Joel and Fiona Kelling have become our partners through CMS. Their work is in the Middle East, working with Anglican Alliance and the Anglican Province of Jerusalem. Their patch covers the diocese of Cyprus and The Gulf, Egypt and North Africa, Iran and Jerusalem. They live in Amman, Jordan and have a young child.
As a result of regional conflict, the indigenous and migrant Christian populations of the Middle East are in need of their support. Jordan has become a regional hub for the response to ongoing humanitarian crises. Joel will be working to build the capacity of churches in the region and facilitating the educational, health and youth development activities across the province. Also he’ll be working to strengthen relationships between diverse Christian communities.
Fiona aims to use her experience in humanitarian response to support refugee and marginalised populations currently residing in Jordan. She worked in Haiti in 2010 after the earthquake, while Joel completed his architectural qualifications. She was also with UN to facilitate the provision effective shelter assistance in the West Bank and Gaza. Both have lived in Jerusalem and experienced the importance of interfaith exchange and understand the huge and complex humanitarian needs that exist in the middle East.
St Edmund’s sends an annual financial contribution and we hope to respond to their prayer letters with prayer support for their varied and complex work. Their first letter has just been received.
The Kellings would like a dialogue with St Edmunds so if you wish to write to tell them something of our life and work in this community they would be very happy to learn more about us. Please ask Alison or Melloney for the email link. Do have a look on the mission board in church for the photograph of Joel and Fiona and pray for them. You can also follow their page on the CMS website.