Team Introductions Part 1


DAVE PARK
Hi, my name is Dave Park.  I’m very excited to be embarking on this awesome opportunity to serve the children of Swaziland.  While I have had a heart for the people of Africa (especially the children) for quite some time, I am very much looking forward to being on the ground and contributing in a very different and tangible way.

I don’t know what God has in store for me during this trip, but I do know that I will be stretched well beyond my comfort zone.  I’m looking forward to how God is going to use me on this adventure.  I know our whole team is going to make a big impact on the children of Enaleni and Bhobhokazi, but I believe that the children will have an even bigger impact on us.

Please pray for a safe journey for all of us, comfort while we’re gone for the families we leave behind and that God will use us to His glory.

JASON RYAN

“Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs to the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?” those words were so obvious to us as my wife Charlene and I worked in India’s slums in 2003. We have seen first hand how a child’s spirit is alive with innocence and energy under even the most unimaginable circumstances. I went to church alone that first Sunday in December, Char was in the US with our youngest son, and I heard the “last call” for anyone wanting to apply for the Swazi Team…my spirit quickened and my heart began to beat quickly, it was like I was hearing the opportunity for the first time! I immediately recognized the prompting I felt, wrote my application, signed the deposit cheque and submitted it all before the coffee break was done…If this was God’s call for me it was now in his hands…a week later, Jon called to tell me they wanted me to come…I was overwhelmed with gratitude to the Lord and a humble heart…I look forward to the love and talents I can bring to the team and to the kids.

SHELLEY DUPUIS

This is my first mission trip and journey overseas. I am very excited to see what God has in store for us, yet apprehensive because I have never done anything like this before. I believe God has called me to Swaziland, therefore I am certain He will do a mighty work in the lives of the children of Enaleni, Bhobhokazi, as well as our team. Please pray for our health and safety while we’re there. Pray for God to shine through us by showing these children love, compassion, and grace that only He can give.

GINO GUARINO

My wife, Sandra and I used to be involved in a small group with College and Career” aged young adults. Over 80% of them had been involved in a mission trip and were making plans to go again. Not us. Never even an option in our minds. But when the opportunity came up to get involved in this year’s Swazi trip, I thought this was out of my control and completely God’s doing. I admit that I am very excited about what God has in store for me personally in Africa but truthfully, I am also quite nervous that I can be able to do all that He will need from me. I am so pumped to be sharing this experience with my wife! If you would pray for our group’s safety, strengths and relations in Africa, I would be quite thankful.

I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

AMY ROEBUCK
Greetings!! I am Amy Roebuck.

Wow, I am so excited to be going to Swaziland! (Thank goodness the doctor keeps pricking me with needles and bringing me back to earth) I never thought I would have this wonderful opportunity. I was on the “that’s nice for them, but there is no way” route and now here I am writing this intro. (I now have a little taste of what Gideon felt like) I have never been overseas before or outside of Canada very far so when God says you are going…you go with both feet!! As a youth leader for many years here at Riverwood, I am so thrilled to meet all the children and work with them and just show God’s amazing (agape) love to them. I can’t wait to teach, play, laugh, and have great games of “ifutbol” (soccer). Thank you to all the family and friends, to my Mypod girls and Superstars for all your prayers and support so far. Please continue pray for safety, health and for an openness to what ever God wants to show, bring, and teach our team. We are his vessels …and we are so excited to be able to be a part of this Great Adventure.

2 thoughts on “Team Introductions Part 1

  1. Swaziteam, we will surround you with our prayers.
    Our prayers are before you, clearing any hindrances;
    Our prayers are behind you, prodding you on when you grow weary;
    Our prayers are below you, holding you up when you are weary;
    Our prayers are over you, holding you down when pride inflates you;
    Our prayers are on your right hand when you are distracted;
    Our prayers are on your left when you feel overwhelmed.
    May you know we are with you in prayer.

    Lynn

  2. Wow, Shelley! As we read through the blogs and listened to Gino’s statement, we too were brought to tears. Uncle John is reliving his experience and the deep emotions that he went through in Liberia in 2009. How wonderful that you chose and was accepted to be part of this great team. Keep up the good work and don’t despair with any lack of progress. Just your being there in God’s name is such a gift to the village and appreciated by all. Much love to a very special person and God’s blessings to all the team.

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