I had mixed feelings about the prospect of our Regional Director becoming the new Global Director. On the one hand, I think he is a very capable leader, he's bright, creative (don't read this Verne, it'll look like just flattering) and an all-around great guy. I've been pleased with what has been happening on our region under his leadership. He'd make a great GD.
On the other hand, well, copy everything I said above. Those are reasons that I'd love to have him as my RD for a lot longer.
The email from our Field Strategy Coordinator copied Verne's email sent to all of the FSCs on our region, confirming that he had been elected as GD by the General Board of the Church of the Nazarene.
Verne was our Field Director (the title was changed to FSC a few years ago) when we first became missionaries. I went to him when when I was confused about the culture of PNG. I asked him questions about mission strategy.
Verne and Natalie first went to the mission field as short-term volunteers to be house parents in the Nazarene hostel at the MK school in Ukarumpa, expecting to stay for a year. Five years later they took their first furlough. They did church planting and development work in Dusin, high in the Bismark-Schrader mountains in very primitive conditions for 9 years. They came here to Kudjip and Vern served for 11 years as Field Director before moving to the regional job in 2005.
Please be praying for the Wards as they make the transition, and begin the huge task ahead. And be praying for him and his team as they select the new Asia Pacific Regional Director.