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What does trusting God’s sovereignty in global mission look like?

The gospel is the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes and this gospel is all about Jesus who died and rose again for the forgiveness of sins. Mission is all about taking this good news about Jesus to the nations.

But, from our human perspective, this is far from an easy task! So, what does trusting God’s sovereignty in global mission look like when on one hand nothing can undermine God’s gospel purposes yet there seems to be so much in the world that seems to oppose and hinder the progress of the gospel?

Join us at the CMS Summer Conference 2020 from January 16–18 in Adelaide for deeply transformative bible talks from the book of Acts and as we hear how God is at work through his unstoppable gospel across the world. 

At CMS Summer Conference 2020, Kanishka Raffel is our Bible talks speaker and we’re really excited about our International Speaker, Grishma Parajuli, a Pastor from Pokhara in Nepal.

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Kanishka Raffell

Kanishka was born in London to Sri Lankan parents and was raised as a Buddhist. At University a friend gave him a copy of The Gospel According to John and he subsequently became a Christian. Kanishka practised briefly as a commercial lawyer in Sydney before undertaking theological education at Moore College. Kanishka served as Rector of St Matthew’s Anglican Church Shenton Park, Perth from June 1999 until Dec 2015. In February 2016 he was installed as the twelfth Dean of Sydney at St Andrew’s Cathedral. Kanishka is married to Cailey and they have two  daughters. He likes cooking,  24 hr news TV,  reading non-fiction and listening to all kinds of music, especially Baroque and Classical.

Grishma Parajuli

Grishma is the senior pastor of Nayagaun church in Nepal, where he has been serving now for more than 30 years. Originally from a high-caste Hindu background, Grishma became a Christian after investigating Christianity closely in an attempt to disprove it. He was especially impressed by Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), and so put his trust in Jesus despite intense family pressure. Today his church of 1000 people has planted 11 churches with which he retains links. Several Australian CMS missionaries are part of the Nayagaun church and work in fellowship with him and his wife Laxmi. Grishma will be the International Speaker for CMS Summer Conferences in January 2020.

Elizabeth Richards

Elizabeth is the CMS Australia Regional Mission Director for Africa, Europe, Western Australia, and the Pacific Islands. Elizabeth and her husband Malcolm served two terms in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Gospel workers

Mike & Karen Roe and Tamie & Arthur Davis will share how our partnership in global mission is having an impact in Tanzania, Namibia, and in South Africa. They will be presenting elective seminars too that will help equip us locally for our participation in global mission.


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Children & Youth

Both the children’s and youth programs run for the full day on Friday and Saturday. Both programs are designed to encourage children and teens to be part of how God is working globally through the gospel.

Both programs will involve meeting gospel workers and thinking through what it means to cross cultures to share the good news of Jesus in an age appropriate way. Further information about the children and youth program will be made available to parents upon registration.


Food is a really important part of Summer Conference for adults, children, and youth. Lunch and morning/afternoon teas will be provided. We love everyone to join us for dinner. There is a minimal extra cost of $5 per person for dinner to help us cover expenses.

Summer conference cost

SE 2020Full-TimePart-time
Early bird
(ends Dec 16)
(Dec 17 - Jan 14)
(Jan 16 - 18)
AM + PMNightAll day
Family (2A + 3C)2052502909035130
Child (2-17)20354510518


CMS SANT Summer Conference is held at Edwardstown Baptist Church (Dorene St & Rothesay Ave, St Marys SA 5042).

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To register for the conference, click on the button below and complete the registration process. If you have any problems, contact Sarah Golder on or Suzi Kastelein on

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