Meet our 2014 Swazi Team!

Agnes Reimer


I am a mother.  I am looking forward to seeing my sponsor child, and to see what God will do.




Allison and Jordan Penner


I have been on the Swazi team for the last 2 years, and I’m so excited to be going to Swaziland with my husband for the first time this year!  I am looking forward to connecting with my friends, our sponsor child and his family.  ~Allison
After 2 years of seeing my wife go to Africa without me, we decided this year to go together.  I love seeing and experiencing God in situations that are unfamiliar and uncomfortable for me.  I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us in Africa.  ~ Jordan


Amy Roebuck


I am so excited to visit Swaziland again for the third time.  Every experience has been life changing and I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for this years team.




Andrew Moffatt


I have had a reawakening in my walk with Christ.  Mexico and Sirva were just the beginning of this crazy and exhilarating walk.  I live to see those bright young faces again and do something truly meaningful with my life.




Bonnie Irwin


Since going to Africa 2 years ago and seeing what and how God used me to show some amazing love to the people, I knew that I would be going back again.  You really do leave your heart behind.  I have an amazing sister Corinne, my cool Dad and my wonderful mother Marj, cheering me on.  They are all super excited for me.  My family are my hero’s.



Brenda McAdam


I am a mother of 3 beautiful daughters.  I have had the amazing privilege of travelling to Swaziland for the past 5 years.  I look forward to connecting again with my special friend and all my Swazi friends.




Bryan and Cheryl Peters


Following God’s call back to Swaziland is easy.  My biggest fear is ” not following God’s call”.  I’m so glad my wife Cheryl is coming with me again.  ” Lead on Lord” ~ Bryan
I went to Swaziland last year and fell in love with the people!  I can hardly wait to go back.  I am so excited to bond with this group God has chosen.  I wonder what He has in store for me this year. ~ Cheryl


Carley Petkau


I am 14 years old.  My parents really wanted me to go on this trip.  Its a dream for my mom that we are going together.  The reason i really want to go is to meet my 2 sponsor girl.  I am excited to get to know them and see what they do in their everyday life.



Charlene and Jason Ryan


I am a husband and a father of 3 boys.  I live in Winnipeg and I own 2 small businesses.  I am a speaker for a ministry called Voice of the Martyrs Canada.  My wife Charlene and i have been transitioning into overseas missions work over the last year and a half.  ~Jason
I have been attending Riverwood for 4 years.  I have 2 wonderful sons.  I am so excited to share this trip with my husband where i have the opportunity to meet my sponsor child for the first time.  ~Charlene

Christal Seimens


I have been attending Riverwood for 5 years.  I have 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls.  I am excited to go to Africa to see how God is working there.




Deb Schwartz


I have been attending Riverwood for 16 years.  I am a mother of 4 grown children.  I am excited to meet my sponsor child.  Going to Swaziland has been on my heart for a few years and i am grateful for the opportunity to go in 2014!




Ingrid Neufeld


The little girl Busiswa Mamba whom we had been sponsoring passed away in the Fall of 2012.  This is the main reason that i am joining the Swaziland team at this time.  I would like to visit with Busiswas family, and i am excited to meet Nkosi our new sponsor child.



Kailey Hiebert


I have been privileged to go on this trip for the third time.  I am excited to see how much things have changed and grown.  I’m very excited to spend my 24th Birthday in Swaziland.




Leigh Capar


I am a mother of two boys and have been attending Riverwood for about 4 years.  I am thrilled to be going to Swaziland and meeting my sponsor child.





Murray Moffatt


God has given me a burden for the African people early on in my walk.  I am looking forward to what He has inshore for me.  Sharing this time with my son who was instrumental in starting my journey with Christ seems most appropriate.




Paul Kutcher


I became aware of the Swaziland ministry two years ago and have enjoyed supporting others when they have gone.  This year, i am excited to go and be part of a team making a difference in the name of the Lord.  I hope to meet one of my sponsor kids ~ how cool is that?



Ron Malech

Ron Malech

If anyone would have asked me I would have never dreamt I would go to Africa.  After hearing about Riverwood’s Swaziland trip I felt God leading me to this.  I am excited to go with my daughter and experience what God has in store for us.






Stacey Malech


I have just started attending Riverwood in the past year or two.  This is my first time being apart of a missions trip and i am very excited about being apart of this Swaziland trip.  I am a 3rd year university student studying exercise science.




Sylvia Bartlett


I am a mother of 2 young girls and am fulfilling a life long dream of serving overseas.  I feel very honoured to be able to go to Swaziland this year!




Carolyn Petkau (Team Leader)


Swaziland is a country & people close to my heart!  This year I get to take this journey with my youngest daughter Carley.  It is a privilege to not only lead the team in caring for & teaching the children about God but also seeing the impact that such a trip has on the lives of our team members.



Jon Courtney (Team Leader)


I am honoured and privileged to lead another team to continue building the relationship and development with the communities in Swaziland.  I am so proud to be a part of a church that responds so generously and readily to the call to defend the orphan and widows of our world.  I am humbled to see what God has done as we have taken the risk to join a community in Canada with two communities in Swaziland.  One of my favourite joys is seeing God grab a hold of us to change the way we see ourselves and our world through this experience.

5 thoughts on “Meet our 2014 Swazi Team!

  1. I saw all the filled duffle bags in church the other day, and I am so excited for the outpouring of love that our sponsor children are about to receive! Feeling excited as we cheer you on from the sidelines!

  2. Very excited to follow along with the team this year again!! You are ALL an inspiration and we love to follow vicariously through your experiences. Agnes, we admire and love you and are happy to see you going on this trip. We know that Anne will be with you every step of the way. Natalie, Dale and the girls.

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