Meet our missionaries!
Afonso, Becky, Yva, Yolisa and Yuli Chinhama.
We serve with SIM Angola and are recognized Global Workers within the EMCC. Afonso grew up in central and southern Angola and Becky in Bergen, Alberta. Afonso came to know Jesus and grew through church involvement, mentoring through Youth for Christ, and theological studies through the ISTEL Bible College in Lubango. Becky came to Christ and grew through mentoring in youth groups, camps and conferences, Venture Teams International, and studies at Prairie Bible College. God led us together through our shared love for the church in Angola. We've been married since 2009 and our kids joined us in 2010, 2015 and 2017.
SIM Angola's vision is to see a witness to Christ's love where he is least known in Angola, disciples of Jesus expressing God's love in their communities, and Christ-centered churches in Angola serving their communities and reaching out with the gospel locally and globally.
We are involved in three different ministry areas in Angola. Afonso serves as leader of the SIM Angola team, with responsibility to see the SIM team and our partners increasingly equipped for kingdom service. Together with our local church we are reaching out to our neighboring Nyaneka communities through discipleship and community development. Through mentoring and training events, we are also seeking to equip church leaders and pastors, specifically within the UIEA denomination, to be missional disciples-who-make-disciples.
Jon and Evelyn Siebert
Are in their 39th year of ministry with Northern Canada Evangelical Mission - a mission organization that works "among and in partnership with First Nations and Inuit people" across Canada. They are Field Ministry Coordinators, supervising full-time and part-time Field Missionaries across most of Canada. They come alongside the missionaries in their varied ministries, visiting them in person at their locations once each year and once at NCEM's yearly conference. There is a wide range of personalities and gifting of the missionaries, as well as varied ministries the missionaries are involved in. Jon and Evelyn seek to understand and encourage them in their diverse situations, write up their Job Descriptions, bring them supplies, give guidance where it is desired, pray with them, and challenge them as needed. Along the way, they also connect with Associate and Retired NCEM missionaries, and First Nations alumni from Key-Way-Tin Bible Institute.
They appreciate prayer for God's leading in the planning of their itinerary for each trip. Many factors have to be worked out for each trip (synchronizing schedules, weather, going when ferries are running, etc.). They also appreciate prayer that they would be sensitive to the Holy Spirit as they seek to relate well to a wide range of missionaries who carry out diverse ministries.
I work in a small town in Italy to help a local church grow spiritually so that they can reach out to friends and neighbors. I do a lot of hospitality and cooking to reach out personally and I am a volunteer at the local hospital. I come alongside of those in need, both within the church and my community and teach Sunday School to preschoolers.
I have always been heavily involved in children’s camp ministry as a cook and love doing this. Over the last few years I have also had the fun of helping start a new camp, right near my town, Bergamo, from the ground up, doing construction, clearing the land and helping in any way possible to make this camp a reality. We are so thankful to the Lord for His provision and blessing over this ministry.
Heath and Mariko meikle
Heath with his wife Mariko and their two children spent the better park of a decade working with refugees and planting a church in the leftist inner city anarchist neighbourhood of Exarcheia in Athens Greece.
Upon their return from Greece in 2015, Heath helped plant Christ City East Vancouver and is now living on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside serving as a chaplain at Jacob's Well. Heath and Mariko are currently working on what a new church could look like in the context of drug addiction, mental health, and poverty. The timeline for this new church launch on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside is fall 2024.
Natasha joined Wycliffe as a photographer in 2010 after discovering the need and value of Bible translation, and realizing she could use her photography skills to share about the staggering need for Bible translation for minority languages across the world.
In 2019, Natasha transitioned into the role of internship co-ordinator. In this position, she walks alongside students as they explore, prepare for and leave for internships with Wycliffe, allowing them to see first hand the work of Bible translation and the unique part they can play in building God’s Kingdom. Natasha loves that her role allows her to get to know students as they are exploring where God is calling them and see them play an active meaningful role during their internship, supporting and encouraging our staff and partners in the work of Bible translation worldwide.
Jordan & andrea scotland
Jordan and Andrea Scotland have lived in South Sudan since 2005. They have recently moved to Juba, South Sudan after living in Torit for the last 11 years. Jordan has transitioned from the role of Unit Leader for AIM South Sudan, to Church Liaison for the newly formed leadership team. He is working with local churches, particularly Africa Inland Church, to mobilize South Sudanese believers and churches to fulfilling the Great Commission. He is also the secretary for Mission Action Network (MAN), a group of people from churches and missions who are committed to working together to get the gospel to the unreached people of South Sudan.
Andrea has taken a position with Juba Christian Academy, a small Christian school for missionary children in Juba. The school provides education for approximately 25 children from pre-school to grade five. She will be using her experience in home educating her three children for the last 12 years to serve the school in whatever capacity they most need her.
Jordan and Andrea’s two sons, Calum and Aiden, are students at RVA (Rift Valley Academy), while Aislynn continues to homeschool.