Farewell, Ann and David McConkey!
Farewell, Ann and David McConkey!

There’s a big McConkey-sized hole in UMN today. After a total of 27 years’ service in UMN, in two time blocks, the McConkeys have left their “second home” and returned to Northern Ireland. It’s impossible to itemize the contribution this couple have made to UMN, and to Nepal. As hostel supervisors and teacher (David) at Gandaki Boarding School, they touched the lives of so many youngsters, now middle-aged men, many of whom have continued to “give back” to the country in their professional and personal lives. They spent some time managing the team in Jumla, then relocated to Kathmandu where David served as Education Secretary. Amongst other things, Ann ran a knitting circle for Nepali ladies at her house. Their children were among the earliest enrolments at Kathmandu International Study Centre.

Returning to Nepal in 2002, David brought his wisdom and experience to bear on the process of moving UMN out of its implementing role, into its new incarnation as a capacity building organisation. In particular, his excellent language skills, familiarity with Nepali culture and easy friendship with many senior Nepalis served UMN well, as he negotiated agreements, transitions and visas with aplomb. Ann brought her practical and interpersonal skills to bear as leader of the HR team for some time, and more recently, in expatriate recruitment and support. David, with his strong relationships among Nepali church leaders, played a major role as leader of the Integral Mission Team.

A potted CV is all very well, but how do you report on lives touched, people built up and encouraged, love and generosity shown, and laughter shared? David and Ann have been such a strong part of life here in UMN, giving themselves wholeheartedly to UMN, and to the building of God’s Kingdom here in Nepal. We wish them all the very best, and know that God will continue to use them for his purposes, wherever they are.

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Watch this video of a song presented by UMN staff team on the farewell program.

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