Missional Movements

March’s Missional Movements

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Each month we produce a list of key Missional Movements from our Mission Partners around the world – their comings and goings, notable achievements, new projects. These are also found in our monthly Prayer Fuel publication.

The Haerenga Internship has been postponed to 2016. The primary reason for this is a lack of numbers. We are taking 2015 to review the internship to better its vision, content and partnerships.

Sophia Sinclair, who has faithfully served as the NZCMS Communication Officer for the past five years, concluded her time with NZCMS in December. With that said, expect to hear something from Sophia from time to time.

Anne McCormick will be receiving a visit from Mark Lander, the inventor and builder of the paper making machine she fundraised for last year. Mark will teach Anne how to use the machine which will become an integral part of her work at World Mate Emergency Hospital.

Miriam Tillman. The Hospital of Hope in Mango, North Togo, has its Grand Opening on March 2.

Féy Cotter will be returning to Albania on March 8 and Murray on March 31.

Dianne Bayley is visiting NZ until March 11.

February’s Missional Movements

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At the start of each month we will be releasing a list of Missional Movements, updating you on the “whos” and “wheres” of NZCMS. The same list will be found in the latest edition of Prayer Fuel.

The Thornberry family, newly accepted Mission Partners, left NZ late September to spend two months fundraising in the USA before arriving in Europe early December.

Cliff and Irene Studman returned to St John’s University in Dodoma, Tanzania late October for six weeks, arriving back in NZ in mid-December.

Marion McChesney and Jo Rogers completed their time as NZCMS Mission Partners in Tanzania. They are both settling back into life in New Zealand, though are understandably missing Africa.

Nick Laing finished working at Lacor Hospital, Gulu, Uganda in mid-November. He spent a couple of months improving his Acholi language before moving into his next role overseeing the local Diocesan medical centres in January.

Dianne Bayley arrived in New Zealand towards the end of November for a time of rest and recovery after a busy year. She returned to the Philippines early January.

Rosie returned to New Zealand in mid-December for six months of Leave and Home Service. Apart from sharing at churches and taking some time out, she is also considering various options for her next season.

Nadia returned to New Zealand in late December after six months in Uganda. This time confirmed her sense of calling and she is now pursuing post-graduate studies in neonatal care to better prepare herself for the future.

Iri visited Kate and the family for Christmas and the month of January. He will finish his time with the Diocese of Kondoa, Tanzania in June this year. Kate will remain in New Zealand.

The Sussex family arrived in New Zealand just before Christmas for a time of Leave and Home Service. They will be back in NZ until June when they will return to Cambodia.

Féy Cotter stepped down from her role managing the Albanian Encouragement Project office towards the end of 2014. She remains involved in the leadership of ECM. Murray and Fey arrived in NZ mid-January for a couple of months, to attend some family celebrations and catch up with supporters.

New Mission Partner Miriam Tillman left NZ bound for Togo, West Africa in mid-January. She will be working as the pharmacy supervisor in a new rural hospital in the north of the country.

September’s Missional Movements

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While excited by Anna Tovey’s potential in the long-term, the Mission Personnel Committee felt that it would be good for Anna to acquire some more training and experience in Counselling and Drug Rehab work before transferring that into the African context. She is presently doing a Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Studies based in Auckland and will be getting practical experience as a part of the course.

Katie leaves for Europe early in September. After spending a week or so with a supporting church in the UK she will go to Gijón, Spain where she will join the Pioneers (Spain) team. Katie hopes to be able to live with a Spanish family and will be getting into language study as soon as she arrives.

Anne and Anthony McCormick will be returning to Cambodia early in September to take on new roles at the Handa Hospital in Battambang.  Both will be setting up new departments within the hospital. Anne will set up a low-key handcraft and occupational therapy department, using handcraft as a platform to assist patients’ psychological and physical recovery. Anthony will set up and lead a small team supporting patients, especially as they re-integrate into their communities following their hospital stay.

Cliff and Irene Studman will return to New Zealand in early October after spending nearly six months at St John’s University in Tanzania.

June’s Missional Movements

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Nadia Cooper arrived in Uganda late May and is quickly settling into her role at Potters Village in Kisoro.

Jo Rogers’ time in Tanzania came to an end late June. She has faithfully journeyed with many students in her role in the English Language department at Msalato Theological College and has spent weekends visiting and supporting some of the students who have graduated. She will be thoroughly missed. She returns to NZ in late July after a time of holiday, and will be visiting churches and supporters during September and October.

Marion McChesney, who has been in Tanzania since 2010 working at both Canon Andrea Mwaka School and Msalato Theological College, has now finished her time in Africa. She will be visiting churches and supporters during August, September and October.

Celia Haggitt’s time serving as the Deputy Principal for the Canon Andrea Mwaka School in Tanzania has come to an end. She returns to New Zealand at the end of July and is planning to get back into teaching in Auckland.

Anna Tovey returned to New Zealand in early June after visiting connections across Europe. Now that her scouting season in Kenya has come to an end she is in the process of applying to be a long-term Mission Partner.

Katie arrived back in New Zealand at the end of June after five months of training with St Andrew’s Hall in Melbourne. She’ll be spending these next couple of months connecting with supporters before she leaves for Spain in September.

Carol Roger will be returning to New Zealand early in July after six months teaching at the primary school connected to Kapuna Hospital in Papua New Guinea.

Iri will be in NZ for a personal visit spending time with Kate and family and friends for a few weeks in July.

During July and August Anne and Anthony will continue with their Leave and Home Service, connecting with supporters, both old and new. They also hope to get a decent time of holiday during August.

May’s Missional Movements

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Joanna Frampton is currently taking six months leave of absence from her work in Papua New Guinea while she completes her Master’s thesis. She is also working part-time in the office of St Christopher’s church, Christchurch. During this time she will also be seeking God as to her future.

Rosie returned to Egypt in February after a couple of months’ time-out in New Zealand. It was a very necessary break – she had good quality holiday times with friends and family and was also able to continue with some work remotely.

Murray and Féy Cotter returned to Albania safely. They spent much of their two months in New Zealand connecting with friends, family and supporters. This year will be a full one, especially for Féy who, in addition to her other roles, has accepted the role within the International Leadership of ECM as a member of the Field Ministry Executive Team. Pray she’ll be able to do all she needs to in the ten hours a week that is allocated to the role!

Anthony and Anne are in New Zealand for a season of Leave and Home Service. They will be taking time to be refreshed in various ways while also keeping busy, connecting with their link churches and various supporters.

Katie is currently studying at St Andrew’s Hall in Melbourne, learning about cross-cultural living and ministry to prepare her to hit the ground running when she arrives in Spain in September this year.

Carol Roger, the latest to be sent as a short-term Mission Partner, arrived in Papua New Guinea in January. She has settled well in to position teaching English and Science at the Kapuna hospital primary school.

Dianne Bayley is safe and sound back in the Philippines. She arrived in time to be part of the grand opening of the Children’s Bible Ministries (CBM) home for disabled children in mid-January. It was officiated by the governor of her province, along with the vice governor, congressman, mayor and the Department of Social Welfare, leaders of persons with disabilities, and of course the CBM staff, children and supporters – 250 people in total.

Iri and Kate are now serving God from opposite sides of the globe. Kate suffered from a blood clot on their flight back to New Zealand at the end of last year and as a result was advised not to return to Tanzania. Kate continues from NZ with her role as the Communications Director for the Bishop of Kondoa, and Iri continues at the Bible School in Kondoa.

Nick Laing finished his course in Tropical Hygiene and is working at Lucor Hospital while Tessa is engaging alongside the local church to form a group that can follow up social justice initiatives They are currently re-establishing themselves in the community they were previously living in. This will be a season of re-building and developing solid friendships in the community. They are very excited, but also nervous about the extra work load of being without running water again!

Anna Tovey was mugged at gunpoint when walking home after swimming at the start of the year. The event did shake her up but she has recovered well and was able to finish her Kiswahili studies. She has now left Kenya to visit connections in Romania and England, and at the same time is in the process of applying to become a long-term Mission Partner.

Cliff and Irene return to work at St John’s University in Dodoma in April for a period of four to five months.