Ronnie and Maggie to return to Kenya

Posted by Roger Cooke on Thu, 20 Nov 2014 | 2 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

CMS Ireland Mission Director, Ronnie Briggs, and his wife, Maggie, were recently accepted as ‘Mission Partners in Training’ with the Society and are hoping to return to Kenya towards the end of February 2015.



In some senses, this new chapter for Ronnie and Maggie sees them heading back ‘home’ – they’ve spent much of the past 30 years living and working in Kenya and they brought up their family there. But, as Maggie observes, this latest development was somewhat unexpected:

When we returned from Kenya to Ireland in September 2010, so that Ronnie could take up the post of Mission Director, we began settling-in with the long-term – and eventually retirement – in mind. Little did we know that God had a whole new chapter awaiting us in Kenya with retirement fading into the distant horizon! Sometimes I think that He has a great sense of humour.

As Ronnie points us, the process of discerning this new call has been a long and careful one, but has reached a positive conclusion:

Having spent considerable time praying and sharing with friends and family, and with the support of both Bishop Gaddiel, from Kajiado Diocese, and CMS Ireland’s Chairman, Bishop Alan, we decided to apply for Mission Partner status. This news was shared with the staff team and Board of Trustees in September and a selection process then began. Last month, Maggie and I were accepted as Mission Partners in Training with CMS Ireland.

Clearly, Ronnie and Maggie’s return to Kenya has implications for the leadership of the Society. In recent weeks, the Board of Trustees, along with the staff team, have been working together to put a process in place for the recruitment of a new Mission Director. You can read further details of the post here.

At the Board meeting on 7th November, Ronnie formally resigned as Mission Director and is now working his notice period of three months. He and Maggie, along with Personnel Coordinator, Gillian Maganda, have also started the process of seeking Link Parishes and individuals to send and support them in this new venture.

Please do join the Trustees and staff in praying for Ronnie as he makes the transition from Mission Director to Mission Partner in Training, and for both him and Maggie as they make preparations for the move from Banbridge to Kajiado. Pray too for Gillian as she supports Ronnie and Maggie in their preparations and pray for all those involved in the process of recruiting a new Mission Director.

Comments

Alex Newenham said Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:16AM
Thank you Ronnie for your steadying hand over the last few years. It was good to serve with you for a while. I will be praying that our Lord will use both you and Maggie to bring about his purposes in Kenya. May He be glorified :)
Millie Moore said Tue, 16 Dec 2014 01:28PM
every blessing Ronnie & Maggie as you go through training and the huge process of moving back to Kenya. May you know the power of prayer that surrounds you. Millie

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