Stories from 75 years
A warm welcome
Ayi Jihu is a familiar face to hundreds of readers and families who have lived and studied at Tyndale House over the past few years.
First coming to Tyndale House in 2017, she says "I was a new Christian at the time and working in a restaurant as a manager. I wanted to change career and, knowing I love hospitality, someone from church suggested a job here."
"I'd never heard of Tyndale House before and I realised, wow, this library exists in Cambridge with all these people coming from all over the world. I was fascinated!"
Now, as Hospitality and Facilities Assistant, organising room and desk bookings and welcoming new residents, Ayi knows everyone who visits and works at Tyndale House.
"I love making people feel welcome," she says. "A lot of readers come from abroad, many who have never been to Cambridge before." For these readers Ayi is a vital help for navigating life here.
Ayi describes the close friendships she has developed over the years. In particular, a group of female Asian scholars and staff who found a connection in their shared backgrounds and now "come together to walk alongside and encourage each other in their work and scholarship".
"It is such a blessing to come so far away from home and find people to relate to and who support and help each other."