BMS Scottish Missionary stories
Fiona is from central Scotland and went to Brazil as a BMS volunteer in 2006. She trained as a long-term worker in 2007/08 and then completed language training in Portugal before going to work with the Evangelical Baptist Church of Angola in 2009. Fiona spent two years working in Angola passing on project management skills.
Fiona moved to Mozambique in the summer of 2012 to be a part of a growing BMS team working with the Baptist Convention of Mozambique.
Sarah moved to Peru in early 2013 to join 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 is also 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.
Sitongua and Lynne Laussu
Lynne previously served with BMS in Angola from June 2004, helping set up PEPEs, which is a pre-school education programme set up by churches, originating in Brazil.
Sitongua is a theologian and is originally from Angola. He is a minister and a qualified secondary teacher too. He worked as the national director of CEF in Angola. More recently they worked in Zambia. Lynne and Sitongua are currently working in Guinea.
They have a desire to build friendships with local people, share Jesus with them and help make a difference in their daily life opportunities. Lynne hopes to do this through working with PEPE preschools and training in children’s work. Sitongua aims to do this by working with students at the local university, providing leadership training and development work among young people.
Their home church is Greenock Baptist Church, Scotland.
Philip and Rosemary Halliday
Originally from Scotland, Philip and Rosemary married in Edinburgh in 1988 and shortly afterwards moved to Croxley Green where Philip was associate minister for four years. It was during this time that their three children were born. They moved to France with BMS in 1993 to do church-planting work.
Still based in France, Philip is now responsible for BMS’ partnerships and personnel in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Rosemary frequently travels with him, focusing on member care.
At home in France, Rosemary provides practical and pastoral support to the 50 or so students in a Christian language school in the town where they live, near Paris, and Philip is President of the French Baptist ‘Home Mission’.
When there is spare time, they enjoy cycling, reading, music, cooking and entertaining.
Jill is a primary school teacher from St Andrews in Scotland. She has been teaching at GDQ School in Tirana, Albania, from September 2009.
GDQ is an international school for children from the mission community. There are currently 90 children in attendance of 14 different nationalities. As well as normal school activities, the school runs the Miracle Club, a weekly club for local Albanian children. Some of the teachers have been involved in training sessions for local Albanian teachers. The school also offers support for families home-schooling their children.
Jill taught Grade 2 class at GDQ as a BMS short-term worker to begin with. She then transferred onto the mid-term programme and after a period of training at BMS’ International Mission Centre in Birmingham, returned to Albania in April 2011. In January 2014, Jill became a long-term mission worker.
Jill’s home church is St Andrews Baptist Church in Fife.
Ann and David 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.