REACHING OUT
a poem by Lily Temple

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David Burke
Hungary
August 2015

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Debbie Hawthorne Ruth McClay
& Scott Frazer
Romania
August 2009

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Debbie Hawthorne & Ruth McClay
Romania
August 2008

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Laura Hawthorne
Turkey
August 2007

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Laura Hawthorne
Colombia
July 2006

Summer 2005

Young People on Outreach Teams 2005

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Hilary Ferguson
South Africa
Summer 2002

Timwimbire Choir

Visit of Malawian Choir
October 2001

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David McCarter
Malawi
1999

When the first General Assembly decided in 1840 to send missionaries to India, The Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) was wholeheartedly committing

 itself to the work of Mission overseas. That commitment continues today, with PCI now engaged in partnership in Mission in 20 countries worldwide.

PARTNERSHIP WHICH INVOLVES -
SENDING people to work alongside our Partners overseas. Currently, almost 80 adults in 14 countries in four continents are engaged in a wide range of activities from evangelism and church planting to medical and development work. All are committed, dedicated Christians, who seek to share the love of God in Christ with people at their point of need - whether it be spiritual, physical or material.
SHARING our financial resources. Many of our partner churches are extremely poor, with some in lands where it is difficult or impossible for foreigners to enter. In these situations even modest sums of money can make a real difference to the work of mission. Church-wide support for the United Appeal and 'extra mile' project giving by congregations, Sunday School & Youth, Junior BB, PWA, Young Women's Groups and individuals enables PCI to make a significant contribution in many different places. Like helping to fund Christian literature and Bible correspondence courses in Thailand, or Christian radio broadcasts to Sudan in local tribal languages, or resources for a Christian Training Centre in Indonesia.
RECEIVING from our overseas partners. It's not easy receiving from others but much of value can be leant from receiving their ideas, their vision and their people. We quickly learn, for instance, that we don't have all the answers, that our way of doing things, whilst not necessarily wrong, may not be the only way or even the best way! We can also find ourselves being challenged to re-examine our vision, values and priorities as we see how our partners live out their faith with courage and conviction, often in the face of extreme hardship.
Working in partnership can be humbling, is never easy, and requires commitment and a willingness to, 'receive' as well as to 'send' and 'share'. It's about people relating to people. "Partnership isn't primarily about our churches as institutions but about us as members relating to one another" as one overseas visitor has put it.
All of us here at home can (and should) be 'Partners in Mission'. We can each commit to pray regularly for our people overseas, their partners and the work they are doing together, to support them financially and to find practical ways of helping and encouraging one another.
News of hope and salvation in Jesus Christ has never been greater. May God help each of us to obey His command to "make disciples of all nations ", at home and overseas.

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Sarah-Jane Ferguson
Palencia, Spain
1999

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Ker Graham
Project Albania
1995

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David Burke
Hungary
August 2012

Mark Hawthorne in N Ireland & Chris Adair in Dublin
2009

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Alison Buick 
& Mark Hawthorne
South Africa
July 2008

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Debbie Hawthorne
Romania
July 2007

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Mark Hawthorne & Chris Adair
South Africa
July 2006

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David Burke
Hungary
May 2002

Heather Jackson
Armenia
2000

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Claire Morgan
Nepal 1998

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Heather Jackson
Peru
1998

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Ker Graham
Nazareth Hospital
1997