David joined the Fields of Life team at the end of August 2017 in the role of International Operations Manager. He is based at our Head Office in Portadown, Northern Ireland. We are delighted to welcome David to the team and look forward to all that he will bring to this role. We thought you should get to know him a little bit more…
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I am married to Sarah and we have three children – Rebecca, Reuben and Matthew. From 2005 to 2016 we lived and worked in Bangladesh, first with the Church of Bangladesh and then for the final four years with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). After living overseas for many years, I love the different colours of the changing seasons – although wish the sky was a bit less grey at times!
Tell us a fun fact:
In Bangladesh, I was part of a group of foreigners asked to take part in a drama for the holiday special edition of Itardi – the most popular show on Bangladesh TV, and watched by almost 150 million people!!
When did you first get involved with Fields of Life and Why?
I’ve spent most of my working life in Church-based international development, but was not sure this could continue when moving from Bangladesh to Belfast. I was delighted an opening came up in Fields of Life, where I am able to continue serving the poor and challenge global inequality and injustice, and help connect people across different cultures and nationalities.
What is your favourite thing about your job?
The people – I’m fortunate to work with a great team of people, both in UK-Ireland and in East Africa. I feel so privileged to be able to travel to Uganda and Rwanda, to see people of different cultures praising and worshiping God in a culturally relevant way for them, and to be able to connect the work in Uganda to churches and other interested people here.
What’s been the most exciting thing since you started?
Knowing my work enables people’s gifts to make a practical difference to others is exciting in itself. I was fortunate to have an introductory visit to see the work of Fields of Life in East Africa, where we travelled to one remote village to commission a new water well. After traveling for many hours, I arrived feeling rather worse for wear, but the singing and dancing, and complete joy and enthusiasm in the community was contagious, and we all soon joined in the laughter and celebration, praising God together.
What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?
Fun-loving, Optimistic, Passionate