27 January 2008

Field Service Team meetings

This week Martial and Miranda have swapped the sunshine of Cape Town for the stormy rainclouds of Pretoria. They are attending the annual meetings of YWAM Africa's Field Service Team. It has been great as a Comms Team to be part of this wider group of people, all of whom are working in some way to strengthen the work of YWAM in Africa.

Currently we have people on the team who represent not only communication but also Member Care and Staff Development; Community Development; HIV/AIDS; and the Africa Leadership Team. We are a very disparate group, located in different places and with different focus to our work ... but what we have in common strongly connects us: we all love Africa, the people of the continent and the work of YWAM here; we are committed to seeing this work grow and become stronger and more effective; and we recognise that many different sorts of equipping is needed to make this possible. One reason why our times together are so special is the opportunity to hang out with others who work widely across the continent, since this is very different from the context of a local training or ministry center. It's fun to share those crazy travel stories, but also to contribute those insights that help us direct our help to where it's most needed.

Back at home base Tim and Pam are working on the ongoing projects of compiling the Prayer Guide and gathering news articles. They are also preparing to welcome Evelein who arrives from Holland to join the team on Friday.

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