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Bergen, Phil & Carol

Country: Burkina Faso

Phil and Carol and their local partners are involved in developing, translating and publishing Nanerige and Jula language scripture teaching materials, as well as sharing the Good News, planting churches, discipling new believers, and raising up leaders among the Nanerige people.

Block, Barbara

Country: India

Barbara works at Kodaikanal International School, a Christian Multicultural Residential school, in S. India. She teaches art, and works as High School Coordinator for grades 9-12. Students come from 25-30 nationalities, the majority from within Asia. Many are from non-Christian homes.

She also works with Bethania Home for Children, which takes in children in need. Around 45 children are supported by the home, a Christian NGO, with 35 in residence. These children have lost one or both parents, and come from homes where they could not be cared for. Bethania offers a safe home in a rural, farm setting, and a chance to grow up with a knowledge of Jesus’ love for them.

Brown, Tony & Sarah

Country: Panama

We are from Williams Lake, BC, and have been on a journey toward long-term mission for many years. God has been doing a work in us as we have pursued this call, drawing us closer to him and empowering us by his Spirit to live faithfully. Our passion is discipleship and seeing people’s lives transformed as they follow Jesus or meet him for the first time. We invite you, new friends and old, to walk with us as we adventure into new territory. We are preparing for long-term service in Panama.

Chapa, Joanna

Country: Peru

Joanna is a part of the FOCUS Apprenticeship program. In Peru, she will be coming alongside the established MB conference of churches with leadership support in discipleship strategies and the training and equipping of young leaders in a variety of ways. Her desire is to train and equip the local church leaders to be disciples that make disciples and call their churches and families to a deeper intimacy with God.

Clark, Jason & Tifany

Country: Mexico

Jason and Tifany are serving with Robert and Anne Thiessen in Oaxaca, MX for their Jornada term. Robert and Anne are experienced church planters who will serve as mentors, equipping them with experience and skills, while working amongst the Animistic Mixtec people of southern Mexico.

Davis, Bob

Country: Thailand

Bob is based in North America where he is involved in teaching and training, but he continues to be involved in leadership resourcing in Southeast Asia.

Ekk, Otto and Marjorie

Country: Portugal

Otto and Marjorie provide oversight to several church plants, social ministries, evangelism efforts, leadership development and mentoring.

Eros, Wendy

Country: Japan

Wendy is working as an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher to draw people into the church. She is serving in East Toyota Church and is sharing Jesus with students who believe in Buddhism and Shintoism.

Ervin, John and Geri

Country: Worldwide

John serves as a coach in making disciples and helping others develop their skills to tell God’s stories using video, music and photography. MB Mission is establishing a Global Media Network where disciples come together and use their media skills to tell others of God’s transformative work around the world.

Esau, Jon & Bonnie

Country: Thailand

Jon and Bonnie are serving in Chian Mai as a part of the Southeast Asia Regional Team. They will be establishing a new structure of language learning and cultural acquisition for all new incoming workers, and developing systems to empower Thai and Khmu leaders in church planting. Bonnie is also involved with the Bible Study ministry at the Juvenile Detention Center.

Fender, Sandra

Country: Thailand

Sandra is using her hopitality and teaching gifts to support Thai national leaders and evangelists at the Hope Center in Chachoengsao and in Phan Thong, Chonburi. She also readily assists in both the Thai and Burmese ministries of the Bethel and Lighthouse Churches.

Foster, Alan & Colleen

Country: Panama

The Fosters work among the Wounaan and Emberá tribes of eastern Panama. These two people groups have had limited access to the Gospel because of their remoteness and due to violence related to political factions and drug-trafficking. Likewise, they lack basic water and sanitation infrastructure while waterborne disease has escalated. The Fosters share Christ´s love through ministering to this felt need. By working alongside long-term workers from Colombia, Einer and Girlesa Zuluaga, they seek to complement this ministry by using their gifts in service of God’s kingdom. Alan (Feb 15) and Colleen (Oct 7) have two children, Kalea (6/2/10) and Joshua (7/21/15).

Friesen, Cynthia

Country: Thailand

After several years of serving with Operation 2nd Wave (O2W) in Phuket, Thailand, Cynthia has now moved north to Chiang Mai where she is part of a resourcing team, to provide assistance at the Thailand MB Foundation office and be involved in a local ministry with women at the Juvenile Detention Center. As Cynthia arrived in Chiang Mai in early 2015, she wrote the following:

“With a desire for greater intimacy with the Lord, more worship and intercession in the everyday and the boldness to walk out of even greater risk-taking for his glory, I want to put God first in all things. Thank you for your faithful prayers and support. I invite you to continue as I relocate to Chiang Mai to join my wonderful new team and discern the Lord’s leading about ministries, relationships, effective communication with Thais and others, and just doing life in another culture. As I start this new term in Thailand, I am filled with anticipation, hope and giddy curiosity about what the Lord has prepared for me and what he wants to do in me and through me.”
Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert. ~ Isaiah 43:18-19

Funk, Richard & Hazel

Country: Austria

Richard and Hazel are serving as Member Care facilitators to missionaries in Europe and Central Asia by providing personal care and tools to strengthen team life. They also provide mentoring, teaching and discipleship to Austrian church leaders.

Giesbrecht, Cory & Masami

Country: Japan

Although Japan is a highly developed country, less than 1% of the population are Christians. Since the country has gone through economic recession for the last two decades, people are facing a loss of both hope and direction. Cory and Masami work with local MB churches and are involved in community outreach and evangelism.

Godard, Trever & Joan

Country: Mexico

Trever and Joan work with Mexican church leaders and young adults, focusing on discipleship and mission training. They give leadership to the Matthew Team, whose vision is to prepare people for cross-cultural mission. The Matthew Team also coordinates short term teams that participate with local churches in mission outreach.

Goertz, Doris

Country: Japan

Doris is serving in the Amagasaki MB Church through English classes, Bible studies, music, evangelism and discipleship. Through her interactions with people inside and outside the church, she wants to bring them into a new and deeper relationship with Christ.

Hiebert, Doug & Deanna

Country: Burundi and Eastern Congo

Doug and Deanna are serving on a team in Burundi and eastern DR Congo, resourcing already existing churches and Christian ministries. In eastern DR Congo, the team is working with existing churches to build up leaders, disciple young adults and facilitate community development. In Burundi, the team is coming alongside local partners to minister to the Pygmy people. This includes sharing the Gospel, discipleship, health care, education, food security and housing.

Hiebert, Rebecca

Country: Thailand

Rebecca is working with a team of national and foreign workers to plant new churches in Chachoengsao province. She continues to study the Thai language, teach English, share the Gospel, disciple youth and young leaders, and love the people that God puts on her path.

Kuhns, Stacy

Country: Peru

Stacy provides leadership support to two MB churches, as well as a new church plant in Nuevo Catacaos. She is also involved in the discipleship of young people in established MB churches in northern Peru, which includes her ministry with the Casa Caminata Discipleship House.

Matthies, Johann

Country: Germany

Johann is the European Mission Development Director. He mobilizes European partners, churches, and schools for world mission and resources our workers and projects on the field in Europe as well as Western and Central Asia.

Mount, Katie

Country: Thailand

Katie arrived in Thailand in the summer of 2016 as a FOCUS Apprentice. She is focusing on learning Thai language and culture during her first term. After her first year of language learning, she will be joining the team in Chonburi to be involved in discipleship at the Abundant Life Home..

Munday, Jamie & Leah

Country: Thailand

Jamie and Leah are working with indigenous leaders to develop locally empowered strategies for community development. With some learning and practical tools, these leaders are able to influence community transoformation in and around their churches. Their goal is to provide training and build a network of practitioners in Southeast Asia. Jamie will also be supporting and equipping various MB Mission development projects throughout the region.

Neufeld, Roxanne

Country: Mexico

Roxy is working alongside the Matthew Team in a discipleship program for young adults, equipping them for cross-cultural ministry. She is focusing on language learning and adapting to the culture in her first term.

Nsulunka, Baudouin & Marie-Brigette

Country: South Africa

Baudouin and Marie-Brigette are the pastor couple for Durban MB Church. They are involved in teaching, training, and reaching out in the community.

Owen, Andy & Carmen

Country: Thailand

Andy and Carmen help to facilitate strategic clarity for church planting teams, training for new workers, and lifelong development for MB workers in Southeast Asia. Andy is the Southeast Asia Regional Team Leader and Carmen is the Member Care Facilitator for Thailand.

Penner, Jeremy & Adrienne

Country: Thailand

Jeremy and Adrienne arrived in Thailand in 2016 as FOCUS Apprentices. They will focus on language learning and culture in their first term. They are called to serve among the Burmese: sharing the Gospel, making disciples, empowering national leaders, and seeing a multiplication of new churches.

Penner, Liana

Country: Peru

Liana teaches English at a school and serves at the Trujillo Church. She provides support through discipleship and coordinating children's ministry.

Petersen, Tony & Roxanna

Country: Germany

We are working with German church planters in the city of Peine, serving young families with the Gospel. We seek to serve the local church and community and share with them the Good News that Jesus saves.

Plett, Sandra

Country: Mexico

Sandra is part of the Matthew Team that is serving in Guadalajara. Their vision is to prepare people for cross-cultural missions. The Matthew Team also coordinates short term teams and interns that participate with local churches in mission outreach. Sandra also serves local church leaders by focusing on discipleship and training among the youth.

Ramer, Jill

Country: Thailand

Jill is part of a team that is focused on planting a church in the community of Phan Thong (Chonburi). She also works closely with our Thai leaders at the Hope Center. As well as continuing to study the language, she spends her time teaching adult English and kids clubs, and building relationships with people in order to share the Gospel. She has a passion for worship and prayer and watching her Thai friends experience hope and freedom in Christ.

Ramos, Cecil & Tracy

Country: Thailand

Cecil and Tracy desire to see the power of the Holy Spirit transform the hearts and the lives of the Thai people who commit to following Jesus. As they continue to study Thai and learn the culture, they are a part of a team with international and national partners focused on reaching out to the community of Phan Thong (Chonburi).

Russell, Edd & Ingrid

Country: Thailand

Edd and Ingrid work with the Khmu people in Northern Thailand and SE Asia. They serve on the MB Mekong Team and are involved with discipleship and leadership training at the Changed Life Center.

Sanchez, Ricky & Karen

Country: Thailand

Ricky is the President of the Thailand Mennonite Brethren Foundation, and the Regional Mobilizer for Southeast Asia, and Karen is the Founder and Director of the Abundant Life Home. The Abundant Life Home provides children who have been orphaned due to AIDS and are living with HIV with a loving home. Ricky and Karen are also involved in leadership development, missionary recruitment and church planting. Their vision is to see Asia reached with the Gospel. Thailand is their home base and Burma, Laos and Cambodia are areas of ministry and future locations.

Schmidt, Jennifer

Country: Mexico

Jen is part of the Matthew Team that is serving in Guadalajara. Their vision is to prepare people for cross-cultural missions. The Matthew Team also coordinates short term teams and interns that participate with local churches in mission outreach. Jen also serves local church leaders by focusing on discipleship and training among the youth.

Schulz, Tyler & Cheryl

Country: Burundi and Eastern Congo

Tyler and Cheryl are serving on a team in Burundi and eastern DR Congo, resourcing already existing churches and Christian ministries. In eastern DR Congo, the team is working with existing churches to build up leaders, disciple young adults and facilitate community development. In Burundi, the team is coming alongside local partners to minister to the Pygmy people. This includes sharing the Gospel, discipleship, health care, education, food security and housing.

Sinclair-Peters, Dave & Louise

Country: Thailand

Dave and Louise are mentoring and training pastors and cell church leaders. They are involved in: Bethel Church, House of Hope, Lighthouse, House of Grace, and other cell churches.

Thiessen, Robert and Anne

Country: Mexico

Robert and Anne are part of a team focused on bringing the Kingdom of God to the Mixtecs. This team has a focus on comprehensive discipleship that is oriented towards growing healthy churches among the least reached and indigenous peoples of southern Mexico. They are preparing future missionaries through apprenticeships that apply theological and technical understanding to engagement in cross-cultural ministry.

Warkentin, Melvin & Gudrun

Country: Paraguay

Gudrun and Melvin are preparing future leaders in indigenous churches and communities. As a high school teacher, Gudrun encourages spiritual growth in the lives of her students. Melvin trains indigenous believers at the Indian Bible Institute for ministry in their home communities and beyond. Their goal is to bring growth and stability to the indigenous churches through leadership training and Bible teaching.

Zuluaga, Einer & Girlesa

Country: Panama

In partnership with the Colombian MB Conference, the Zuluagas are discipling and training leaders among the Embera and Wounaan people groups. New leaders are being trained to bring the message of the Gospel to other villages in Panama.