Church at Little Belize
A brand new church plant has been established in an Old Mennonite Colony in Belize. Ten families have come to know Christ in a real way and have broken free from the bondage of legalism and empty tradition. MMF is helping establish a ministry site and building program for this new movement which will include a church, school, library, and missionary residence. The current focus is on training church leaders and establishing ministry outreach.
Wilfred & Margaret Unrau
Wilfred and Margaret Unrau is the first missionary couple under 1Gloowen. The Unrau’s are engaged in Low German Speaking ministry with MMF. They will be visiting Belize, Mexico, Bolivia, and other countries in Central/South America to help oversee church planting and evangelism among the Old Mennonite Colonies. Three months of the year the Unraus teach at the Steinreich Bibleschool in Mexico. They have extensive Global Missions experience and are excited to be now focusing on Low German Speaking ministry.
Diedrich & Nettie Friesen
The second missionary couple we would like to introduce are the Friessens. Previously missionaries in Belize, the Friesen family now live in Manitoba and minister to the low German speaking people primarily through music. While in North America, they raise money for valuable resources and then travel to South America and provide to the Mennonite colonies while ministering to them through music and preaching. They help translate devotionals, children’s curriculum and other much needed resources for the church.
Andew & Deanna Friesen
Living in LaCrete, Alberta, Andrew and Deanna have a heart for Low German Speaking People all over the world. Like their parents, they use music as their medium to minister. Andrew and Deanna have travelled to Paraguay, Bolivia, Mexico, and Belize to share the Gospel with Mennonites. Along with their music, they translate Christian resources into Low German so that the people have access to devotionals and Sunday School material in their own language.
The fourth missionary we would like to present is Jason Friesen. Jason grew up on the mission field where his parents ministered to Low German Mennonites. While currently living in Manitoba, Canada, with his wife, Teya, and daughter, Soren, Jason has travelled across North and South America to bring the Gospel message to others through music. Together with his parents, Diedrich and Nettie Friesen, of D’Friesens Music and More, he creates, records, and performs music, translates materials, and provides other Gospel and music related resources to the Low German speaking people in their own language. Another of his roles is to provide computer tech support and graphic design for this ministry.
David & Sieglinde Toews
The fifth missionary couple under 1Gloowen are David & Sieglinde Toews. The Toews family produces Low German Music and Low German radio broadcasting that reach people in Bolivia and all over the world. They support and educate worship leaders and partner with local churches in reaching youth and children through outreach programs and camps. Through their songs on radio broadcasting, the Toews reach people who are a part of very closed and restrictive Mennonite communities.
Rudy & Wilema Toews
The six missionary couple we want to introduce are Rudy and Wilma Toews. Rudy and Wilma have an extensive ministry in Bolivia working with the Low German Mennonites. They visit the colonies, distributing Bibles and sharing the Gospel. They do street ministry in Santa Cruz and discipleship ministry at Guia de Paz Rehab center for men and woman. The Toews also help in the local Church with singing, prayer groups, teaching Sunday school and youth leadership development. They work with the Mission board and help build houses for people that need to get out of the old colony.
Gerhard & Susan Fehr
Another missionary couple, the sixth, are Gerhard and Susana Fehr. The Fehr’s work among indigenous Spanish speaking churches and the old Mennonite colonies through-out Bolivia. He Pastors a few churches, translates Christian literature from Spanish to Low German, and works with many youths. Just recently, he baptized 20 new believers. Gerhard and Susana spend much of their time reaching out to Low German speaking people, sharing with them the Good News of Jesus.
Maria works together is Gerhard and Susan. She is a teacher to children from Mennonite Colony and is able to share love of Christ with her students and their families. She leads youth ministry and discipleship group for girls at her church and gives guitar lessons for people in her community.
Johann is a son of Gerhard and Susan. He lives and leads the church in the town of Cerro Grande. Johann preaches, leads Sunday School and worship at the church. His main occupation is teacher in the public-school in the town. Also, he gives free music classes for people in his community.
Jacob & Natalia Giesbrecht
Jacob is a Pastor and Evangelist. His vision is to help lead the church in Winkler, Manitoba, and base from there in order to travel around Canada and other countries in the ministry of preaching, teaching, and evangelizing. Jacob has preached in the Philippines, Guyana, Trinidad, Liberia and Sierra Lion. He also has a great burden for the Mennonite people.
Koby and his wife are involved in a retreat deliverance ministry called Men’s Encounter. They are currently taking place in AB, MB, ON, Texas, Mexico, Belize, and will start in Bolivia in 2020. The retreat is an event where 100 men or women attend for a weekend in order to hear the gospel and learn that Jesus is our only way to deliverance and living a free life. This ministry is an amazing tool that has helped set free many Old colony Mennonite people from bondage and legalism and to put them on the right track.
Trudy Buhler started her ministry in Bolivia in the fall of 2012. She was born in Bolivia and after her conversion to Jesus Christ she was able to come to Canada to learn the English language and to improve her education. Trudy is now working at the Mennonite Zemtrum in Santa Cruz, Boliva, working in administration and book-keeping.
Trudy is also involved in the distribution of Low German Bibles and other Christian literature. She serves in the local church with children and youth as well.
RadioPlaut, is accessible online for individual listeners and Radio Stations across the worls. RadioPlaut is completely in Plautdietsch- a Low German dialect. Programs and playlists are created in partnership with other MMF missionaries and Christian bands whose goal is to share the Gosple of Jesus Christ to the Low Gernam people group.
Suzie Wiebe is a teacher from Alberta, Canada. She is currently involved with child care at Friedensplatz in Chihuahua, Mexico. She is passionate about loving on children and helping them to see themselves as God’s beloved children. Suzie’s vision is to connect with children at Friedensplatz, doing deeper soul care in efforts to help them bring their hurts to Jesus. Her prayer is that if children find healing for their hurts and trauma at a young age, building awareness and understanding of who they truly are to Father God, they can come to break the cycle and become thriving adults who flourish, serving the Lord and their communities!
Suzie also pilots an audio ministry called Lӓw Jeleeft (live loved), for which she produces Low German audios speaking on various topics that young women encounter on their journey as they seek to grow closer to Christ.