Historic decision will mark new era for pioneer mission that shaped post-colonial Christianity
By Bill Bray, Missions Correspondent, ASSIST News Service
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (ANS – May 16, 2017) – Cynthia Finley, wife of the founder and President of Christian Aid Mission, has announced the appointment of a new Chief Operating Officer. Mrs. Finley remains the president and chairman of the board of the 64-year-old mission started by Bob Finley in 1953. The new appointee, David Bogosian, has the official title of Executive Vice President.
David Bogosian, 42, came to Christian Aid from the U.S. Center for World Missions two years ago to be the Overseas Director for the largest indigenous missions support agency in the world. He began work at Christian Aid Mission in March of 2015. He was elected to the new position by the Board of Directors in their semi-annual meeting last week.
Bogosian, a descendent of survivors of the great Armenian genocide in 1915-17, was born in Van Nuys, California. The child of missionary parents, he was raised in the Philippines. A daring strategist, the youthful bachelor has radically reshaped the organization of overseas programs and set the mission on a course to “Finish the Task” among unreached people groups.
“This is a great honor and a big responsibility,” he said to 35 staff who were gathered to hear the announcement.
“I appreciate the amazing work that Cynthia and the Board have done setting up this transition and preparing the way into the future.”
Christian Aid currently assists more than 500 indigenous ministries that are engaged in ministry to over 1,000 unreached people groups in more than 100 countries.
Dr. Bob Finley, the founder, also started the International Students and Overseas Students Mission to reach students for Christ and help them return to their homelands as native missionaries.
It is a non-denominational mission board that supports ministries based in regions of great poverty where Christians are a persecuted minority and where foreign missionaries are not allowed. The native missions have tens of thousands of native field staff.
Christian Aid Mission (http://www.christianaid.org/) is widely considered to be the first advocacy agency to promote native missionaries. It began in Washington, DC, as an outreach to foreign students there.
Photo captions: 1) Cynthia Finley. 2) Impacting the world through indigenous missionaries. 3) Bill Bray.
About the writer: Bill Bray, 70, is a journalist and bi-vocational missionary who formerly worked on the Christian Aid Mission staff and is president of the Overseas Students Mission. He is the author of 13 books on missions including “Called to All: How I Discovered the Power of a Yielded Life” from WestBow Press. He is a regulator contributor to ASSIST News Service and is available at firstname.lastname@example.org
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