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.
St Luke’s Mission Partners are located in India. Their call is to help people, especially through studying the Bible together, to develop in their relationship with God and in the way they serve others. Their role involves them in Bible-based teaching, mainly through The Association for Theological Education by Extension (TAFTEE). Also they build relationships, coordinate a Bible study group and help to organise a church plan. When on leave, they come to St Luke’s and tell us about their mission work.
John Mills is St Luke’s CMS Champion. He receives regular letters from CMS and visited our Partners 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.