Thousands of people from all walks of life are part of Church Mission Society (CMS)– praying, learning and acting together in pursuit of that call. So CMS is a community of people who have been set free to follow God’s call in mission. Such as Ann-Marie, who has dedicated her life to eradicating FGM (female genital mutilation) in Africa. Manoj, who is training Christian Leaders for the fast-growing church in Nepal. Cristina, who accompanies excluded indigenous people through Argentina’s healthcare system. Rana, a London vicar who is passionate about sharing the gifts of Asian Christians with the UK church.
The CMS story began more than 200 years ago with a group of Christians whose hearts were stirred to put their call into action. This group included people like William Wilberforce, John Venn and John Newton. Together they worked to abolish the slave trade, they fought for the rights of oppressed people at home and they launched out on dangerous seas to share Jesus with the world. The effects of their efforts – as well as the work of thousands of men and women who have followed in their footsteps – can still be seen and felt across the world today. Which is as strong as ever. CMS believes all of God’s people are called to join in God’s mission. There are CMS people in 40 countries across Africa, Asia, South America, the Middle East, Europe and the UK. Some have been sent from Britain and Europe.
St Luke’s is a Link church which is a vital part of a chain of people all working together to see the love of Jesus transform lives and communities worldwide. A Link church gets involved in mission through building a relationship with a specific person in mission. As a Link church, we stand alongside our mission partner, providing much needed prayer, financial support and friendship. In return we receive letters, visits, insights about their region, prayer and support from our mission partner.
Eric and Rhena Clouston are St Luke’s Mission Partners. They are located in Bangalore, India. Their call is to help people in Bangalore, especially through studying the Bible together, to develop in their relationship with God and in the way they serve others. Their role involves Eric in Bible-based teaching, mainly through The Association for Theological Education by Extension (TAFTEE). Rhena builds relationships, coordinates a Bible study group and is helping to organise a church plan. They have a son Sam, who lives in Bangalore, and a daughter Kitty, who has just completed her first year at Imperial College, London. Eric was in the UK in May, when he was able to come to St Luke’s and tell us about his mission in Bangalore.
John Mills is St Luke’s CMS Champion. He receives regular letters from the Cloustons and visited them in their home during their last stay in the UK. In addition, information packs are sent to St. Luke’s Church and are displayed in the Publications section at the back of the church.