Bridget retired formally from serving with AIM at the end of March 2020, although she now volunteers remotely as the Administrator for AIM France.
In September 2011, Bridget crossed the border from Congo to take up a teaching position with New Creation Ministries in Kigali, Rwanda. Here she was responsible for a variety of English courses: general English to adults in the English for Study and Service courses, English to pastors in the Pastors’ Training School and academic English at the Christian Leadership Institute of Rwanda (CLIR). At CLIR, Bridget ensured that the students’ level of English was adequate for studying at degree level.
Since 1980 she had already had a multi-faceted experience of teaching in Africa: teaching missionaries’ children at Rethy Academy and secondary school pupils at Institut Luru, working as a school advisor for the CECA-20 (AIM’s partner church in Zaire/DR Congo) schools in the north-eastern region of Zaire, and latterly preparing secondary school trainee teachers at Institut Supérieur Pédagogique CECA/20 in the newly-named Congo.
Evacuation from Zaire led to teaching in Nairobi, administration in the AIM France office and five years of administration at the International Office in Bristol. This wide experience of AIM ministry provided a suitable backcloth for the added responsibility of serving as AIM Rwanda Unit Leader.