A Word From our Governance Coordinator, Kathy Pereira
Although Kathy is currently residing in Tonga, she is still working in a part-time capacity for CEN as our Coordinator of Governance. We look forward to sharing one of her projects at the AGM and National Conference in May. Kathy was recently caught up in the fury of Cyclone Gita which caused widespread damage across Tonga. We were so relieved to hear that she and her Tongan colleagues were fine. Kathy sends the following message to our CEN community.
Dear CEN friends,
I can’t believe I am almost finished Term 1 in Tonga. Thank you to everyone for your messages, prayers and support. In the 9 weeks or so I have been here we have managed to survive Cyclone Gita and despite the damage to buildings and crops, people have shown the most remarkable sense of community – sharing everything and literally opening their homes to strangers who have lost everything.
I am based at the main Free Wesleyan Church boys school, Tupou College, which has approx 900 boarders and is a village of about 1300 people in total. My role as Professional Development Coordinator is to pilot a program here for supporting the ongoing growth of the teaching staff. Many have limited training so this will become a vital part of their ongoing development. It is a privilege to be here and to walk alongside people who are keen to learn.
I am very grateful to God for the opportunity to see the world through different lenses and at the same time, check my own priorities. And I am also very grateful for the ongoing support and encouragement from Michelle and all at CEN. Please pray for the people of Tonga as they continue to live with the impact of such a major cyclone.
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