|Meet our Global BoardWe thought it would be good if we could help you get to know our Global Board members a little better, so each month we will be asking one of them to answer a few short questions about themselves.
We will start this month with our International Chairman, Christian Hellwig
1. Why did you get involved in SU?
My wife grew up with SU and gave her life to Jesus during an SU children’s camp. After we married, we helped in leading SU teenage camps. Later, my wife became (and still is) a formal member of the national SU organisation. When they encountered issues, I coached her to navigate a way through it – resulting in me also becoming a member of the national board.
2. What is your favourite Bible verse, and why?
It is difficult to select a single verse from my favourite book! But to give you an idea, it could be the part that states “God is Love” from 1 John 4:16 or John 3:16. If I hold fast to His abundant love as a basic and underlying assumption for interpreting the Bible and my own life experience, I think I can’t go wrong.
Incidentally, I once learned Romans 6 by heart as a spiritual exercise, but today the love of God seems to me more fundamental than the fact that our sins are forgiven (which, of course, was only made possible because of God’s love).
3. What dream do you have for SU looking forward five years from now?
SU is a vibrant global movement consisting of interdependent national movements. My dream is that we will continue to work together and for one another, supporting each other with love and compassion and that we will encourage each other into new ministries to reach the unreached. My dream is that in five years’ time, we will plan and perform successful projects together, secure funding for these projects through concerted actions and that we will have a reputation for meaningful and encouraging reporting to our donors. Finally, my dream is that the SU global family will, with all its diversity in languages, culture and congregational backgrounds, be a role model for John 17:21 …that all of them may be one… so the world may believe…” (maybe not my favourite Bible verse, but the most challenging to me).