goodbye excuses...

Niall2 Posted by Niall Manogue on Wed, 21 Mar 2007 | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

well the day has come… broadband has arrived at Kiwoko Hospital! So, no longer, will i be able to use a poor internet connection as an excuse for radio silence on the blog.

Despite the lack of postings since Jan (i hang my head in shame), things have been pretty busy. I have been carrying on full steam ahead with our new HIV/AIDS program, which has involved redesigning our monitoring and evaluation systems, changing our data collection methods and generally trying to work out how we're going to spend the money! On one hand a nice problem to have…

We've just had a deputation from CMSI visiting last week – a great time was had. Some superb chats and discussions and a ridiculous amount of laughter. I had fun on Saturday night trying to convince David Spears that Foy Vance was more talented than the Shadows! Thanks to Spike, David and Alan – it was good to share our life here with you.

I've been mulling the whole idea of partnership recently. I've been at two contrasting events that presented two very different approaches to this idea – one, a Peace Corps (US Government 2 year overseas volunteering program – bit like VSO) training event and the other a financial workshop with the large donor who has caused so much frustration. Whilst I don't have any thoughts to share on it at the minute, I do have lots of questions – how do we create a sense of equity in a partnership when one side clearly has more to give? How do we stop power being abused? At what level should partnership take place – individual or corporate? How do the two sides, often very different in thought and culture, reach a common way of working/ set of goals? What is God's view on partnership within His church? Is partnership essential for mission?

Whilst these questions have arisen for me out of experiences with our donors, they very much apply to what we are about in mission. Any thoughts/ wisdom/ stories would be much appreciated!

I think that's enough for now… will be on again soon.

David, I'm off to listen to Foy…