Today’s society encourages us to retire early, relax, enjoy life and to create a personal bucket list of interesting places to visit and new things to experience! Ian Morris begs to differ.
“Back in the 90’s, my wife Jennifer and I were both in educational jobs and used our half term weeks to drive out to Romania carrying food boxes from our church in Nailsea, North Somerset. While working on EU educational projects in Romania and Bulgaria, Gary Cox encouraged me to connect with some of TEN’s church leaders.
At 50, I was offered early retirement and established my own company Acts3ltd and spent several years working on EU projects in Africa. With Gary’s blessing, I helped to establish the first Romanian hospice facility, a training centre for street children in Oradea and supported the refurbishment of an orphanage in Bulgaria.
In November 2015, just when I thought retirement was finally approaching, Jennifer was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and passed away in January. This was devastating, but I felt the Lord say that he had not finished with me yet. Later that year, I was invited to work in Kenya and Bahrain. Each of these paid projects gave me opportunities to support local Christian projects and activities. Then I was contracted to work in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), my first European work for some years.
TEN CEO, Gerry Partridge suggested that I could visit church leaders in BiH as a TEN Country Champion and provide encouragement and feedback on their project needs. It has been a delight to get to know several church leaders in this country which had been torn apart by civil war. The churches are tiny compared to other European countries, but we have a great God who can do wonderful things. I love where Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 6, that we have a ministry of reconciliation, which fits so aptly with the role of a TEN Country Champion and so appropriate for BiH.”
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