Meet the Trustees!
Seren has been involved with IMC as a supporter for many years, and as a trustee since 2011. Her love of all things Latin American arose from studying Spanish at university and has grown through her work as a writer specialising in international development. She says, 'I have had the privilege of travelling widely across Latin America - but I have a special love for Colombia'.
Charles and his wife Sue raised their children in Petersfield and knew of IMC through Church connections for many years. He says, 'We loved the prayer-driven nature of IMC and the dedication of the team in Colombia. I became more involved when I retired from full-time work in 2011 and became treasurer a little while after that. I manage the monthly transfers of funds to Colombia. Fortunately, an organisation called Links deals with the nitty gritty of the accounting process! We moved to the Peak District three years ago but Skype and email make being a 'remote' trustee fairly straightforward.'
Laura has been a trustee since 2014. She first heard about the work of IMC as a teenager, through its founders Joan and Terry Thraves. The charity always had a special place in her heart and more so after taking part in an IMC summer team to Colombia in 2002 where she was able to see the work first hand.
Leah has been a trustee since 2016. She first got involved with IMC in 2010 when she was called to volunteer in Colombia for six months after watching a DVD about the work. She assisted the house parents in taking care of around twelve boys aged between 5 and 11, who were living on the charity's farm, 'Granja Peniel' (we provided residential placements for children at risk up until 2014). She has worked with children in both voluntary and professional roles since 2005 and is currently studying for a degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies.
Leonardo has been a trustee since 2016. He was born in Colombia and worked for IMC's partner charity 'IMiC Colombia' for three years as their farm manager. His role included teaching the children practical life skills. He moved to England in 2012 after marrying Leah, and is a valuable link with the team in Colombia.
Tim has been a trustee since 2016. He says 'For many years my wife and I have heard all about the work in Colombia, from our friends Joan and Terry who founded the charity many years ago. Whilst there are so many worthy causes globally, we felt God has placed this work on our hearts, so for many years we have been actively supporting the fundraising in the UK. More recently I have stepped up to be a trustee, and whilst my time is limited and the money we raise seems so little, my heart is always warmed by the amazing work and life changing things that the team in Colombia are able to do. One day I hope to visit the work and see for myself first hand, but for now I am just pleased to be doing my small part to help the great need in this country.'
Krissy is a trainee play therapist who joined the IMC trustees team in 2019. She first heard about IMC as a teenager through links with Life Church Petersfield, and had always felt drawn and connected to their mission and values. In 2017-18, Krissy & her husband, George, spent nine months in South America. Their trip ended up taking them to Colombia, where they reconnected with IMC by volunteering with the team in Fusagasuga.
George joined the IMC trustees team alongside his wife Krissy in 2019 after a life changing trip to work/volunteer across South America where he had the opportunity to witness the amazing work of IMC first hand in Bogota, Colombia. George has a passion for community and the environment, working part-time whilst studying a masters in environmental sciences.
Click here to find out more about In Ministry to Children.