Their story together started at their first day at All Nations Christian College, where they went to prepare for cross-cultural mission. Prior to All Nations, Dave had enjoyed working as a personal trainer, but had felt God’s challenge was to ‘train for Him’ instead. Tricia had been working of a Christian charity campaigning on global poverty and had the desire to get involved in holistic mission first-hand. They were married in 2012 and for the last three years have been based in Colchester, where Dave has been an Assistant Minister and Tricia has been mum to Titus.
They are excited to be working with EI and hope to contribute from their existing skills and training while continuing to grow and learn about serving cross-culturally in a rural development setting. They plan to join the EI team in Iringa in the new year, working alongside local churches to help communities address the challenges they face, whether poor health, lack of water, deforestation or food insecurity. Their role will include encouraging, supporting and building the capacity of local staff, church and community groups. They’ll be assisting the running and monitoring of two new projects: a water, sanitation and hygiene project, and a ‘Churches, Livelihoods and Environment’ project which will help churches identify how best to serve their community and improve their environment and will provide training on tree nurseries, conservation agriculture, microfinance and fuel efficient stoves.