Anyone working in a volunteer organisation knows there is no such thing as too much help. Here at YWAM Harpenden, we have suffered with severe shortages of strategic people for the past couple of years. It is the most essential roles â€“ accounts, catering, and maintenance usually â€“ where we all feel the absence of those called to these jobs.
So, for two years, since our last head of maintenance left to serve with YWAM in Brazil, we have been seeking God for his replacement. This has not been a matter of casual inquiry â€“ we have devoted many meetings to asking God to provide for someone in this vital role, who not only keeps our building and site operational, but helps us to remain legal, safe and run economically in so many ways. A quality person running maintenance can save us literally hundreds or thousands of pounds each month.
So we are thrilled to announce that Pete Kinahan has joined us full time in this role. Pete and his family have all been involved with YWAM for many years, in their home country of South Africa, and here as volunteers since they moved to the area several years ago.
Pete, with his wife Pat, who serves part-time as our lovely receptionist, has taken a step of faith in returning to work full-time in YWAM. Pete is a true servant, a wonderful discipler, and he has the professional background necessary to enable him to take on the vast building project which is the Oval.
Already, Pete has saved us hundreds of pounds, making our heating systems operate more efficiently. He is exploring options for development which will enable us to use our existing facilities to accommodate more people for events and schools. And he has actioned the work of such necessary repairs as our chapel roof and electric upgrades in the Factory. Much progress, but all of this is too much for one man, so itâ€™s not too late to join the team! Openings still exist in accounts and kitchen management also!
Rejoice with us in this answer to prayer, and join in prayer for Pete and Pat as they seek the financial support they need to continue serving the Lord through YWAM Harpenden.