We support BMS World Mission, a Christian mission organisation working in around 35 countries on four continents. BMS personnel are mainly involved in church planting, development, disaster relief, education, health, and media and advocacy.
Through the BMS Church Partner scheme, we are now linked to four different mission workers: David & Ann Macfarlane in Italy; Abi & Alastair Currie preparing to go out to Bangladesh; Andy & Jutta Cowie in Haiti; and Sarah McArthur in Peru.
David and Ann Macfarlane
Ann and David are working with BMS World Mission in Italy. Before going to Italy, David, a minister, worked as a social worker. He and Ann first went to Italy in 1993 and lived in Perugia, concentrating on language study. In autumn 1994 they moved to Altamura where they were involved in church work as well as continuing their language learning.
In the summer of 1996, they moved to Barletta where David became pastor of the local church and was also responsible for co-ordinating the youth work in the regions of Puglia and Basilicata. In 2001 David also became the pastor of the church in Santeramo. In the autumn of 2009 they moved to a new ministry in Reggio Calabria.
They have three grown-up children and five grandchildren. They both like music (David plays the guitar) and swimming. David also enjoys football and Ann reading. Their home church is Falkirk Baptist Church.
David and Ann’s latest newsletter can be found here.
Abi & Ally Currie
Once they have completed their training, Abi and Ally will be moving to Bangladesh later in 2015. Ally will be seconded to a partner organisation. He will be using his engineering and team leadership skills in a local business, whilst Abi will be using her knowledge of communication development to impact their community.
Ally is a mechanical engineer and Abi has worked for over nine years as a specialist speech and language therapist for children with additional support needs.
Abi and Ally met at university in Edinburgh and are married with a three year old son, Lachlan, and new baby, Bethia.
Andy and Jutta Cowie
Andy is a trained motor mechanic and a body shop estimator. He served with YWAM and then Mercy Ships. Andy and Jutta met on the Mercy Ship in 2006 and married on 14 February 2009.
After training at IMC, the Cowies moved to Guinea in 2011. As of the beginning of January 2012, their placement in Guinea was no longer available to them. They have now relocated to Haiti.
Jutta is very creative and likes making jewellery and cards. Andy is very practical and likes to lend a hand to any DIY jobs. As a couple they like the great outdoors – hiking and camping.
Andy and Jutta are members of Milton Baptist Church in Weston-super-Mare.
Sarah moved to Peru in January 2014 after a period of training at IMC. Sarah will be joining other BMS workers in Nauta, in the Amazon forest, helping to train pastors and the local community in creation care and sustainable agricultural methodology such as plant propagation. She may also be involved in youth work through the local church.
Sarah was born in Kuwait and moved to Scotland when she was seven. She has previously been working as a plant propagator at Glendoick Gardens, mainly working with rhododendrons. She has been on two work parties to Peru and Tanzania and she feels God has been preparing her for work with BMS. Her home church is Perth Baptist Church.