CMS is working in 37 countries worldwide, but St. John’s has links with Andrew and Maria Leake in Salta in northern Argentina and Allan and Anne Lacey . 

The Laceys send regular Link letters every few months which can be obtained from Barbara Cottier, or download a pdf from the CMS website by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephoning 01865 787527.

A proportion of the money raised during the Mission weekend will go to CMS to support the Laceys and to  help the Leakes empower indigenous people of the Salta to secure ownership of their traditional lands.

A small group of CMS supporters meets on the third Friday each month in Ebbisham Court, Whittington College to pray. New folk are always welcome to join us.

Why not sign up to receive Prayer Space, a weekly email, which gives details of current prayer needs, so that you can support CMS in prayer.

Barbara Cottier


Allan and Anne Lacey, who have served two terms with CMS in NW Uganda, have now returned to the UK for their postponed retirement. They will spend the next few months catching up with family and friends, settling into their home in Leicester, and visiting their various link churches. They are due to be visiting us at St John's on 16th March 2014.


ANDREW & MARIA LEAKE have worked in Northern Argentina for many years, first with SAMS but now under the aegis of CMS since the merger of the two societies. They are engaged in the long-running campaign to support the rights of the local indigenous people in Salta Province, whose homelands and natural resources are threatened by widespread commercial deforestation and agriculture. They are now engaged in the process of buying up land to be protected and conserved for the Indian population, to preserve their way of life and provide sustainability. Their eldest son, Tomas, is at university in Cordoba; Cecilia, now 16, is looking at options for higher education, and Carolina (13) is at a local school.


Barbara Cottier distributes their prayer letters, and further information can be obtained from Philip and Rosemary Tadman who have long-standing links with South America.