A Fond Farewell

Dave Pepper is moving on after 7 years with Friends International.
In October I wrote to inform Friends International that Dave Pepper was stepping down as National Director. The replies back included comments like these: “He has done such a wonderful job”, “He
has brought an immense amount to FI”, “He will be sorely missed”.
Dave’s contribution to Friends International has been hugely appreciated so the news of his departure is sad, but we are also very grateful to God for the increase in centre teams, branches an affiliates, as well as the pleasure of working with Dave over the past seven years. So, we wish him well, and entrust his future plans and ours to our loving Heavenly Father.
Since then the Trustees and Directors have been taking time to review current and future challenges and opportunities, especially as we move towards the recruitment of new leadership. Our 30th Year celebrations have highlighted the tremendous experience and expertise of our staff and volunteers, and the ever-growing number of international students who still need to hear about Jesus.
We do face continuing issues of resourcing, but are greatly encouraged by the partnership in the gospel of many like-minded supporters, by God’s generous provision, and most of all by students who have heard the gospel, believed and been baptised. Please do pray for wisdom as we continue to develop our plans, for Dave as he moves on, and that Friends International will continue to glorify God in all that we do.
In Christ,
Mark Vernon, Chair of Trustees

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