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View on the Isle of Man, where Chief Executive Adrian Bagg visited last week.

April 2015

I was reading the excellent monthly prayer diary produced by the Chaplaincy team this morning and got to the page that said ‘read the CEO’s’ blog.  It served to give me a rather sharp nudge that this CEO has not written a blog for a while – since January in fact!  Oops…

Where did those three months go?  We have been very busy at MHA setting our strategy for the next ten years of our evolving history of bringing quality in later life to people, inspired by Christian concern.  The Board approved it this month and there will be more about what we hope to do in due course.

It struck me how all-consuming this exercise has been!  Not even time to write a blog.  Of course the daily operation of MHA has continued – serving over 16,000 older people and for me, finishing my first full year with the organisation.  We have had a good year, providing more services than ever before and making sure that that all the behind the scenes, but nevertheless important, tasks of Business Planning, Budgeting and Objective Setting are all done in time for our new year which started on April 1st.

It’s been great to get out and about quite a bit too in the last couple of months – last week I was on the Isle of Man seeing the fantastic work that we do through our Live at Homes schemes on the Island; hopefully we may be able to do more there in the future – we will have to see.

As a lay preacher I regularly lead worship as well as preach in churches, often using more modern worship rather than the traditional hymns.  One of the traditional hymns comes to mind however as I write this, some extracts as below:

Through all the changing scenes of life,

  In trouble and in joy,

The praises of my God shall still

  My heart and tongue employ.

 

Oh, magnify the Lord with me,

  With me exalt His name;

When in distress to Him I called,

  He to my rescue came.

 

Fear Him, ye saints, and you will then

  Have nothing else to fear;

Make you His service your delight,

  Your wants shall be His care.

For me, and many others in MHA for whom Christian concern is not just what inspires us as an organisation, but something more personal too, these words do seem pertinent in these busy times.

I leave you with a picture of my morning walk last week on the Isle of Man – beautiful! 

 

Adrian Bagg

Chief Executive

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