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Next Steps and Mixed Emotions

Dear friends and family,

Greetings from Bangalore, where the summer is coming to an end as the monsoon rains arrive. This is the hardest blog post to write. We have been living and working in Bangalore for almost 6 years. Through the good times and hard times, we have experienced God’s faithfulness and provision, including through the support of our family and friends. For some time, we have been seeking God for direction and guidance and believe that the time has come for us to return to the UK.

Derick has been appointed to a Paediatric Plastic Surgeon post in Cambridge, to start in July. We will be relocating on the 14th of June and are currently busy preparing for the transition. It is with mixed feelings that we make this move. We are sad to leave the work, colleagues, family and friends here in India, but also happy to be moving closer to those in the UK and excited for new opportunities.  A Plastic Surgeon from Bangalore has been recruited to take over Derick’s position and work alongside his existing colleague. Derick has been training and mentoring his colleagues in the more advanced techniques and therefore the reconstructive and craniofacial surgery work will continue. Although we are leaving India, we will remain in touch with the work here and visit annually.

Vivienne recently completed her Master’s in Public Health and is currently doing a short Indian-based online learning course on Public Health Management. She hopes to gain experience working in the Public Health field in Cambridge. Our long-term plan is to set up a charity for craniofacial and reconstructive surgery provision and training, but this will take some time.

We would especially appreciate your prayers during this time of change. We continue to trust that God is with us in everything.

You hem me in behind and before,

and you lay your hand upon me.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,

if I settle on the far side of the sea,

even there your hand will guide me,

your right hand will hold me fast.

Psalm 139 vs 5, 9-10

Derick, Vivienne, Samuel, Naomi and Becky

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