Emma Holland lived in Ware and grew up at Christ Church until leaving for a gap year in Cheltenham with New Wine in 2015. She spent a year on a Discipleship Year course at Trinity Cheltenham, where she served in a range of ministries including children’s church, youth, and social justice. It was during this year that she visited Kenya for the first time on a short-term mission trip. She fell in love with the country and felt The Lord placing this country on her heart.
Fast-forward six years and she had graduated from University, spent three years as a primary school teacher in the Cotswolds, and after a second trip to Kenya, felt again The Lord putting this nation on her heart to return to. This sense of calling was followed by a year of waiting for the right opportunity and learning to totally trust in God’s plans and timing. After a season of waiting, the right door was opened and an opportunity to head back to Kenya came about.
Emma now serves in Kenya with Africa Inland Mission, teaching at their missionary school - Rift Valley Academy (RVA). RVA is a Christian boarding school in central Kenya with over a hundred years of rich history. The school serves about 500 students representing 30 different nationalities. The school’s role is to support current mission work while investing in the next generation of leaders and gospel-bearers. As a branch of Africa Inland Mission, the school exists to see Christ-centered churches established and thriving among all of Africa’s peoples.
Emma’s main role at RVA is being the 6th Grade Class Teacher in the Primary School. However, Emma’s role at RVA goes beyond just being a teacher, and also has many pastoral elements to it as she walks alongside the children emotionally and spiritually, as they navigate being away from their families and everything else that comes along with being a missionary child. She does this by leading a Sunday school group, running a weekly girls group, meeting 1:1 with students as a mentor and spending evenings with the high school girls in their dorm. Since arriving, Emma has also got involved with the outreach team at the school and is working with a group to build healthy and long-lasting relationships with the local community. She has a heart for working with girls and women both inside RVA, as well as outside, and is prayerfully considering what this might look like over the next year.
Emma absolutely loves being a teacher and is passionate about coming alongside children, cheering them on and championing them to be all that The Lord has made and called them to be.
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9:00am Morning Service
10:30am Morning Service with Crèche, Children's Church and Youth Work
7pm (every second and fourth Sunday of the month) Seven Service
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