Caleb is a second-year history teacher at Lezha Academic Center. He serves on the LAC Academic Leadership Council. He helps coordinate sports activities and clubs for the School and participates in the local Mennonite church.
Kaitlyn is a second-year English teacher at Lezha Academic Center. She helps organize extracurricular activities like the Christmas program. She provides tutoring to students and participates in the local Mennonite church.
Jessica teaches science and biology at Lezha Academic Center. She serves on the Academic Leadership Council. She also participates in the local Mennonite church.
Justin is a tranSend participant in his first year at Lezha Academic Center. He teaches various levels of math. Justin also helps plan extracurricular activities and participates in the local Mennonite church.
Dini & Klementina Shahini
Klementina is executive director of the Albanian Christian School, teaches and oversees development of the school. Dini serves as project manager for the school and helps in the Lezhë church.
Rafael & Solange Tártari (Paulo)
Rafael and Solange assist in the Lezhe, Albania, congregation in worship, preaching, evangelism and discipleship ministries. They serve in partnership with Junta Menonita de Missões Internacionais (http://missoesmenonitas NULL.blogspot NULL.com/), Brazil.
Norma is director of the Joshua Center, an early childhood learning center for Roma children in Lezhe, Albania. She serves in children’s, youth and cell group ministry in the Lezhe congregation. She serves in partnership with Junta Menonita de Missões Internacionais (http://missoesmenonitas NULL.blogspot NULL.com/), Brazil.
Allen serves in Lushnje, Albania, in discipleship formation and teaches English. He provides oversight to the Youth Evangelism Service (YES) team serving in the agricultural villages near Lushnje.
Nancy serves as a deaf educator in Orange Walk Town, Belize, and ministers to deaf children and youth through Jesus’ Deaf Church. She serves in partnership with Eastern Mennonite Missions (http://emm NULL.org). Read Nancy’s blog (http://jesus-deafchurch NULL.blogspot NULL.com/)
Joel serves with tranSend teaching English at a university in Hangzhou, China. He and his teammates have many opportunities to build relationships with students, faculty, and the broader community.
David Shenk is serving in Quito with the Quito Mennonite Church, supporting its congregational and local ministries, especially with Colombian refugee resettlement, in partnership with Mennonite Mission Network (http://www NULL.mennonitemission NULL.net/Pages/Home NULL.aspx).
David and Rebekka Stutzman (Immanuel)
Dave and Rebekka provide part-time pastoral leadership at Bammental and promote mission vision and young adult leadership in the South German Mennonite Conference. They are mission associates with Mennonite Mission Network (http://www NULL.mennonitemission NULL.net/Pages/Home NULL.aspx).
Grace is living and serving in Indonesia. She serves with Servants to Asia’s Urban Poor (http://www NULL.servantsasia NULL.org/). This is an “approved ministry” of VMM.
Giovanni & Fiorella Greco
Giovanni and Fiorella are Italian mission workers and church planters in Termoli, Italy. This is an “approved ministry” of VMM.
Shawn & Laura Green (Lucas)
Shawn and Laura are part of the church planting team in southeastern Italy. They assist with worship, reaching out to new persons through home Bible studies, and expanding the work with youth and young adults.
Chris & Melody Riddle (Micah, Adam, Isaiah)
Chris and Melody assist with Centro Koinonia in Bari, working with family ministries, worship, friendship evangelism and literature distribution. Watch a video about the Riddles in Italy. (http://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=a1BQz1yIMLs)
Rodney & Eve Knepp (Maya, Micah)
Rodney and Eve teach at the Maranatha School for the Deaf, relate to community members and the Ridge Mennonite Fellowship, a congregation of Jamaica Mennonite Church.
Harry & Kris Kraus (Sam)
Harry serves as Somali medical outreach team leader, coordinating medical outreach and education in Somaliland and making medical compassion trips to Somali refugee camps. Kris serves as a nurse. They serve in partnership with Africa Inland Mission (http://www NULL.aimint NULL.org/).
Vince and LaVonne Ramella (Sid, Bradie, Justin)
The Ramella family plans to work with youth and teach English to eager students in the community. They will use their strong relational skills to connect with people and find felt needs. Their ministry will build on relationships established through a micro fresh milk plant in the same town created by previous workers.
Steve & Laura Campbell (Ruth, Esther)
Steve and Laura engage in language and acculturation studies in Podgorica, Montenegro, while ministering with the local congregation, a Brethren Assembly church.
Steve Horst and Bethany Tobin (Anjali)
Steve and Bethany will be learning language and culture in the capital city of Bangkok. Their vision is to disciple young adults and use their gifts to serve refugees. They will serve in partnership with Eastern Mennonite Missions (http://emm NULL.org).
Mark & Sarah Schoenhals (Heidi, Hannah)
Mark and Sarah support the Life Enrichment Church, and engage in Bible teaching and leadership development. They are jointly appointed by Eastern Mennonite Missions (http://emm NULL.org).
Sarah serves with tranSend in Det Udom, Thailand, in partnership with the Life Enrichment Church. She works with the young adults in the area and provides child care for the two children of Mark and Sarah Schoenhals.
Adam and Jeanette Strode
Adam and Jeanette will be involved in full time language and culture study in order to be prepared to participate in a missional community-based ministry in Bangkok. They will have opportunity to live in a host family setting, attend language school, forge local relationships and gradually step into ministry roles and commitments under the guidance and direction of onsite team leaders, Steve and Bethany Horst.
Two families serve in separate locations in sensitive areas in south Asia.
An “approved ministry” is a ministry that VMM does not directly administrate or control but is related to, or is like, the work that we do. We lend counsel and support to a number of such ministries that were either begun by VMM or are related in direct ways to our vision and call.