The Anglican mission agency CMS-Africa has appointed Canon Moses Bushendich as its new international director. Based in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, Canon Moses will succeed Dr Dennis Tongoi when he assumes the role in September. Dr Tongoi is retiring.
Known simply as Canon Bush, the new international director has been an Anglican priest since 2002 and currently serves as the coordinator for the household and community transformation directorate of the Church of Uganda. He has held a variety of posts since ordination, including chaplain to the archbishop of the Church of Uganda, programme officer with responsibility for food and nutritional security programmes across the province, as well as serving as a parish priest. Prior to ordination he was an agriculture teacher in a secondary school.
“Dennis Tongoi has built a wonderful foundation for his successor to build on,” the executive leader of Church Mission Society, Philip Mounstephen, said. “With his strong background in community development and his desire to see every aspect of life transformed, I expect Canon Moses will take CMS-Africa on to even greater things. We look forward to building the closest possible partnership with him.”
“Canon Bushendich is a strategic thinker and planner with considerable experience in programme development and implementation”, CMS said. “He is passionate about the relationship between social development and God’s mission. He holds a master’s degree in organisational leadership and management, a bachelor of divinity (hons) and a diploma in education (agriculture).”
CMS-Africa will celebrate its 10th anniversary in October 2018 and has a vision to transform the lives of 50 million people across Africa by 2050.
“Through an extensive holistic training programme designed to impact all aspects of society from family life to business, from the arts to sports, CMS-Africa’s leaders believe they can bring about economic, social, political and spiritual change to millions and have made notable progress towards this goal,” CMS said. “Families are taught how to handle money, women are empowered and business people are encouraged to steer clear of corruption.”
CMS-Africa’s current international director, Dr Tongoi, summed up the programme’s ethos by saying; “We believe in church on Monday.” CMS-Africa hopes to make the programme financially sustainable by 2020.