Meet the missionaries at CMS Summer School 2018!
Keith & Marion Birchley
Just a short flight away in the hot and humid Port Moresby, Keith and Marion spend their time with Christian students at the University of Papua New Guinea. Although there's a large amount of people who identify as Christian, many churches in PNG are influenced by a poor understanding of the Bible and false teaching. Keith and Marion aim to provide faithful, gospel-centered training to the future leaders of the PNG church, and important pastoral care in a region marred by poverty, violence and corruption.
Dene & Rachel Hughes
With their two sons Elliot and Simeon, Dene and Rachel live in a city next to Osaka, Japan. Japan is one of the most gospel-poor countries in the world, and being a foreign missionary there is quite challenging. Despite this, Dene and Rachel are firmly and faithfully involved in ministry to university students through KGK (the Japanese Christian student movement) and are actively serving at their local church.
Gillian also serves in university ministry - in Rome! Italy may seem like a country where missionaries aren't needed, but Christianity is commonly thought of as irrelevant and outdated, with more and more young people identifying as atheist. With a team of only two other staff members, Gillian runs Bible studies, disciples students, and organises mission events.
For security reasons, we can't tell you who T&J are, or which country they serve in. But we can tell you that they're in South East Asia, and they have two lovely daughters. They're trained in health care, and work with people with disabilities, helping and enabling them to provide for themselves. They're also active in their neighbourhood, meeting people and making relationships, so they can share the gospel of Jesus.