Ethiopia

Iri in Ethiopia

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The Faith2Share Leadership Consultation in Addis Ababa was a blessing in many ways.

Being the only Maori New Zealander that many of the people had ever seen, Iri got to tell them about NZCMS and the work the Lord is doing in our beautiful land. He spoke to Christian leaders from fifteen nations about the origins of NZCMS and the spreading of the gospel in New Zealand.

Chief topics at the conference were leadership, the responsibility to train local people to replace overseas workers, discipleship, and interactions with other cultures that have successful outcomes. A key theme was that we all serve the one God wherever we are and whatever our culture or background may be.

Besides meeting many international leaders, Iri had the opportunity to renew friendships with those we knew when we served in Gambella, Ethiopia. He met up with Bishop Grant and his wife, Doctor Wendy, who now work in Gambella – they looked quite worn out. Please pray for them as there are now more than 200 000 Southern Sudanese in the region – many expect the churches to look after this growing group.

People in the photo: Mark Oxbrow from the UK Faith2Share team, Co-ordinator and Bishop Joseph Mutungi with whom Iri lead the Sunday morning worship.

Update from Iri and Kate

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News and prayer update from the Matos:

NZCMS Mission Partner Iri Mato will travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the Faith2Share Leadership Consultation this week. Iri leaves Kondoa on Friday 3 October and returns on Friday 10 October, so there is a lot of travel involved. Please pray for safe travel and good connections.

A Kenyan, Dr Peter Okaalet will be the keynote speaker. The conference will be a focal point for 65-70 visitors plus many local church leaders. It will be an opportunity for Iri to meet with overseas CMS representatives and to renew friendships with Ethiopian Christian friends from the days when he and Kate served in Gambella, Ethiopia on the border of Southern Sudan. During the consultation Iri will be sharing in leading worship.

Please join us in praying for Iri as he travels and connects with members of our global CMS family.