Louder than words

Richard is a missionary, one who has travelled the world and works locally with the Yarawa Wesley Church in Nabua. Picture: SUPPLIED

Richard Ryland absorbed every word on project planning and management while attending a recent leadership and management training.

The nuggets of gold he has earned now thrills him while witnessing his new journey.

“I’ve always had things I’ve wanted to start and do but didn’t know how to carry them through,” Richard said. “So I let the idea die” he added.

“Ideas about income opportunities, changing situations, revolutionary. The ideas are there! However, how to get it on paper and get it done?”

Richard is a missionary, one who has travelled the world and works locally with the Yarawa Wesley Church in Nabua.

During the training his laugh often boomed across the Jovili Meo Mission Centre Conference Room at the comical expressions, blunders and jokes of participants of various ethnicities, and walks of life, role-playing communications values of leadership.

He is a man with a humble and engaging demeanour, always ready to break out into song. “My big takeaway is project planning, implementation and finance,” he said.

Greater still is his joy at breaking through to tertiary level education.

The accredited Certificate for Leadership and Management is one of three certificates nested under the Diploma of Applied Mission studies delivered by the Institute for Mission and Research of the Pacific Theological College.

“My father passed away when I was small,” he said. “To help, I decided to allow my younger siblings to finish their tertiary education first.”

His face beamed as the four-week training ended earlier this year. It was a joyous moment for the 33-year-old man from Vatukaroa, Saqani, Cakaudrove Province in Fiji, and he says he will never forget it.

He plans to resurrect those ideas and transform them into opportunities.

“Leaders are doers. They lead with actions because they are louder than words,” he said.

“The training has taught me to go out and do wonders. I recommend this training for all those wanting to be leaders because it goes beyond just teaching leadership characters.”

“It also teaches technical skills that enable anyone to be a better leader.

“We can write proposals and plan projects to address social justice issues in the communities we serve,” he added.

“The ideas from across the diverse floor are helpful in my mission and leadership role.”

  • Theresa Fox is the Communications Coordinator for the Institute for Mission and Research of the Pacific Theological College and the Pacific Conference of Churches.

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