We are pleased to welcome Andrew Newmarch as your new International Programs Manager at The Leprosy Mission Australia.
Andrew comes to us from a long career in international development.
And we asked him to share a little about himself with you…
“I am married to Ruth, the Associate Minister at St Thomas Anglican church in Burwood, Victoria. Ruth and I are both ‘missionary kids’. Ruth growing up in south India and I growing up in Sabah (North Borneo) and then in Sydney. We have four sons, 3 of whom are married and have 5 grandchildren, all living in Melbourne and active in their various churches.
My earlier working life was in the federal public service in Canberra where most of that time was spent as a Parliamentary Officer in the House of Representatives. Interesting fact: I worked in both the old House and the new House on the hill.
Going to uni in the late 70s meant that social change and social justice were important issues.
My background living overseas had given me a taste of and interest in other peoples. Thus when I moved to Canberra and started leading a youth group
I linked up with TEAR Australia as they seemed to be grappling with these issues and doing it from a Biblical perspective. That led to an opportunity to work full-time doing this with another NGO. I’ve been blessed to see a lot and learn a lot from that time.
I am interested in promoting the flourishing of people, discerning ways in which people can realise at least some of their potential and view more life to the full. I want to capture the stories and share how we can understand what leads to people being marginalized but also how people emerge from that. It makes such a difference when we know people’s circumstances with more depth.
Coming to The Leprosy Mission provides an opportunity to have another shot at doing that. I hope our team can share some stories that illustrate God’s grace in people’s lives and help you pray in a more informed way.”
Praise God for His perfect timing and the provision of an International Programs Manager. Pray He will continue to walk along side Andrew and guide him in all his ways