Partnering with the diocesan bishop and college principal to promote spiritual development and a faithful understanding of the gospel in college and diocesan life
To work with local staff in training students, clergy and lay leaders
I have been a parish vicar for over 20 years during which time I have developed links with Africa. As secretary of the UK trust supporting theological education at Domboshawa Theological College in Zimbabwe I have been involved in fundraising, prayer, teaching and supporting college staff and students. More recently I have both been a team member and team leader for short term missions in Uganda and South Sudan with the Anglican renewal agency Sharing of Ministries Abroad (SOMA).
Both building up relationships over the long-term and experiencing the joys and sorrows of mission in short-term visits have been significant in affirming my calling. I believe mission is about relationships, with Jesus at the centre, and I am looking forward to getting to know new people and deepening present friendships in the challenges and potential of beautiful and now peaceful Northern Uganda.
It was a no-brainer for me to test my calling through the Church Mission Society because of personal historic links. As a student I had a short term placement with CMS in Kenya. My father served on the finance committee for many years. The churches I have served have supported link mission partners. And now I find the broad support the community of CMS gives to mission partners invaluable.