Kairos Generation Ready to Serve
interview with Leah Moran
in Europe and the Middle East is an ecumenical missionary network of
students and young people. Its main mission is to support young men and
women leading Christian communities of students and young people within
Europe and the Middle East. Kairos does this by facilitating a network,
organising international gatherings, and providing supervision and leadership
EME Newsletter recently interviewed Leah Moran, who does fundraising
for Kairos. Here are some of the highlights of that interview.
your background? Did you study or work before Kairos? Iím from Dublin, Ireland. I studied
Business and Spanish at University College Dublin, with a year of studies
in Madrid. I worked various jobs over the years, mostly in retail, and
after graduation in the Irish Tourist Office.
did you choose that field of study? I loved accounting and wanted to
study a language and live abroad Ė a qualification in business seemed to
make sense. At that time I didnít plan to do Christian missionary work!
did you start working with Kairos? It was really through being given
the chance to serve on various Kairos programs, like Adelante 2011, that
the desire to do this kind of work grew in me. At the same time I realised
what an impact Kairos programs had had on my life and faith journey.
so? It was really the Bible Week back
in 2007 that was my first significant Kairos moment. Receiving prayer at
that time really had a big impact on my life. After that, it was annual
Kairos Weekends, a mission trip to Uganda and serving the programme at
did you do in Uganda? We were running a conference for
university students who were trying to set up Christian groups on three
different campuses. Our job was to give them the tools to do that. It was
all new to us. For me it went beyond what I thought I was capable of Ė
but as I stepped into it and worked together with more experienced people
I was able to see God using me.
do you do this work? Why say yes to Kairos when you had so many options? Part of it was recognizing I had
received a lot through the Kairos mission, and especially through others
investing in me. As I saw that, I appreciated more fully how important
Kairos is for the next generation. The
Community of Nazareth in Dublin, a member community of the Sword of
the Spirit, has a lot of young people coming up, but growing up in a Christian
community doesnít make you a Christian! It helps a lot, but at least for
me there was a deeper and more personal decision to be madeÖ There are
many paths to choose from. I think the work of Kairos is crucial. I want
our young people to have the same input and help as I had.
your main role within Kairos? Fundraising is the main thing right
now Ė both with individuals and with foundations and government organizations
like the European Union. Iím also looking at our communication network
and trying to build relationships with other Christian groups.
is it that you love about your job? The people that I work with, the
Christian environment. I also like the nature of the work - itís not all
simply results driven, though we have a lot of goals. There is a greater
purpose to what we are doing.
is that purpose and how do you see it fulfilled? Essentially itís helping people
make decisions Ė the Kairos decisions. Supporting and enabling people to
make good kingdom decisions at this time of their lives is crucial. I see
us building people up and equipping them to make good decisions that will
bless others. I see us training people to be able to lead and help others
make those decisions. I see examples of this all the time. Just the other
day I was talking to someone who seems to have changed through a Kairos
Household programme in Glasgow last month. The Bible has come alive for
hopes for the future? Seeing people take ownership at
local levels. Seeing young people make sacrificial decisions. Seeing a
Kairos generation ready to serve. And I think, beyond our Kairos world,
seeing the greater contribution we are supposed to make to the kingdom