To see a brief description of the Missionaries that Marin Covenant supports financially, please read below.
The Lorrings- Ian and Caralee
Children: Ashley, Isaac, and David
Serving in Korca, Albania with Open Air Campaigners
Involved in planting churches in the Southeast of Albania, with the goal of training leaders that will keep them going into the nest generation. Ian is the Senior Pastor in Korca and director of the Kennedy Foundation. Ministries include a medical clinid with visitation, an assisted living facility for at-risk elderly in the community, a physical therapy clinic, special education, handicapped ministry, day care for street kids, and safe houses for boys ans girls who are vulnerable and at risk.
Caralee homeschools in the mornings and serves in leading women's Bible studies; children's ministries; working with the handicapped orphanage; and leadership development of women. She is also a trained special education teacher and nutritionist.
The Stokers - Jeff and Carolyn
Children: Brian, Beth, and Keith
Serving in Cameroon with Serve Globally of the Evangelical Covenant Church.
The Stokers are both involved at Rain Forest International School - a school primarily focused on meeting the educational needs for the children of missionaries, but which also includes a significant portion of local students and students from surrounding countries.
Jeff is the financial manager and teaches Economics. Jeff is also involved in the accounting for many of the Covenant's African mission fields.
Carolyn is a school administrator (filling multiple roles) and she still squeezes in time to teach a few science classes which she loves.
To get the latest on the Stokers: http://blogs.covchurch.org/jcstoker/
The Coles - Tim and Katie
Children: Levi (Sarah), Silas, Emma, Amos (Elizabeth), Caroline (Selo) (our children are ages 25~34, we also have 4 grandchildren).
Serving in: Karuizawa, Japan
The Coles minister through Family Forum Japan, a ministry which shares God’s truth, the Gospel of Salvation in Christ, and help for struggling families and marriages. Tim serves as Education Director and does a lot of writing, speaking, and counseling in this capacity. Tim and Katie are also involved in disaster relief projects continuing after the 3.11.11 Tohoku Triple Disaster, as well as assisting in outreach efforts to working young adults in their own town of Karuizawa.
To receive updates from the Coles, write to: email@example.com (they send out email updates every week or two).
The Pere' Family - Joe and Kerry
Children: David (Kim), Shannon, Michael
Serving in Little Rock, Arkansas with Family Life Today, CREW
Joe serves in the Supply Chain Dept. as the Logistics Coordinator. He is responsible for scheduling and tracking the shipments resources and equipment to 92 Weekend to Remember Getaways a year. He also works as a Production Assistant or Associate Planner at 4-6 events a year. Kerry works as a Resource Center Coordinator at 3-5 events a year. She also serves with the Women's Leadership Team, a Ministry Tour Guide Team and in the Mail Room helping serve over 300 Staff.
To get the latest on the Peres: perefamily.ministryhome.org
The Gustafsons - Jim and Joanie
Serving all over Thailand with SDRF (Sustainable Development Research Foundation) and Covenant World Mission
Jim brings international coordination to a network of projects throughout Thailand. These projects include aquatic farms in the North and South, a leadership development center in Udon, EXCEL - an English language learning center, and a center for HIV/AIDS affected communities (CHAC). Each of these activities addresses the needs of at-risk communities.
The Groots - Carl and karen
Children: Daniel, Naomi, and Bethany
Serving in Bangkok, Thailand with Covenant World Mission
The Groots lead the Abundant Life Center (ALC), a ministry to rural Northeastern Thai who migrate to Bangkok in search of employment. Offered at the center are housing in "Community Together," a general education program, vocational training, and employment for some through a business called ALC CRAFTS, a model of "Business Enterprise as Mission."
To get the latest from the Groots: http://blogs.covchurch.org/groot
To write to or receive updates from the Groots: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Grimes' - Jonathan, Christy
Children: Eliana and Mary
Serving in South Asia with WYCLIFFE Bible Translators
Due to sensitivity about the people the Grimes' are serving and a desire to protect them, specific information is limited here. However, we can say that since 2005 Jonathan and Christy have been serving the "Maple People" of South Asia to develop a written language for Bible translation. In May of 2018, Jonathan was awarded a hard-earned Ph. D. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Seminary to aid in that task.
The Dwights - Don and Lillian
Children: Peter, Matthew, Andrew, Olivia, and Megan
Serving in Taiwan with Covenant World Mission
Don is Principal and Counselor at Marrison Academy in Taichung, Taiwan, a school primarily for missionary children, but also Ethnic Chinese. Don also serves as Pastor of a ministry to Filipino factory workers.
Lillian is leading a Bible study for Chinese moms of Morrison students. They also work with Chinese Covenant Churches in their English camp outreaches.
To get the latest on the Dwights: didwight.blogspot.tw
The Satterbergs - Ken and Adrienne
Serving in Marsailles, France with Covenant World Mission
Ken and Adrienne serve through the Covenant's "Mosaic Project," an outreach to marginalized people in Europe. Their special focus is that of developing communication and bridge-building with Muslim communities in ways that respect their culture and promote redemptive friendships.
While doing this, they are also continuing their studies in the Arabic language.
To get the latest on Ken and Adrienne: covchurch.org/mission/ksatterberg/
The Schroeders - Don and Cheryl
Children: Three adult (and married) daughters and 6 grandchildren
Serving in South Asia with SIM (Society for International Ministries)
Don and Cheryl have been with SIM since 1999. They have been working in a country in South Asia among the Muslim people there. Don is an environmental engineer and his initial entry into this country was to start an arsenic remediation program to help with this extensive problem in the local drinking water in rural areas. Cheryl is an RN and has worked in a rural health program for women and children.
Cheryl is also trained in ESL, and their new visa assignment will be for Cheryl to teach Spoken English to students and young adults. They are currently waiting on South Asian government approval for the overall Spoken English program. They have been cleared by SIM to return to long-term ministry in South Asia and are gearing up to return for ministry by November 1. Their primary ministry focus will be through the SIM Indigenous Outreach Workers (IOW) program. Don and Cheryl will continue their partnership with those local believer families who are involved in both outreach and discipleship, with the goal of local house church formation. Cheryl will be also teaching Spoken English in a development program as their government visa identity. They will be living in a town about 5 hours bus drive from the capital. Due to security concerns on the internet, they can’t be more specific about their ministry location.
To get the latest on the Schroeders: email@example.com
The Steiners - Phil and Mindy
Children: Caleb and Chloe
Serving in Mexico, Africa, and Southeast Asia with Be2Live
The Steiners are based in La Mission, Mexico and serve that community by hosting service groups of students and adults from a variety of spiritual and educational backgrounds that partner with local Christian ministries in the village. They also take groups to Ghana and Southeast Asia with the same focus.
In addition, Be2Live provides all the infrastructure needs when Marin Covenant takes its adult and family trips to La Mission on short-term mission/service trips.
Too get the latest on the stainers: Be2live.org
Andrew and Cari Larsen
Andy works as a consultant with churches and individuals seeking to understand the “other” (particularly in the intersection between Muslims and Christians) and empower peacemaking initiatives. He uses photography, film-making, relationship building, and a growing network among Muslim, Christian, and advocacy groups to build bridges between the two divergent communities from which conversations on faith and peacemaking can be shared. Andy is convinced that peacemaking and bridge-building do not require compromising one’s faith and seeks, rather, to build trust through honest but respectful relationships that can bear the weight of truth. He's committed to being a "card-carrying" Christ follower AND fully loving his Muslim neighbors. Jesus taught his first disciples that those who were peacemakers were truly blessed (Matthew 5:9). Andy not only has a heart to be one of those peacemakers, but also to help his sisters and brothers in Christ, as well as his Muslim friends, to join him in that pursuit.
To get the latest on Andrew and Cari: worldlyholiness.com