A call to serve that has led me overseas and now in the UK
Church worker in the community
For much of my working life I was a senior administrator at Surrey University. This was good preparation for the work I did in the Middle East. My first placement with Church Mission Society was in Egypt where I had the privilege to serve with the Diocese of Egypt and the Horn of Africa. This was followed by two years in Bethlehem and then Jordan, again working with the Diocese.
After nearly nine years in the Middle East I was offered the privilege of working in the UK. I am linked to a local church community to be a presence in an area of depravation and disadvantage. Knowing nothing about Plymouth and the issues here initially, I have been on a steep learning curve, seeing lives that are devastated by unemployment and a sense of feeling forgotten. What is the gospel for these people? The churches in the area are small, there’s a shortage of clergy and churches aren’t by and large seen as having a significant role in the community. It has to start with a presence. We need to walk alongside some of the most disadvantaged people.
Church Mission Society is part of my Christian family. They have supported and encouraged me through many difficult situations and because of them I have felt part of a large community that reaches far and wide.