Rev. Malcolm & Cati RAMSAY

Malcolm & Cati were appointed to serve with UMN in February 2012. They will play complementary roles in the task of 'Expatriate Coordinator - Staff Care and Support.' This is an ecumenical appointment between the Church of Scotland, and the Methodist Church of Great Britain.

The Ramsays have previous experience of being Church of Scotland Mission Partners, having served in Guatemala from 1994-1998. At that stage in their lives they had their primary school-aged children, Megan and Angus, with them, and Cati home-schooled them. Malcolm & Cati had themselves also been raised abroad as their respective parents worked in the Colonial Service, and the Foreign Office: in Zambia, and in the Middle East. In Scotland Malcolm worked for a short time as a solicitor, and then as a parish minister. Cati worked as a District Nurse. They hope these various experiences will help them be of use in this new calling in God's service in UMN.

 

Partner Plan Letter March 2012

Partner Plan Letter May 2012

Partner Plan Letter July 2012
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Partner Plan Letter May 2013
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Partner Plan Letter February 2014
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Partner Plan Letter August 2015

Partner Plan Letter October 2015

Partner Plan Letter December 2015
Partner Plan Letter February 2016
Partner Plan Letter April 2016
Partner Plan Letter Feb. 2017

 

Gillian ROSE

Gillian was born and brought up in Devizes, Wiltshire, attending Devizes Grammar School and St. James' Church, Southbroom, where from an early age her missionary vocation was born and fostered.

She commenced nurse training the day after her 17th birthday, qualifying first in Orthopaedic Nursing at Bath, before continuing into General Nursing training at Birmingham, and Midwifery at Bristol and Bradford-on-Avon. Midwifery has remained the great love of her life. Gillian first served overseas in what was then East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) from 1964 - 1969, with the Oxford Mission Sisterhood of the Epiphany.

In 1970 she returned overseas as a mission partner with the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, serving the Dayak people in the longhouses of Sarawak until 1973. Love for the people of Bangladesh drew her back to that country in 1974, serving first in the slum areas of Khulna, developing an extensive primary health and nutrition programme in the aftermath of the birth of Bangladesh, and setting up a maternity and family planning centre. In 1981, at the request of the Bishop of Dhaka. Gillian took over the running of Bollobhpur Hospital, a 50-bedded hospital and nurse/midwife training school, deep in the heart of the country near the border with India and where busy 'eye camps' are also held every year to provide cataract surgery for the district. Following the death of her father in 1986, Gillian returned home to be a companion for her mother and has been working as the 'Bengali speaking' midwife in Tower Hamlets, London's East End, serving the immigrant Bengali population there and being 'Auntie' to dozens of East End children.

Now, at the request of the Bishop of Dhaka, Gillian is returning to support the national staff at Bollobhpur Hospital once again, as Sister-in-Charge of Nursing and Midwifery. Gillian is a member of St. Dunstan's Church, Stepney, East London. Gillian enjoys many interests, including gardening, reading, walking and bird-watching, but her work has always been the greatest joy of her life.

Partner Plan Letter May 2010

Partner Plan Letter Sept. 2010

Partner Plan Letter Dec. 2010
Partner Plan Letter April 2011
Partner Plan Letter August 2011
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Partner Plan Letter June 2012
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Partner Plan Letter March 2013
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Partner Plan Letter May 2014
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Partner Plan Letter November 2014
Partner Plan Letter March 2015
Partner Plan Letter July 2015
Partner Plan Letter October 2015
Partner Plan Letter January 2016
Partner Plan Letter March 2016
Partner Plan Letter August 2016
Partner Plan Letter November 2016
Partner Plan Letter Feb. 2017


 

Pat JAMISON
(Pat ceased to be an Ecumenical Partner of the Church of Scotland in 2015)

"I am Pat Jamison 48 year old from Northern Ireland. I live in Newtownabbey five miles north of Belfast where I have lived all my life. I am an only daughter with three brothers who are all married. My mother lives quite nearby. My father is deceased now almost six years. I have nine nieces and nephews whom I love very much.

I commenced my nursing career 23 years ago. In recent years I have specialised in Community and Public Health Nursing. I am currently employed as a Primary Care Nurse Team Leader in East Antrim. At present I have taken a career break to carry out what God has called me to do.

I grew up in a Church of Ireland church where my Mother still worships. I became a Christian 28 years ago. I am a now a member of Newtownabbey Methodist Mission. I am Girls Brigade Captain of a company of 70 girls. Girls Brigade has been a great part of my life. I have served as District Commissioner for seven years, Brigade Council and in other officers within Girls Brigade. I have been involved regularly in worship as I have been praise and worship leader at Sunday services.

I have several interests. I enjoy cinema, eating out, driving, holidaying and when I am good attending my local gym. I take a great interest in the life of my nieces and nephews and enjoy their company.

I have always had a desire to serve overseas and in the past 20 years have served God short term on five occasions. I always hoped that God would have called me full-time however this did not happen. I had given up on the idea that this was ever going to happen. God spoke to me in 2006 and at that stage I had just moved into a different area of nursing. I didn't want to hear this call as I hoped He would have called me long before this. I kept trying not to listen and for one year I kept ignoring this call. In June 2007 at the Methodist Conference God spoke to me so vividly and this time I could not ignore Him. This led me to apply to Methodist church and after a series of interviews, pshyological tests and medical I was accepted and will be an Ecumenical Mission partner with Methodists as the lead agency and Church of Scotland as a partner agency. I will work with the Church of Bangladesh where I visited earlier this year. I was able to visit several projects and I have chosen to return to Joabarpar located in the south of the country. I will be directing the health programme in the project which is in a very rural area. They have given me the title Clinical Health Advisor. I will be educating the five nurses already in the clinics and expand the health programme. I prayed that God would show me the right place when I went to Bangladesh and I do believe He has."

Partner Plan Letter Dec. 2010
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Partner Plan Letter February 2014
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Partner Plan Letter December 2014
Partner Plan Letter February 2015
Partner Plan Letter March 2015
Partner Plan Letter April 2015

 

 

Joel GITHINJI

Joel and his wife Agnes were born and grew up in Kenya. They have 2 children, Grace and Francis. Joel went to Egerton University and graduated in 1992 in Sociology, and later enrolled for a Masters Degree at Nairobi University. He later joined World Vision as a program manager working in relief, development and HIV work for 11 years in Kenya. He then had two years working with VSO Nepal as Organisation Development Advisor. He is currently working for the Church of Scotland as a Mission Partner based at the United Mission to Nepal where he is Integral Mission Advisor for HIV.

Partner Plan Letter Dec. 2010
Partner Plan Letter Apr. 2011
Partner Plan Letter May 2012
Partner Plan Letter Dec. 2012
Partner Plan Letter March 2013
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Partner Plan Letter Sept. 2014
Partner Plan Letter June 2015
Partner Plan Letter August 2015
Partner Plan Letter November 2015
Partner Plan Letter February 2016
Partner Plan Letter April 2016
Partner Plan Letter August 2016
Partner Plan Letter November 2016

(Read also the Githinji's Blog)

 

Joel & Fiona HAFVENSTEIN

Fiona and Joel were commissioned by the Church of Scotland in late 2015 to join United Mission to Nepal (UMN). They will be supporting UMN's ongoing work to transform poverty, conflict and disaster vulnerability, as well as helping Nepalis rebuild from the April 2015 earthquakes. Both Joel and Fiona grew up in Nepal, where their parents also served with UMN. In the year 2000, they were independently revisiting the country, encountered each other in the rural UMN hospital where Fiona was born, and rekindled their childhood friendship. They were married in London in 2006, and have two sons, Caleb and Isaac. From 2007 to 2010, Joel and Fiona worked in Afghanistan, managing various development and relief projects; the latter two years were with the Christian charity Tearfund, for whom Joel served as Afghanistan programme director. From 2010-15 Joel worked from the London office of Tearfund as an advisor on disaster resilience and head of the Eurasia, Latin America & Caribbean region. Fiona has worked internationally on sustainable development and community reforestation programmes and is also an artist. They look forward to serving in Nepal for at least the next four years, and are grateful for prayer support.

Partner Plan Letter January 2016


Fiona and Joel communications have been via 'Wordpress' and the editor here failed to understand this - hence the gap in postings. Here is the latest 'Wordpress' letter and you will be able to read all previous postings using the 'Archives' links to the right of the screen

Letter January 2017
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