News from World Mission Partnership


We have a new name!

As of Conference 2017, MMS(I) will now be called World Mission Partnership. Click on 'About Us' in the sidebar to read our vision, mission statement & values.


Letter of thanks from Latvia for Container recieved summer 2017



World Church Bulletin: October 2017

To download news from our world church partners, compiled by Methodist Church in Britain, for September 2017: click here.
This month features news from the Caribbean, Zimbabwe, China, Costa Rica and Japan.


Oct. 2017 Update from the Bible Society NI: Translation in Venezuela 

The translation team has been reconstructed since February and includes three new members in an attempt by the Bible Society to include translators from other parts of the region because of dialectical differences.

During the weekend of September 22-24 a meeting was held with the coordinator of the group, the local Consultant, a facilitator who lives in the region, and two new translators. A new team effort was made to plan out the coming years and a work method. 

The project is taking slightly longer than first predicted because of the local situation. People have had to leave the translation team to find additional income for their families. With the incorporation of new team members it will take time for them to reach the right level of translation work. The three new recruits have been in a learning period where they have not been producing many texts but instead going through the crucial learning process of how to work with the computer programmes and translation systems.
 

 


News from a recent Container shipment 

"Greetings from the Horn of Africa!  
On behalf of ourselves, our friends working in the country, and our many wonderful friends here we wanted to send a massive THANK YOU!  
The response to our hastily put together appeal for funds and materials was beyond what we had hoped and was a massive relief at a time of unprecedented struggle for many people.  
Thanks to the Container Ministry in Lurgan, a large amount of food, water, water filtration systems, and non-food items reached this country in super quick time. I am sure that it was no coincidence that the exact week the container arrived was the same week of an outbreak of Acute Water Diarrhea / Cholera in B* city, the final destination of the container. Immediately, there was water and clean water systems provided.  

At least 5 separate distributions were carried out to hundreds of families in the area with the food and items supplied as well as large amounts of food and medical supplies bought locally with the significant funds raised. All the money collected went directly to the purchase of food and other items.  

This has been a time of great hardship in the country, the region, and beyond. Things continue to be difficult and the cycle of droughts seem to be more and more regular (one sad indicator of man-made climate change!). Yet, in the midst of this we did see such a generous response.  

So, I relay this thanks to you for your prayers and support. I wish you could meet our wonderful friends for them to pass this directly to you.  
No matter the colour, culture or belief of the receiver, we believe the words of Jesus are so relevant in this instance, "Whatever you did for the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."  
Thank you so much, 
D* and S* McM* "

 



2018 Ministerial locum opportunity Pacific Theological College, Fiji

Click here to download more information on the position of Lecturer in Theology and Ethics.



Graduation at Cliff College, May 2017

In May, Cliff College celabrated the graduation of students at Jinja, Uganda and commissioned Lay Pastors.  Rev. Stephen Skuce sent these photos and commented, "It's always great when I can bring the greetings of Irish Methodism when I’m out and about in world Methodism and sharing in the culmination of Cliff support for Methodism in Uganda is one of my highlights for this year.  It's so good that Irish Methodism still has the passion and vision to participate in world mission."

 

 



Video from Haiti

Click on the image to watch a short video from Anne McConnell, grand-daughter of Rev Ormonde and Primrose McConnell.

It relates to a project being planned by a church at Thomassin in Haiti. Some years ago, money from a Methodist church in Co. Cork paid for the building foundations. It also details a little of the recent hurricane response of the Methodist Church in Haiti which MMS(I) and individual donations contributed to. 

 


 

Rev. Laurence Graham part of Haiti bicentenary celebrations

WMP General Secretary Rev. Laurence Graham visited Haiti in February 2017 where the Methodist Church is celebrating 200 years of life and ministry. 

 

 

 


 


New youth Mission Resource from MCI: 'ALL IN'

'All In' has arrived - our new mission resource is here and ready to be used! All In is a 5-week mission resource for 11-18-year-olds that explores mission in the every day. Whether you want to use it in youth fellowship, small group, BB & GB, Scouts, or a Bible class, this resource is accessible for all young people.

If you wish to receive a copy of the printed resource, please email leannehill@imycd.org

This project was created in partnership with IMYCMethodist World Development & Relief and Methodist Home Mission Ireland.
 


 


Global Vision Services 2017

The Global Vision Conference is discontinuing but we will be launching something new in 2018. In February there were 4 services to give thanks for the past 16 years of Global Vision and to hear stories of mission from around the world. Thank you to everyone who helped coordinate the events, who contributed and to all who attended!



Good News for Syria Resource

CLICK ON THE IMAGE to watch a short video from Rev. Laurence Graham > > >

42% of the world’s population is unreached; that’s 3.1 billion people. MCI is committed to evangelism and we hope that this new resource,

Good News for Syria, will be a useful tool for us all.

MMS(I) and Frontiers Ireland have produced a resource for Irish Methodists. It will enable learning, reflection and informed prayer. Frontiers Ireland focuses upon unreached and unengaged peoples in the Islamic world.

Resource includes:
* Prayer Guides
* 4 session Bible Study programme with DVD

The particular focus is the peoples of Syria.


These will be launched and available from February 2017. Look out for them in your Church!
 



News from our partner the Bible Society Northern Ireland

Translating the Old Testament into Uwottuja

There are approximately 30,000 Uwottüja people living in Venezuela. The New Testament has already been translated, and now the Bible Society in Venezuela, helped by MMS(I) funding is working on the Old Testament.

Update on the work December 2016:

Venezuela is in the middle of an economic crisis and this translation team is feeling the effects of it. There is a food shortage and people are having to wait in line for 6 hours to get what they need from local markets. We have also been told that the Biblicist and one of the translators were diagnosed with Malaria – thankfully they are now recovering. Remember the following staff who are involved with this work: Lauriano, Teolinda, Benjamin, Ramon, Cecilia and Judith.

Despite this difficulty the team continues with the work – 31% of the work has been completed. Recently an event was organised in the city Puerto Ayacucho, gathering 50 pastors and church leaders, to discuss the work on the Uwottuja Bible. Staff continue to meet members of churches in the area to promote this work and are being given the opportunity to share about it on various radio programmes.

* * Please pray for the staff working on this translation; for good health, for medical treatment where needed, for provision of food and that God would continue to sustain and strengthen them in their work. * * 



Update from Haiti, via Methodist Church in Britain 'World Church News'

On Tuesday 5 October, Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti, causing severe damage and leaving thousands displaced.

“While broadly speaking the Port-au-Prince/Petion-Ville area has been spared, the big South comprised of Cayes, Jeremie, Dame Marie, Miragoane including the Petit-Goave areas have suffered a lot,” said Bishop Gesner Paul, President of the Conference of the Methodist District of Haiti. Bishop Gesner Paul visited the towns of Cayes and Jeremie over the weekend of 9-10 October, to take food and other supplies and to assess the extent of need in the communities.

Mission partners John and Sharon Harbottle have also been involved in post-hurricane recovery work. “The crops have been lost and most trees have lost their branches leaving a landscape, throughout Jeremie and Leon, in which the trunks look like matchsticks standing upright. Many animals have also been lost 

leaving small-scale farmers and families without goats, chickens and pigs, which are an important part of the local food chain. People are living off the fruit and vegetables from the ruined trees and plants, salvaging them before they go bad, and are now starting to get relief supplies of food into accessible communities. 

“Please continue to pray for support of the relief efforts, safety of the people and wisdom, strength and resilience to those responsible for each of the communities. Pray also for the leadership of EMH as they seek to provide the most effective assistance they can with very limited resources.”