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Field Staff Reports: Ann Riggs – December 2012

Dear Friends,

Make a difference? Change the world? Build the Peaceable Kingdom? Think globally and act globally by shaping the future of Friends? Train African servant leaders who will proclaim the Good News in tiny traditional villages, in big city churches, in refugee camps, and in settled monthly meetings? Empower young people to share the love of God in places Friends have never been before? Stimulate discussions and provoke insights that will deepen and enrich the theological development of the educators, superintendents, and general secretaries of African Quaker institutions and yearly meetings? Educate the largest community of Friends in the world? You’re doing it, when you assist me to serve as principal at Friends Theological College.

As Friends we walk in extraordinary footsteps. I brought back to Africa in my wallet a five pound note: on one side is the face of Queen Elizabeth II and on the other Friend Elizabeth Fry. The first woman to be invited as an expert to address the British Parliament, Fry’s work among prisoners in England shaped the future of the justice system not only at home but in numerous countries across the globe. The Anglican church of New Zealand celebrates her as a saint.

Wouldn’t you like to serve with the impact of Elizabeth Fry? I know I would, but cannot do it alone. I need you to help me carry out my modest service as administrator, educator, and leader at Friends Theological College. But it may very well be the learning you and I make possible at FTC will shape the African Elizabeth Fry or her brother Joseph John Gurney or John Woolman of the coming decades.

I need help from Friends like you as we together build Friends Theological College into the high quality and financially stable institution of theological and practical education African Friends aspire it may be. Will you be my partner in making this big difference in the world?

In Christ,

Ann Riggs