Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Lead team of mission workers is named for Sudan mission.

The lead team of mission workers has been named for the Church of the Brethren’s Sudan mission initiative. The team includes Jim and Pam Hardenbrook of Caldwell, Idaho, and Matt and Kristy Messick of Salida, Colo.

Jim Hardenbrook has been pastor of Nampa (Idaho) Church of the Brethren for the past 15 years, and served as moderator of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference in 2005. He also served as interim director of the Sudan Initiative in 2006. Pam Hardenbrook is senior content developer for Axiom Inc., a technical writing company, and has been involved with Children’s Disaster Services, a Church of the Brethren ministry serving children following disasters. The Hardenbrooks both hold bachelor’s degrees in Bible studies from Puget Sound Christian College in Everett, Wash., and Jim Hardenbrook received a master of ministry degree from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa.

Kristy Messick holds a bachelor’s degree in international development from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and a nursing degree from the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Matt Messick is employed as lead field engineer for Haseldon Construction Co. His bachelor’s degree was in construction engineering technology from Pennsylvania State University. The Messicks served together as teachers at the Comprehensive Secondary School in Mubi, Nigeria, which is related to Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN--the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). They also have been mission volunteers in Nicaragua and Burkina Faso. They are the parents of Jonah, age two-and-a-half, and Micah, age one.

The two couples are in the process of securing funding, transitioning from their current employment, and being oriented for two-year placements in Sudan. They are scheduled for placement in Sudan in Jan. 2008.

The Sudan mission initiative is a new approach to mission by the Church of the Brethren General Board. It is a fully self-funded program, with all financial support coming through specified donations to the program and to the people serving as mission workers.

Source: 7/18/2007 Newsline

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