Church Mission Society (CMS)
Who are CMS?
When we look at the life of Jesus, we see that he spent time with people at the edges, often to the astonishment of the establishment. Sick people, poor people, tax collectors, those who were often avoided due to their “sinner” status – Jesus welcomes them. He offers grace, healing, restoration, love – and he invites them to be part of his story.
Church Mission Society is likewise called to connect with people at the edges: the edges of church, the edges of society, the edges of our comfort zones. And we’re always looking for others who will join us at edges near and far, to help share God’s love in creative ways, knowing that person-by-person, community-by-community, this is how we will see our world made new.
How do we support?
CMS are one of the selected charities supported financially by St Philip's with St James' through our mission beyond the parish scheme. Our gift to CMS supports Felipe and Sarah Yanez who are based in Malaga, Spain.
Felipe helps collect and distribute food twice a week at at the Centro Diez42, a Christian food bank in central Malaga. He also helps run a weekly, informal Bible study at the ABC (an association in our town) and runs a basic English for Catering course a few times a year. He meets regularly with a few different men to encourage them and discuss issues of faith. Sarah is on the management team for the ABC, helping with paperwork and finances, and running its clothes bank. There are constant opportunities to share faith through practical witness and conversations with both volunteers and beneficiaries. Our two boys, Sam and Aaron, are both in local Spanish schools, bringing many opportunities to build relationships.
Originally from Chile, Felipe became a Christian in 1991 while serving in the Chilean army. Sarah was brought up in Pakistan, where her parents worked in mission for many years. Felipe moved to the UK in 1994, initially working with Operation Mobilisation before joining the South American Mission Society and Church Mission Society in 1997. Based in Sparkhill, Birmingham, he was a youth worker within his church and the wider community. Sarah moved to Birmingham in 1995 to work as an occupational therapist and was an active member of the same church, where we married in 2000. We moved to Malaga, Spain, in 2007.
After 15 years in Spain, Felipe and Sarah are in the process of moving to the UK. They will continue to receive support from CMS until the end of 2022. Although the Yanez family will be leaving CMS, our commitment to supporting CMS as a church will continue into 2023 and beyond.
Read more about Felipe and Sarah and their work.