transForm (long-term)

Alfonso Alvarado

Alfonso Alvarado

Program name: transForm (long-term)

Serving in: USA (Virginia)

Alfonso serves as a pastor and church planter of Iglesia Menonita Monte Moriah in Lacey Spring, Va., in partnership with Grace Mennonite Fellowship, Lacey Spring, Va.

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Steve and Laura Campbell family

Steve and Laura Campbell (Ruth, Esther)

Program name: transForm (long-term)

Serving in: Europe (Montenegro)

Steve and Laura and their children are serving with a Brethren Assembly congregation in the capital, Podgorica, ministering through various programs and activities in the church, and discipling others through Bible studies and friendships.

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Seth and Theresa Crissman

Seth and Theresa Crissman (Eliana, Isaiah, Maria, Malachi)

Program name: transForm (long-term)

Serving in: USA (Virginia)

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

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Green family

Shawn and Laura Green (Lucas, Emmanuel, Matteo, Isabella)

Program name: transForm (long-term)

Serving in: Europe (Italy)

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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Dan and Mary Hess

Dan and Mary Hess

Program name: transForm (long-term)

Serving in: Europe (Albania)

Dan and Mary serve in Lezhë with other VMMissions teammates, plugging back into a language and culture where they served from 2001-2005. They are building relationships and making disciples through evangelism and leadership development.

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Horst family

Steve and Bethany (Tobin) Horst (Anjali, Emmanuel, Tierzah)

Program name: transForm (long-term)

Serving in: Asia (Thailand)

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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Juan Jose Lagos

Juan José Lagos

Program name: transForm (long-term)

Serving in: USA (North Carolina)

Juan José and his wife Cecilia have planted Iglesia Cristiana Renuevo in Winston Salem, N.C., partnering with North Carolina districts and congregations of Virginia Mennonite Conference.

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Lee and Peg Martin

Lee and Peg Martin

Program name: transForm (long-term)

Serving in: USA (West Virginia)

Lee and Peg Martin are serving with Mennonite Central Committee as SWAP (Sharing with Appalachian People) location coordinators in McDowell County, West Virginia, as Associated Workers with VMMissions.

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Mike and Risha Metzler family

Mike and Risha Metzler (Hannah, Joel, Tobias)

Program name: transForm (long-term)

Serving in: USA (Virginia)

Mike and Risha Metzler are church planters of a new Anabaptist congregation in Harrisonburg called Mosaic of Grace Church. This new church plant relates to Eastside Church as a sister church and is a congregation in formation in Harrisonburg District of Virginia Mennonite Conference.

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Yugo and Grace family

Yugo and Grace P. (Jeremiah, Simeon)

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(Southeast Asia)

Yugo and Grace live and serve in a slum community, running a preschool and after school program for neighborhood kids called Rumah Harapan (House of Hope) in a large Southeast Asia city, serving with Servants to Asia’s Urban Poor, in partnership with VMMissions as Associated Workers.

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North Africa

Raleigh and Opal R. (Robbie, Anna, Beth, Gem)

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(North Africa)

Raleigh and Opal (names changed) and their children are learning languages and building relationships as part of a long-term vision to invite a people movement toward Jesus. They hope to partner with locals and other workers in agricultural development and to teach English.

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Armando and Veronica Sanchez

Armando and Veronica Sanchez

Program name: transForm (long-term)

Serving in: USA (Virginia)

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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Mark and Sarah Schoenhals (Heidi, Hannah)

Program name: transForm (long-term)

Serving in: Asia (Thailand)

Mark and Sarah serve in the rural northeastern part of Thailand, 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

Program name: transForm (long-term)

Serving in: Europe (Albania)

Klementina is executive director of the Lezha Academic Center , overseeing the development of the school. Dini serves as Executive Director for AMMF, and works as project manager for the school. He also serves as an elder at Guri I Themelit, the local Mennonite church.

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David & Rebekka Stutzman

David and Rebekka Stutzman (Immanuel, Liana, Nathanael)

Program name: transForm (long-term)

Serving in: Europe (Germany)

David and Rebekka are church planters in the multicultural urban center of Mannheim and network with young adults throughout Germany who are seeking to live and serve in missional communities. They serve in partnership with the South German Mennonite Conference and Mennonite Mission Network.

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South Asia

J. and H. T.

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(South Asia)

A family of five lives in a Muslim community in South Asia, where they work with the local church in discipleship, neighborhood outreach, leadership development and resource development. They serve with Pioneers, in partnership with VMMissions as Associated Workers.

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Rafael and Solange Tartari (Paulo, Sophia)

Program name: transForm (long-term)

Serving in: Europe (Albania)

Rafael and Solange work in partnership with Albanian leaders to model family life in Christ and to multiply disciples, leaders, and faith communities. They serve in partnership with the Junta Menonita de Missões Internacionais (Brazil) and are Associated Workers of VMMissions.

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John David Thacker

John David Thacker

Program name: transForm (long-term)

Serving in: USA (West Virginia)

John David Thacker has a vision is to plant churches that can be witnesses to the Kingdom of God in a post-Christian society, beginning in Charleston, W.Va. He envisions a network of small groups meeting regularly for worship, prayer, fellowship, study, discipling new followers of Jesus, and missional service in the community.

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Norma Teles

Norma Teles and the Joshua Center ministry

Program name: transForm (long-term)

Serving in: Europe (Albania)

Norma is director of the Joshua Center, a pre-school for Roma children in Lezhë, Albania. She leads a meeting for mothers of the Roma children. She leads a youth cell group and children’s ministry in the Lezhë congregation. She serves in partnership with Junta Menonita de Missões Internacionais, Brazil.

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J. and M. W.

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(Central Asia)

This family lives in a major city in western Asia, bringing expertise and experience in “business as mission” into several arenas of engagement. They are Associated Workers of VMMissions.

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Jason Wagner

Jason Wagner

Program name: transForm (long-term)

Serving in: USA (Virginia)

Jason leads Christian services, offers pastoral care for inmates and coordinates visiting ministries. His chaplaincy work also includes advocating with churches for jail ministries and developing the needed resources for inmates, ex-offenders and their families.

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Tyler and Kendra Yoder

Program name: transForm (long-term)

Serving in: USA (Virginia)

Kendra and Tyler are planting Garden City Church in the the south side of Richmond in the Manchester District of Richmond, Va., as church planting residents with Eastside Church and as Associated Workers with VMMissions.

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