Missionaries

MISSIONARIES

Our Church has a long-standing interest in overseas mission and has regular visits from missionaries and affiliated organisations.

There is a designated missionary for each month and these presently are:

January

John & Pearl Aitken (Echoes of Service)

John and Pearl Aitken live in Bristol. John works as General Director of Echoes of Service based in Bath. Echoes is a mission service group supporting 217 mission workers in 35 countries and involves John in strategic planning, administration, visiting missionaries and teaching in local churches. Pearl manages an Advice Centre in a deprived community in Bristol and does counselling.

They have two daughters, Natalie (26) and Katie (25). Natalie is married to Chris and they live in Idle a village near Bradford. Katie lives in Bristol and works for Triodos, an ethical bank.


February

Henryk & Tonia Turkanik (Poland)

Henryk and Tonia met as young people in Theological College and married in 1969. They actively supportedthe Warsaw Bible School (1971-76), then in 1977 answered God's call to start a Bible School in Southern Poland. Much hard work followed, but God was faithful. The School produced about 150 graduates most of whom are still active in the Lord's work. It also became widely used as a centre for Bible teaching. Henryk has an extensive Bible teaching ministry and has written many Bible expositions which are distributed widely through the Areopagus Trust. They have two sons and five grandchildren.


March

Anne Dryburgh (Belgium)

Anne Dryburgh was born in Glasgow and moved to Flemish-speaking Belgium to serve the Lord in 1991. Her main involvement is in evangelism and intensive discipleship, also known as biblical counseling. The studies that she has followed have helped inform her work, especially in the areas of depression and (emotional) abuse. Anne writes on subjects related to biblical counseling and helps co-ordinate a hub of others in Europe who are engaged in similar work


April

Ho & Laura Jane Meas (Japan)

Ho and Laura-Jane live in Sendai, Japan with their son Joseph. Laura-Jane was a student at Edinburgh University in the 1990's and attended Ferniehill throughout her time in Edinburgh. She moved to Sapporo in Hokkaido following her studies and worked with OMF for a number of years. During that time, she met Ho who was studying for his PhD at that time. They were married in 2006 and Joseph was born in 2009.

Ho studied at the Irish Baptist College, completing his degree in 2013. In the summer of 2011, they visited the tsunami-stricken area of Japan and following completion of Ho’s studies the family moved to Sendai in 2014 to begin working among the student population in the city, again with OMF. At present they are involved in the ministry of Grace Centre Church and in various centres of tertiary education. Joseph attends their local Japanese primary school and they try to keep up with English education at home.


May

Walter & Elizabeth Alexander (Uberlandia, Brazil)

Walter and Elizabeth Alexander are currently serving the Lord in Uberlandia, a city of approx. 700,000 in the south eastern state of Minas Gerais, in Brazil. Over a life time of missionary service this latest move in 2014 gives them a continued ministry of Bible teaching in local churches as well as the Bible school and also a counselling ministry. They have two sons: Stephen married to Eliana who live in Vitoria in the state of Espirito Santo with their two sons, and Mark married to Mariasaura who live in Ituiuataba with their two sons.


June

David & Maureen Wood (Grace International school, Chiang Mai, Thailand)

David and Maureen Wood are teachers in Grace International School in Chiang Mai in Thailand. David teaches Design and Technology, while Maureen is involved in the NILD discovery programme teaching children with special needs. About 600 children attend the school with a staff of about 90. David and Maureen are instrumental in the spiritual development of these children as well as involvement in their local church.

They have two children and two grandchildren. Their daughter Yvonne, husband Chris, Esther (4) and Naomi (2) live in Brunei, where they teach in an international school. Their son, Douglas, is an Architecture Technician and works in Stantec, in Red Deer, Canada.


July

Shena McCall (Support for Mansa, Zambia)

A former nurse from Fife, Shena went to Zaire in 1987. She worked in a bush hospital at Luanza for 10 years, but had to leave because of unrest. She went to Sakeji School where, among other things, became a boys’ dorm parent and latterly got involved in teaching computers and grade 7 maths.

In 2003 Shena went to Mansa in Zambia where a new work began with orphans. With the help of a couple of volunteers, a day centre was started 3 days-a-week offering sewing and knitting class for girls and carpentry classes for the boys. Many from the day centre then went on to school. Shena returned to UK in 2007 for family reasons, but the day centre has continued with the original two volunteers and one other. The work is overseen by four trustees who are also elders at Mansa Chapel. Shena visits every few years but is currently living in Cowdenbeath.

Several FEC members sponsor children who attend the centre.


August

Jesús & Helen Ortiz (Soria, Spain)

Helen became a Christian while in high school in Northern Ireland. She was always interested in missionary work worldwide and at home and was actively involved in her home church.  In 1983 she was commended to full-time work in Soria, Spain where she met her husband Jesús.  He was one of the founding members of the church there and now both are fully active in evangelism and the edification of the church. They have three chidren:  Rubén, married to Cecilia, Tony and Abigail.


September

Undisclosed


October

Derek & Heidi Malcolm (Glasgow/Middle East)

Heidi and Derek lived in a Muslim Middle Eastern country for 16 years where they were involved in Bible teaching and friendship evangelism. They are now based in Glasgow. Heidi continues to work among the same language group of people in Glasgow and Derek travels frequently to the country they lived in to encourage the local believers and continue supporting the Christian printing and publishing ministry he's responsible for.


November

Jim Burnett (Parana, Argentina)

Jim Burnett has been in Argentina serving the Lord for many years. His wife Betty was called Home in 2016 and together they had completed almost 42 years of service. Jim's ministry consists mainly of teaching and often this entails long journeys to attend conferences and encourage the believers. He is also contributes monthly to writing in the magazine distributed among the assemblies. Jim's daughter Fiona and her husband Heber also live in Parana and recently have started a church plant. His other daughter Anne and her husband Marcelo also live in Argentina. His son Gordon resides in W Lothian.


December

H is involved in relief work amongst refugees and in language learning in the Middle East.