Skip to main content

My Friend Sue

Me and my friend Sue Ranger

Part of the joy for me in leading the Real Conference is that I was able to work alongside some wonderful people - I love the team element and the "we got to do this together" moments! Funnily enough one of my favourite moments from the 2007 Conference was when it was all over three of the team were working together, cleaning the decorations off the windows in the "V" at Kerith corridor - chatting, celebrating and hanging out together with the very same women who had worked tirelessly to prepare for the conference.
This time round my running partner was Sue Ranger. She hates (hated?) having her photo taken, but has recently given in to my pleas to "mark the moment". So this is the only photo that got taken on my camera at the conference! I'm so glad it's of us two.
Sue is the Church Events Manager. She's worked hard and brilliantly to organise Real - as a first Kerith Conference. She has a great ability to organise events whilst prioritising the people and their needs. She also has great skill in gathering and leading a team of truly gifted, serving people. She has a fab family who release her and so enable her to use her gifts (Matt you're great!). On a busy day like conference day, she spreads calm .
One of the many things I love about Sue is that she and I together get to celebrate all the little joys along the way. So when a woman registers and includes some extra money to sponsor another woman to attend, we celebrate. And when a woman finally registers (after we've been encouraging her to, and praying for her) we celebrate. And when we come in under budget in an area, we celebrate. We celebrated women responding to the social action initiative (more details here soon); or to the serving team; or the prayer team. We celebrated when a woman booked a place for a friend; or a woman from another Church booked in.
And when the Real bags came in...well I got sent texts and photos that were such fun to receive at work!
(by the way, what are you using your Real bag for now? Send in your suggestions and photos if possible for a future blog....I feel like offering a prize too!)
As another good friend of mine says "Only people are eternal". So in the midst of admin and organisation and decisions, it's great to be working alongside someone who cares so deeply about individuals. Thank you Sue - you'll hate it that this is all about you...and you'll be probably be cross about the photo, but just wanted to thank you publicly and say so glad you're my friend. x


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Not the Summer I'd Planned

"Life's detours means  God wants you to run right into His arms  so He can reconstruct your heart"  Ann Voskamp
Well, let's just say that it's not been the summer I thought I was going to have!!! 
I'm so grateful we had our relaxing holiday in the sunshine
I'm so grateful it's summer time, and therefore not so many work commitments
I'm so grateful for my family being around
I'm so grateful for a wonderful and kind church family

If I was going to have an accident ...to slip over on the back door mat....in my wedges...feeding the dogs.. and dislocate and fracture my ankle...then I'm so glad I was at home with family around and with access to swift expert medical help.

The accident was so sudden and it was immediately obvious that I couldn't sort it on my own! I'm pretty squeamish so I'll save you the details, but the angle of my foot prompted me to say out loud "I've just done something really bad".

Funny isn't it, when yo…

African sky

I'm writing this in the eerie light of Monday afternoon - anyone else noticed the yellow-tinged sky? I'm reliably informed (thanks Jake!) that the high winds are picking up dust particles from Liberia and North Africa, turning our sky a yellowish colour and definitely giving off an unusual atmosphere! Kind of intriguing too, as we are about to leave for a 10 day trip to Zambia this evening! We're flying overnight, and when we get there temperatures are high 90s - I have no idea how I'm going to cope with that at all...so I'm not even thinking about it right now! 
We'll stay a few days in Lusaka, visiting Sam and Hannah Fairs-Billam and their girls;  and Tehila, the charity they run, Then it's a 5 hour journey North to reconnect with the pastors and families in Serenje, and visit the Dormitory to meet the girls. 
Please do pray for us - safety and good health, pray for our families, pray that everywhere we go we take people up in their lift! (If like me you…

Discover your Worth, your Strength, your Purpose

Following a successful Kerith launch in the Spring, Sarah Farley and her team are ready to go again,leading their 2nd SHINE course.
SHINE is an eight week self esteem course for women. The evenings are a mixture of Talks and discussion time, with a practical approach to learning. It's a really encouraging environment, and the evenings are a lot of fun. The course starts this Tuesday evening, and there are still some spaces available.Here's your personal invite from Sarah!Shine is about to run again and I'm excited to see what God is going to do this time round. If you haven't already heard, Shine is a course designed for women who want to live their life in abundance, the way God designed them to live it. To recognise all their worth, to grow in self-esteem, to see all their strengths and positives and ultimately live a life of purpose.We've still got a few places left so if you're interested there's more information here on the Kerith website, where you can…