Archbishop Jackson Visits CMSI Partners in Burundi
Later this week Archbishop Michael Jackson will join CMS Ireland’s Mission Director, Jenny Smyth and the Revd Dr Paddy McGlinchey (Church of Ireland Theological Institute), on a partner visit to Burundi.
The first part of their programme will see the team spending time with CMSI’s partners in the Diocese of Matana, where they will visit various mission projects. As part of their partnership links through CMSI, a number of Church of Ireland parishes support theological education in Matana. The team hopes to meet with some of the student pastors, to bring greetings and share encouragements.
In Matana and its neighbouring diocese of Makamba, the team will also visit a Christian Aid programme that is supported by the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross.
The team will spend time at Bujumbura Christian University in Burundi’s capital city where Archbishop Jackson and Dr McGlinchey will lead teaching sessions around the Anglican Communion’s Five Marks of Mission.
“My hope and my prayer for this visit are that links will be strengthened and deepened between Ireland and Burundi in the areas of Discipleship, Justice, Reconciliation and Ecology – all of which fit with the Five Marks,” Archbishop Jackson said. “I’m looking forward to meeting people in Burundi and worshipping with them; listening to their story of faith and their passion for the Gospel in word and deed.”
This visit to Burundi is the latest expression of CMSI’s commitment to make connections between different parts of the worldwide Church. Visits – in both directions – are a central part of this approach. CMSI helps teams, individuals and Church leaders spend time together and learn how to support one another in mission.