Where Are They Now?

by Karen Sowden

Is the Howard Guinness Project really flooding God’s church?

As semester two draws to a close, the current second year Howies are not only busy saying goodbyes, but are also busy thinking and praying about their next step – further theological training, ministry job, workforce, study, missionary? But where do Howies really end up? Is the Howard Guinness Project really flooding God’s church with lay and vocational Christian leaders who are biblically and theologically mature, servant hearted and innovative ministry strategists like we say?

I was a Howie in 2011-2012 and I have been encouraged to see where my cohort ended up. While I have been training in international student ministry in the EU and studying a Graduate Diploma of Divinity at Sydney Missionary and Bible College (SMBC), the other six have been up to a range of different things.

Naomi Smith has been proclaiming Jesus to Japanese university students in Japan for the past two years. In 2015 she is returning to start her theological studies at Moore Theological College. She will join Alan Au and Michael Weeks who will be entering their third year at Moore College as they train to be church pastors.

James Piggott works for a Nationals Member of NSW Parliament as he serves university students as a boarding supervisor with his wife Sarah in Lewisham. Amanda Mason has been furthering her Psychology studies while working with the Thai church in Sydney, proclaiming Christ through storytelling to Thai ladies. And finally Lauren and her husband have been preparing to serve Jesus in a less reached and less resourced area in South East Asia. They have been studying at SMBC and are expecting their first baby at Christmas time. They hope to head out at the end of 2015.

Praise God for sending the seven of us out to serve Jesus and pray for our current Howies as they make big decisions about their futures, to the glory of God.

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