I had been a Christian for two years in 2011 when I felt God calling me to mission – I spent 17 life-changing months working on water and building projects in Tanzania and India. While in Tanzania I helped manage a local project for women and children in crisis, and when the opportunity arose to return to Tanzania to run the project, I did not hesitate to follow the call.
I manage the Rehema Project for the Diocese of Mara – an empowerment project aimed at helping the most disadvantaged women and children in Mara.
I am South African by birth and British by naturalisation. In 2011, after almost 30 years of working in banking, account management and HR management, I was made redundant from my senior role in a business risk consultancy in London. I felt called to do something completely different, something that made a difference, and after praying about it I went to Tanzania on a short-term mission trip. I was introduced to Rehema and couldn't help but become involved. This experience further cemented my call; I firmly believe that God called me to short-term mission to give me a taste of life in long-term mission. After training with Church Mission Society, I returned to Musoma and I'm excited about sharing in the love of Christ with the Rehema ladies long-term.
I served in Tanzania for over a year without affiliation to any mission organisation. It was rewarding but I was aware that I didn't have the support my contemporaries had from their mission organisations – prayer, pastoral care, encouragement, advice, financial support, link support, etc. CMS Australia was well represented and highly regarded in Musoma, so CMS was an obvious choice – after all they have more than 200 years' experience.