With the COVID pandemic cancelling some of the big mobilisation events, the TeachBeyond UK team organised ‘In Touch’ on 10 September, to bring together supporters, churches, and Christian teachers to know more about TeachBeyond and what it looks like to work overseas.
“We were asking some of our members to create videos to connect with supporters, and our UK Personnel Director suggested we do this as a larger event and invite our supporters and partners. So, we started sending emails to our friends, churches, and other contacts,” said Angela Russell, Mobiliser based in Northern Ireland.
30 people attended the online event, including existing supporters, a potential member, a minister, and some of our board members. But a significant number of people opted to watch the video recording later.
Chris and Zoe Fletcher (serving in Hungary), Heather Moate (Southeast Asia), and Maria Taylor (Rwanda) shared about their work, some of the staffing needs, how COVID has affected them, and how they are managing to teach and serve through the pandemic. “When one thinks of Rwanda, they think of a war-torn country, but Maria presented a good report of what it really is like to serve there,” said Angela.
“The event went well. The participants were really encouraged that the pandemic hadn’t stopped the work, but that people were able to find ways to continue serving. It was amazing to see how creative teachers had to be and how persistent with technology. It hasn’t been easy in many countries, but our members have been faithfully working their way through it.”
“I’m thankful to God that members have very positive stories to share. It’s only by His grace that they are able to continue to share the gospel and make a difference in the lives of children,” she said.
In Touch will run every quarter, with the next one on 10 December. If you would like to be informed about the next In Touch, contact Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org.