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Bergen – Cohle and Rebecca – Canada


BIRTHDAYS
Cohle: November 27th
Rebecca: August 10th
Levi: May 17th
Judah: February 23rd
Henry: May 1st
ANNIVERSARY: October 9, 2010

Cohle and Rebecca were married in 2010 and have been living in Thompson, MB since 2011. They are involved in discipleship and mentoring among the youth, mainly in Thompson. He is the Director of Midway Bible Camp and provides leadership to some of the other ministries happening in the North. Rebecca is kept busy caring for their three young boys Levi, Judah, and Henry.

Beutler – Josh and Joylynn – Canada


BIRTHDAYS
Josh: June 27th
Joylynn: July 16th
Asher: October 16th
Elliot: June 3rd

Joylynn grew up in rural Manitoba where she was constantly in contact with First Nation communities. Josh grew up in rural Alberta and had a similar experience. They both attended Millar College of the Bible in 2008 where they met and felt God confirm first the desire to work with First Nations people and second to do it together. They married in 2012 and moved to Southern Alberta where they worked with InterAct on a volunteer basis. During this time they saw they potential to get further involved and decided to pursue ministry full time. They currently live in Lethbridge, AB with their two boys, Asher and Elliot, and serve among the Blackfoot people of the Kainai (Blood) Reserve. They are always seeking to learn more about the culture and the language in order to develop culturally relevant disciples of Christ.

Browning – Dick and Ruth – Canada


BIRTHDAYS
Dick: August 15th
Ruth: October 10th
ANNIVERSARY
July 23rd, 1971

Before they ever met both Dick and Ruth planned to be missionaries. Dick studied at Practical Bible Training School in Binghamton, New York and then went on to graduate from Washington Bible College in Lanham, Maryland. Ruth graduated from Nyack College, New York, then worked as a Christian Education director at a church in Massachusetts where she and Dick met. They were married in 1971, and a year later began ministry with Interact Ministries (then Arctic Missions) in British Columbia. They served fifteen years among the Shuswap First Nations people at Canim Lake, Dog Creek, and Clinton. The Brownings now serve as facilitators among the Cree people in the Native Fellowship of Loon Lake, Saskatchewan, located on the Makwa Sahgaiehgan First Nation reserve. They encourage and help the leadership as well as have a discipleship ministry. They also teach a relapse prevention program for people with addictions.

Chinn – Andy and Jesi – Canada


BIRTHDAYS
Andy: July 4th
Jesi: December 11th
ANNIVERSARY
December 14th, 2011

Andy and Jesi serve as indigenous church planters in Anahim Lake, BC. Their mission is to disciple Aboriginal peoples to form faith communities that serve as catalysts for healing and reconciliation. Andy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Pastoral ministries from Multnomah University and an MBA from Northwest University. He served as an Associate Pastor of Youth Ministry in Bremerton, Washington for seven years. Jesi has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Seattle Pacific University. She worked at a mental health clinic in Bremerton for three years. Both got connected to the First Nation community in Anahim Lake through many short-term trips.

Cross – Dave and Sally – Canada


BIRTHDAYS
Dave: April 2nd
Sally: February 24th
ANNIVERSARY
June 8th, 1991

Dave and Sally grew up in very different environments: Dave, in a Christian home in western Canada and Sally, in a Muslim home in Guyana in South America. Nevertheless, as only God can do, the Lord used their common interest in missions to bring them together in Papua New Guinea in 1990. It was there that they served with New Tribes Mission until 2007. Subsequently, they joined GoodSeed and worked in the Canadian office for the next ten years. Since 2018, their role with InterAct involves in part Dave developing a resource that will help bridge the gap between the Biblical worldview and the traditional worldview of First Nations. They live in Olds, Alberta.

Dabrowski – Mark and Emma – Canada


BIRTHDAYS
Mark: February 14th
Emma: August 12th
Joseph: July 16th
Samuel: January 16th
Michael: December 5th
ANNIVERSARY
July 30th, 1999

Mark was born in Poland and Emma in Australia. They met while living in Calgary Alberta. Mark attended Millar College of the Bible in Saskatchewan. They felt called to missions and spent two years in New Tribes Mission Training in Ontario. The Lord then led them to spend five years serving in Papua New Guinea with New Tribes. During their time there health issues led them to return to Canada and God guided them towards Interact Ministries. They are currently serving at the Native Bible Centre with Ed and Glenna Houston.

Dick – Stefan – Canada


BIRTHDAY
July 20th

Stefan grew up Germany where his love for the Lord and an active lifestyle were fostered. At the age of eighteen, while attending a Torchbearers Bible School in Austria, he received a vision from the Lord to work with First Nations people. A graduate of Prairie Bible Institute, Stefan connects with First Nations people, seeking that they experience a Christ-like love in their daily lives. Stefan is part of InterAct’s urban Calgary team.

Erastus – Akmal and Sarah – Canada


Akmal and Sarah grew up in Pakistan. They served with Operation Mobilization in their home country for over ten years. During that time their main ministry was reaching the unreached with the gospel. In 2011 Akmal and Sarah moved to Canada along with their three children. They joined InterAct Ministries in 2013 and are serving among new immigrants in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Giesbrecht – John and Anne – Canada


BIRTHDAYS
John: July 5th
Anne: December 18th
ANNIVERSARY
July 31st, 1965

John and Anne both grew up in Mennonite homes in Saskatchewan. They were married in 1965 and moved to Fort St. John in 1968 as farmers. They rededicated their lives to the Lord in 1974, and in 1978 sold the farm and went with Shantymen’s Mission. John was mission pilot for them for twelve years. They joined InterAct Ministries in 1990. They have a ministry in Fort St. John with the Native community visiting people in their homes and helping with Bible studies. They often fly to Fort Ware where they also have a similar ministry of evangelism and discipleship in the Native community.

Gillaspie – Don and Kim – Canada


BIRTHDAYS
Don: December 17th
Kim: August 30th
ANNIVERSARY
September 11th, 1976

Don and Kim have been involved in youth ministry for over thirty years. Don has served as youth pastor, ranch director for a Christian camp, and has led teams of students on short-term mission trips to Europe and Africa. They joined InterAct in 2005 and moved to Canada in 2007 to serve among the Chilcotin First Nations people at Redstone Reserve in British Columbia.

Gonzales – Barbi – Canada


BIRTHDAY
July 15th

Barbi and her late husband Ernie met in Chicago, Illinois while she was training to be a nurse. Ernie was a missionary with God’s Invasion Army. They were accepted as missionaries with Rural Bible Crusade before their wedding in 1957. They moved to Canada in 1969 to do church planting and were accepted as InterAct missionaries in 1984. They have four grown children. Since Ernie’s home-going in November 2011, Barbi has been involved in member care for the Canada field, focusing on prayer needs for the Canada staff and their ministries.

Hamilton – Greg and Laura – Canada


BIRTHDAYS
Greg: March 21st
Laura: March 19th
Emma: January 5th
James: June 24th
Geoffery: May 17th
ANNIVERSARY
May 1st, 1993

Greg grew up in Delta, BC and Laura in western Montana. They met at Briercrest Bible College in Saskatchewan. Greg went on to complete his MBA. From 2000 to 2010 they served with North American Indigenous Ministries (NAIM) at Gladstone Mt. Gathering Grounds in southern Alberta, then transitioned to InterAct. Greg has joined the Canada Field office in order to help with the administrative load carried by field director, Dan Mayerle. He serves on the Canada Leadership Team and assists in the day-to-day operations of the field.

Hamilton – Jim and Becky – Canada


BIRTHDAYS
Jim: June 24th
Becky: April 14th
ANNIVERSARY
August 14th, 1965

Jim and Becky met at Taylor University in Indiana. Soon after graduation, they entered into missions with North American Indigenous Ministries (NAIM) in British Columbia in various roles such as camping ministry, church planting, personnel and recruitment, along with the summer missions program. In 2000 they moved to Alberta to work at Gladstone Mountain Gathering Grounds. During that time they worked side-by-side with InterAct staff. When Gladstone closed down they were able to make a transition to join InterAct. The Hamiltons now serve in recruitment and direct the EnGage! summer ministry program in Canada.

Harms – Travis – Canada


Travis Harms hails from the breadbasket of southern Manitoba. It was there that Travis attended Steinbach Bible College and felt God’s leading to work with First Nations people. After some time in the construction industry, Travis moved to Thompson, Manitoba to work with Interact Ministries. Travis provides leadership to Mid-Way Builders, a construction ministry to young men.

Houston – Ed and Glenna – Canada


BIRTHDAYS
Ed: July 10th
Glenna: July 28th
ANNIVERSARY
December 27th, 1968

Ed and Glenna met in southern Oregon when Ed returned from service with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. They were married in 1968. In 1970, when their oldest daughter Carmen was just 6 weeks old, they moved to Montana where Glenna attended and Ed graduated from Montana Institute of the Bible in 1973. In 1977 they began a church-planting ministry among the Chilcotin Indians of British Columbia. After four years, they moved to Williams Lake where they, along with other missionaries, were involved in the establishment of the Williams Lake Native Bible Church. They relocated to Alberta in 1986 to minister as InterAct’s (then Arctic Missions) Canadian mobilizers. In 2001 the Houstons joined co-workers in Kamloops, BC in their church plant among Shuswap First Nations people. In 2003 Ed and Glenna took the reins of Native Bible Centre (NBC), a distance-learning Bible school in Kamloops. They have three children and seven grandchildren. They now live in Wardner, BC and are continuing with NBC. The NBC materials called "TRIBE," (Training Resources for Indigenous Bible Education), have an impact on individuals in Canada, the US, Africa, and Greenland.

Kasten – Dottie – Canada


BIRTHDAY
January 25th

Dottie met her husband Ellis while attending Grace College of the Bible in Omaha, Nebraska. They were married in 1964 and two weeks later attended Missionary Internship in Michigan. After serving two years in Ellis’ home church, they went to Alaska in 1967 where they were involved in church planting in Ruby for two years and Tanana for two years. They then served in Cantwell for seven years, after which they took an educational furlough and immigrated to Canada. They served two years in Slave Lake, Alberta, and then directed the mission’s correspondence ministry for six years. They were then church planters in Grande Prairie, Alberta where their ministry was to teach and equip this group so they could have a strong local church.They have four married children and eleven grandchildren. Ellis went to be with the Lord in October of 2013. Dottie continues to minister and has input into several women’s lives.

Mayerle – Dan and Bev – Canada


BIRTHDAYS
Dan: February 4th
Bev: February 12th
ANNIVERSARY
December 23rd, 1985

Dan and Bev Mayerle serve alongside other missionary couples and singles as they disciple and gather among First Nation, Sikhs, and Muslim people across western Canada. Dan serves as the Canada field director, with his responsibilities including coaching, resourcing, and overseeing administration for existing ministries and missionaries. He is also responsible for visioning, implementing, and overseeing recruitment for needed ministries that God opens up. After twenty-one years of church planting among Native people in Calgary, Dan and Bev have many ongoing relationships in the First Nation communities of southern Alberta that are an integral part of their everyday lives. God has given them a particular passion to encourage and equip the next generation to follow the Lord’s call of carrying the ministry baton and doing His Kingdom work.

Olney – Thomas and Nicole – Canada


Thomas and Nicole met at Prairie Bible Institute while studying in the aviation program. They were married in 2011 and have two kids, Abigail and Lily. Following a trip to Midway Bible Camp near Thompson, Manitoba in the summer of 2016, they applied with InterAct Ministries. That plan to join the team currently in Thompson. Thomas and Nicole are both excited about the discipleship opportunities that exist as well as hopefully using their aviation skills to further the gospel.

Plett – Kyla – Canada


Kyla grew up in a small town in southern Manitoba. From a young age, she felt the call to be a missionary and went to Steinbach Bible College after high school to prepare for that calling. She currently lives and works out of Thompson, Manitoba and is mainly involved with leading and discipling youth. She loves building relationships with people and seeing them growing into a deeper relationship with God.

Sayer – Byron and Danielle – Canada


BIRTHDAYS
Byron: April 29th
Danielle: February 26th
Teagan: January 28th
Kadence: May 4th
Hayden: May 31st
Daman: March 19th
ANNIVERSARY
August 24th, 2002

Byron and Danielle both grew up in rural Alberta and met while counseling at a camp in Northern Saskatchewan. They currently live in Kamloops, BC with their four children - Teagan, Kadence, Hayden, and Daman. The Sayers use their background in recreation and their heart for Native youth and children to minister to them and point them to Christ.

Sebald – David and Vicky – Canada


David and Vicky both grew up as children of missionaries in Asia. They met in Mongolia when they were twelve and were married nine years later in 2013. They have two children - Ellery (2015), and Micaiah (2017). Since moving to the U.S., both David and Vicky deeply felt the need for the transforming power of Jesus in Native American/First Nations communities. As a first step in this direction, Vicky spent the summer of 2012 in Eden Valley, AB for InterAct’s EnGage! Internship. After they were married, they went back to Eden Valley as a family for EnGage! 2017. These times confirmed the Lord’s leading and direction. They are currently raising support to move to Calgary as part of the Urban Fire team to live in whole-life discipleship with First Nations young adults.

Serger – Morgan and Krista – Canada


Morgan and Krista grew up together in the same church and served together in music and children’s ministries. They took interest in each other when Morgan was attending the University of Manitoba to be a teacher and Krista was in grade twelve in high school. They were married in 2005 (one year after Krista had graduated high school). After completing his bachelor of education in 2007, Morgan and Krista moved to Thompson, Manitoba where they volunteered at Midway Bible Camp and Morgan taught grade three in the public school. Two years later in 2009 they joined Mid-Way Christian Leadership (formerly known as Continental Mission) as full-time missionaries, working as the camp director and then as general director of the mission until the organization merged with InterAct in 2016. They are currently living in York Landing, Manitoba, a Cree community with their four children - Obadiah, Enoch, Amos, and Hannah. Morgan is the principle of a school on the reserve, works with the local Church, and is involved with the ministry of Midway Bible Camp during the summer.

Sewell – Joel and Amanda – Canada


BIRTHDAYS
Joel: May 28th
Amanda: February 28th
Abigail: June 2nd
Ruth: July 27th
Abraham: April 13th
Rachel: September 27th
Anna: November 10th
ANNIVERSARY
April 26th, 2003

Joel and Amanda met in Alaska in 2001, while Joel was working for Victory Bible Camps. They married in 2003 and enrolled at Frontier School of the Bible in LaGrange, Wyoming. They joined InterAct Ministries in 2006, and they lived nine months in the Chilcotin region of British Columbia. In 2008 they moved to Longview, Alberta where they currently with their five children, where they are working alongside the Stoney people of Eden Valley, Alberta.

Smith – Dale and Carol – Canada


BIRTHDAYS
Dale: January 14th
Carol: March 8th
ANNIVERSARY
June 15th, 1974

Dale and Carol met at a young age in their home church in North Carolina. They were married while students at Piedmont Bible College. Dale also attended the aviation course of Moody Bible Institute. Shortly after leaving Moody, they became career missionaries with InterAct, serving three and a half years at Victory Bible Camp. The next five years Dale took further studies and was involved in teaching and Christian camping. In 1989 Dale and Carol returned to Canada to work as church-planting missionaries among Native people in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. Later, Dale moved into other leadership positions in Canada before taking up his present role. Dale now serves as InterAct’s executive director and Carol assists him in a number of administrative areas.

Stigile – Jesse – Canada


BIRTHDAY
September 28th

Jesse grew up in Washington state. In 2014 he served in southern Alberta with InterAct’s EnGage! program. He joined InterAct in 2017 and moved to Calgary in March 2018 to join the Urban Fire ministry.

Straley – Valen and Carol – Canada


BIRTHDAYS
Valen: October 29th
Carol: December 9th
ANNIVERSARY
July 20th, 1974

Carol and Valen met when the were attending White River High school in Buckley, Washington. They were voted class couple in their Senior year (1972). After graduation, Carol went to Dental Assistant training school and Valen attended Prairie Bible Institute. Carol and Valen were married in 1974, and they returned to Prairie in 1975. While there, they felt God calling them to full-time service. God used many circumstances in their life to eventually lead them to InterAct Ministries in 1987 as missionaries to the First Nation peoples of Canada. They have two children, Amy and David, and three grandchildren, (Ashley, Jacob, and Taylor). They worked 10 years in North Battleford, SK where they discipled Native believers. They worked with other InterAct missionaries to help establish an indigenous church. Upon leaving that area the church was beginning to establish its own leadership and another couple came to work with the church. In 1998 they moved to Kamloops, BC and have worked there since helping start a fellowship of believers.

Thiessen – Roy and Laura – Canada


BIRTHDAYS
Roy: July 18th
Laura: January 12th
Karina: August 5th
Eden: November 15th
Anika: October 27th
ANNIVERSARY
October 13th, 2001

Roy and Laura grew up in a small community in New Jersey. Roy always had a heart for reaching people for Christ. They both supported friends from Bible college that were serving with Interact Ministries and decided to join Interact themselves. They landed in Cardston, AB in 2009. They are part of a Camping ministry in the summer that serves Native kids and teens. Roy serves as a teacher, disciple maker at a local multicultural fellowship in Cardston. Their vision is to see believers in lower Alberta make disciples.

Tobin – John and Tracey – Canada


BIRTHDAYS
John: January 22nd
Tracey: January 17th
ANNIVERSARY
June 24th, 1989

John and Tracey grew up in Pennsylvania and Ontario and met at Moody Bible Institute in Illinois, where they learned about the needs of the East Indian Sikhs of Canada. After spending a summer ministering to Sikhs, they joined InterAct in 1994 and began a church-planting ministry among them in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. John partners with the Indo-Canadian Christian Fellowship in Abbotsford, BC. He spends some of his time with Punjabi men who are in the clutches of addiction. Tracey builds relationships with Punjabi woman ministers to them. 

Twichell – Bill and Lois – Colorado/Canada


BIRTHDAYS
Bill: March 12th
Lois: June 4th
ANNIVERSARY
July 2nd, 1966

Bill & Lois are volunteers with InterAct and desire to serve missionaries through member care on our Canada field. Through prayer and encouragement, they enable missionaries to keep vitality in their ministry of transforming people. Bill also serves on the U.S. Board of Directors.

Vyskocil – Boris and Mirka – Canada


BIRTHDAYS
Boris: August 19th
Mirka: July 4th
ANNIVERSARY
December 21st, 1996

Boris and Mirka were both born in Slovakia and raised in Christian homes. Boris accepted the Lord at age thirty-seven and Mirka at fourteen. They met and were married. After immigrating to Canada they began to get involved with ministry to First Nations people. In April of 2001 they began ministry on the Moreley Reserve 55 km west of Calgary. As “tentmakers” they help cover services in the local church about twice a month, visiting people and sharing the gospel in their houses, conducting VBS and wellness programs, wake and funeral services, cooking classes and various other activities throughout the year.

Wortham – Brooke – Canada (Appointee)


BIRTHDAY
January 21

Brooke was born and raised in northeast Georgia and loves the outdoors. She studied at Toccoa Falls College and graduated with a degree in Cross-Cultural Studies in 2015. She participated in EnGage! in 2014 and knew that God was leading her into full-time Native ministry. Brooke’s vision is to help indigenous young adults experience whole-life healing and reconciliation through developing strong and healthy relationships with God, people, and themselves. She is joining the Urban Fire team in Calgary, Alberta to live in whole-life discipleship to fulfill that vision.

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