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Update from Anna

A couple of months ago I met with the NZCMS Mission Personnel Committee for my interview for long term mission service. The meeting resulted with NZCMS putting some further recommendations to me in regards to preparation for heading back overseas. They felt it would be advisable for me to do some basic training in counselling and addiction studies here in New Zealand before launching into my Masters in Kenya. They also suggested I get some practical experience in the field especially working with women. I also brought up the need to have some personal counselling to deal with my fear of failure that I have found has hindered me many times from taking on responsibilities and using my gifts to my full potential.

With these recommendations in mind I am taking the following 10 months to work on achieving these goals. I have begun a course through the Wellington Institute of Technology (based at their Auckland campus) called a Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Studies. Currently I am doing four papers which will take me until early November this year. I will then complete the final two papers next year between March and June. As part of the course I do have a practical component to complete but I am also hoping to volunteer in an agency further to this course experience.  I believe that all I am hoping to achieve in this time will make me much more prepared for heading to Kenya in the future.

It would be amazing if you could pray for me as I work towards achieving these goals and seek to continue being moulded by God for his further work in my life. Although I am not formally with NZCMS during this interim time I am grateful for their informal support and encouragement. They have also been kind enough to allow anyone still willing to support me financial to do so through them. We hope to review my progress sometime early next year and I do pray that God willing I can then move forward to going to St Andrew’s Hall and then on to Kenya after my Certificate is complete.


Thank you so much for your support!