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August 2013 single family picture for churchesJohn and Marian Vandermeer live in the Congo along with their children. John works for Wycliffe Bible Translators as a technical liaison. Translating the Word into tribal languages requires computer and internet capabilities. John has had to be very resourceful when trying to repair satellite dishes and other technological gadgets where there is no hardware store for hundreds of miles.


sharpe familyDouglas Sharpe and Family Douglas and Marla Sharpe and family have been serving with Youth With A Mission Philippines since 1989. Doug and family, together with the Mobile Discipleship Team pioneered a ministry base and Youth With A Mission training center in Talisay City, Cebu after moving there from Manila in 1993. The training center runs 2 six month live in Discipleship Training Schools yearly with outreaches locally or in Indo-China, hosts foreign outreach teams and maintains children’s ministry in 7 locations among the poor in the Talisay area. As the pioneer Doug has joy in seeing local leadership leading the ministry now and is available to coach and encourage local leaders in their leadership development. Presently, Doug is part of “Team 4″ the National Leadership Team of Youth With A Mission Philippines and contributes his unique giftings to the mix of oversight for the nation. He often speaks at our various Discipleship Training Schools nationally as well as in Indo-China on the topics of Discipleship and The Father Heart of God. Sadly Marla passed away earlier in 2010 after her battle with breast cancer.

Doug has the heart of a Shepherd and is also pastoring “Church of Our King” which is located in Cebu City. Since June 2005 when the leaders approached him to help he has been serving the church which is actively involved in outreaches among the poor and is presently supporting 4 missionaries and one missionary family on the field.




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