transForm (long-term)

Alfonso Alvarado

Alfonso Alvarado

Program name: transForm (long-term)

Serving in: USA (Virginia)

Alfonso serves as a church planter, and is working to plant a new Hispanic church in the northeast area of Harrisonburg, 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)

Program name: transForm (long-term)

Serving in: USA (Virginia)

Seth and Theresa help churches in the Shenandoah Valley share the Good News with children in their local communities. They are expanding Kids Club programs from several congregations to meet a wider need in the community.

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Shawn and Laura Green

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

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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Juan Jose Lagos

Juan José Lagos

Program name: transForm (long-term)

Serving in: USA (North Carolina)

Juan José and his wife Cecilia hope to partner with North Carolina districts and congregations of Virginia Mennonite Conference in order to plant a new Spanish-speaking congregation in Winston Salem, N.C.

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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 establishing 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 in the process of pursuing congregation in formation status with Harrisonburg District of Virginia Mennonite Conference.

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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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Vince and LaVonne Ramella

Vince and LaVonne Ramella (Sid, Bradie, Justin)

Program name: transForm (long-term)

Serving in: Europe (Kosovo)

The Ramella family serves in Istog, impacting lives primarily through a new coffee/tea shop for women, Lady Latte, and through a local gym where Vince is building relationships and opening doors to ministry.

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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 planting a new Spanish-speaking church in the city of Waynesboro, Va. Armando will continue to pastor at Enciende una Luz while they start this new church.

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Mark and Sarah Schoenhals family

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

Rafael and Solange Tartari (Paulo, Sophia)

Program name: transForm (long-term)

Serving in: Europe (Albania)

Rafael and Solange are congregational leaders at Guri I Themelit, the Mennonite church in Lezhë, Albania, serving in worship, preaching, women’s meetings, evangelism, and discipleship training. They serve in partnership with the Junta Menonita de Missões Internacionais (Brazil) and are Associated Workers of VMMissions.

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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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