CAST is blessed with an incredible staff who have a heart to serve the Lord and a tremendous amount of experience in community development. This week we will be highlighting two of our staff members: Cindy Whittle, CAST Operations Office Administrator, & Stuart Talbot, CAST’s Business Development Head of Department.
A new mother, former biology teacher, and passionate follower of Christ, Cindy enjoys working for an organisation that is made of like minded people who know the Lord and are seeking to serve Him.
As Cindy explains, “I love that CAST’s main focus is to link the local community to Christ, to each other, and to the local church.”
Cindy first became interested in development work through going on short-term mission trips with her church. However it was her role as PEPFAR Fellow and Health Services Manager at Crossroads Children’s Home in the rural Eastern Cape town of Matatiele where she discovered her passion for community development. Within this role, Cindy maintained a road-to-health plan for each child, which included testing and ARV treatment for HIV positive children, as well as vaccines, early detection of opportunistic infections, and making sure the child’s treatment was adhered to.
When reflecting on her experience, Cindy explained, “You can’t enter into a community where you haven’t developed relationships. I believe that transformation comes from unconditional love.”
Cindy is motivated by her love for the Lord, others, and community work. She loves seeing lives transformed by the Gospel, and God using ordinary people to reach others.
Once described as a “walking book of Durban”, Stuart’s knowledge and experience of Durban’s inner city has become an incredibly valuable asset not only to CAST’s Business Development Department, but to the organisation as a whole.
Stuart enjoys connecting people to the Kingdom of God and getting “a-ha” moments at CAST. While he might not care too much whether his shoelaces are tied, Stuart values justice, journeying, and especially discovering God in the least likely of places.
As a creative and out of the box thinker, Stuart has a different approach to Business Development. He believes we support the people and they do the business development, not the other way around. Instead of asking how many people CAST has impacted, Stuart believes we should ask “How many people don’t need us anymore?”
These are just two of our staff who are passionate about community development and the mission of CAST to assist local churches to empower, transform and redeem communities. We are thankful to have an amazing 2016 staff team who are passionate about the Kingdom of God!