CMSI's new Partnership Coordinators

Posted by Roger Cooke on Tue, 28 Apr 2015 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

Following the appointment, in January, of Jenny Smyth to the role of CMSI Mission Director, the Society recently made two significant appointments to the staff team.

In light of Ronnie Briggs’ departure from the staff team in February (to return, with Maggie, to Kenya) and Jenny’s change of role, there was an urgent need to recruit two new Partnership Coordinators. These are key positions on the staff team, particularly at a time when CMSI’s priority is the development of Partnership Links. It was a huge encouragement, therefore, to see such a positive response to the recruitment process, with a strong field of candidates interviewed on 14th and 15th April.

We’re delighted to announce that two appointments were made – Mrs Linda Abwa and Rev Roger Thompson will take up their roles as Partnership Coordinators in August.

Linda, originally from County Antrim, is a trained nurse and midwife, who has spent the last 12 years working in Nigeria in the area of HIV/AIDS as a missionary with Mission Africa. In 2006, she married Billy, whom she met in Nigeria. They have two children, Nathaniel and Niah. The family are currently packing up their home in Nigeria and saying their final farewells before returning to Ireland. Please pray for the Abwa family at this time of significant transition.

Roger is the rector of the Church of Ireland Parish of St Patrick’s, Kilwaughter (Cairncastle) in the Diocese of Connor, where he has served since 2004. As rector of a CMSI Link Parish, a former CMS Mission Partner, the husband of a former CMSI Mission Partner (Fiona) and someone who has recently taken part in a Short Term Experience Placement, Roger is very familiar with CMSI – and he’s really looking forward to joining the staff team. Roger and Fiona have two sons, Kieron and Nathan. You can read about Roger’s STEP experience here

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