AFRICA

 

Hanneke Cost Budde, Tanzania  Hanneke was born in Holland and then moved to Canada, her training was in education and counselling high need youth. While attending a mission conference at Knox, Hanneke felt called to work with children in Tanzania through Africa Inland Mission. "This year I will have been on the field for 22 years!!! Amazing how time flies! Since January 2010 I have been assigned to the diocese of Tabora as the Coordinator of Social Services which has a project just outside Tabora town. The project covers 3 villages. The work involves: helping people living with HIV/AIDS, and their families, helping orphans to get into the public schools as many cannot go due to lack of uniforms and school supplies which we provide, mobilizing and supporting the local health authorities to provide health services to the people living in remote areas, etc.   We now have 73 orphaned children registered who need help with school uniforms, school supplies and sandals. Many of these orphans are living with very elderly grandparents and many of these children are malnourished and are suffering from different illnesses like malaria, typhoid, worm infestations, fungus and some have HIV/AIDS. We receive many elderly people who have been deserted by relatives and are struggling to stay alive. Many lack the strength to cultivate and many are suffering from malnourishment and related diseases. The people are lacking clean and safe water and women have to try and get it during the night in order to avoid the huge line-ups during the day. This is putting them in danger of animals and men. We are still hoping to find a company that will drill a well as the wells that were dug proved empty. On the homefront:I also have the responsibility for raising several (now 10) wonderful children (Youth). Since moving to Tabora some kids I was helping while working in Shinyanga have joined my happy family as well. One of them is Mahona, my albino boy, who is probably well known by many. He is truly amazing! Mahona is now in his second year in university. Another is Mayaya who is studying at the "Beekeeping college in Tabora. He hopes to finish next year and get employment. He is helping his two young brothers with their education. Another is Mayunga who is is secondary school. I have tried to encourage him but I think he feels uncomfortable being at our home and joining the others. I have some concern in regards to his friendships as well as his studies. His marks are dropping. His sister Esther also had joined us but she was not honest and got pregnant. She went back to live with her grandmother.All the other kids are doing well and I am very proud of them.  Faraja, the youngest is 7 and is in grade one, followed by Baraka who will be 10 in January. He is in grade 3. Christina (Kiri), will be 12 in December and is in grade 4, Jacky will be 14 in December and is in grade 5, Ngassa will be 19 in December. (Ngassa still has an open wound due to the osteomyelitis but is doing well in Form one). Mayunga will be 18 and is in Form 3. Mfaume is also 18 and is in Form 3. Margreth is finishing her studies and we are pretty sure that she will have a good job. She will return to live with her sick mom and help her take care of her and her siblings. Click here to learn more about Hanneke's ministry in Tanzania.She is located in the south-central area of Tanzania, in Tabora. Click on faces in photo for names.

 


 



Bill Fitch, Listen to Learn, East Africa    Bill is the director of Listen to Learn International. Listen to Learn uses audio teaching from renowned Bible expositors from around the world and creates a simultaneous dubbed translation into multiple indigenous languages.  These audio teaching materials, now accessible to those without English, are made available to rural African pastors on pocket-sized MP3 players which are provided to each student.  By having a Bible school come right to them where they live and serve, these pastors can prepare their messages while they continue to plough their fields during the week. His dear wife Peggy went home to be with Jesus [December 20, 2013] after a joyful and productive life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Leah Hopp, Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC)Uganda  Leah moved to Karamoja, Uganda in 2009 to start a community health programme in a remote village partnering with a mission clinic. While she began by teaching health herself, she now has five women that she has trained to do the teaching in neighbour’s homes, primary schools, pre-schools, and clinics. Completing her Masters of Public Health research in Uganda has enabled her to expand the health curriculum to include locally relevant concepts on maternal and child health. Almost every lesson still includes a hand-washing element and advice about hygiene and sanitation. Some other common topics that the team teaches on are Brucellosis, TB, vector-borne diseases, neglected tropical diseases, STI’s, and nutrition. I need a lot of wisdom to direct this team and give them on-the-job training. 

 

My community health team currently consists of five women: Rose, Akol, Lomuria, Betty, and Naduk. 

 Click here for short visit with Leah via youtube video.

 

Click here for an interview with Leah.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Martha Kennedy, World Race Martha is 21 years old and  just graduated from Queen's University's Global Development Bachelor's program this past spring. This fall, she left for the World which is an 11 month Christian mission trip to 11 different countries around the world. The World Race is not only a mission trip but an intensive discipleship program created to allow young people to learn more about God and seek His direction for their lives. The route she is travelling takes her team to parts of Eastern Europe, Africa, and Southeast Asia. She and her team have been, and will continue to be, serving in partnership with local churches and ministries in the communities we will be staying within, to preach the Gospel, plant churches, work in orphanages, minister to women and children trapped in prostitution as a result of human trafficking, and assist these local Christian organizations in bringing the restorative hope of the Father's love to many tribes and nations. She is not entirely sure what she'd like to do when she comes back from the Race, but that is one of the things she find most exciting - God's options are endless! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




ASIA

 

Paul and Mary Beth McLean, PCC  Paul works in partnership with the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan and the Bible Society in Taiwan. In 1984 he and a team of Hakka pastors and elders started translating the New Testament into the Hakka language. By the grace of God the complete Hakka Bible was published in 2012. Since then Paul has been serving as a Bible Translation Adviser with six indigenous language groups: 

'Amis, Bunun, Ngudradrekai, Paiwan, Pinuyumayan and Tayal. The complete Ngudradrekai Bible was published in July 2017. From home via the internet and during regular trips to Taiwan, Paul helps each team check and adjust their ongoing translation work. When visiting indigenous or Hakka churches, he encourages people to study the Bible and share the Gospel in their own mother tongue. Mary Beth retired in

2016 after many years working in the Life & Mission Agency of the PCC. 

She enjoys spending time with the grandchildren, volunteering at church and pursuing other interests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Bill and Sheila McKelvie   Bill and Sheila first arrived in Pakistan in December 1988 and have served with the Diocese of Hyderabad, Church of Pakistan since.  They are based just outside of Mirpur Khas, a city of about 200,000, 90 km east of Hyderabad. 

Bill now acts as a health consultant to the Diocese and works in clinic a few times weekly.  He also preaches regularly at the local parish and occasionally in village outreach programs.

Sheila coordinates the local Sunday School  and has trained Sunday School teachers and female Bible study leaders. She also serves on the company leadership team in Pakistan and is the company's international orientation coordinator. She also leads workshops around Pakistan on "Strengthening Your Interpersonal Skills".

Bill and Sheila have 3 grown children in Canada. Daniel is married to Amanada and working in St. John's, NL. Mark and Rebecca are studying in university in St. John's and St. Catharines respectively.

 

 

 

 


 

Sylvan and Yuriko Payne, Tokyo, Japan  Sylvan currently teaches at a prominent foreign language university, always hoping to develop meaningful relationships with colleagues and students. Sylvan is also involved in leadership in a recent international Presbyterian church plant in northeast Tokyo which currently meets in a hip hop dance rehearsal space on Sunday mornings. Yuriko is studying IT security with hopes of getting certified soon. Their daughter Juli is 15 years old and is preparing for entrance exams for high school next year. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Luke and Yuko Elliot, OMF, Japan  Born into a missionary family serving in northern Japan, Luke came to faith at an early age. After spending ten years as a young adult in the United States and Canada, he returned to Japan as an English teacher.

 

Yuko grew up in a Christian family in Japan's northernmost island, Hokkaido. Following six years of study in the United States, Yuko returned to Japan where she completed a graduate degree in clinical psychology. Prior to marrying Luke and preparing for full-time Christian ministry, Yuko worked as a school counselor and clinical psychologist while simultaneously serving as a founding member of a new church plant in Sapporo.


Shortly after their marriage in 2005, Luke and Yuko discerned God's call to devote their lives to full time ministry at the Aomori Christian Center (ACC).* After a challenging 8 years of preparation, they were commissioned as ACC Director in April, 2015. They live there with their five young children: Grace (2006), Faith (2008), Judah (2010), Josiah (2012), and Johnny (2014). Luke and Yuko are members of Knox Presbyterian Church, Toronto, and belong to OMF International.

*ACC is a year round camp and retreat center. Its mission is to strengthen local churches by offering its facilities as a place for evangelism, Bible teaching, and Christian fellowship. To achieve this mission, the Elliots organize or jointly host a wide variety of camps and other programs.



EUROPE

 

Elizabeth Matthias, Mission to the World, Munich, Germany   Elizabeth supports a church-planting team at the Gospel Church München, as well as two other established churches, primarily through a counseling ministry.  She also lectures part-time at the Martin Bucer Seminary, and supports an emerging national counseling ministry.  The combined academic and applied/missions focus—understanding and applying the Scriptures in everyday life—is the heart of Elizabeth's call and passion. 

 

Elizabeth was born in Canada of German immigrants, who retained close ties to their relatives. While working in Germany at the age of 20, she came to know Christ, and then lived and worked in Europe (Germany, The Netherlands and England) for eight years, before studying psychology (Alberta) and theology/counselling (WTS, Philadelphia). Further studies continue now with a DMin from WTS. Before taking up a call in Germany with the Martin Bucer Seminary to lecture in counseling she served with MTW in Nigeria for five years, teaching counseling at the Reformed Theological Seminary Mkar. Coming back to live and work in Germany is beautiful providence!

Click here for an interview with Elizabeth

 


 



Gord and Brenda Nickerson,
Josiah Venture, Wheaton, Illinois  

Gord and Brenda, along with their three children, Amy (26), Brad (23), and Katie (21), have been serving with Josiah Venture since January of 1997. Josiah Venture's vision is to see a movement of God among the youth of Eastern Europe that finds it's home in the local church and transforms society. For over five of those years the Nickerson's served on the JV Poland  team. In 2003, they moved to the Wheaton, Illinois area where Gord now serves as the Partner Relations Director and Brenda as the Summer Intern

​Director​

. In these roles, they are building a healthy network stateside by developing and maintaining relationships and partnerships for JV. They are also involved in the wider ministry of Josiah Venture as they shepherd our MIT's (Missionaries in Training), follow-up with JV churches, recruit and process summer interns, and represent the ministry of Josiah Venture throughout the United States and Canada. 

​In addition check out the following blog: www.josiahventure.com/blog   that their daughter Amy has been the lead writer for, to help celebrate Josiah Venture's 20th anniversary​.

 

 

 

 


SOUTH AMERICA

 

Ruth Thomson, LAM, Brazil   After graduating from Toronto Bible College, and doing her linguistic studies at the Universities of North Dakota and Oklahoma, Ruth joined Wycliffe Bible Translators and did her Jungle Training Camp in Mexico, then went on to Brazil to do linguistic research of the tribal language and translate the New Testament for that same tribe. Together with another missionary couple from Unevangelized Fields Mission they spent 35 years translating the New Testament and other Scripture portions into that language, teaching literacy, doctoring the sick, and so on. When the tribal New Testament was published and in the hands of the Indians, together with other Scripture portions and the JESUS film, Ruth then went on to another tribe with a related language, to do linguistic research and translation for them as well.  However the tribe is closed to missionary work and the one tribal person who was helping her with translation quit and decided not to have anything more to do with Bible translation.  So Ruth returned to the first tribe to work on an audio version of the New Testament which the Indians are requesting.  It is a joy to see the Christians using their New Testaments, leading their own churches and meetings in their own language and constantly making new hymns by putting the Scripture verses to their own music. Click here for a National Post article on Ruth's work in Brazil.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

Jack and Mary Anne Voelkel   Jack was born in Korea of Presbyterian missionary parents and met Mary Anne at Wheaton College.  They were married after Mary Anne finished her nursing degree and following Jack's studies at Princeton Seminary, were asked by the Presbyterian Church in Canada to found a congregation in Port Cartier, Quebec.  Dr. Fitch asked Jack to be his assistant at Knox in 1963.  In 1965, together with their three children (Alan, Jon, and Lisa) the Voelkels began their missionary activities in Latin America under the Latin America Mission.  They pioneered a university student ministry in Colombia which they helped lead for 20 years and then taught in the Biblical Seminary of Colombia for 10 years where Jack founded the missions department.  Along the way, Mary Anne picked up a Masters Degree from Wheaton College and Jack a Doctor of Missiology degree from Fuller School of World Mission. In 1999, InterVarsity USA invited the Voelkels to return to North America to help with the preparation of the Urbana Student Mission Convention.  Mary Anne was especially instrumental in promoting prayer and intercession which over the years has had an impact on the whole InterVarsity movement. Recently, Jack served as Interim President of the Latin America Missionuntil March of 2009.  Now once again based in Tucson, Arizona, the Voelkels travel to Colombia once a year to teach in the Seminary, and continue busy in other ministry opportunities as well.  Check out Jack's two websites:  www.urbana.org  “Ask Jack” and “Cloud of Witnesses.”

 

 

 

 



NORTH AMERICA

 

Laurie Armstrong, Power to Change (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ)  Laurie came to love and appreciate Knox during her student years at U of T. After graduation in 1981, she joined the staff of Power to Change (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ, Canada). After serving 15 years with the French campus ministry at the U of Montreal, UQUAM and U of Ottawa, she was asked to join the Ontario campus leadership team in 1996 as the Eastern Region Administrator. She currently serves in Guelph as a French language specialist with the national Creative Communications team of Power to Change-Students, focusing on French resource development and translation for the Francophone campus team. In addition to her campus and office responsibilities in Canada with Power to Change, she has also enjoyed many short-term opportunities to serve internationally in South America, South East Asia, Eastern Europe and West Africa. After more than 30 years of ministry, she still delights in seeing life and world transformation as students discover Jesus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Jacob and Natasha Chandler, MoveIn, Toronto  . Natasha and Jacob live in a strategic neighbourhood in Toronto for reaching the nations where they pray regularly for their neighbours and seek opportunities to share Christ. They both grew up in Oakville, Ontario, but first met while studying at the University of Waterloo. They were married in 2014, and now have one son named Tobias, born in 2016.

 

Natasha earned a biology degree at UW and has since gained experience in business management. She has a heart for youth and girls ministry and leads events in the Christian Reformed Church. Natasha enjoys crafting, photography, visiting parks, and good Mexican food.

 

After graduating from university with an degree in engineering, Jacob pursued global missions work with MB Misison, taking him to DR Congo, Portugal, and Thailand. Over time he grew in his passion and gifting for administration of mission and discipleship programs, and for equipping teams for ministry in unreached contexts. He enjoys camping, canoeing, leading worship, and good Thai food.

 

Along with being part of the global MoveIn movement in ministering within their neighbourhood, Natasha and Jacob also serve on the MoveIn Vision Team, a small staff team that empowers and grows the movement. The vision of MoveIn is to see thousands of regular Christians prayerfully moving in among the unreached, urban poor. They both have administrative leadership roles in event planning, financial management, and assisting the director. In the coming years they are excited about how God will use them to mobilize the next generation into mission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Carluci and Christina dos Santos, LAM, Canada   As LAM Canada ED, Carluci is responsible to the Board of Directors for carrying out the policies and programs of LAM Canada. He is responsible to secure prayer and financial support for the Mission; to encourage and continue to build partnership among all LAM missionaries; to recruit, appoint, and deploy missionaries to ministries throughout Latin America; to attend to missionary care which includes their spiritual and professional integrity; to assist candidates in seeking prayer and financial support; and to make appropriate provision for continuing pastoral and administrative care for all LAM Canada missionaries. Nineteen couples and seven single active missionaries are currently working in seven Latin American countries directly under LAM Canada. The Mission also supports some national workers. God has blessed the work of the Mission and it has been able to withstand the challenges of our times, both financially and spiritually.

Carluci has earned a Ph. D. in Old Testament at St. Michael's/Wycliffe College, at the University of Toronto (2011). He is an alumnus of Knox College (2015), Regent College (MCS, 1990), and of U.B.C. (M.A. in Hebrew Bible, 1992.) Carluci served IVCF Brazil (1992-2002, ABUB) and initiated and coordinated activities over 20 cities and universities in the central west area of Brazil; he also taught courses in hermeneutics, Biblical languages and exegesis at local seminaries in the city of Belo Horizonte. Carluci has also worked for World Vision-Brazil, and in a relief project in Mozambique during the last years of the Mozambican civil war (1984-1985). He is passionate about leadership development, biblical expository preaching and theological education both in Latin America and in Canada and teaches in formal and non-formal settings in the course of his travels. He is member of the board of the Instituto de Formacion Ministerial and also teaches Old Testament courses at this same institution; IFM trains leadership for the Spanish speaking community in Toronto. He also teaches at the Ottawa Theological College, and as a guest lecturer at Tyndale Seminary and Wycliffe College in Toronto. 

Carluci was ordained a minister of the Presbyterian Church in Canada at Knox Church early in 2016.  He, his wife Christina, and their three daughters have been working with the renewal of Celebration Presbyterian Church in Toronto.

Isabela is a graduate student in Political Sciences (U of Ottawa), and currently working on her thesis in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Geneva; Nicoli is on her 4th year of Health Sciences at the U of Toronto; and Hannah, the youngest, is on her third year in Sociology/Latin American Studies, also at the U of Toronto. The girls are actively involved in Christian witness in their university campi, and at Celebration Presbyterian Church.

 


 

Ann Chow, Global Outreach Mission Serving the world from Toronto: annchowprojectmanagement.ca   For more than twenty years, Ann has used her range of ministry skills to bring innovative ideas to major events, logistical issues, transformative projects, and strategic training for Christian organizations around the world. Global Outreach Mission is delighted to partner with Ann to support this global ministry.
 
As part of the program and operational teams behind Inter-Varsity's powerful Urbana Student Mission Conference, Ann has helped shape and send missionaries to the field since 1996. The relationships developed through Urbana has led to far reaching personal connections inside the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, the World Evangelical Alliance, and The Lausanne Movement. Ann’s unique gifting, experience, and passion for helping ministries do ministry better continues to provide eternal benefits around the globe.

She is currently on planning teams for the upcoming IFES student missions conference for Southern Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa this October and FaithTech Toronto hackathon in November 2017.

 

Volunteer: Ann is enjoying her role as board member for Food for the Hungry Canada as well as being an elder for Knox and representative elder at the Presbytery of East Toronto.

 

Past Volunteer Roles: Lausanne North American Younger Leaders Consultation: Ann was a member of the steering committee for this consultation in 2012 and was on the Lausanne Canada board for 5 years, from 2010-2015. 

 

 


 

 

Donna Chun Wah Dong, Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship of Canada Ontario and Canada.    Donna came to Canada in 2002 to work with IVCF Canada, after 25 years with InterVarsity/USA.  As Inter-Varsity Canada's first national director of Multiethnic/Multicultural Ministry, she focusses on Inter-Varsity's camping and campus ministries becoming more effective in including Canadians from Chinese, Korean, Filipino, Caribbean, African, and South Asian backgrounds as well as from Aboriginal/First Nations backgrounds.  

 

    As Inter-Varsity's Director for Multiethnic/Multicultural Ministries, my ministry focuses on the intercultural aspects of Inter-Varsity's calling:  "Being shaped by God's word and led by the Holy Spirit, the purpose of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship of Canada is the transformation of youth, students and graduates, in all their ethnic diversity, into fully committed followers of Jesus Christ."

     

     

     

 


Dom GooldIVCF, Toronto    Dom Goold, IVCF, Toronto    Dominique studied Health Sciences at Laurentian University, and decided to follow Jesus through the influence of the lives of her friends. It was after graduating she felt called to move overseas. Dominique moved to a beautiful country in Eurasia to learn about the culture and join the ministry serving young adults with IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students). Her experience overseas broadened her world-view and opened her eyes to see God at work in Eurasia. In 2005, she moved to Toronto to intern with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. In January 2008, she accepted a part time role as Director of International Ministries with Knox Church while serving as part-time staff with Inter Varsity at the University of Toronto, St George campus.

After serving four years with Knox Presbyterian Church, she received the call to serve full time with Inter Varsity (January 2012).

With mixed emotions of grief and thankfulness, she responded to the call to serve full time (a dream she has had since moving to Toronto) as one of two campus ministers at University of Toronto, at Scarborough. Soon after, was promoted to Team Leader. Currently Dom serves alone, and this year has added international student ministries as part of her portfolio in Scarborough.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

David and Susan Jeffery,Wycliffe Bible Translators,Langley, British Columbia , serving at the Canada Institute of Linguistics (CanIL) in Langley, British Columbia.

 

Dave and Susan joined Wycliffe in 1985 and arrived in West Asia in May 1987. They spent their first three years in a translation project, then six years in administration (Dave was field director while Susan was finance officer, then group librarian). From 1999 to 2002, they helped establish a training institute that continues to equip nationals for Bible translation work. In September 2002 the Jefferys moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand, where Dave taught sociolinguistics in a Christian university and served in administration, and Susan worked in various capacities in the SIL office.  

 

In July 2006 the Jefferys moved to Abbotsford, British Columbia. Dave began teaching at CanIL, Wycliffe Canada's linguistics training facility on the Trinity Western University (TWU) campus. In June of 2007 Dave added VP of Academic Affairs to his teaching responsibilities. Susan is in charge of CanIL's linguistics library.

The Jefferys have two children, Robby and Leanne. Robby has a B.A. in psychology and is working full-time as Director of a mental health clubhouse in Mission, B.C. Leanne has a B.A. in sociology and is currently taking the second and final year of a Masters degree in counselling psychology at Trinity. Leanne is married to Jonathan VanderMeer, and Robby to Elizabeth (“Bitsy”) Warkentin. Both couples currently live in Abbotsford.

 

 

 

 


Geri Rodman, IVCF, Canada   Geri Rodman is the President of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, an organization that purposes to experience extraordinary transformation of youth, students and graduates in Canada.

 

Geri is passionate about seeking creative ways for Inter-Varsity and student leaders to make a significant impact on the Canadian youth in this generation. Currently, Geri is championing the ten year mission of Launching 20,000 Extraordinary Kingdom Leaders by 2020. “We believe God to launch kingdom leaders that are so transformed by the work of Jesus that nothing will stop their enormous zeal for the things of God. Imagine the impact on this country with this kind of unleashing of the Holy Spirit!”

 

Geri was educated at the University of Toronto, Wheaton College and is currently a Doctor of Ministry candidate at Gordon-Conwell. The emphasis of this study is leadership, with particular attention to shaping the senior leaders that prepare to lead the next generation of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship.

  

Geri has served Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship Canada, since 2002. Geri brings a wealth of experience in ministry and leadership in the youth and young adult culture. Geri spent 23 years leading the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship ministry in Northern California and Hawaii. She lived and ministered overseas in Bogota, Colombia. Over the years, she has led numerous global treks with students to diverse locations around the world.

 

Geri is a member of Knox Presbyterian Church and has been for over 35 years. Geri serves on the Boards of Regent College in Vancouver, Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and Water Ambassadors. Geri has travelled and lived aboard bringing a global perspective to her leadership. Speaking and teaching in churches, conferences, youth ministries on topics leadership, authentic community, missional development and evangelism are welcomed opportunities.

 

Geri lives in a community household of long term friends and ministry colleagues. Geri owns and enjoys a Bernese mountain dog, Sam, as well as a Bichon Cross, Boon, who are part of the community.


Rosemary Walker, AIM, Quebec Mobilizer  "Ask of me and I will give you the nations for your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for your possession." - Psalm 2:8. Having grown up at Knox, I was privileged to be sent by the church twice to attend the Urbana student missions conference while studying at the U. of T. Thus, it was not entirely surprising for me to find myself in Chad teaching English in an evangelical high school for my second year of teaching. Knox encouraged and sent me out on this, my first mission to Africa. After a few years, Dr. Marguerite Archibald, a member of Knox and also on the board of AIM, put me in touch with the mission in 1976. Since then, I've had the privilege of serving in Comoro Islands, Kenya, Quebec, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and of taking summer teams to Reunion Island, Kenya and the DRC. Again, I thank God for Knox, which has been my principle supporting church through these 36 years!

                                                                                                      In 1998, I had to leave the Congo in 1998 due to war, so returned to Canada to be near my elderly parents. Since early 1999 I returned to the ministry of Quebec Mobiliser, sharing the call of Africa with believers in Quebec. From time to time, I report in to French-speaking churches in New-Brunswick, too.    I share as I have opportunity that AIM is an inter-denominational evangelical mission, working now in twenty-two countries and looking to God to raise up new missionaries – especially French speakers - to help us reach some of the millions who still live and die in Africa with no knowledge of the Saviour. I share that we are also seeking to strengthen existing churches through Bible and church-related ministries, education, medicine, agriculture, etc., in this day that “the enemy is pressing in   like a flood.”                      

This spring, DV, I will be taking a small team to the Chad and the Congo to encourage missionaries and national Christian leaders, as well as to see needs and opportunities in these two countries for new missionaries to serve. Please pray for Amanda Spruit, Pastor Gédéus Fortuné, Pastor Manais Dumont and myself, and for our five-week mission from April 22nd to May 28th.

On the longer range, the desire of my heart is, of course, to see bridges of hope, love, and mutual edification established between Quebec and French-speaking Canada with Africa. Your prayers to this end would be much appreciated! The Lord Jesus has said: “As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.” - John 9:4 



OTHER WORKERS [first names for security reasons]

C & K They give global leadership to an innovative investment fund with a portfolio of companies in the Arab world and Asia.  Their ministry is focused on the end-goal of seeing Christ exalted as Lord among the least reached in the Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist majority world.  To this end, their strategy includes mobilising, equipping and supporting Christian professionals from Canada to serve cross-culturally in mission.

G & M

Xerggyo and Hil

Dave & R

 



                        
PHASE TWO WORKERS





 

John and Deborah Bowen, Wycliffe College and Redeemer University College   John and Deborah came to Canada from Britain in 1977 to work with IVCF. For five years they worked on the U of T campus, and became members of Knox. When they were moved by IVCF to Ottawa in 1982, they continued to be Knox missionaries. In the 1990s, John spoke at twenty university missions around North America. Now both Deborah and John continue as Knox missionaries through their involvement in university teaching: Deborah is Professor of English at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, and John is Director of the Institute of Evangelism and of Wycliffe Serves! (a new department overseeing the external programs of the college) at Wycliffe College

 

Deborah has published two books which bear witness to Christ in the academic world of English, “The Strategic Smorgasbord of Postmodernity” (2007), and “Stories of the Middle Space” (2009).

John has published five books, all seeking to encourage the church's witness: “Evangelism for Normal People” (2002), “The Spirituality of Narnia” (2007), and “Growing up Christian” (2010). He also edited “The Missionary Letters of Vincent Donovan 1957-1973” (2011) and “Green Shoots out of Dry Ground: Growing a New Future for the Church in Canada” (2013).  Both John and Deborah are grateful for the privilege of being involved in the training of the next generation of Christian leaders, both lay and ordained.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Glenn and Fern Byerly, African Bible College, Malawi    Glen and Fern [from Canada] retired from their work in Ivory Coast and then during the civil war in west African countries they took up teaching and leading African Bible College, Malawi. The college has three majors: Bible, Communications and Education. They raised six children and are now settled in North Carolina. They are helping two of their girls get acclimatized into the USA after serving in Africa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Eleanor Crabtree     In 1965 Eleanor Knott went to India  as a PCC missionary to work in the Helen MacDonald Memorial School, Jhansi, India.    Being a graduate in Home Economics from Guelph, Eleanor helped teachers of home science make classes more interesting, provided many new embroidery and sewing patterns, and helped the hostel matrons make the diet of the hostel girls more nutritious.. She assisted in English reading classes, did accounts in the Manager's office and helped in turn with chapel devotions. After 16 years in Jhansi, she moved to Bangalore to join the Christian Medical Association of India's program of teaching village women better nutrition. She spent her final years of work in India under CMAI in Nagpur, central India. Back in Canada, she worked with IVCF, Ottawa, from 1988 to 1997. Her work was mainly with international students at universities in Ottawa. In 1993 she married Alan Crabtree, a school friend. Alan died on November 9, 2007. Eleanor Crabtree lives in Meaford.  She is involved in the local church (Knox Presbyterian) on the Bd. of Managers, and Worship Committee. Her hobbies are knitting & scrapbooking. Eleanor married John Jagt on October 15, 2016.  I did not change my name.  We moved from Hamilton to Burlington in October.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Diane Dadian       Calvin and Diane are officially retirees of the Reach Across. Diane continues on a volunteer basis with FFM. Her work is writing the FFM Prayer Bulletin three times a year, answering people who write in to the Answering Islam web site, speaking and teaching at FFM seminars as required. Diane befriends many newcomers and becomes a family to those who are alone or new or afraid. Calvin went home to be with the Lord, a reunion he cherished for so long, on Wednesday, March 10. 2010. Diane remains close to the Ethiopian     community in Toronto as well as maintains many links back in Africa. She teaches a women's Bible class of 40+ women at Calvary Church every Sunday. [Photo with Hil from Mexico.]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Sylvia Dresser    Sylvia is a retiree of The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM). She and her husband, Ken, served as Knox missionaries in Irian Jaya (Papua), Indonesia for almost 40 years. They established medical programs and saw churches planted in two areas of Southern Irian Jaya  and conducted medical courses for evangelists working in other isolated places. Local men and women were trained as paramedics and midwives who provided care in the many villages where they lived. Ken also led daily Bible studies for workers. Ken went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, May 20, 2009.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

David and Joan Evans    David went out from the United Kingdom in 1949 with the South Africa   General Mission (later Africa Evangelical Fellowship and now SIM) to Rusitu, a location on the eastern border of what was then Southern Rhodesia and is now Zimbabwe . Margaret Campbell arrived the same year sent out from Canada by Knox Church. They were married there in 1952. Margaret was a nurse and ran the medical work. David had the privilege of opening a Bible School. In 1969 they were moved to Johannesburg where David became the Mission's Executive Director. From l974 to 89 he was appointed as Inter-Field Minister and had a ministry of the Word throughout the Mission for the encouragement of missionaries and associated churches. In 1987 they settled in Canada, initially to assist Margaret's aging brother. Margaret went to be with the Lord in September 2002. Joan served with the same Mission, initially in Mozambique, later in Malawi and finally at Rusitu from 1963 to 72. She is also a nurse and worked with Margaret. From 1974 to 97 she served with Youth With A Mission, finally retiring in Cambridge, Ontario. David and Joan were married on November 12, 2005. They now reside at Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island where they are involved with a local Evangelical church.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Barbara Hanna    Barb was born in the United States and studied nursing and Bible in Philadelphia. She joined (CIM) OMF after graduation and went to Thailand in 1954. Barb and Grant were married in 1956. They worked in South Thailand for 11 years, Grant in literature and Barb nursed. They moved to Bangkok   and Grant was involved in OMF Publishers. Barb continued nursing in various places as needed. In 1988 Grant was diagnosed with two potentially fatal conditions and they returned to Canada. Grant died in 1997. Barb is retired and lives in Toronto.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Beth Huddleston   Beth was commissioned and sent out as a missionary from Knox Church in 1958 under World Radio Missionary Fellowship to Ecuador.   Along with her co-worker Eleanor Boyes, Beth served as a nurse in the Hospital Vozandes Quito for 12 years and then in the Hospital Vozandes Shell for 15 years. Her responsibilities included many aspects of the nursing profession, including being Director of Nursing in Quito and nurse anaesthetist in Shell. During the years spent in Shell, a new hospital was built in which Beth was heavily involved. After serving 27 years in missionary service, Beth returned to Canada in 1986 at which time she and Eleanor assumed the roles of WRMF representatives across Canada for four years. Since 1986, Beth has made Meaford her home where she is actively involved in her local church and community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Gladys Linthicum   Gladys was born in Saskatchewan and became a teacher. Eventually she came to Toronto where she studied nursing and then went on to OBC for Bible training. Her call to the mission field took her to Lima, Peru   where she ministered with TEAM until her retirement. Her duties in Lima at the "Evangelical Seminary of Lima" mainly as Supt. of Women and Librarian plus others are too many to number. Gladys has settled in Calgary where she enjoys serving the seniors in her building such as reading to them, praying with them, pushing wheel chairs, etc. Because of emails she is able to maintain regular contact with many of her "girls" from the seminary and with free long distance calls by telephone to the USA, she is able to keep in contact with missionary friends from Lima days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Norine Love, FFM, Toronto. KWM is anxious to keep itself, the congregation and praying friends up to speed on the work of KWM. Following Norine Love’s formal retirement from FFM, she joined the ranks of the valuable Phase 2 missionary retirees. Norine has agreed to accept a two-year volunteer assignment to help knit the Phase 2 folk more deeply into the fabric of the ongoing KWM ministry, as well as the life of the congregation. Her responsibilities include visiting all Phase 2 workers once in her tenure, as well as connecting via email or phone at least once each month. KWM will cover her travel and associated expenses. We encourage everyone to consider Norine one of the go-to folk for things KWM.


Jim Mason,SIM, Kitchener   Jim and Leona Mason, SIM, Kitchener. Leona went to Nigeria with SIM in 1952 and Jim in 1957. Leona passed away March 4, 2014. Their ministry has been in literature work, both in Nigeria with Challenge Bookshops, then with Challenge Enterprises Ghana.  While in Ghana they saw the beginning of Pastors Book Sets (PBS), and a Cinevan program still operating after 34 years. In 1989 Jim became Literature Consultant for SIM Internationally while based in Waterloo, Ontario. The Pastor's Book Sets started in Ghana, since then PBS has grown and spread through three continents, in five languages covering thirty-six countries. God used Jim's vision for a one volume ‘Africa Bible Commentary' and a talented team produced the Africa Bible Commentary, Seventy African Scholars wrote on various portions of the Bible.  We praise God for His blessing on the Africa Bible Commentary (ABC) for Africa and around the world. The Africa Bible Commentary in English was published and launched in Nairobi, July 2006, the French was launched November 2008; Portuguese (Angola and Mozambique) 2010, Swahili in 2010, Malagasy in 2014. It is exciting to witness the ‘ripple effect' of the original ABC. Amharic and Hausa translations are due in late 2015.  Grass roots commentary projects with similar mandates modeled on the ABC, are now under way for the Arab world (in Arabic), South Asia (India, Sri Lanka – in English) with a translation in Hindi, already underway, & South America (in Spanish & Portuguese), also in Russian. Presently there are 13 either translations of the ABC or new writing at a similar reading level Praise God with us for His continued blessings on the commentary outreach.

 

Jim has now completed and published ‘Literature Outreach in Nigeria' - from 1901 - 1980he This has been well received and is now part of the SIM Archives. God's ‘Challenge in Ghana, covering 55 years was published December 2013.

 

 

 


 

Angela and David Morris    "Our 36 years of living in Cyprus are completed.  God willing we will be settled in Elora, Ontario in November of this year.  Although considered as retired, our ministry of planting house churches continues.  The economic crisis has left us with the option of renting our house because houses on the island are selling for a fraction of their value.  God's timing has been perfect.  He brought us into contact with a brother with whom I, Angela met at prayer times at a mission in Cyprus.  “A” comes from an undeveloped country which David and I visited before he was born!  A shares our goals of an indigenous house church movement take root among his people.  He has the vision of bringing believers from difficult countries to the island to grow in discipleship and learn how to reproduce the NT church, the church that flourished despite severe persecution in the opening centuries of our era.  A wants to invite other people and groups who can provide practical training so that these aspiring apostles can earn their living while working in the market places, like Paul did!  This approach provides an opportunity and excuse for David and I to visit our house and teach them how to make and use various pieces of solar equipment.  There may well be opportunities for me to teach English to the willing.

 

"Daniel, our eldest, and his wife teach at a university in the States.  Nathan and his family live in the Waterloo area. Nigel, our youngest, is working in downtown Toronto using his programming skills. We will value being so much closer to our four grandchildren (7 to 10 years old)."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Dr. Glyn and Prudence Owen   Dr. Owen became the senior minister of Knox in 1974. He is a Welshman who had ministered in Ireland and England, his preaching ministry having attracted many young people who came to Christ in the counter-culture Jesus Movement, and who were longing for solid biblical teaching. The multiculturalism of early Knox once again began to be very much in evidence. Dr. Owen was greatly appreciated as a pastoral counsellor, while his loyal associate George Lowe went graciously in and out among the congregation, and in a special long-range way became pastor to the missionaries. Dr. Owen retired in the mid-1980s and they live in Oakville. Listen to Sermon Index featuring 210 of Dr. Owen's sermons. [Site requires registration, but it is free]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Barbara Rahn     Barbara was commissioned by Knox in 1965 for service in Thailand with OMF International. She worked as a registered nurse at Manorom Christian Hospital in Thailand for almost 25 years and then returned to Canada to care for her mother and manage the OMF Book Department for 15 years. Now she is the OMF Retiree Care Coordinator and keeps in touch by telephone and personal visits to many retirees across Canada helping in practical ways with issues related to aging. She also serves on the OMF Candidate Council screening new workers for service in Asia. Involvement in her church and community activities in Cambridge brings her much joy.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Margaret Roth Global Outreach Mission, Kitchener   Marg went to Costa Rica in 1969 to language school and then on to Ecuador   at the beginning of 1970. She worked with HCJB for 20 years in various jobs through the years, starting as a nurse, and had her children there. In 1990 she and Dave moved to Kitchener and ministered with Global Outreach where Dave travelled around the world in installing communications equipment for mission hospitals and stations.. Marg went on a few trips with him but mostly did what needed doing at home and became involved with Operation Christmas Child and a group sewing outfits for AIDS orphans in Zambia and then in Kenya. Marg now sews for three hospitals, one clinic and one orphan group as well as several other charity needs. It has become more than a full time job along with a ministry of encouraging people Dave died in January, 2006.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 
ASSOCIATED MINISTRIES

 

Bill and Vicki Wood    Knox Dinner and Food Bank  

 

Who we are: Knox youth dinner and food bank is dinner, drop-in, food bank, clothing and household items exchange for newly-housed and marginally-housed youth. We are open Tuesday evenings, November to April.

 

Our story: Our program started in November 1996 as the City's only volunteer-run meal and shelter program for youth under 25. Until April 2006, we operated a dinner, overnight shelter and breakfast program on Tuesdays, under the Out of the Cold umbrella.

In 2005-2006, we found that, in part due to the success of the City's Street to Homes program, the majority of the youth we served had been able to move into rooms or apartments. The number of youth using our overnight shelter declined dramatically, yet we were surprised to see that most of our long-time guests continued to come to Knox each week just for dinner. They also started asking if we had food they could take home.

Unlike most young people who start off on their own with the support of family, many of our friends come from unstable homes, or are far away from their original homes. As a result, they don't have some of the “soft” supports that help most young adults make this transition. Sunday dinners with family, “care packages,” and a chance to enjoy a home cooked meal (with second or third helpings) with friends are things many of us took for granted as we moved into our first homes. In a way, this is the role we try to fill with our program. To the young people we serve, Knox is a ‘home away from home' that they visit each week for a little TLC and help. We hope, and truly believe, that these young people tangibly feel God's love when they enter our doors.

An important and surprising side benefit of providing this support is that a large number of our former program “guests” return to volunteer with us. At this time, about 20 of these youth—now mostly in their late 20s and early 30s— are regularly volunteering, helping us to set up the food bank, serve meals and perform clean up and maintenance duties. In fact, they now make up our core group of volunteers.

 

How our program works: Every Tuesday, from November to April, we open our doors at 6:30 and serve a hot, home-cooked dinner to young people. All are welcome, regardless of background, orientation or ability. Guests and volunteers sit down together in the gym and eat dinner “family-style.” Guests also use our food bank service and clothing and household items exchange. Volunteers operate a sewing and craft area where guests can learn to sew, repair clothing, or create a craft or piece of art. We offer hair cuts and colours, nursing care and occasional “open mic” music nights. We are always looking for other activities we could add to expand our service to the youth who have, over many years, come to think of Knox as their “safe haven” in the city. The youth know they are safe and welcome at Knox. Because we are all volunteers, there is no fear, no forms, no questions, just acceptance.