As one generation goes to glory, new gospel workers pick up the baton

Kez Heasman: a new CICCU President starts

Kez Heasman is taking on a significant Christian role following in the footsteps of the likes of F. Derek Kidner, Oliver Barclay and Vaughan Roberts. Ruth Cross interviewed her:

What is CICCU? This stands for ‘Cambridge Intercollegiate Christian Union’. It’s purpose is to make Jesus known in Cambridge. So it is an evangelistic group, reaching out to every student in Cambridge with the gospel.

What does CICCU do? We have weekly meetings, and as President of CICCU I will be in charge of those. They are to equip the Christian students to be able to reach out to others. Another weekly event, when not in lockdown, is ‘Big Questions’ at lunchtime on Fridays in a local church. This is an outreach event where we can invite our friends to have some of their big questions answered. 

When do you start in your role as CICCU President and how long is it for? This coming term is a handover time with the current President, and then I start the role properly after Easter. The position is always for one year – so for me that’s until Easter 2022.

What are you looking forward to as President? I think learning to be more dependent on God and to see Him doing things we wouldn’t expect. As President I get the opportunity to hear everything that is going on rather than just the events and people I am personally involved with. This will give me the big picture of what God is doing in Cambridge, which is really exciting.

What can we pray for you? Thank you. I would love it if people could pray that, despite Covid and things being different to normal, I and the rest of the CICCU executive will stay excited about the group and their mission, and that they will be encouraged and expectant for what God will be doing in the coming year.


End of a missionary era: Monica Hogben 1919 – 2020 

The death of Monica Hogben marks the end of an era. She was the last surviving missionary who served with the China Inland Mission (CIM) before 1951. General Director of OMF, Dr Patrick Fung writes: 

Monica was born in Kaifeng, Henan Province on 22 September 1919. Her parents, Rowland and Alexina Hogben, were missionaries with the China Inland Mission. She joined CIM herself in 1946 and served in the Sichuan Province until the reluctant exodus after Mao’s communists took power. She was then designated to Karuizawa, Japan in 1952 and remained there until 1962 when she was appointed as Medical Officer and served at the International Headquarters in Singapore from May 1963 until her retirement in October 1988.

Dr Monica became well known as a capable and competent, yet serious, medical advisor throughout the Fellowship. She was known to be strict with missionaries and believed that ‘many more things can interfere with both our physical and spiritual health on the mission field than at home. Therefore, some circumstances can and should be modified; others must just be accepted. To sort out the ideal adjustment with each individual concerned is to prevent unnecessary wasting of vital energy.’ 

To Dr Monica, serving the Lord was no laughing matter. We needed to serve well with a healthy state physically, mentally, and spiritually. She herself was a regular and formidable tennis player.

Colleagues feared Dr Monica for the right reason, for her life inspired people to fear God. 

After retirement she returned to Asia to serve with the Home of Loving Faithfulness in Hong Kong until 1993. Her last years were at Cornford House in Pembury, Kent where she died on 5 December 2020.