South Africa Team Blog #2

In our second blog from the MCI South Africa team, Karen tells us why she applied to be part of the team and her hopes for the visit.

Hi, Karen Gillespie here, writing this blog from Villiers Boarding School in Limerick. The excitement for the trip to South Africa is building by the day - next on the to-do list is the dreaded vaccinations!!

I've spent the last few days thinking of why I am excited for this trip and what it means to be part of this team. There are a million and one reasons to be honest. While I was studying Social Care in Limerick Institute of Technology I was interested in asking the question "Why has Young People's Participation in the Church Community Declined?". Using sociology and psychology I analysed it as best I could. All that materialised was the evidence that there is a decline! This learning experience to South Africa, for me, will help to further analyse the issue. I hope to learn about the strong connection between the church and community in South Africa and I hope to assist in recharging and revitialising that connection back in my home town and elsewhere in Ireland.

Being part of this team is an amazing opportunity, all members have a variety of experiences to share. For me, this team is not just going to South Africa and returning to separate and do our own thing. I hope to work with all members into the future. Throughout the experience every individual will gain various insights and knowledge - the sharing of that knowledge and discussion is the part I look forward to. I am merely a drop in the ocean however I hope to cause a longstanding ripple effect for the future of the church.






Preparing to leave for Ghana

We are going to Ghana tomorrow (Wednesday 13th April) in order to meet with a variety of partners of the Methodist Church in Ireland.

Most are partners via Irish Methodist World Development & Relief but we'll also be calling in on Pat Jamison (a mission partner via the Methodist Missionary Society) and also meeting with the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church Ghana in order to discuss some future work between MCI and MCG.

We'll be covering a lot of miles and some rough country. We'll also be travelling with some great supporters who are bringing their skills so that we can share the stories fully when we return.

The team is:
Tim Dunwoody (WDR and MMS(I))
Laura Kerr (WDR and MMS(I))
Pete Laverty (video cameraman)
Tim West (stills photographer)
Abe Scheele (sound engineer)

Please pray for a safe and fruitful journey and FOLLOW THE BLOG! Thank you!