We began our family adventure in the UK with Kevin working in the consultancy, design and construction industry and Linsey in the field of healthcare. However, these professions initiated an adventure which meant that we have travelled and lived on four different continents. It has also involved our family expanding with the addition of three beautiful children and an awesome daughter-in-law and helped us all amass a wealth of insights and experience.
During our travels, we have interacted with many quality people, experienced some amazing miracles, and we (Kevin & Linsey) have morphed through several career roles.
With our friends, we have been impacted by many cultures that have influenced and enriched our lives and connected with various types of organisation & communities.
Some of these organizations and communities that we have directly worked for are listed below.
They all created a library of experiences and stories that helped develop our expertise and insights. We are more than willing to share those insights with anyone who is working or transitioning through a process of integrated community engagement and partnership.
Oasis USA –
Is part of a global network of interdependent organisations that work in 11 countries around the world. Oasis works in urban centers around the world helping the marginalized reach their God-given potential. (see www.oasisusa.org; www.oasisglobal.org.) - Kevin assisted local US communities fight human trafficking and engage in community action by developing local TraffickFree Communities. Later Kevin becoming the Interim Executive Director. Oasis USA in now focussed on HUB development.
During the time in California, Linsey completed an MA in intercultural studies at Fuller Seminary and is currently finishing a THM at Fuller.
The Refuge, USA –
A faith community journeying in an inclusive way and expressing God's kingdom through relationship and vulnerability. http://www.therefugeonline.org/ - We were part of the lead team that helped initiate the Refuge community.
International Family Missions/Misiones Familiares de Mexico, USA/Mexico – *
Kevin & Linsey assisted the American and Mexican church through cross-cultural training, short and long term mission primarily working alongside the poor in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. http://www.ifmus.org/
The Mustard Tree Foundation, UK –
Kevin was the founder and founding director of this UK based Community development organization assisting the church, charities, and local government agencies in Reading, England meet the holistic needs within two distinct West Reading communities. http://www.themustardtree.org/
Oxford Road School, UK -
Linsey was the music teacher at a local Reading school helping meet the educational needs in an area of urban deprivation. http://www.oxfordroad.reading.sch.uk/
Tilehurst Free Church, UK -
Community pastor and worship director ministering to the needs of the church community, the town and the surrounding area. This church has since become Reading Community Church and now "The Gate".- http://www.readingcommunitychurch.com
Purnata Bhavan; Oasis India, India –
Developed an HIV care community for women and children impacted or infected with HIV in partnership with Interserve and Oasis India. Kevin was the founding coordinator and director of the community. Linsey supported the PB staff, International staff at Oasis India and was the Interserve representative for the area.
Oasis India help meet the needs and challenges facing the urban poor by helping the local church engage in integrated community development opportunities. Oasis India works in Mumbai, Bangaluru; Chennai and is part of Oasis Global. http://www.oasisindia.org/
CMS India, India –
A child support and development ministry who managed orphanages, training centers and employment opportunities for children and young adults with various challenges. http://www.cmsi.org.in/ - We were seconded by Interserve UK to assist in the organisational and practical development of CMS India.
Interserve, A UK/India -
Christian development NGO and fellowship meeting the integrated spiritual and practical needs of various global communities through concrete and incarnational involvement. - We were international partners with Interserve. http://www.interserve.org/
West Reading Community Church, UK -
A small faith community meeting the holistic needs in a challenging urban neighborhood. This community has since amalgamated with another Reading Community Church. - We were part of the church plant leadership
We are ordained ministers with Christian Growth International –
CGi aims to resource people and plant churches through a global relational network of church communities. CGi encourages individuals to develop their full potential, as well as help in community transformation.