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THE AUTHORS YOUTH MINISTRY ACROSS THE CONTINENTS OF
FRASER, SCOTLAND

Fraser is from Scotland, from where many innovations have come - such as golf, TV, penicillin, the fridge, the telephone, the SAS (British special forces) and the author of Sherlock Holmes! He was surprised to be called into youth ministry in his late 20's and ended up serving as a youth pastor in three countries. Fraser loves helping developing leaders and is married with two grown up children who are both at university. For a quick summary of facts and faith in Scotland and the UK click here:

- http://www.operationworld.org/uksc

- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18023389

ANNE, PHILIPPINES

Anne comes from the Philippine archipelago, consisting of 7,107 islands. Much of its culture has been borrowed from the Spanish and Americans. The people there are friendly, hospitable, religious and resilient. Anne has done youth ministry for decades and now trains other youth workers - some of them helped her do the video for this project! She is married to Jun, a marriage and family therapist, and they have one grown up son called Mikko, also a youth pastor. For a quick summary of facts and faith in the Philippines click here:

- http://www.operationworld.org/phil

- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15521300

 

 

MARK, THE NETHERLANDS

Mark comes from a Dutch family with a rich Christian heritage. Holland is known for famous painters, has virtually no hills, and they have a superb football (soccer) team - although they are really struggling just now! After serving at many urban youth camps in Tennessee, USA, Mark developed a deep love for teenagers there. But God closed that door and re-ignited his dream to work with young people, keeping him in his home country where the church he serves has been blessed with wonderful growth. He firmly believes that, “One person can make a difference”! For a quick summary of facts and faith in Holland click here:

- http://www.operationworld.org/neth

- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17740800

 

ZEESHAN, PAKISTAN

Zeeshan lives in Karachi, a huge city in Pakistan. Despite having a diverse population, love for children, honor for women, care for the oppressed, and respect for elders are regarded as primary values. The national language is Urdu and the official language is English. He says, “The presence of God is everywhere, and I have felt it since I was ten years old!”. Zeeshan has been working with young people for sixteen years. He is married with two wonderful young children. For a quick summary of facts and faith in Pakistan click here:

- http://www.operationworld.org/paki

- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-12965779

MATT, WALES

Matt grew up in the middle of Wales, a modern Celtic nation known by some as 'the land of song’, and where a significant percentage speak Welsh. Now in his mid-thirties Matt is married to Hannah and they have two young children. He is an ordained Elim Pentecostal pastor and, as well as loving seeing young people come to faith, he loves English Premiership football (soccer) and especially motor cars! For a quick summary of church in Wales and the UK click here:

- http://www.operationworld.org/ukwa

- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18023389




LORNA, SCOTLAND

Lorna has served for many years as a youth pastor in a small town called Linlithgow, near Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland. The country is known all over the world for its tartan, kilts, mountains, lochs, castles, rain and whisky, but most importantly for the friendly people who live there. After many years serving as a volunteer youth worker Lorna gave up her job in finance and went into full time youth ministry at an independent evangelical church at age 38. She is married with two children. For a quick summary of facts and faith in Scotland  and the UK click here:

- http://www.operationworld.org/uksc

- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18023389

GARY, USA

Gary is from the USA, and as a grandfather is the most mature member of our team of youth pastors. As an insecure teenager he says he was “transformed by Christ into an engaged, relational evangelist” to his friends at school. He has been at the same Presbyterian church in Colorado for over twenty years, having lived in Germany beforehand. As well as spending time with their three adult children, Gary and his wife Debi love exploring the outdoors. For a quick summary of facts and faith in the USA click here:

- http://www.operationworld.org/unsa

- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16761057

 

EERO, FINLAND

Eero has a Pentecostal background and comes from Finland. He is married with two children, and has four brothers and three sisters! After working in a sawmill for many years he went into youth ministry and has been there for 15 years. Apart from having brilliant rally car drivers he says that Finns do not give up easily - their brave soldiers prevented the Russians taking their capital city during World War II, one of only three European capitals to hold off invading armies. For a quick summary of facts and faith in Finland click here:

- http://www.operationworld.org/finl

- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17288360

 

RON, AUSTRALIA

Ron is married with two grown up children and comes from Australia. He says he was “surprised, and a little offended, by God’s call into youth ministry” (!). He has dealt with illness and two major operations extended his life; since then he has served in three Anglican churches as a youth pastor. His other interests include running, following various sports and developing young leaders. For a quick summary of facts and faith in Australia click here:

- http://www.operationworld.org/aust

- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15674351

 

 

NATHAN, NIGERIA

Nathan was brought up in a Christian home and came to faith as a child after being punished for an offence he did not commit: he realised that Christ had been punished in his place, choosing the cross. He has served as a youth pastor not only in Nigeria but also Kenya and South Africa, where he now lives with his wife Jane and their two boys. Still serving in local church youth ministry, Nathan also loves teaching others. Click below for a quick summary of facts and faith in Nigeria:

 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13949550

 - http://www.operationworld.org/nigr

 

 

YOUNUS, INDIA

Vowing never to become a pastor like his father, Younus grew greatly in his faith whilst a college student. After working in the financial services industry in Hyderabad, India, he served for many years as a youth pastor in an Assemblies of God church where he is still on staff. On India, he writes, “Nowhere on earth does humanity present itself in such a dizzying, creative burst of cultures and religions, races and tongues!”. He is married with two young children. For a quick summary of facts and faith in India click here:

 - http://www.operationworld.org/indi

 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-12557384

 

 

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