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Ray Martin, who is stepping down after 14 years as CCIH Executive Director shares his thoughts on the organization's evolution, its current state, and his plans for the future. As of September 1, 2014, Ray assumes the title of Executive Director Emeritus for CCIH and will remain involved with the organization. 
 
Reflections on Two Decades with CCIH
 
by Ray Martin, CCIH Executive Director Emeritus
 
I would never have dreamed in 1994 when I accepted Frank Baer's invitation to go to a CCIH conference that I would eventually serve on the CCIH Board for 18 years, the last 14 as Executive Director. Encountering this fledgling community of Christian global health professionals was a life-changing experience for me.
 
But as Greek philosopher Heraclitus said around 500 BC, "The only thing that is constant is change.” I am now stepping down, figuring that in my mid-70s it is time for others to take on the leadership of CCIH. I do plan to remain active with CCIH, however, but in a different and less intense role, working with my interim successor Garrett Grigsby, the CCIH staff and board, and all of you as members in our shared mission of "promoting global health and wholeness from a Christian perspective."
 
Have I ever doubted that serving with CCIH was God's will for me? No, never. Not even at times when some questioned whether CCIH could survive financially. My favorite Scriptural passage is Luke 7:22 where prisoner John the Baptist seeks a sign whether this man Jesus is the promised one. Jesus tells John's emissary to report that "the blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor." Public health professionals like to be "evidence-based."  All these items of evidence are health related.
 
In many ways, my tenure at CCIH was a capstone to my 50-year career in international health and development, beginning as a Mennonite volunteer in Africa, continuing through three decades in the secular world with USAID and the World Bank, and then bringing that experience to our CCIH network of Christian organizations and individuals. It was a privilege working with members and colleagues demonstrating every day that technical competence and professionalism can be compatible with Christian faith and values.
 
It has been tremendously satisfying to be a part of CCIH's evolution, growing from 24 organizational members in 1994 to a network of over 200 organizations, along with hundreds of individual members. CCIH started as an informal group of all volunteers and very little money. Now, it's a small business with a staff of four, plus consultants and volunteers, and has grants totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars.
 
Even more important than these numbers, CCIH has become a respected voice for Christian FBOs in the larger secular global health and development community. FBOs are now recognized as important players with a unique potential in program implementation and advocacy. There is no doubt in my mind that CCIH and its members have contributed to this evolving perception of faith and FBOs in development circles.
 
What will I do now? I do not use the word "retirement." My mother, until she died at age 102, believed that God had a purpose for her on this earth. I plan to remain involved in CCIH in a supportive role, interacting with our members. I would welcome hearing from you by email. My wife and I want to do some traveling, such as visiting Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks. Perhaps most of all, this December I expect to be promoted to grandfatherhood, a role that may be as demanding and satisfying as being Executive Director of CCIH was for 14 years. | Email Ray Martin
 
Garrett Grigsby To Serve as CCIH Interim Executive Director 
 
CCIH welcomes Garrett Grigsby, who will lead the organization as Interim Executive Director as the search for a long-term Executive Director continues. Garrett has been an affiliate member of CCIH in his capacity with Grigsby Government Relations Associates, LLC, a government relations consulting firm serving Christian international development and relief agencies. Garrett began his career in international development in 1991 on the staff of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. As Deputy Staff Director, he was responsible for oversight of all U.S. Government foreign assistance programs, including USAID. He co-wrote and/or oversaw passage of a number of seminal legislative initiatives, including authorization of the first international HIV/AIDS initiatives, the International Religious Freedom Act, the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, and the reauthorization of numerous U.S. foreign assistance programs.
 
Garrett joined USAID in 2002 as Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance. In 2006, he was appointed Director of USAID’s Center of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and was a key member of the State Department-USAID team that promoted and launched the New Partners Initiative program, the Administration’s signature effort to bring into the funding process organizations new to the Federal Government’s effort to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS. From 2006 until his appointment as CCIH’s Interim Executive Director in 2014, Garrett has consulted for Christian non-profits to assist efforts to expand their work overseas and strengthen relationships with the federal government. Email Garrett Grigsby
 
Last Updated ( Monday, 15 September 2014 23:47 )