Not how I imagined!

On Saturday we were part of a reception here at Brackenhurst for SU Kenya. There were presentatiions from movements around the world – India, Tajikistan and Fiji as well as from within Africa. It was an interesting afternoon although I am still shaking my head regarding the stats from India: 1.3 billion, 4% Christian (over 50 million), 350 million gods, over 400 languages. How do you actually even begin to do mission in that world.

 But the other thing that has changed is my perception of SU International.  I imagined that SU England, Scotland Australia – they would be large. The others they would be small. Of course some are: SU Romania is very small. SU Queensland is massive (just under 600 staff) due to its chaplaincy programme. SU Nigeria employs 345 staff.  The impact of our work has been put in perspective too. SU Ghana has been running for 120 years. They have 40 staff but volunteers run 1566 school groups

 So the challenge for me is making sure that we use our resources wisely. Of course for most movements it’s the empowerment of volunteers that is central and as we look ahead this is a key piece of strategy for us to invest in.


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