David and Rachel work with the Church Missionary Society of Australia (CMS-A).
David leads CMS-A’s development and training ministry and Rachel is involved in mentoring and equipping new Mission Partners. Crosslinks and CMS-A have had a long informal partnership, working in close fellowship in many situations around the world. David and Rachel are responsible for training around 25 new Mission Partners each year, mainly from Australia and New Zealand. They also help the society's 200 Mission Partners, located in 40 countries around the world, to keep growing and learning in their service of the Lord Jesus.
They have three children: Tom (married to Mia), Sam (married to Melanie) and Jonathan.
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One of the privileges of having our Crosslinks prayer letter due in December means that we are amongst the first to say: Happy Christmas!
We are looking forward very much to celebrating the birth of the Lord Jesus, made more vivid after our visit to the shepherds’ fields in Bethlehem earlier this year.
In late September Rachel and I spent two weeks in southern and eastern Africa visiting CMS mission partners. It was a huge encouragement to spend time with our mission partners, all of whom had trained during our time at St Andrew’s Hall. The context of mission in southern Africa is especially challenging, with continued tensions around land ownership. Mission in post-colonial contexts is not easy. We were encouraged to see how wisely and vulnerably our colleagues were engaging in mission in the face of these issues.
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