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About Us

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  • Our Team
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What is the Forward Edge? When God directs people to put their faith into action and they respond with obedience - even without knowing what lies ahead - they are stepping onto life's "forward edge."

Each of us…

However small or insignificant we may feel, was designed by God to join in a great story. It’s a story marked by good works prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). This good involves people—people dear to His heart—suffering children, the materially poor, the marginalized and forgotten.

And the good He prepared for us can be more than mere charity. It can be empowering…liberating…healing…transforming. It’s good that we do with people, not just for them. And when we choose to give and receive in this way, abstract words like “the poor” and “the suffering” suddenly become faces and names. And through the wisdom of God’s design, their stories become part of our stories and our stories part of theirs. Together we find ourselves lifted into that great story—one far bigger than ourselves.

Are you looking for your place in God’s story? Join us on life’s forward edge, where you’ll not only find meaning and higher purpose, but a deeper experience of who God is, who you are, and what He can do through you.

Our Mission

Creating opportunities for people to discover their true worth and pursue God’s extraordinary purpose for their lives.

Our Vision

Activated churches and individuals in the U.S. and around the world empowering the vulnerable and growing as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Core Values

1. God Initiated — Glorify God and further His purposes by responding to HIS initiatives.

2. Servanthood — Have the same attitude Jesus had (Phil. 2).

3. Relationships — Love people more than projects.

4. Meeting Needs — Address the needs of the poor, the marginalized and the overlooked.

5. Participation — Provide opportunities for ordinary people to participate firsthand in furthering God’s Kingdom.

6. Changed Lives — Provide opportunities that result in personal transformation.

7. Partnership — Build and maintain meaningful partnerships.

8. Empowerment — Don’t do things for people; do things with people.

9. Integrity — Live lives consistent with our professed beliefs.

10. Stewardship — Wisely steward God’s resources.

Statement of Faith

1. We believe in God the Father, who through Christ created the heavens and earth, who is perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power.

2. We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, fully God and fully man, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, sinless in this life, making atonement for the sins of the world by His death on the cross.

3. We believe in His resurrection, His ascension into heaven, and His high-priestly intercession for His people that they may experience full salvation and His indwelling presence.

4. We believe in His personal, visible return to earth according to His promise.

5. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Godhead, sent to convict the world of sin, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower those who believe in Jesus Christ.

6. We believe that all people by nature and by choice are sinners, but that God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

7. We believe that those who put their faith in Christ as Lord and Savior will rejoice in God’s presence for eternity, but those who refuse to put their trust in Him will be forever separated from Him.

8. We believe that the Bible is God’s Word, divinely and uniquely inspired, absolutely trustworthy, and having supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

9. We believe in the Church, the body of Christ, of which Christ Himself is the Head, and of which all regenerated people are members.

10. We believe that Christ commissioned the Church to proclaim the gospel in word and deed throughout the world, to encourage believers in the faith, and to teach and train believers in the principles of godly, fruitful living.

Financials

2018 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

2017 Audited Financial Statements

2016 Audited Financial Statements

2017 Form 990

Our Story

For the first 22 years of our history—from 1983 to 2005—we were primarily a short-term missions agency engaged in a wide range of ministry activities. These activities included open-air evangelism in places like New York, the UK, and Russia; disaster-response work in the U.S., Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Sri Lanka; the provision of free medical care in Mexico and Nicaragua; and the construction of children’s homes in Guatemala and Nicaragua. During this period, we mobilized more than 10,000 short-term volunteers—primarily from U.S. churches and universities—to serve in many parts of the U.S., and 33 foreign countries.

In 2005, following Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast, Forward Edge transitioned from a short-term missions agency into a full-fledged relief and development organization. We now have scores of full-time field staff, and ongoing field programs directed by national leaders. While we continue to send 600 – 1,000 short-term volunteers annually, the majority of these volunteers serve in locations where we have ongoing programs, including Cuba, Haiti, Kenya, Mexico and Nicaragua. This unique history has positioned us to not only understand what it takes to provide meaningful, cross-cultural experiences for those serving on our mission trips, but mission opportunities that strategically support ongoing programs in the field and contribute towards lasting change. We invite you to be part of this unique and ever-unfolding story!

History

Click the arrows below or the thumbnail circles below to browse through significant milestones in Forward Edge’s history.

The first Forward Edge mission team served in Prato, Italy in October, 1983. Team members served at a home for young, Italian drug addicts, and shared the gospel in the local piazzas.
Throughout the 1980s, Forward Edge teams helped construct children’s homes, like this one in Guatemala.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Forward Edge evangelism teams shared the good news of Jesus with people in the UK, China, Cuba, Russia, Romania, and at numerous Summer Olympic Games.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Forward Edge teams shared the gospel among unreached people groups in places like Nepal and Tibet.
A 1985 Forward Edge dental team provided care to scores of villagers in the remote highlands of Guatemala.
The first Forward Edge medical team served in Nicaragua in 1986.
Throughout the 1990s, Forward Edge teams served on several U.S. Indian reservations, including the Crow (Montana), Navajo (New Mexico), and White Mountain Apache (Arizona).
The first Forward Edge disaster-response team served in Florida following Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
For several years after the 1999 Balkan War, Forward Edge teams came to the aid of widows and orphans in Kosovo.
In the days, weeks and months following 9/11, approximately 200 Forward Edge volunteers served at ground zero in NYC, preparing meals for workers, and manning “prayer stations” on nearby sidewalks.
In the early 2000s, Forward Edge teams served the materially poor in Oaxaca, Mexico by pouring concrete floors in their dirt-floor homes.
For many years, Forward Edge ophthalmology teams restored sight to blind villagers in Oaxaca, Mexico.
In 2004, Forward Edge began a partnership with Mama Beth Children’s Program in Kijabe, Kenya, a ministry that provides physical, emotional, and spiritual support to scores of at-risk children.
After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Forward Edge sent more than 3,000 volunteers to the Gulf Coast to help Katrina victims rebuild their homes and lives.
In 2008, Forward Edge initiated a safe-water project on the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua, the poorest region in Latin America. Seven wells were drilled, providing safe drinking water to thousands.
In 2008, Forward Edge opened the doors of Villa Esperanza (Hope Village), Forward Edge’s home for girls rescued from a Managua, Nicaragua garbage dump.
Forward Edge sent more than 1,000 volunteers to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people.
From 2010-2014, Forward Edge domestic disaster-response teams served flood, tornado, and hurricane victims in Alabama, Colorado, Kentucky, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. Disaster-response teams also served internationally in the Philippines, Mexico, and Nepal.
In 2011, Forward Edge launched Trigo y Miel  (Wheat and Honey), a program for at-risk children in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Our team is made up of highly capable and committed staff and a qualified and engaged board of directors. Our staff members are located at the International Headquarters (IHQ) in Vancouver, WA and in our various field locations. Every Forward Edge staff and board member considers it an honor to be part of what God is doing through this ministry. It is, in fact, His ministry, and not ours. God is the one transforming the lives of children, disaster victims and those who go to serve them. It’s a privilege to join Forward Edge donors and volunteers as His hands and feet to accomplish His amazing work through this ministry.

Joseph Anfuso

Founder and President
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Forward Edge IHQ Staff

Tim Ainley

Development Manager
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Jen Goheen

Team Coordinator
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TyAnn Hunt

Child Sponsorship Administrator
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Tim Jones

Controller
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Nicole Klepec

Director of Administration
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Melanie Kruse

Bookkeeper
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Desi McAnally

Communications and Marketing Coordinator
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Ashley Miles

SAHSAC Campaign Manager
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DaLynn Oglesby

Event Coordinator
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Wendell Robinson

Senior Program Officer
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Sheri Stanley

Senior Mobilization Officer
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Jeff Thompson

Senior Program Officer
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Rick Vogt

Church Partner Liaison
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Field Staff

Nicaragua

Wilbert Alvarado

Director of Forward Edge Nicaragua
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Gloria Sequeira

Director of Forward Edge Nicaragua
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Pastor Ricardo and Leyda Hernandez

Directors of Villa Esperanza Girl's Program
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Johanna Reyes

Director of CPR (Sexual Education)
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Dalila Briones

General Manager
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Bianka Munguia

Team Coordinator
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Natanael Hernandez

Assistant Team Coordinator
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William Rios

Maintenance and Transportation Coordinator
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Susie Miller

Nicaragua Field Coordinator
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Paul Barmaksezian

Missionary
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Ani Barmaksezian

Missionary
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Mexico

Pastor Victor and Lety Velasco

Directors of Trigo y Miel
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Tom and Wendy Hogan

Missionaries and Directors of Operation Enduring Homes
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Ale Perez

Field Coordinator
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Jose Irineo

Communications Coordinator and Program Assistant
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Raquel Velasco

Child Sponsorship Coordinator
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Cuba

Gabriel Lopez and Leidis Tejeda

Cuba Program Coordinators
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Pastor Alex and Mileyma

Partners in Cuba
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Haiti

Pastor Jean Chavannes Jeune

Director of Forward Edge Haiti
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Fabnise Jean

Haiti Program Coordinator
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Pastor Coudo and Marie Antonise

Partners in Haiti
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Kenya

Jane Wathagana

Director of Mama Beth's
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Anthony Gitau Muthoni

Spiritual Coordinator
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Elizabeth Njeri Kimani

Child Sponsorship Coordinator
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USA

Pastor Brian and Carol Zimmerman

Partners in Baltimore
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Uganda

Bonny and Julian Lugayizi

Directors of Light a Candle Uganda
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Lillian Nakitende

Child Sponsorship Coordinator
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Board of Directors

Dave Andersen

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Karen Anfuso

Secretary
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Cole Chatterton

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Brad Fenison

Chairman of the Board
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John Greholver

Treasurer
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Kay Moore

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Nick Shivers

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Dan Vahalla

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Mary Vahalla

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Current Job Opportunities

To apply for a position, email nicoleklepec@forwardedge.org with a cover letter and resume. 

 

Villa Esperanza Field Staff

Managua, Nicaragua
As a Villa Esperanza field staff, you’ll be a lead point person between IHQ and Nicaragua team coordinators, as well as partner organizations on location. You’ll be working directly with incoming short-term mission teams; helping them prepare before entering the mission field, and managing many aspects of their time in Nicaragua. View Full Job Description