Cammy Sim | UCCF & Navigators, Stirling
Cammy works with the Navigators in Stirling, helping people grow as followers of Jesus and develop disciple-making relationships. This is mainly worked out in overseeing the student small groups ministry and providing supporting and training for the Christian Union at Stirling University.
Marek Homoncik | SU Scotland
Facilities Manager & Acting Centre Director at Lendrick Muir
Marek started as the Facilities manager at Lendrick Muir in 2014. Marek’s role involves ensuring this large 165 bed centre is well maintained as well as the 120 acre grounds. There is plenty to keep him busy! He leads the facilities team of staff and volunteers and their responsibilities include everything from building new en-suite bathrooms to cutting the grass or clearing the snow. Marek also took on the role as acting Centre Director in 2018 for an interim period. Marek leads a team of over 35 staff plus numerous volunteers. His dual role includes both the operational management and behind the scenes work which is absolutely vital to the witness of SU Scotland with thousands of children and young people.
Cathy Hynds | Lutheran World Federation
“ He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives… and send forth deliverance to those who are oppressed” (Luke4:18)
"Though the years this has remained my vision, and now in South Sudan, as Country Director of Cafod and Trocaire, it means giving hope and support to people trapped in the effects of continued destruction and violence. South Sudan is one of the most dangerous places in the world. Civil war continues to wreck and destroy lives; aid workers are also targeted. A major part of my role is to support church leaders, who are held in so much respect here. It is to the Church compounds that people flee and seek sanctuary from the ethnic violence. It is the South Sudan Council of Churches that is regarded, by governments such as the UK, as the only body which represents all in South Sudan, and hence can bring change. And the amazing thing is that the armed groups do listen to the church leaders.
What do I do? I visit the church leaders, listen, give speeches of support, channel funding so churches can support the refugees with food and other types of support. I represent Cafod and Trocaire, and aim to guide a small team of mostly local staff as we try to continue to operate in South Sudan."
Judy Homer | World Horizon, Wales
Judy is involved in the work of World Horizons which exists on behalf of places and people not yet prayed for, churches not yet planted and cross-cultural workers not yet sent. Her role involves teaching cross-cultural studies and other subjects on the annual training course offered at the World Horizons base in Wales, mentoring trainees, working with the HR department. Judy is also helping to develop new work in West Africa in partnership with the church in Burkina Faso and aims to travel out there once each year; family responsibilities permitting.
Carole Steedman | WEC International, Thailand
Carole, in her role as Elementary Head Teacher, is responsible for the care of 25+ staff and support workers and 200 children aged 5-12. Her job includes supervising and evaluating teachers, leading curriculum and staff development, and overseeing the welfare of the pupils, most of whom are TCKs (Third Culture Kids). The students come from many countries throughout the world creating a diverse and unique learning environment.
Shirley Worland | Chiang Mai University, Thailand
Shirley’s substantive position is as Lecturer and Counsellor in Faculty of Social Science, Chiang Mai University. In this position, she is uniquely placed to witness, disciple and mentor to young people from different nationalities and ethnic backgrounds. Shirley is also the founder and coordinator of Thoo Mweh Khee Graduate Fund which has facilitated many Karen and Pa’O refugee youth from Burma to study in international universities in Thailand. As the number of students graduating from these degrees increases, the outflow of changemakers to their refugee communities also increases, but more importantly, their faith journeys witness to those coming up behind. She lives on site in McKean Rehabilitation Centre which comes under the Church of Christ in Thailand where she also volunteers in a social work role in Dok Kaew Gardens, an aged care complex where most of the residents are Westerners.
God has worked in wonderful ways to build His Church in this Muslim-majority country. Yet many churches have little understanding of God’s calling to engage in mission. Along with an expat team, and local believers, I am involved in mobilizing and mentoring the Church to be involved in the Great Commission. This involves running mission seminars, retreats and mentoring programmes for adults and young people; preparing various forms of mission prayer material and mission material for young people, and running English Bible camps with short-term teams. A new initiative is to mobilize churches and others to work together to reach our province for Jesus.