Church Mission Society is a community of people who have been set free to follow God’s call in mission. Currently, there are CMS people in 40 countries across Africa, Asia, South America, the Middle East, Europe and the UK. Just some examples of the work these people are doing include: working to eradicate FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) in Africa, training Christian leaders in Nepal and accompanying excluded indigenous people through Argentina’s healthcare system. (http://www.churchmissionsociety.org/church-mission-society-big-picture)
Alison Giblett has been the CMS (Church Mission Society) link mission partner with us at St. Wilfrid’s, Cowplain for 10 years and really appreciates our prayer and financial support. She says she always enjoys visiting a church with a similar spirit of hunger for God and a willingness to explore creative ways of helping people know him.
Photo: Alison Giblett, our CMS link mission partner.
Based in Kiev, she leads the Genesis ministry which helps damaged people receive healing by relying on God to free them from destructive habits. She is also a coordinator and an active member in the mission team with Valery Alymov.
Alison had a Christian background as a Sunday school teacher, and during her studies for HND and MBA in international business she was a student leader and inner city youth leader. While working at the London Stock Exchange she attended Stoneleigh Bible Week where God used a Russian pastor to call her to serve in Russia.
During a short mission trip in two cities she explored professional opportunities and accepted a post with KPMG first in Moscow and then in St Petersburg. During this time, Alison hired a tutor to learn Russian and later obtained a visa to enrol as a university student again, to improve her language.
During summer evangelistic city crusades in the Urals she met the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students team and served with them for four years. Feeling called to prepare local leaders, she took an MA at All Nations Christian College. Then she joined CMS with which she first served in a rehabilitation centre in Krasnodar, and linked up with ISAAC, the International Substance Abuse and Addiction Coalition.
Photo: Alison taking a remedial class in Ukraine
ISAAC invited Alison to serve with the Ukrainian Association for Christian Rehabilitation centres in Kiev, and CMS continues to support this work. Alison is very encouraged by the wide opportunities for mission in Ukraine as people are very open, and in particular the opportunities to help Ukrainians serve in mission abroad – they have a lot to offer. She is pleased with the steady growth of the Genesis ministry but needs many more people to volunteer as trainers to serve nationally.
Alison regrets a widespread scepticism among some national church leaders toward anything related to psychology, and therefore a mistrust of the Genesis ministry. People serving with her have little time or resources, which limits what can be done so we need to pray about that and for these issues:
- coping with the pain of interaction with broken people;
- genuine healing for people and freedom from addiction;
- long term peace and reconciliation within Ukraine;
- the opportunities for military chaplains she works with;
- God’s direction for mission outreach by the Ukrainian church.