Paul and Sarah are on a journey that will lead to full time service with CMS once their studies are complete and their finances arranged. They recently attended a CMS Selection Conference, which unanimously confirmed their suitability for full time Mission Partner service.
They are no strangers to the world of CMS. They have spent nine months working as volunteers with the Diocese of Peru in Lima. They also spent a short time in Mexico City, through OMS, where they taught English.
Paul is a qualified civil engineer and Sarah is a teacher. Much of their Christian service to date has been with children and young people although Paul was also heavily involved in laying the foundations for a new church building in Lima.
The couple met while they were at university in Durham and married in 2001. Aylesbury is their home town where they attend Holy Trinity Church in college holidays.
Both Paul and Sarah were brought up in Christian families. Sarah made her first commitment as a six year old in Sunday school and first felt a call to mission at the age of 14. Her faith has continued to grow since then and, while abroad as part of her university course, learnt to rely on God in a cross cultural situation.
Paul’s relationship with God is one that has developed rather like a friendship but with so much more to it. He has been conscious of God’s hand on his life and his call to work with the church in Peru has grown over a five to ten year period.. The time he spent in Peru with CMS was life changing. He describes it as the most challenging and yet most exciting and blessed year of their lives.
Both Paul and Sarah are now excitedly, apprehensively, preparing for what God has in store for them next. They are studying at Redcliffe Mission Training College until June 2007 and hope to travel out to Peru in the autumn.