Faith Today: What will you miss?
Dave Toycen: I think I will miss the energy
and the activity that goes into the passion
we have for the needs of children around
the world. I’ll miss the daily relationships
I have with our staff. While I’ll continue
to have my passion for this cause, and my
loyalty to World Vision will remain strong,
I won’t have the same relationships. I’ll
miss the day-to-day intense engagement
with the major issues that are affecting
children and families in the world. I will
still keep informed, but not in the pipeline
of information kind of way.
FT: Has there been one part of the world or an
issue that has really touched you more deeply
than others over the years?
d T: I think in many ways my attention has
been heavily focused on disasters. My life
has been marked by those situations.
When I started it was the terrible war
when Bangladesh was being formed as a
country. After that, it was the terrible
Indo-China war and the impact of the
Khmer Rouge taking over Cambodia and
the terrible killing. There were the ter-
rible killings done by Idi Amin in Uganda.
In 1984 the Ethiopian famines. Then ten
years later the genocide in Rwanda. There
were many others. My life has been really
marked by the experience around those
FT: How have these experiences shaped your
faith? Has it been shaken and then rebuilt?
dT: There has been an abiding thought
that has kept me – our burden for ministry
can never be greater than our joy in the
Lord. That has helped me keep in perspective the incredible tragedy so many people
in our world find themselves. It’s heartbreaking, violent and cruel. If I don’t have
something deeper – a rock, a foundation
to cling to – I can be overwhelmed by the
depravity and violence against children.
In my life, Jesus continues to be the sustainer. If there is anything that has kept
me together, it’s that I know I’m a child of
God and Jesus gave His life for me. That
FT: Is the Canadian Church engaged with the
World Vision Canada president DAVE TOYCEN has
announced his retirement after 40 years with Canada’s
largest humanitarian organization – 18 of those as chief
executive officer. “I confess that some of my heart will be
broken by my retirement. World Vision has helped me
grow up as a Christian, even though I’m still a little boy
disguised in a man’s body,” says Toycen. faith Today spoke
to him about some of what he’s experienced – and the
little boy he can’t forget.