Dear Friends United Meeting community:
As many of you know, we have been holding a search process for a new Richmond-based, Global Ministries Director for the past few months. A search team was assembled including Friends from Kenya, Iowa, New England and Indiana who helped me in the work of screening candidates and participating in the interviews of our finalists. We were blessed to have several excellent candidates, all who expressed a real desire to serve within FUM.
Today, I want to let you know that I have offered the position to Eden Grace. Eden, of course, currently serves as an FUM field staff in the African Ministries Office (AMO) in Kisumu. Along with her ministry experience and service abroad, Eden possesses a deep love for Jesus, a relentless conviction that Christ seeks to use FUM to both proclaim and demonstrate the good news to the whole world, tremendous organizational and administrative gifts and a passion to help translate ministry ideas into effective programming. More than anything, Eden believes in the mission of FUM and has been and will be committed to seeing it faithfully expressed in all we do. Because of her institutional knowledge and existing relationships across FUM, she will be able to step in and function at a high level pretty quickly. At the same time, she recognizes and desires to work alongside the board and staff in this time of transition within FUM to see what new opportunities are emerging and what changes we need to make to more faithfully and sustainably carry out our mission.
The timeline for Eden and her family to move to Indiana is still being negotiated. Obviously, this move means changes in the African Ministries Office, as well. I will work closely with the AMO to assess their staffing needs for the future in light of this change. I’ve been in communication with John Muhanji about this possibility and we think this also creates some exciting opportunities for advancing the work in East Africa, too. Whatever transition plan is put in place will aim to minimize disruptions for the AMO.
With all of the excitement of change, it also brings its own stress and even grief. Eden and her family love Friends in Africa and there are already some feelings of loss associated with this anticipated move. Please keep them in your prayers. Pray, as well, as we look to restructure the AMO staff and work to integrate a new person and a new role into the Richmond team.