CMS MISSION PARTNERS @stmarywarsash
Doug and Jacqui Marshall are mission partners with St Mary’s and serve with the Church Mission Society in Malta. Jacqui is from Scotland and Doug from South Africa. Their call is to ‘serve those who have fallen into the cracks of society’ and their role is ‘helping asylum seekers recover their lives’.
Further information about Doug and Jacqui can be found on the CMS website by following the link at:
‘Malta has had some of the highest numbers of asylum seekers per capita in Europe. They have not been universally well received and integration is very difficult. Being excluded from wider society alienates and condemns people. We are trying to build bridges so that all people feel included in society. Frequently language and cultural differences in communication cause unnecessary problems so cultural mediation is a key part of what we do. Our work varies greatly, depending on people’s needs and the situations they find themselves in. But we are relational in our approach, which often allows talking about spiritual matters.’
Doug visited St Mary’s in July, attending the Year 6 Eucharist service, where he spoke of his work and said that the most valuable quality he went to secondary school with was ‘curiosity’. He popped into Stay & Play and helped at Messy Church. In the evening he spoke to a group about his work including the challenge of responding in a Christian way to asylum seekers who are feared and excluded. He says everyone has dignity and he comes alongside them to listen and to assist them. We loved meeting Doug and hearing of his response to this crisis.
Please join us in praying for Doug and his family as they serve Christ in Malta.