Ivan Graham, VP for Finance and Operations
As President of the Sussex and District Chamber of Commerce, Ivan Graham had the privilege of hosting several leaders of government who were present at a breakfast event held last month at the Fairway Inn and Restaurant in Sussex. New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant addressed the business leaders, sharing his optimism for the community and assuring them of government support as the area recovers from the loss of jobs due to the closing of the PotashCorp mine in Penobsquis. Other guests included MP Alaina Lockhart and Sussex Mayor Marc Thorne.
Rev. Scott Rhyno, VP for Development & Communication
After serving Kingswood University for more than a decade, Rev. Scott Rhyno has chosen to submit his resignation, effective the end of June. His ministry at Kingswood has comprised several roles, including admissions counsellor and director, second career student, and Vice President of Enrolment, Development, and Communication. He is incredibly gifted in a wide variety of areas, and his expertise and insights will be greatly missed.
Dr. Bill Peed, Director of the Global Ministry Program
At the Jesus to the Nations Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on March 19, Dr. Bill Peed presented a seminar on “Maximizing the Effectiveness of Your Short Term Mission Trip.” With over one million North Americans doing Short Term Missions (STMs) annually, they are becoming a dominant if not controversial influence in missions practice today. Do STMs advance or hinder the Kingdom? Do its members respect or abuse local culture? Dr. Peed discussed factors to consider and ways to prepare a local church team for having an effective and meaningful short team mission experience.
Carolina (Peters ’15) Parker, Women’s Resident Director
Last month Carolina Parker took part in a Work and Witness mission trip with the Nazarene Church. In addition to visiting the Nazarene Seminary and one of the largest Nazarene churches in Gros Morne, Haiti, the mission team helped construct a school for approximately 150 students in the village of Donis. They also traveled to Cressac to pray for the town which is a place of extreme poverty. This village desperately needs a church and a school as well as a medical team for treating numerous people with very evident malnutrition needs.
“In Cressac, I met a young girl named Regina who was abandoned by her parents and is now being raised, along with her five other siblings, by her 18 year old sister,” said Parker. “The expression Regina wore on her face when we played together and sang songs was a pure joy from the Lord. There are no cultural boundaries with our God – He is everywhere and can be worshipped in all languages. Praise God!”
Jo-ette (Bower ‘80) Branscombe, Cashier and Receptionist
For over five years, Jo-ette Branscombe has volunteered with the Sussex Pregnancy Care Centre. Although she recently stepped down from serving as chairman of the board, a position she held for all five years, Jo-ette continues to help out with data entry, receipting donations, producing event posters, and helping with mass mailings. In addition to assisting with other fundraisers throughout the year, she also co-ordinates the centre’s annual spring auction.
“When I first started volunteering, I did not know much about the centre other than they helped pregnant teens,” said Jo-ette. “It didn’t take long to realize that the centre is much more. It provides a safe place for those affected by an unplanned pregnancy – the mom, dad, and their extended families. The counsellors are the arms and hands of God, loving and helping these individuals and families who are facing life-changing decisions. How can you NOT be a part of something like that?”
Troy Wilson, Communications
As a member of a mission team from Corbett Avenue Wesleyan Church (NB), Troy Wilson was in Costa Rica March 18-27. The group camped in tents and had no electricity as they helped with the construction of a remote rural church for the indigenous Cabécar people in the mountains of Costa Rica. On Sunday, they worshipped with the Sol de Justicia Wesleyan Church, providing the special music as they sang a song for the congregation.