The Centre Support Worker role at Lendrick Muir is very different to all the other roles at the centre as it involves working across all the team with each week being very varied.
We regularly RECRUIT for Centre Support Workers and we want to let you hear first hand from Ming about his experiences. Maybe you know someone who would be PERFECT FOR THE ROLE! Ming has now been on Lendrick Muir team as a Centre Support Worker for nearly a year and a half. Whilst out in South Africa for a few months, his Dad spotted the job at Lendrick Muir. On his return, Ming visited Lendrick Muir and knew it was the role for him.
Ming has really grown through his time at Lendrick Muir growing in confidence talking to visitors, leading staff morning devotions and leading worship. He has learnt how to be adaptable and prepared for the varied responsibilities being a Centre Support Worker entails. He commented on how ‘Lead like Jesus’, a book we recently read in our Staff Book Club really challenged him in how to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
Not only this, Ming has received a wide variety of training – from Outdoor First Aid and defibrillator training to archery instruction and an SVQ in hospitality, supervision and leadership. As our Centre Support Workers often comment, one of Ming’s favourite aspects of the role is the diversity the job brings. He has worked on catering, house, schools, facilities and activities teams with his favourite aspect being instructing archery. Although Ming admits his least favourite part of the role is cleaning bathrooms, he takes pride in providing the guests with clean and tidy facilities.
When you spend time with Ming, you can clearly see that he has a heart for mission. When he was in Bangladesh in 2008 and saw people begging – who had absolutely nothing, the words of Jesus really impacted him.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Matthew 25:35, 36
Ming described that as he has travelled to different places and has seen that everyone has needs. The same applies to those coming to Lendrick Muir and it is a real privilege to help kids have new experiences and realise the potential they have.
When I asked Ming his favourite verse, it was clearly a difficult question as he struggled to give only one! However, the prayer of Ephesians 3 was high on the list as it is a prayer used to send people out to fulfil Jesus’ mission. Working at Lendrick Muir is more than a job. It is the opportunity to serve and demonstrate God’s love to every single person who sets foot on the grounds.