2018 student intake
I live in Reading with my husband and two teenage children. I have been a paediatric nurse, my churches children’s worker and a family worker in a primary school. I have recently helped set up MakeLunch Reading, providing meals to families who need it during the school holidays. Now I am in the process of setting up Reading Family Support Hub, providing help, support and prayer to any family who needs it. I currently provide this during my church's toddler group and at an afterschool club.
I am from Northwich in Cheshire and have been a volunteer Youth Leader in a local Anglican church for the past seven years and also with a passion for prayer and intercession. Working alongside others and as a designer/illustrator, I have found myself pioneering and publicising projects, coordinating a joint churches youth event and prayer missions with teams from South Korea. I also have a passion for prayercycling which has led me on some unexpected adventures both here in the UK and overseas. I feel called to study at CMS to be better equipped as a pioneer and to learn from others who have established missional communities. I also have a passion for prayer and intercession.
My name is Lara and I live in Hertfordshire with my husband and miniature labradoodle. I have a huge interest in pioneering ministry and learning of new ways to share the gospel with those who do not know Jesus in a relevant contextual way. My passion is women's ministry. I am on the PCC and leadership in my church. I lead a home group who I love doing life with, and building each other up in faith is such a privilege.
I recently returned from two and a half years in Bolivia as a CMS mission partner, working with a ministry developing drug and alcohol rehab communities. I’ve worked with recovering addicts in a residential setting for several years. I’m keen to expand on this and pursue some new ideas, centred around creating community, particularly for those on the margins or who are struggling/recovering from emotional issues. If my concern for the environment can also somehow be addressed in the midst of this, that would be amazing! I’m trusting God will pull these strands together and guide my next steps.
I am married to Simon and I have two daughters and a son. I work as youth, children’s and family worker at Zion United Church in a village on the outskirts of Bristol. I have had a very strong calling from God to be a “missionary” since I was a teenager. I have revisited this calling many times in my walk with God and each time He unfolds more of his plan. God has given me a real desire to reach out to the children, families and young people in the community for many years. But more recently it has been a desire to go out to where the people are and reach them there rather than trying to get them into church as we know it and try and mould them into our ways of doing things. I am hoping this pioneer course will equip me with ideas and tools of how to serve God better “out there”. I have felt like a square peg in a round hole for along time and I am so excited and nervous about seeing what God has planned.