Church Mission Society
Axbridge Church supports the work of the Church Mission Society and we sponsor the work of CMS mission partners working in the Middle East.
Our CMS Mission Partner, Anne Plested, is in Bethlehem serving the church there and the ministry of Bethlehem Bible College.
Anne's role is teaching English and supporting the Bethlehem Bible College as required. Here is some information about her and her work:
"I am being called to serve the local people, the church and Bethlehem Bible College – to teach, talk about faith and share the love of the Lord. Bethlehem Bible College prepares people for leadership in ministry and is a hub for social action and peace studies.
"As a native English speaker, I can help build capacity at the College through fundraising and other work as required, as well as to teach English. Fluency in English can improve students’ educational and job prospects.
"I am also drawn to people living on the margins (such as those in the Occupied Palestinian Territories) – to share in their joys and struggles.
"I was born into a Christian family – as a child regularly attending church, Sunday school and convent schools. In my 20s the realisation of God’s love led to a conscious decision to follow God through Christ Jesus through offering myself in service to God and his people, particularly those living on the edge.
"This became manifest when I left my work as a medical secretary to train in agriculture in order to work in overseas development. My degree in agriculture was followed by an MA in development studies.
"I lived and worked for 15 years in The Gambia: five years with VSO and a school farm and garden programme, and 10 years as a CMS mission partner with the local Anglican Church, coordinating the activities of the diocesan development office. This included agriculture, education, health and work with refugees.
"My faith deepened throughout that time in The Gambia, when I developed a deeper awareness of the application of faith in practical living and service. In 1996 I became a Tertiary in the Society of St Francis.
"I also lived for five years in community at Pilsdon in Dorset. Life in community had its challenges, but also revealed the kingdom to me – a place of welcome, prayer, life on the edge and healing. There was a great depth of joy, despite the burdens that life gathers."
Last Updated by AG 17 July 2018