Mission Partner: John and Kate Marsden
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John and Kate's links with The Belfrey go back to 1977 when they moved to York for post-graduate studies. They were greatly blessed by the life of the church for the next twenty two years. It was a spiritual learning ground for what God had for them next.
In 1999, after their children had both left home for university, John & Kate moved to Bangladesh. This fulfilled a calling they had each had from childhood to serve God by working overseas with poor people. A calling that had grown by meeting people from overseas. They joined FH, a Christian NGO doing long term development work in the villages and slums of this pre-dominantly Muslim country. John held strategic roles in FH as both country director for Bangladesh and regional director for Asia. Whilst Kate played a key part in the biblical training and guidance of two hundred local staff.
Now they look back on the 22 years they spent in York, working in the NHS and being part of The Belfrey, as preparation time for Bangladesh.
In early 2012 they handed over to four Bangladeshis and a young expatriate whom they had trained up to continue leading of the work. Inspired by the transformation they've seen in the lives of poor Bangladeshis, they remain passionate about empowering people with hope, skills and beliefs to overcome poverty. Now they do this by helping other organisations keen to start similar sorts of work. John & Kate continue to live in Bangladesh but travel globally. They call their new work "Mustard Seeds Shared" because they share small but powerful ideas, which when applied faithfully, yield big and lasting results.