Dr. Richard Allen – Kenya
Dr. Rick Allen is working with the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) as a community health physician. Rick brings a wealth of experience to his primary role of addressing the concerns of the PCEA with respect to HIV and AIDS prevention. He also functions as the acting health coordinator for the PCEA Health Board.
Mike and Debbie Burns – Malawi
The Presbyterian Church in Canada has sent The Rev. Michael Burns and his wife Debbie to serve the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian in Malawi (CCAP). Mike is an associate minister at St. James Church, helping meet the CCAP’s need for qualified ministers. Debbie is looking forward to discerning a position in Malawi that will allow her to use her God-given gifts in ways and areas that fit with what is needed by the people there.
Todd and Annika Statham – Malawi
The Presbyterian Church in Canada has sent Dr. Todd Statham, his wife Annika and their two children, Sophia and Milo, to serve the Blantye Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian in Zomba, Malawi.
Dr. Bill McKelvie and Sheila McKelvie – Pakistan
Presbyterians Sharing provides support for Dr. Bill McKelvie, a physician working in various medical ministries with the Diocese of Hyderabad, Church of Pakistan, since 1988. In 1995, he started at tuberculosis (TB) control program which now operates six centres.
Louise Gamble – Taiwan
Louise Gamble is working with the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan teaching English Tam Kang High School in Taipei. One of the earliest educational institutions in Taiwan, Tam Kang is a Christian high school seeking to present a strong Christian image to all students. Louise teaches English conversation classes to all grades, and Biblical courses to senior classes.
The Reverend Dr. Paul McLean – Taiwan
The Reverend Dr. Paul McLean serves as a Bible Translation Adviser in partnership with the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan and the Bible Society in Taiwan. He is helping four indigenous translation teams who are preparing Bibles in the Amis, Bunun, Drekay and Paiwan languages. He also promotes the new Hakka Bible which was published in 2012.
Michelle Verwey – India
Michelle Verwey is a registered nurse working at the MIBE Graduate School for Nurses in Indore, India. She teaches community health nursing and supervises and guides students during their clinical postings. She is also helping to create the school’s first student handbook and to upgrade the school’s library, which has been without a librarian for over a decade.
Mary Gorombey – Hungary
Mary Gorombey is working with the Reformed Church in Hungary to integrate refugee youth into the Hungarian school system. She also teaches Hungarian as a second language and tutors many students outside of class time in various subjects. An important part of her work is helping to change stereotypes and attitudes in a climate that is not favourable to refugees.
Brian Johnston – Romania
Brian Johnston is working as an English teacher at the Theological Seminary of the Hungarian Reformed Church in Romania. Besides teaching, Brian directs two choirs made up of students from the seminary. In the words of choir member Emese Nagy: “It is great to feel how, in music, all the boundaries of the different languages and nationalities vanish. There is no more Hungarian-Romanian conflict, there is no ‘me’ and ‘the other’. There is just ‘us’ connected in beautiful harmony.”
David Pandy-Szekeres – Ukraine/Hungary/Romania
David Pándy-Szekeres is serving with the Reformed Church of Sub-Carpathian Ukraine (RCCU), a church of ethnic Hungarians in Ukraine. As Supervisor of External Missions, David helps to post RCCU missionaries to designated mission fields and supervises their work. As Director of Schools, David coordinates four Christian secondary schools that are renowned for their high academic standards and Christian teachings.
Denise Van Wissen – Guatemala
Denise Van Wissen is working with the Fraternidad of Maya Presbyterials in Guatemala as the coordinator of their Health & Nutrition Program. Denise uses interactive workshops to help women in Quiché and Mam communities learn the basics of nutrition and healthy eating. When she isn’t giving workshops Denise is working with the Indigenous Pastoral Program of the Guatemala chapter of the Latin American Council of Churches and helping work with Canadians to understand the mission opportunities in Guatemala.