“There is life at the edges…”

“There is life at the edges…”

In July, Church Mission Society celebrated how God is at work with partners from around the world.

During a special gathering, leaders from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and the UK connected across languages and cultures, working together to see lives transformed through the love of Jesus.

Staff joining in worship
Colleagues from diverse backgrounds enjoying chatting together
Karobia from CMS-Africa has everyone in stitches

The CMS offices in Oxford were filled with fellowship and fun as staff and international mission leaders connected face to face.

All we heard and discussed was summed up in the repeated refrain from mission director Andy Roberts: “There is life at the edges!”

Joan Busolo speaks forcefully and with a smile
sharing communion together

Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the week began with a communion service, at which Joan Busolo, CMS manager in Africa, encouraged us to be free from fear.

Colleague from Asia leading worship on guitar
Joyful Joan leads African dancing
Tanas from Bethlehem leads a song

Making a joyful noise to the Lord: leaders from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and the UK led the staff in worship.

Canon Moses sharing stories
Johnny Sertin of the Britain Hub
Pastor Joel Millanguir from Chile prays powerfully

Canon Moses Bushendich of CMS-Africa told stories of life at the edges in areas affected by armed conflict, shared challenges faced in DR Congo and South Sudan, and spoke of CMS-Africa’s vision to make disciples of Jesus who will work for peace.

Johnny Sertin, leading CMS’s mission movement in Britain, spoke of connecting with the 85 per cent of non-churchgoers who say they wouldn’t go to a church.

Joel Millanguir from Chile led the staff in prayer for CMS-Africa’s work.

diverse staff in prayer
hands held open as colleagues pray for each other
hands and arms outsretched in a chain of collective prayer

We long to see our world made new through the love of Jesus – and that starts with prayer. Leaders from different regions led the staff in prayer for the others present and those they represented.

Africna leaders pray a blessing on Asian colleagues

It’s thanks to our generous supporters that the work of these local leaders can prosper. Thanks to you we have the privilege of being partners in the work God has called us to do together.

We look forward to sharing more voices from the edges with you as we travel together on the journey!

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