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Joyel Allen

Joyel Allen

Joyel serves in college ministry, in partnership with Every Nation Campus. She is leading Bible studies and small groups at Mary Baldwin University, Staunton, Va., and focuses on identifying and mentoring leaders for campus ministry.

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Destiny Alston

Destiny Alston

Destiny will serve in college ministry at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, in partnership with Every Nation Campus. She leads Bible studies and small groups, and mentors leaders for campus ministry.

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Alfonso Alvarado

Alfonso Alvarado

Alfonso serves as a pastor and church planter of Iglesia Menonita Monte Moriah, Timberville, Virginia, serving in partnership with Grace Mennonite Fellowship and the Northern District of Virginia Mennonite Conference.

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Marcello and Marianna Arrostuto

Marcello Arrostuto and Marianna Vaglica

Marcello and Marianna serve in an internship with the Shalom Church in Palermo, and are mentored and discipled by pastoral leaders. Marcello is working toward long-term bi-vocational work in pastoral ministry.

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Victoria (Vicki) Barnes

Vicki is serving in college ministry in partnership with Every Nation Campus, leading Bible studies and small groups at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va., and identifying and mentoring leaders for campus ministry.

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Nathan Carr

Based in Harrisonburg, Va., Nathan is working to build networks of faith-based support for people who have struggled with addiction and substance abuse issues, and for those who have been released from jail.

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Seth and Theresa Crissman

Building on their work with the Kids Clubs in local congregations, Seth and Theresa create resources for families and households to become stronger Christ-forming centers through memorization and reflection on scripture through music.

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Jorge and Virginia (Ginny) Enciso family

Jorge and Ginny Enciso

Jorge and Ginny serve in Bogotá, Colombia, with South American Mission. The organization they founded and lead, Viva Youth, partners with congregations in children’s ministry and the creating community for young adults exiting the Colombian foster care system.

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Diomedes Franco

Diomedes is in initial phases to plant a church equipped to reach out to marginalized youth. His dream is that this church will be a greenhouse for young leaders who can be trained and launched into reaching more youth for Christ.

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Shawn and Laura Green

Shawn and Laura and family serve with a church-planting team in Termoli, assisting with worship and discipleship, reaching out through home Bible studies, and developing relationships to expand the work into new areas.

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Andrea Hamsher

Andrea Hamsher

Andrea will work alongside volunteers and participants at Die Villa, participate in the life of the Emmaus community under the leadership of Dave and Rebekka Stutzman, and provide occasional child care for the Stutzman family.

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Michael and Ruth Hershey family

Michael and Ruth Hershey

Michael serves with Immerse International, an Intensive English program focused on business and community partnerships, spiritual formation for staff and students, and missional training. Ruth leads regular in-person and virtual prayer gatherings.

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Dan and Mary Hess

Dan and Mary Hess

Dan and Mary serve in Milot, where they are building relationships, engaging in evangelism and discipleship, and expanding the work through kids clubs, youth work, teaching English, and Bible studies.

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Central Asia scene

Chris Hobbes

Chris (name changed) is joining the VMMissions Launch Team as a tranSend intern. He will focus on language and cultural learning the first year while exploring long-term service using his professional skills as a mechanical engineer.

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Steve Horst and Bethany Tobin

Steve and Bethany are working at evangelism and discipleship among Isaan believers in Nam Yuen, in partnership with the Life Enrichment Church. They serve in partnership with Eastern Mennonite Missions.

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Olivia Kasidiaris

Olivia serves in college ministry in partnership with Every Nation Campus. Olivia leads Bible studies and small groups at James Madison University and focuses on identifying and mentoring leaders for campus ministry.

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Clay Kauffman

Clay Kauffman

Clay serves as an intern with Highland Retreat. His internship is half-time with Highland Retreat, exploring various jobs and responsibilities that advance the mission of the camp, and half-time serving with a local congregation and in community service.

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Juan José Lagos

Juan José and his wife Cecilia are planting Iglesia Cristiana Renuevo, a Spanish-speaking congregation in Winston-Salem, N.C., that partners with the Tennessee/Carolina/Kentucky District of Virginia Mennonite Conference.

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Joy M.

Joy M. (name changed) has been appointed to a tranSend assignment, serving on the Central Asia launch team and teaching at an international school. She will spend half-time in language learning and connecting with the launch team, and half-time teaching.

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Lee and Peg Martin

Lee and Peg Martin are serving as MCC Appalachia Build location coordinators with Mennonite Central Committee in Kimball, West Virginia, as Associated Workers with VMMissions.

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Rissa Martin

Rissa has been appointed to serve as the Volunteer Coordinator at Agape Home, an orphanage in Chiang Mai, Thailand, helping volunteers and teams from all over the world who come to join the Thai staff in serving the children of the surrounding communities.

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Mike and Risha Metzler

Mike and Risha are co-pastors and church planters of Mosaic of Grace Church, Harrisonburg, Va., which envisions a community redeemed by Jesus Christ, together pursuing the glory of God for the good of the world.

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Alia Muhammad

Alia Muhammad

Alia serves with Every Nation Campus as a campus minister at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va., inviting others into Christian community and walking with them as they grow as disciples of Jesus.

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Raleigh and Opal

Raleigh and Opal

Raleigh and Opal (names changed) serve with their four children among an indigenous people group and are making connections for future ministry through business for transformation. They serve in partnership with Rosedale International.

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David and Marta

David and Marta

David and Marta (names changed) serve as interns on a multicultural business for transformation team and are in language and culture study. David is also employed half-time as a software developer at a local company.

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Yosiah and Anita Rahma

Yosiah and Anita Rahma

Yosiah and Anita (names changed) run a preschool and after school program for neighborhood kids called House of Hope in a slum community in a large Southeast Asia city.

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Central Asia

Rebeca Ramírez

Rebeca (name changed) joins the VMMissions Launch Team in Central Asia. A dentist by trade, she will initially invest most of her time in language learning. She serves with United Brethren Global, in partnership with VMMissions.

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Yacoub Rasul

Yacoub (name changed) is an Egyptian church planter serving among Harrisonburg’s Arabic-speaking community. He is serving in a partnership ministry between VMMissions and Faith Community Church called Love 4 All Nations.

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Baker Rigg

Baker serves as the part-time chaplain of the Rockingham Harrisonburg Regional Jail, where he nurtures inmates in Christian faith, resources and develops ministries within the jail and cultivates church and community support partners in the ministry.

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Lewis and Ashley Roberts

Lewis and Ashley Roberts

Lewis and Ashley’s tranSend internship gives them an opportunity to grow in leadership as local recovery mission workers. God has met them, changed them and through them is changing other men and women.

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Armando and Veronica Sanchez

Armando and Veronica are church planters of Iglesia Shalom-Nuevo Comienzo in the city of Waynesboro, Va. Armando and Veronica also pastor Iglesia Cristiana Enciende una Luz in Harrisonburg, Va.

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Michael Santana

Michael Santana

Michael (name changed) serves as a ministry apprentice at Mosaic of Grace Church, Harrisonburg, Va. He served for several months alongside long-term workers in Southeast Asia and is currently exploring ministry possibilities.

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South Asia

Adam and Elise Sauder

Adam and Elise (names changed) serve with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) at the YWAM Myrtle Beach base at the Discipleship Training School and lead teams in global mission experiences in South Asia.

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Randall Schlabach

Randall Schlabach

Randall is a pastor who is launching a recovery ministry from pornography addiction for men in Wayne and Holmes counties in Ohio. His plan is to offer men’s groups that revolve around two Christian recovery programs.

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Mark and Sarah Schoenhals

Mark and Sarah serve in the rural northeastern Thailand among the Isaan people, where they support the Life Enrichment Church and engage in Bible teaching and leadership development. They serve in partnership with Eastern Mennonite Missions.

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Dini and Klementina Shahini

Dini and Klementina Shahini

Klementina is executive director of the Lezha Academic Center, a K-12 Christian school. Dini is executive director of the Albanian Mennonite Mission Foundation, serves with VUSH (Albanian Evangelical Alliance), and is lead elder at Guri I Themelit, the local church.

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Lydia Showalter

Lydia Showalter

Lydia will participate in Vida220’s three-month discipleship training school in Central America followed by five months of ministry outreach as an intern with Viva Youth in Bogotá, Colombia.

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Hannah Shultz

In partnership with Iglesia Esperanza de Vida and Iglesia Menonita Monte Moriah in Harrisonburg, Va., Hannah is using her fluency in music education and Spanish to share Jesus and practical disciple-making strategies with children and their families.

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Paulo and Ana Silva

Paulo and Ana Silva

Paulo and Ana (names changed) serve in a Central Asian country and focus on mentoring new workers. They spent 17 years in the region prior to this assignment, serving as team leaders of multinational teams.

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Central Asia

Nathan and Anya Stan

Nathan and Anya (names changed) are sent by their home congregations in Eastern Europe to the Launch Team in Central Asia as business for transformation (B4T) workers, spending their first year in language learning and relationship building.

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Devin Stipe

Devin serves in partnership with Coracle and Early Church as a SLAQ servant leader, helping director Ken Wettig to develop and run the SLAQ program. He also serve as an intern at Early Church, where he is mentored and discipled.

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David and Rebekka Stutzman

David and Rebekka Stutzman

David and Rebekka are church planters in Mannheim, networking with young adults throughout Germany who are seeking to live and serve in missional communities. They partner with the South German Mennonite Conference and Mennonite Mission Network.

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J. and H.

James and Anne T.

James and Anne (names changed) T. serve with Pioneers in a dense South Asian city, where James works as a graphic designer. Together they are discipling youth, developing leaders, and working for church multiplication in the Muslim-background believer church.

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Rafael and Solange Tartari

Rafael and Solange work in partnership with Albanian leaders in the city of Shkodër to model family life in Christ and to multiply disciples, leaders, and faith communities. They serve in partnership with the Evangelical Mennonite Alliance of Brazil.

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Norma Teles and the Joshua Center ministry

Norma is director of the Joshua Center, an early childhood learning center for Roma children. She also leads after-school programs, a women’s group, and a girls club, and is a worship leader in the local congregation.

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Elaine U.

Elaine U. (name changed) serves on the Central Asia Launch Team and teaches at an international school. She spends half-time in language learning and connecting with the team, and half-time teaching.

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Paulo and Ana Silva

Jay and Em

Jay and Em (names changed) serve in locations in Central and Western Asia in business for transformation, engaging with a ministry team and bringing expertise and experience to current and future transformational businesses.

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Jason and Jenny Wagner

Jason served in a full-time position as chaplain at the Augusta Correctional Center, a medium security prison in Craigsville, Va., which was shut down in spring 2024. He and his wife Jenny partner with others who are passionate about God’s life transformation.

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Ken Wettig

Ken Wettig

Ken serves as the founding director of SLAQ (Servant Leader Quest). SLAQ combines real life outdoor adventure with faith formation to raise up servant leaders for the next generation church from diverse backgrounds.

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Brynn Yoder

Brynn Yoder

Brynn serves as an intern with Highland Retreat. His internship is half-time with Highland Retreat, exploring various jobs and responsibilities that advance the mission of the camp, and half-time serving with a local congregation and in community service.

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