By the time you receive this newsletter the CMF National Conference on 28-30 April will be almost upon us.You should have received two mailings of the conference booking form by now and we hope you are able to join us. This year's theme is 'Choosing God's Way' and the main Bible Reader is Hugh Thomson. The Rendle Short Lecture will be given by Michael Varnam.
The ICMDA 13th World Congress in Sydney from 11-16 July, 'Health and Hope'(preceded by a students/juniors conference on 7-11 July), will bring together over 1,000 Christian doctors and medical students from all over the world. Bookings are rolling in and by the time CMF News went to print over 600 had booked and over 100 bursaries awarded.Why not combine a visit to the conference with a well-earned holiday in Australia or New Zealand?
Details of both these key events are on the CMF website along with information about regional conferences, Saline Solution days and specialty breakfasts at www.cmf.org.uk
Thank you so much to all those who gave via the on line appeal to provide support for victims of the Kashmir Earthquake. In all, with the help of Gift Aid, CMF members managed to raise £104,000 and virtually all of this has now been distributed through Kunhar and Bach Hospitals, which were both left standing despite being near the middle of the earthquake zones (see Winter 2006 Triple Helix to read the amazing report). Much medical relief, community care and two communications centres to enable strategic channelling of aid, were made possible by your generous gifts.
Plans are now developing for the office move from Partnership House. Our current best estimate is that we will leave Partnership House, where we have leased accommodation for over 32 years, by Easter 2007.
The CMF Executive has taken the decision to remain in central London, to buy rather than rent if at all possible, and to look for between 5,000-10,000 sq ft to meet our immediate and longer term needs, while also being able to offer accommodation to other like minded organisations with whom we have a desire to work more closely together.
We have now instructed a commercial agent to begin the search along the axis between Waterloo and Kings Cross in central London. Plans are continuing to develop in relation to the launch of a capital appeal to fund the acquisition, and we have already received an earmarked gift! We will be approaching the membership over the summer to support this massive project. Please be thinking and praying how you might be able to contribute to the long-term future of the Fellowship.CMF has grown! Income and expenditure has doubled in the last six years, and the employed staff has also more than doubled, and the internal organisation is beginning to creak under this amount of growth! As a consequence, and as part of preparation for the move from Partnership House, we have sought external help in the form of a consultant highly skilled in organisation design; Mee-Yan Judge has worked extensively with both IFES and OMF along with a blue chip portfolio of British Companies, and she is carrying out an organisational review of all that we are doing to see how we might manage more effectively the next phase of CMF's development and growth.