Nairobi November 2016
The Africa Cluster meeting of this year was held at Mill Hill house Nairobi, from the 7th to the 11th November 2016. These meetings where constituted by Chapter 2010 with the aim of creating a Forum where the Society Representatives from the six African countries with a Mill Hill presence come together once a year. In the presence of the Councillor for Africa they share how the members in their respective countries are living out the Society’s mission priorities, the needs, joys and experience of their local areas. They also discuss matters of Society Policy and its implementation, and make recommendations to the General Council for future planning. It’s also an opportunity for the Councillor for Africa representing the General Council to brief the leaders of some of latest developments in the Society.
This year the Cluster meeting once again listened to the reports from the different countries. Discussions were also held on topics such as: Facilitation and Community support of our young missionary teams. The leaders recognised some of the challenges experienced by our young members in areas of team work and exchanged ideas regarding the process of outside supervision. The future administration of Mill hill houses also formed part of our discussions.
There was an update from the East Africa regarding the employment of non-Mill Hill personnel to take on administrative roles of our houses. This, where it has been tried, has proved successful and members recommend it as a way for the future.
The meeting also made some recommendations for future retirement plans for African members following a request by the General Council. It’s now recognised that although most of the members from Africa and Asia are at the beginning of their active missionary service, nevertheless the time to plan is now in order to begin making the necessary savings for it.
From the General Council there where updates on among other things, the current plans regarding the return to South Sudan next year and also the latest on Mission to the West project as recommended by the Chapter 2015.
These meetings continue to be appreciated by those who attend who find them enriching in so far as they are able to hear from one another how other areas are handling different situations and also through them members are able to exchange ideas on how best to advance the missionary activity of the Society in our present time.
Andrew Mukulu mhm, Councillor for Africa