A brief interview with Dr Caroline Hull, who assumes the role of National Director of ACN UK following the retirement of Neville Kyrke-Smith in June.
1. What role does prayer play in your life?
Prayer is a very important part of my life. I pray regularly for our benefactors, for all those around the world in need of our help, for my family, friends and colleagues and for anyone who is in need of special prayers due to illness, bereavement or other difficulties
2. What do you like to do in your free time?
I am an avid reader, often getting through several books in a week. I am an art historian by training; I like to paint, sew, knit and will generally have a go at anything crafty. Wanda, our large and energetic sheepadoodle, requires long walks, so my husband and I often do this together at the end of the day and on weekends.
3. Please describe one of your greatest accomplishments.
I have three great accomplishments: my three wonderful children! I am also proud of my long and happy marriage and my work to support the suffering Church through ACN.
4. What motivates you in your new role?
The personal stories of those suffering Christians I’ve met on ACN Project trips or here in the UK always inspire me to do all I can to help. I have been lucky enough to get to know many loyal benefactors during my time as North West Manager and latterly as Head of Community Outreach. ACN is supported by some truly amazing people and I want to continue to deepen our relationship with all those who support us.
6. What is your hidden/unusual talent?
Hmmm…this is a tricky one. Those who know me say that I am outgoing and open; I don’t hide much about myself. One thing that I do often keep to myself is that I have an almost constant stream of ideas—I love to find creative solutions to problems. I am a very optimistic person—I see setbacks as opportunities rather than disasters.
7. Give me one word that describes you best, and why.
‘Passionate’ is the word that benefactors often use about me. I love to share stories of wonderful ACN people I’ve met here and abroad; a story well told can really motivate someone to offer prayers and support. Connecting our benefactors to those we help is my favourite part of my work at ACN.
8. What are your main goals/objectives at ACN for the next year?
During my first year as National Director, I plan to work closely with our trustees, staff and volunteers to find more and better ways to share our mission with our benefactors. I want to increase our engagement with schools so that our children and young people can learn about the struggles of others just like them in other parts of the world.