiscoCare’s Community Programme and Sadat City Community Clinic. Ethiopia, which David is not visiting, is part of the Diocese of Egypt, and here CMSI supports a Centre for Mission and emergency food relief.
In South Sudan CMSI is supporting school building and teacher training in Maridi, Yei and Kajo–Keji dioceses, teacher support in Ibba diocese, sinking boreholes in Lainya and Kajo–Keji dioceses and supporting health projects in Maridi, Yei and Lainya dioceses.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, work is ongoing on rehabilitation of churches and schools, Bible distribution, bee–keeping and computer and communications support.
David has asked CMSI supporters to pray for him as he embarks on this journey, and urges people to use this prayer from the Celtic tradition to surround him on his journey.
David said: “I have attached my Itinerary so that you can please pray for me as I travel to Egypt, South Sudan and, for the first time with CMS Ireland, to three Partner Dioceses in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I last visited DR Congo in 2003 when I worked for Concern. “Please especially pray for the Sudan Missions Consultation in Cairo with Archbishop Deng, also for the travel arrangements to the Dioceses of Kindu, Bukavu and North Kivu in DR Congo, as the airlines and transport is often unreliable.
A diary date: A CMS Ireland Egypt Focus Event entitled REVOLUTION ROAD – the church’s response to the Arab Spring is being hosted in St Mark’s Parish Halls, Church Street, Newtownards on Thursday November 17 at 7.30pm.
Special guest is Dr Mouneer Anis, the Archbishop of Jerusalem and the Middle East and Bishop of the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa. Dr Mouneer will also be preaching on Sunday November 20 at Hillsborough Parish at 10am and 11.30am and participating in a joint service in Kilmore Church, Crossgar at 7pm.