We in the UK are well into the summer festival season, which now last from May to September – whatever the weather!
This month we’re offering you a mini-festival for your ears – a festival of hope. Three of our people in mission tell stories of lives changed as they continue to put their call into action, sharing Jesus in word and deed.
My call: to show God’s love in action to people with learning disabilities.
“People with learning disabilities in Ecuador are under-valued and often hidden from society. “I have knowledge and experience, as well as the drive to try and change that for them and their community. I want people in Ecuador and other Latin American countries to realise that their lives will be enriched by getting to know people with disabilities.”
David and Liza Cooke
“Our call and vision is in grass roots training and discipleship with a focus of biblical teaching and reconciliation of broken communities.”
David and Liza Cooke have been CMS mission partners serving in Eldoret in Kenya. This included training church leaders and communities in reconciliation and promoting restorative justice. Now returned to the UK, they plan to continue to offer what support they can to the peacebuilding work.
Amy and David Roche
Our call: to share the good news of Jesus Christ in our diverse community in diverse ways…
“The Middle East is the original home of Christianity, yet today Christians are in the minority. Serving here gives us a chance to speak about Jesus while we also meet the needs of those in poverty.
“We work on staff at All Saints’ Anglican Church in Beirut. As well as working pastorally in our congregation, we coordinate mission to enable our church in its outreach work. We work alongside several educational and social development projects that help the many refugees streaming into Lebanon from the war in Syria.”
This month’s reflection comes from Ian Adams, mission spirituality adviser for Church Mission Society, from his prayer exercise series Praying with the Body.