The Rev Canon James Carson, rector of St Paul’s Lisburn, launched his latest book ‘Baraka – Journeys in Africa’ on December 13.
In the book, Canon Carson explores the meaning of mission and partnership. He shows how members of teams who have visited Kajiado Diocese in Kenya have been blessed and challenged and how this has impacted on their lives and their churches in Ireland.
The book was launched in the Good Book Shop, Donegall Street. The launch was attended by the Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy, and Mr Ronnie Briggs, Mission Director of CMS Ireland.
Baraka is a Swahili word for blessing. Canon Caron’s book contains unique insights on partnership from clergy in Kenya and Ireland and contributions from members of the teams.
Mr Briggs said: “The unique quality of this book is that it takes the theory of what a partnership might look like and puts it into practical reality,” Ronnie said.
“It sets out clearly the relationship between all three partners – the Diocese of Kajiado, St Paul’s Lisburn and CMS Ireland. This book stands as a challenge to other parishes and Churches across Ireland to get involved in God’s mission throughout the world to see lives transformed by the Gospel.”
Bishop Gaddiel Lenini, Bishop of Kajiado , stated: “Christians of Kajiado and even others in Northern Ireland have been saying, we have two ‘manyattas’ (homes), one in Kenya and another in Northern Ireland. This is very encouraging.”
James Carson is the author of ‘Love, Joy and Peace,’ published in November 2011.
‘Baraka – Journeys to Africa’ is designed and printed by Impact Printing, Coleraine and Ballycastle . ISBN: 978 1 9066 89 43 8.