About Us

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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

Partnering with God to transform the lives of vulnerable children, disaster victims, and those who go to serve them.

Our Vision

To see vulnerable children cared for, disaster victims restored, and everyone involved with Forward Edge discovering and pursuing God’s plan for their lives.

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

2015 Audited Financial Statements

2015 Form 990

2016 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

 

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.

Forward Edge Board of Directors

Forward Edge is governed by a highly qualified and engaged board of directors. They provide inspiration, guidance, and support of our president; stewardship and accountability in the areas of mission, vision, values, strategy, and policy; legal and financial due diligence; as well as personal financial support, and—through example and influence—encouragement of others to give in support of our mission. We’re blessed to have men and women with integrity, compassion, spiritual discernment, and giving hearts serving on our board!  

Brad Fenison

Chairman of the Board
Bio

Brad Fenison

Chairman of the Board

Brad Fenison is the CEO and owner of The Pediment Group, Inc., a book publishing company in Battle Ground, Washington. He started the company in 1997 after 13 years in the newspaper industry as publisher of newspapers in Oregon, Washington and Minnesota. His company specializes in high-end, coffee-table books, including pictorial histories, sports championship books, and disaster books. Brad and his wife of 34 years, Wendy, have two grown children, Chris and Ashley, and five grandchildren. Brad joined Forward Edge International’s board of directors in 2005.    

What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge? Founder Joseph Anfuso and I had kids in the same private school and would get together over coffee to discuss Forward Edge. Joseph’s passion and vision for the mission of Forward Edge were inspiring and our discussions were always enjoyable and productive. In 2005 he asked me to consider serving on the board and I didn’t hesitate. It has been an honor to serve and to watch the organization grow.    

 

 

Board Members


Joseph Anfuso

Founder & President
Bio

Joseph Anfuso

Founder & President

A native New Yorker, Joseph has been living on the West Coast since 1977. After surrendering his life to Christ in 1974, he served for more than 20 years with an international church-planting ministry. Joseph founded Forward Edge in 1983. In 1989, he and his wife Karen and their three children moved from California to Vancouver, Washington where Forward Edge is now based.

After graduating from Rutgers College in 1970 with a degree in English Literature, Joseph traveled extensively, including a motorcycle trip from Athens to London, and an overland journey to India. Over the years, he has visited more than 50 foreign countries: leading mission teams, pioneering new ministry locations, and providing encouragement and support to Forward Edge field staff.
 
Joseph is also the author of several books, including Message in a Body (his memoir), and his latest book, The Best Story of Your Life.
 
What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge?
The conviction that inspired me to start Forward Edge is encapsulated in Eph. 4:10-“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” I love Forward Edge’s commitment to helping its short-term missionaries, its field staff, and those they serve, hear and respond to God’s call! 

Dan Vahalla

Vice President
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Dan Vahalla

Vice President

Dan is an active member of his church, and has been helping with mission trips and events for much of his Christian life. His passion is getting involved with projects that eventually lead to self-sustainment. Dan has worked in high-tech marketing and sales since 1977. He has been married to Mary Vahalla since 1987 and they love to travel together. They have three adult children and one grandchild. Dan enjoys sports of all kinds, including golf, basketball, fly fishing, and an occasional triathlon. He has also participated for many years on the United States Senior Basketball Team, competing in tournaments in the U.S. and around the world. 

What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge? Forward Edge’s philosophy parallels my vision of how mission work should be done. And that’s by providing enough help to empower people to be able to eventually help themselves, and glorify Jesus.

Karen Anfuso

Secretary
Bio

Karen Anfuso

Secretary

Karen has been serving as Board Secretary since 1996. She also served for many years in the Forward Edge accounting department, and prior to that as Executive Assistant to the Superintendent of Portland Christian Schools.

Over the years, Karen has served on Forward Edge mission teams to many parts of the U.S. and overseas, including Guatemala, Nicaragua, Kosovo, England, Scotland, Mexico, and the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.

Karen’s gifts of wisdom and encouragement have blessed many over the years, and her bubbly personality can light up a room. She and Joseph have three grown children, Heather, Ryan and Katelyn, and seven grandchildren, all girls.

John Greholver

Treasurer
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John Greholver

Treasurer

John is a retired Salvation Army Major and one of the early Forward Edge board members. He has an MBA in Organizational Psychology and Development, and has worked with many Christian organizations over the years. He currently resides with his wife Lynda in Ridgefield, Washington.

What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge? I was very impressed with the vision of Joseph Anfuso and Forward Edge in getting members of local churches to participate in hands-on work with programs around the world. These volunteers provided encouragement and practical support, while at the same time sharing their faith and being exposed to the great needs around the world.        

 

David Andersen

Bio

David Andersen

David is CEO of Andersen Construction Company, a $650 million per year Construction Manager and General Contractor operating in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, Montana, and Alaska. David graduated from Oregon State University where he obtained a degree in Business Management and a minor in Construction Engineering Management. He is a father to three and is happily married to his wife, Glenda.

Current Affiliations
• Association of General Contractors Board (2001 Chapter President)
• Forward Edge International Advisory Board
• George Fox University Advisory Board
• Oregon State University Construction Education Foundation Board
• Oregon State University College of Business Dean Advisory Council
• Port of Portland Mentor Protege Advisory Board

What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge? Forward Edge’s compassion in helping disaster victims put their lives back together and their commitment to doing Christ-centered work helped draw me in.

Bruce Frydenlund

Bio

Bruce Frydenlund

Bruce is the founder and COO of EventBuilder, a virtual event management company based in Portland, Oregon. Bruce has been to Nicaragua on five different mission trips and has been fortunate to see Villa Esperanza grow from an idea to a wonderful reality. His first mission trip was to help rebuild the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. His business career has revolved around building communications tools and services to help large, geographically disbursed work populations communicate effectively. Bruce is married with three children and two grandchildren.    

What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge?
God has always given me a soft spot for children and people who are forgotten. And I love the “why” behind what Forward Edge does: helping people live what they were created for, which is to join with God in doing good works (Eph. 2:10). I love the idea of worshiping God with others by doing what we were created to do together.    

Ravi Jayakaran

Bio

Ravi Jayakaran

Dr. Ravi Jayakaran has well over three decades of experience in international poverty reduction and strategic development programs. He is currently the President of Medical Ambassadors International. He has been the Director of Community Transformations for e3 Partners/I am Second, as well as the Catalyst for Integral Missions for the Lausanne Movement. Dr. Jayakaran has worked in senior management positions in the corporate sector, international NGOs, the Asian Development Bank and the UNDP. With his wife, Vimla, he has lived and worked long term in India, Cambodia, China and the U.S., and provided technical support in more than 23 countries on issues of transformational development, integral missions, relief and development, participatory poverty alleviation and development, public health, and prevention of trafficking.  

What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge? The life and testimony of the founder, Joseph Anfuso, and the vision and mission of the organization. Then I visited projects in Mexico and Nicaragua- and now, I am a lifelong friend of Forward Edge.

 

Don Moen

Bio

Don Moen

Don has worked in Information Technology since 1986, most recently with Alaska Airlines. He was also ordained a pastor in 1988, and for many years has co-led a monthly church service at the local county jail. 

Don and his wife Donna have long felt called to “the equipping of the saints”, as described in Ephesians 4:12. They consider it a privilege to serve believers and unbelievers alike through the ministry of Forward Edge. They have facilitated numerous teams with Forward Edge, in the U.S. and abroad, beginning in 1992. They treasure the lasting friendships they’ve developed in the countries where they’ve served. Over the years they have also provided facilitator mentoring and training at yearly Forward Edge conferences.

Don and Donna live near Seattle, Washington and have two grown children and one grandchild.

Donna Moen

Bio

Donna Moen

Donna is a gifted water colorist who has painted professionally since 1980. She has been active in her community through art, having chaired a local art festival for nine years and managed a cooperative art gallery in Gig Harbor, Washington. 

Donna and her husband Don have long felt called to “the equipping of the saints”, as described in Ephesians 4:12. They consider it a privilege to serve believers and unbelievers alike through the ministry of Forward Edge International. They’ve facilitated numerous teams with Forward Edge, in the US and abroad, beginning in 1992. They treasure the lasting friendships they’ve developed in the countries where they’ve served. Over the years they’ve also provided facilitator mentoring and training at yearly Forward Edge conferences.

Donna and Don live near Seattle, Washington and have two grown children and one grandchild.

Nick Shivers

Bio

Nick Shivers

Nick, a principal broker in the top 1% of Realtors nationwide, leads WestOne Properties in strategic sales and marketing. Nick has 12 years of experience in the Portland, OR real estate market and is a preferred agent for finance and real estate experts, Dave Ramsey, and Barbara Corcoran. Nick is co-founder of SAHSAC (Sell A Home, Save A Child), a movement partnering with real estate agents to raise funds for Forward Edge children’s programs. A husband and father of three, Nick takes his family on yearly international mission trips and gives back generously to his local community.

Mary Vahalla

Bio

Mary Vahalla

Mary has been married to her husband Dan for 39 years, and they have raised their three children in Southern California. She is also the proud Nana of their one-year-old grandson. She has been involved in missions for many years through her church. Mary’s love for travel and love for our Lord couples together nicely as she travels wherever she feels she is being called. She has been on the board since 2013 and  is excited to see how God is growing Forward Edge and where His plans will take us.

What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge? I was drawn to Forward Edge immediately after hearing their story. I have served in the mission field all around the world and know the value of answering God’s call to be a part of His Kingdom plan.

Kay Moore

Bio

Kay Moore

Kay had her first experience with mission trips in 2005 when she traveled twice that year with an international adoption agency to Kenya. It was through these experiences that she sensed God was calling her to serve Him in a new capacity.

Kay first learned about Forward Edge through a newspaper article. The article featured a local couple moving to Nicaragua for two years to adopt two older boys. While meeting the adoption requirements, the couple would be working for an organization called Forward Edge International. In researching Forward Edge, Kay felt the Lord’s nudging to pursue possible employment with the organization.

In 2007, Kay joined the staff of Forward Edge as the Team Coordinator for Nicaragua. After nearly 9 years of serving Forward Edge in the area of teams, Kay sensed the Lord calling her out of the “day-to-day” responsibilities in August 2016. In January 2017, she was invited to join the Forward Edge board of directors.

Kay is married to Greg and they are blessed to have three adult children, all married to awesome spouses.

What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge? Having worked in previous non-profit work, Kay sensed an overwhelming presence of the Holy Spirit leading Forward Edge at every level. From the president and founder, to the board of directors, and the international headquarters staff; the vision, mission, and decisions have all been God-orchestrated. It was truly a privilege to work with such Godly individuals.

The Forward Edge team

The Forward Edge Staff is made up of highly capable and committed members at the International Headquarters (IHQ) in Vancouver, WA and in our various Field Locations.

Every Forward Edge staff 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
Bio

Joseph Anfuso

Founder and President

A native New Yorker, Joseph has been living on the West Coast since 1977. After surrendering his life to Christ in 1974, he served for more than 20 years with an international church-planting ministry. Joseph founded Forward Edge in 1983. In 1989, he and his wife Karen and their three children moved from California to Vancouver, Washington where Forward Edge is now based.

After graduating from Rutgers College in 1970 with a degree in English Literature, Joseph traveled extensively, including a motorcycle trip from Athens to London, and an overland journey to India. Over the years, he has visited more than 60 foreign countries: leading mission teams, pioneering new ministry locations, and providing encouragement and support to Forward Edge field staff.
 
Joseph is also the author of several books, including Message in a Body (his memoir), and his latest book, The Best Story of Your Life.
 
What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge?
The conviction that inspired me to start Forward Edge is encapsulated in Eph. 4:10-“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” I love Forward Edge’s commitment to helping its short-term missionaries, its field staff, and those they serve, hear and respond to God’s call!
 
If you could meet anyone…
King David…a flawed human being–guilty of such heinous acts–yet “a man after God’s own heart.”
 
 

Forward Edge IHQ Staff

 

Management


Jeff Thompson

Senior Program Officer - Nicaragua, Kenya and US
Bio

Jeff Thompson

Senior Program Officer - Nicaragua, Kenya and US

Jeff has been passionate about missions since his first mission trip to the jungle highlands of Papua New Guinea in 1987.  From that point on, his life would never be the same.  Since then he has served on short-term teams in over 16 countries. Jeff, along with his wife Kris, started working full-time with Forward Edge in 2006, coordinating volunteers in the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina for three years. When that assignment was completed, they served in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua for three-and-a-half years. In 2013, they moved to the Vancouver, Washington area to serve in Forward Edge’s International Headquarters.

What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge?
I was first exposed to Forward Edge through my son’s mission trip to Mexico in 1991 because our youth pastor worked part time for FEI as a Youth Team Coordinator. Our best friends, Don and Donna Moen, also invited us to attend Forward Edge’s annual benefit dinners and retreats where we learned to value the principles Joseph and Karen Anfuso lived and Forward Edge taught.    

If you could have dinner with any person in history (excluding Jesus) who would it be and why?
I would like to have dinner with Martin Luther and discuss with him how God inspired him to risk it all and say “yes” to Jesus’ calling on his life.               

What is something about you others are often surprised to learn?
That I’m an avid motorcycle rider.

Wendell Robinson

Senior Program Officer - Haiti, Cuba and Mexico
Bio

Wendell Robinson

Senior Program Officer - Haiti, Cuba and Mexico

Wendell joined Forward Edge in the summer of 2016. He has been married to his wife Lisa since 1990. They are the proud parents of three boys. He has more than a decade experience with international missions, including seven years as a missionary in Puerto Rico. He has also served in Africa, the Caribbean, North, South, and Central America. He is passionate about human development and has a strong belief in human potential. When he’s not hard at work you can catch him enjoying the great outdoors or taking long walks with his wife.

What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge?
Forward Edge is an organization that is sensitive to the leading of God’s Spirit. I learned about how they seek to leverage their gifts to touch the lives of at-risk children, their families, and the communities in which they live. They say it this way, “When God prompts us to do something and we respond with faith and obedience, even without knowing what lies ahead, we are stepping onto life’s forward edge”…just as Joshua did with the children of Israel at the edge of the River Jordan (Joshua 3:8). This ultimately drew me to the mission of Forward Edge.  

If you could have dinner with any person in history (excluding Jesus) who would it be and why?
I would have dinner with my great grandfather. He was a preacher and passed down a spiritual legacy that continues in me and my family. I’ve heard so much about him through my father and my late grandfather. I imagine sitting on the porch with him in the hot South after a good southern meal talking about how he has seen God at work in his time.                

What is something about you others are often surprised to learn?
That I love chitterlings.

Nicole Klepec

Director of Administration
Bio

Nicole Klepec

Director of Administration

Nicole has been with Forward Edge since 2010 when she began as a team coordinator. After five years of serving in that capacity, she moved into the Director of Administration role, which allows her to assist in all areas of the ministry. She is passionate about serving vulnerable children and has served in Mexico, Nicaragua and several domestic locations. Nicole is happily married to her husband, Gordon, and they have two beautiful children who keep them busy.       

What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge?
I was excited to have the opportunity to serve and work towards helping vulnerable children and their families to break the cycle of poverty within their communities and to give them a sense of hope for a better future.             

If you could have dinner with any person in history (excluding Jesus) who would it be and why?
I think it would be fascinating to have the opportunity to talk with Abraham Lincoln. He was so passionate and convicted that he took great risks to ensure the liberty of those who were oppressed. He was a leader who truly led based on what he knew to be right.         

What is something about you others are often surprised to learn?
I used to be a drama geek. I was in theater in high school and college and moved on to commercials and movies after that. I don’t have time for it anymore, but it was fun!

Tim Ainley

Development Manager
Bio

Tim Ainley

Development Manager

Tim Ainley joined the Forward Edge staff in the spring of 2010. He cherishes his beautiful wife, Ashley, and three wonderful children, Lamaya, Cambria and Gideon. Tim got the itch for ministry growing up as a pastor’s son in a Christ-following home, and has served in ministry for most of his adult life. Anyone who meets Tim discovers that he’s passionate about Jesus, his family and friends, missions, adoption, discipleship and camping ministry. Tim also enjoys traveling, sports, Star Wars, and playing board games.          

What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge?
God has always given me a soft spot for children and for people who are forgotten. I love that Forward Edge serves those people. I also love the “why” behind what Forward Edge does – to help people live what they were created for, which is to join Him in doing good works (Eph. 2:10). I love the idea of worshiping God with others by doing what we were created to do together.    

If you could have dinner with any person in history (excluding Jesus) who would it be and why?
Probably James, the brother of Jesus. It would be cool to hear stories about Jesus growing up. I’d also want to hear how he changed his mind about Jesus and what it was like starting the Church with Peter. My second choice would probably be Robin Williams.            

What is something about you others are often surprised to learn?
I can juggle and ride a unicycle. I used to be able to do both at the same time. Not sure I can anymore, though; it’s been years since I’ve tried.

Tim Jones

Controller
Bio

Tim Jones

Controller

Tim has spent most of his life in Portland, Oregon, with the exception of his early childhood in Hawaii. A Certified Public Accountant. Tim held a variety of accounting positions in the Distribution and Service industries, preparing him for his duties as Forward Edge’s controller. Tim put his “hands-on” skills to use in the mission field when he served in Guatemala helping with the construction of a church. All three of Tim’s children have benefited from short-term mission work as well. Tim and his wife Marcia have been married for 38 years. They have three children and five grandchildren.       

What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge?
The opportunity to apply my talents and experience through Forward Edge to impact the lives, and eternities, of those in need.                

If you could have dinner with any person in history (excluding Jesus) who would it be and why?
Richard Henry Dana, Jr.: An attorney who worked as a common sailor on a merchant marine ship in the 1830’s.  He later invested his wealth into the care of retired sailors and the evangelizing of those on the high seas. Author of “Two Years before the Mast”.          

What is something about you others are often surprised to learn?
I’ve written a novel, and book #2 is in progress of a planned trilogy. 

 

Accounting and Administration


Kris Thompson

Missionary Care Coordinator
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Kris Thompson

Missionary Care Coordinator

Kris’s first mission trip was to Kosovo in 2000. She came back so changed, she told her husband, “We have to move there they need us.” Although Kristeen and Jeff didn’t move there they both went back three more times. She has served in Trinidad, Nicaragua, New York after 911, and other places in the states. Both came into full time Missions for Forward Edge in 2006 after Katrina. They lived in Mississippi, and New Orleans, for three years serving and then called to Puerto Cabaezes Nicaragua for three and a half years. She now serves our missionaries as the Missionary Care Coordinator

What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge?
We came to know about Forward Edge through our oldest son’s youth Pastor. He went on a few trips and we liked what we saw. Then our good friends who are now board members started facilitating teams. We came to the annual fundraisers and the retreats. We saw ordinary people being changed through Forward Edge. Joseph and Karen were leaders we could trust. 

If you could have dinner with any person in history (excluding Jesus) who would it be and why?
Mother Teresa. Her love and how she served the people God put in her path was selfless.

What is something about you others are often surprised to learn?
I love to dance! One of my dreams while living in Hawaii was to join a halau and learn how to hula. I was granted that wish after we moved away. I was able to dance in competitions, exhibits, and dance more than I thought this little haole girl could.

Jen Goheen

Bookkeeper
Bio

Jen Goheen

Bookkeeper

Jen’s first mission trip was in 2011 to Nicaragua. This experience changed her heart and led her to serve, love, and encourage disaster victims, including several outreaches with the Red Cross. She and her husband Ken enjoy serving on mission teams together. When not working, she likes to spend time outdoors, walking, hiking, and running.

What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge?
I have always had a heart for those who have been overlooked or forgotten. I believe God created us to be in community and we need to care for one another. Two of Forward Edge’s “Core Values” speak directly to my heart. The first one is, relationships, love people more than projects. The second is, empowering nationals, don’t do things for people; do things with people.

If you could have dinner with any person in history (excluding Jesus) who would it be and why?
The Apostle Paul. I like the way he communicates and often gives very practical examples of the ideas he is conveying.

What is something about you others are often surprised to learn?
My husband and I volunteer with the puppy raising program of Guide Dogs of America

 

Development


Desiree McAnally

Communications Coordinator
Bio

Desiree McAnally

Communications Coordinator

Desiree is a Portland native who graduated from the Anthropology and Sociology programs at Portland State University. She has worked hard to combine her passion for people, culture, and the gospel in practical ways. She has interned in communications for both the Portland Mercado–a non-profit located in inner-southeast Portland which supports Latino small-businesses bringing traditional food, art, and culture to the community–and Forward Edge International. Desiree loves communications because it is how people get connected to a mission and begin to work together to enact great change for God’s Kingdom.

What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge?
I went on my first ever mission trip with Forward Edge to Villa Esperanza in Nicaragua. God moved greatly in this experience and I was immediately hooked to what God is doing through the people in Forward Edge. Forward Edge is truly a spirit led mission and it is easy to see God’s hand in everything they do. 

If you could have dinner with any person in history (excluding Jesus) who would it be and why?
Sacagawea, I’d love to hear how she pronounces her own name.

What is something about you others are often surprised to learn?
I had my daughter when I was 21.

TyAnn Hunt

Child Sponsorship Administrator
Bio

TyAnn Hunt

Child Sponsorship Administrator

TyAnn was raised and lived in sunny Southern California until 1995. In the aftermath of the infamous Northridge earthquake in 1994, she moved to Oregon to be near her sister and family. She loves the Pacific Northwest and now feels like a native Oregonian. After accepting Christ as a teenager, God began to put on TyAnn’s heart a burden for children living in poverty. She has since sponsored several children through various charitable organizations, done volunteer work and participated in short term mission trips to help spread the love of Jesus.          

What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge?
Over the last few years I realized that God was calling me to a still deeper involvement in missions work and I began to explore vocational opportunities. Through a series of divine appointments I was introduced to Forward Edge, and with an extensive administrative background, a passion for children, and a timely job-opening, I became a staff member shortly thereafter. 

If you could have dinner with any person in history (excluding Jesus) who would it be and why?
Well, since it can’t be Jesus, I’ll pick the apostle whom He loved, John. I love John’s heart in his writings and he would be the expert on all things Jesus. I’d also love to hear about Revelation directly from his lips and be able to ask him questions.             

What is something about you others are often surprised to learn?
I’ve been on TV a few times!

Ashley Miles

SAHSAC Campaign Manager
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Ashley Miles

SAHSAC Campaign Manager

Following the market crash in 2008, Ashley began photographing foreclosed, or soon-to-be foreclosed homes for BPOs. After the market recovered she transitioned into a management position at a leading real estate office in Portland. She soon had a vision to create a real estate photography business of her own called RE PIXS. Fast-forward 4 years later and RE PIXS has grown into a thriving business, and has committed to making a positive difference in the world by donating a percentage of their proceeds to Sell a Home, Save a Child.  

What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge?
I was introduced to Forward Edge at their 2016 Banquet, I was so impressed that my company RE PIXS ended up becoming a member of Sell a Home, Save a Child (SAHSAC). Shortly after we started donating I was contacted by Forward Edge staff to meet and talk about my business and how I could be an even more engaged part of SAHSAC. I told them that with my background in business, I would love to volunteer any of my time to help grow SAHSAC. Not long after this conversation I received an email asking if I’d be interested in being more than a volunteer, and was asked to take the Campaign Manager position with SAHSAC. After many prayers for direction in my life God has pointed all of his arrows to Forward Edge and has made the path of transition so easy that there is no way He hasn’t been guiding me on this journey. 
 
If you could have dinner with any person in history (excluding Jesus) who would it be and why?
Socrates – I’d just like to listen to him speak. He inspires me because of his constant striving to learn and grow throughout his entire life. 
One of my favorite prayers from him would be “I pray to thee, O God, to be beautiful within.” 
 
What is something about you others are often surprised to learn?
I started my first business when I was 19, and was able to essentially retire at 24. Now I get to work on passion projects, and spend my time traveling! 

 

DaLynn Oglesby

Event Coordinator
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DaLynn Oglesby

Event Coordinator

DaLynn grew up in the church and accepted Jesus at a young age.  Her father was a minister in a small town where he served not just the church but the entire community. She watched her parents feed, clothe, shelter and welcome anyone who walked through the door.  When not at home, she would spend time with her Uncle’s family, also pastoring and serving their community with the same vigor. Her grandmothers were known for giving meals to the homeless for the price of listening to them tell a story about the one who cares for them most. These examples of true “one-anothering” (lived out every day) provided DaLynn with a natural training ground for hosting, serving and planning.  No matter what type of event she is working, she sees herself as the host. Her heart is to bring people together, and help them feel cherished. DaLynn is married to Stephen Oglesby, and together they have four children between them, Elijah, Alexander, Zachary and Molly Anne.  They spend many weekends hiking the trails of the Columbia River Gorge, and of course, going right up to the edge.

What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge? 
I have known about Forward Edge for a number of years as my cousins and a few friends have regularly served on mission teams to Haiti. I was never able to go myself, but always felt part of the process as we raised funds and put together gifts for the children they encountered. Stephen and I both have a passion for children and had been waiting to see where we’d be led. We had the privilege of attending the 2016 Fall Benefit Dinner and knew immediately that we had to get involved. Hearing the stories and seeing firsthand what the ministry of Forward Edge does to impact the lives of the vulnerable changed everything for me. I realized that I too could be part of changing someone’s story. That evening stirred in me a new desire to use my gifts and talents in a meaningful way. I began to specifically seek God’s direction, and the next leg of the journey began. I will always be grateful for the person who dropped that invitation on my husband’s desk.  Thanks Gordon!

If you could have dinner with any person in history (excluding Jesus) who would it be and why?
Laura Ingles Wilder, but I want three dinners please, one when she was a child, one when she got married and one just before she passed.  I want to know how she felt about all that she experienced.

What is something about you others are often surprised to learn?
I collect hymnals, the older the better.

 

Mission Team Coordinators


Kelsey Rairigh

Nicaragua & Kenya Team Coordinator
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Kelsey Rairigh

Nicaragua & Kenya Team Coordinator

Kelsey has lived in both California and Colorado, but now calls Portland, Oregon home. She has a passion for nutrition and the ability for meals to bring people together from all different backgrounds. Kelsey experienced her first mission trip to Nicaragua on the island of Ometepe and has since had a heart for serving and learning from the people of Central America. She hopes to one day be fluent in Spanish as she continues her studies of the language and culture.   

What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge?
I served on a mission trip to Nicaragua three years ago and I fell in love with the people and culture. They shaped my worldview and helped me grow my relationship with God. I was drawn to the heart behind Forward Edge in serving vulnerable children and disaster victims in places all over the world. I am excited to prepare others for the same vision! 

If you could have dinner with any person in history (excluding Jesus) who would it be and why?
I would have dinner with C.S. Lewis, his writings have had a large impact on my relationship with God and my imagination!

What is something about you others are often surprised to learn?
I love to rock climb; it is a perfect mix of exercise and excitement. I hope to one day return to Yosemite to climb.

 

Field Staff

 

Kenya


Kennedy Muniu

Field Coordinator
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Kennedy Muniu

Field Coordinator

Kennedy was born in Central Kenya near Mt. Kenya. Growing up in the rural environment of Central Kenya involved chores such as vegetable gardening, raising chickens, goats and cows, and picking tea. Though he did not know what profession would best suit his needs, Kennedy discovered that one day he would want to give back to the community and especially those children who experience the worst extremes of poverty. Kennedy volunteered to design a website for Mama Beth’s Children’s Program at Kijabe. After college, Kennedy finally found a career path that would suit his interests and desires. He was employed as an IT & Administration Assistant by Chosen Children of Promise (CCP), where he worked for about three years. Now he is privileged to serve with MBCP.

Jane Wathagana

Director of Mama Beth Children’s Program
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Jane Wathagana

Director of Mama Beth Children’s Program

Jane is a native Kenyan who was born in Kijabe. Her family didn’t have much, clothes and food were scarce as her mother was a single parent raising twelve children. Her passion for children really grew once her mother, Mama Beth, could no longer take care of the children in her program. Since 2006 she’s overseen the ministry at Mama Beth’s and taking care of the roughly 70 children in the program. Jane loves to see the growth of young people and she believes in the potential they have.  

What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge?  
I was drawn to the mission of Forward Edge because of their focus on vulnerable children. In addition to this, Forward Edge believes just as I do that education is the key to rescuing lives from poverty.

If you could have dinner with any person in history (excluding Jesus) who would it be and why? 
Nelson Mandela. He believes the same thing as I do. That Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. That’s why I’m so passionate about changing the poor conditions of our local schools and creating a space where the children can get quality education.

What is something about you others are often surprised to learn?
That despite a successful business, I have chosen to work with the poor and vulnerable.

 

Nicaragua


Wilbert Alvarado

Director of Forward Edge Nicaragua
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Wilbert Alvarado

Director of Forward Edge Nicaragua

Wilbert and Gloria met in 2003 and got married in 2006. Gloria has a passion for children, Wilbert has a passion for the youth, both had a dream to serve their country and to use their talents to help those most in need. They both helped start Villa Esperanza with Forward Edge in 2008. Wilbert helps oversee a program called Creating Positive Relationships (CPR) for the youth around the Managua region.      

What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge? 
I was drawn to work with Forward Edge because I am empowered to not only help the girls at the Villa but to serve the communities and schools around us. Forward Edge has helped me be light and salt to Nicaragua.  

If you could have dinner with any person in history (excluding Jesus) who would it be and why? 
Mother Teresa, I would have so many questions to ask her. She gave so much and had so little.   

Gloria Sequeira

Director of Forward Edge Nicaragua
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Gloria Sequeira

Director of Forward Edge Nicaragua

Gloria started working with FEI in 2000, she worked as team coordinator where she hosted teams and managed projects. Gloria married her husband, Wilbert, in 2006. Gloria and Wilbert, along with their two kids Jacob and Naomi serve at the Villa Esperanza–a home for girls at risk. Her passion is for girls and what the Lord has in store for them. Gloria and Wilbert both live in Managua, Nicaragua overseeing the Villa Esperanza.         

What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge? 
I was drawn to work with Forward Edge because I learned through them that God uses ordinary people like her to do extraordinary things, the simplicity to serve God using what we have and the truth of being ourselves in the process   

If you could have dinner with any person in history (excluding Jesus) who would it be and why?
Dinner with my dad who is no longer alive. He taught me so many things but I still have so many questions for him.                 

What is something about you others are often surprised to learn?
I have a sense of humor, people think I don’t have one.

Susie Miller

Nicaragua Field Coordinator
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Susie Miller

Nicaragua Field Coordinator

Susie is originally from Portland, Oregon. She worked as a hairstylist for seventeen years before the Lord called her to the mission field in 2007 to Managua, Nicaragua, working as field staff at Villa Esperanza. Her primary role is coordinating short term mission teams that serve in and around the community of the Villa.  Susie also serves as our Child Sponsorship representative at Villa Esperanza. She helps facilitate communication between girls in our rescue home program and their sponsors, as well as keeps FEI headquarters undated with new information about the girls and Villa Esperanza in general.  

What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge?
I went on a FEI mission trip in 2005 to Managua, and three days in I was hooked. The Lord was clear in showing me where He wanted me to fulfill my purpose for Him in that moment. I said “yes” to Him, and the adventure began!     

If you could have dinner with any person in history (excluding Jesus) who would it be and why?
Moses. It took courage to lead his people out of Egypt, and betray (or what seemed like it) the family that raised him. To struggle with the Israelite’s unbelief time after time for years, but still maintaining his faith in what God had planned for him and his people.

What is something about you others are often surprised to learn?
I was a cheerleader in high school, and I have run two marathons.

Paul Barmaksezian

Assistant Director
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Paul Barmaksezian

Assistant Director

Paul has been involved in ministry and missions since his high school years.  He and his wife, Ani, have been working closely with Forward Edge since 2010.  Paul and Ani accepted a calling to serve as Field Staff in Managua, Nicaragua in September 2011, where they now reside with their two children, Michelle and Luke.

Prior to working with Forward Edge, Paul was a founding partner in a technology consulting firm. He now uses his business and technology skills to help manage operations at Villa Esperanza. 

What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge?
Through short-term trips to Nicaragua with Forward Edge, I understood that God uses short-term mission experiences to give His people a new worldview and a new heart for those in need. My wife and I were both drawn to simply live the mission God called them to, and Forward Edge has allowed us to live that mission and encourage others to do the same.

If you could have dinner with any person in history (excluding Jesus) who would it be and why?
If not Jesus, it’d be a toss-up between Peter and Paul. I bet they both have some fascinating stories and answers to some deep questions.  

What is something about you others are often surprised to learn?
One thing that tends to amuse folks is how big of a role puppets (yes, puppets) have played in our lives. They brought me into the mission world, and even brought my wife and I together. I owe a lot to puppets 🙂

Ani Barmaksezian

Missionary
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Ani Barmaksezian

Missionary

Ani, wife of Paul, has been involved in ministry and missions since high school. She has been working closely with Forward Edge since 2010. Ani accepted a calling to serve as Field Staff in Managua, Nicaragua in September 2011, where she now resides with her husband and their two children, Michelle and Luke.

Ani is currently serving as a third grade teacher at a local Christian school. She has a deep love for Jesus, the people of Nicaragua, and the work God is doing at Villa Esperanza.

What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge?
Through short-term trips to Nicaragua with Forward Edge, I understood that God uses short-term mission experiences to give His people a new worldview and a new heart for those in need. My husband and I were both drawn to simply live the mission God called them to, and Forward Edge has allowed us to live that mission and encourage others to do the same.

If you could have dinner with any person in history (excluding Jesus) who would it be and why?
I would say Joseph from the Old Testament, because I would want to know how he had the strength and patience to endure jail for so many years.              

What is something about you others are often surprised to learn?
One thing that tends to amuse folks is how big of a role puppets (yes, puppets) has played in mine and my husband’s lives. They brought us into the mission world, and even brought us together as a couple. I owe a lot to puppets 🙂

Ricardo and Leyda Hernandez

Director of Villa Esperanza Girls Program
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Ricardo and Leyda Hernandez

Director of Villa Esperanza Girls Program

Leyda is from Nicaragua and Ricardo is from El Salvador. They met each other in Verbo Church where they have been members since they met. They married in 1984 and have four children, Josiel, Ariel, Natan, and Judith. Their faith grew in Verbo Church and they became equipped to work in full-time ministry since 1982. The first 10 years they served as elders, and the last 20 years Ricardo served as head pastor in the areas of counseling of families and marriage, evangelizing, new believers, edification and development of the church, community service, and church planting.

In January of 2013 they accepted the invitation to join the Forward Edge family as directors of the Villa Esperanza girls program. Since then, they have been involved in the education of the girls, the girls’ relationship with Jesus, and with personal and family relationships.

What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge?
Forward Edge has an expression of acceptance, of the Love of God and your neighbor, service, good stewardship, and holistic ministry. Qualities that Ricardo and Leyda identified with and they consider it a privilege to be a part of the Forward Edge family.

If you could have dinner with any person in history (excluding Jesus) who would it be and why?
Leyda says the singer Karman, because she wants to know about her passion for God and her youth. Ricardo says Moses, because he wants to know how Moses led when he was little and about the greatness of God.

What is something about you others are often surprised to learn?
Many things that they believed they could not do, but they have since accomplished.

 

Mexico


Victor and Lety Velasco

Directors of Trigo y Miel
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Victor and Lety Velasco

Directors of Trigo y Miel

Victor and Lety, both natives of Oaxaca, Mexico, have 15 years of pastoral experience. In 2006 God called both of them to work in a children’s ministry that is now known as Trigo y Miel (Wheat and Honey). Since then, they have experienced God’s deep love and provision for the children and for themselves. Victor and Lety work to provide food, education, healthcare, and the teachings of biblical principles through the presentation of the Gospel.

What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge?
Forward Edge is dedicated to a holistic approach and that’s something that we deeply believe in – it’s what drew us initially to the ministry. We are now compelled and excited by getting to belong to this group of men and women passionate about serving God and His people.

If you could have dinner with any person in history (excluding Jesus) who would it be and why?
We would dine with Joseph Anfuso, Nicole Klepec and Jeff Thompson. We can learn a lot from each of them.

What is something about you others are often surprised to learn?
People are often surprised by our large sense of humor.

Tom and Wendy Hogan

Field Coordinators
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Tom and Wendy Hogan

Field Coordinators

The Hogans have been serving in Oaxaca since 2008, and love what God is doing there! Their passion is to share the Love of God in practical ways, and to see people walking in their Freedom in Christ and experiencing God’s presence every day. They have been involved in missions for many years, and are always amazed that God is able to do such fantastic things through such ordinary people. Tom and Wendy have four incredible children, and seven awesome grandchildren.

What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge?  
Tom & Wendy’s initial contact with FEI was in 1990, when they saw that FEI’s core belief is that the Gospel is both Preaching (or declaration) and Doing Good Works (or demonstration). That’s something that the Hogans have always believed, and that drew them to connect with FEI’s mission. Forward Edge is both a ministry and a family, and the Hogans feel like they have been “adopted” into this family, and that they “belong”.

If you could have dinner with any person in history (excluding Jesus) who would it be and why?
Both Wendy and Tom would chose to dine with King David. Tom, because he identifies with David’s passion for worship, and zeal for the presence of God. Wendy, because she wants to sit and listen to David’s heart, and discover what moved David to become a lover of God.

What is something about you others are often surprised to learn?
Wendy loves to Zumba Dance in her free time. Tom’s favorite animal in the world is…Arabian Horses! Or maybe Sandhill Cranes. Or Prairie Bison…too many to chose from!

Jose Irineo Lopez

Communications Coordinator and Program Assistant
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Jose Irineo Lopez

Communications Coordinator and Program Assistant

Jose is originally from Oaxaca. In 2007 he was invited by his pastor to join a group of young people serving children in poverty. Through this experience God built Jose’s faith and put in him a strong desire to serve those who need it the most. Leaving that mission, he went for three years to the Isthmus of Oaxaca to finish his studies. In a short time God showed him a plan for his life by marrying Raquel. Jose then went to live and work in the City of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon along with his wife but he felt in his heart that this was not the place for him. That is how they returned to Oaxaca and began to get more involved in serving the people of Trigo y Miel (Wheat and Honey).

What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge?
The desire to serve and help those in need, also the great example of God’s love that the people working at Forward Edge have shown me. I am grateful to God for having the opportunity now to learn shoulder-to-shoulder with the Forward Edge team and the most important thing is to put it into practice.

If you could have dinner with any person in history (excluding Jesus) who would it be and why?
I would love to have dinner with Job, because he had an unshakable faith in God and he depended totally on GOD, I think I would learn many things from him.

 
 

Raquel Velasco

Child Sponsorship Coordinator
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Raquel Velasco

Child Sponsorship Coordinator

Raquel was born in Mexico City and grew up in the city of Oaxaca. In 2007, when she was 17 years old, she began to serve in a ministry focused on children in poverty. It was there that her passion for social work was born. Raquel’s vision is to help the poor, teach, create, and serve. She currently works in the linking area of ​​Trigo y Miel (Wheat and Honey) with her husband Jose.

What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge?
God was the one who allowed the arrival of Forward Edge into our lives, but something I can say that led me to Forward Edge is the desire to help and serve in the work for the community, also the desire to learn more and share what God has taught me through my profession and my life.

If you could have dinner with any person in history (excluding Jesus) who would it be and why?
I would love to have an evening meal with Moses and Joshua. I admire so much what God did with the people of Israel each, and every one of the things he did to protect them and show them his love. I would like to listen to each of his experiences on the road to the promised land. I admire the fidelity they had with God.

 

Cuba


Gabriel Lopez and Leidis Tejeda

Cuba Program Coordinators
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Gabriel Lopez and Leidis Tejeda

Cuba Program Coordinators

Gabriel Vega López and Leidis García Tejeda were both born and raised in Cuba, they grew up in different places and met at the former Teachers Training College in Santiago de Cuba in 2002. During their courtship they were able to save up enough money to buy a house and were married on April 19th, 2006, a year after Christ came into their lives. They live with their young daughters Sol Beatriz and Luna Betsy in the city of Santiago de Cuba.

After eighteen month of discipleship, both Gabriel and Leidis were baptized in 2006. A month later, they began serving the Lord in different areas in their Church. Gabriel has served as a Sunday Bible School youth and adult teacher, as a local missionary, and as a church administrator. Leidis has served as a church secretary, Sunday Bible School young adult teacher, and leading christian education in the church. They have both served at retreats and camps with children from their church. They continue to pray over new ways they can serve the Lord in their community.

Alex Coronado and Mileyma Manso

Partners in Cuba
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Alex Coronado and Mileyma Manso

Partners in Cuba

Pastor Alexander Sueiro Coronado met his lovely wife, Mileyma Lemes Manso, when they were both studying in high school. They established a courtship for a year and a half, and it was during this time that they both gave there lives to the Lord. They married on July 11, 1998, and have 3 beautiful girls. In 1999, they received the call from God to begin a life in ministry. Alex studied in seminary from 2004-2007. He is now the lead pastor of El Cobre Baptist Church in the community of Santiago de Cuba. Alex and Mileyma’s greatest passions are; that they will both be found faithful before God, that their daughters love and serve God all the days of their lives, and that the community will continue to be reached for Christ. More specifically, they hope that the children of their community will be evangelized to and discipled. While at the same time having their basic needs met, thus ensuring the future of the church. 

 

Haiti


Jean Chavannes Jeune

Director of Forward Edge Haiti
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Jean Chavannes Jeune

Director of Forward Edge Haiti

Jean Chavannes Jeune is a pastor, evangelist, and missionary widely known and respected in the nation of Haiti. Over the past 38 years, Pastor Chavannes has participated in the creation, administration, and functioning of many organizations and institutions in Haiti geared for social and economic development.

He has served as President of the Baptist Mission of Southern Haiti, and as President of Lumiere University in Port au Prince. He holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington, and a Masters degree in Theology from Seattle Pacific University.

Pastor Chavannes has also participated in the development and promotion of many national and international religious and missionary institutions in Haiti, including the Bible Lumiere Institute, the Extension of Radio Lumiere Network via the Internet, the Worldwide Missionary Vision Organization, and the Protestantism Global Vision Organization in the Haitian Milieu.

Pastor Chavannes is married to Marie Lucie Carisma, a business administration specialist. They have four grown children, three sons and a daughter.

We are blessed by Pastor Chavannes’ heart for the country of Haiti, his desire and commitment to serve his community, and his passion to further God’s kingdom. We believe his extensive managerial and leadership experience will be a crucial part of our long-term success in Haiti.

Fabnise Jean

Haiti Program Coordinator
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Fabnise Jean

Haiti Program Coordinator

Fabnise grew up with her five sisters, four brothers, and parents in the Bohoc community of northern Haiti. After graduation, Fabnise left for college to earn her degree in teaching. She worked her way through school as a Hygiene and Health Facilitator and translator for Living Water International. Her passion is working with people, especially children. She has founded a women’s club and children’s club in Haiti and has taught grades 1-3. Each month Fabnise trains other teachers on how to lead bible-studies, songs, and games for children. Fabnise and her husband are both active in their church community and enjoy working with children.

Prenor Coudo and Marie Antonise Chevelier

Partners in Haiti
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Prenor Coudo and Marie Antonise Chevelier

Partners in Haiti
Pastor Prenor Coudo and his wife Marie Antonise Chevelier are very active in the Haitian community. Pastor Coudo graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering with a focus on agricultural engineering in 1985 from the University of Haiti and has continued building on his education ever since. He holds a Masters in Development, certification in management, water resource management, and several certifications in the study of theology. Pastor Coudo has held various management positions for Haitian environmental protections agencies, community development organizations, and since 2014 has been the pastor of the Baptist Church of Vernet. Pastor Coudo is also the field coordinator of an organization called GRAPES, which is an action group for the protection of the local environment.
 
Marie Antonise has education in nursing and business management. She has held positions as professor and coordinator at the university level of various religious and state-run institutions with a focus on environmental education and protection. She has also held the position as president of a women’s development association founded in 2006. Pastor Coudo and his wife have three children; Esther Norine, Rophaim Presley, and Folens Matthnai. Their dream for the church in Vernet is to improve the spiritual, economic, social, and physical health of its members.
 
 

Myrca Rosilien

Administrative Assistant
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Myrca Rosilien

Administrative Assistant

Myrca is currently a secretary at the University of Lumiere. She received her bachelors degree from the College Saint Louis de Bourdon, and her secretarial diploma from Christ the King Secretarial School. She has worked for various companies in Haiti where she was able to put her knowledge to practice, and also worked for the National School Canteen Program as a contractor.

 

USA


Brian and Carol Zimmerman

Partners in Baltimore
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Brian and Carol Zimmerman

Partners in Baltimore

Pastor Brian Zimmerman and his wife Carol had a dream of birthing a ministry that would spread throughout Baltimore and would include starting a school, building a state-of-the-art athletic complex, a residential treatment center, and anything else that could be used as a tool for reaching more lives for Christ!

Statistics reveal a grim reality within the city; Baltimore ranks high among U.S. cities for issues such as drug use, child poverty, violence and gang activity, sex trafficking and teen pregnancy. Many youth suffer a sense of hopelessness, despair and lack of purpose. Baltimore is a city in great need.

The Transformation Center in the heart of Baltimore offers programs that will meet these pressing needs. It will serve the hungry, those stuck in the cycle of poverty, addiction, surviving with educational deficiencies, and living without a spiritual compass. The Transformation Center is committed to making a lasting difference in the local community and beyond.

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