In April, three youth leaders will be heading to Niamey, Niger to view World Vision’s work. These youth leaders are veteran Faminers and we are so excited to introduce them to you. They will be viewing World Vision’s long term development work and emergency relief efforts and seeing how YOUR Famine funds are being put to use. You can expect lots of blogging, pictures, and videos! Read on to meet your 2012 Leader Trip winners:
Joe Wittmer, from Calvary Church in Valparaiso IN, has been in youth ministry for 13 years. Joe & his stellar wife, Ashley, have one little boy named Hutch, and one more on the way. Joe first got involved in youth ministry in High School and continues to love working with teenagers because they are “the most strategically placed people to make decisions about Christ”. After Niger, Joe hopes to bring back reports of how Famine funds are being used, talk to other leaders about the Famine, and push his students to grow and learn more about hunger. What’s he nervous about? Well, there is the fact that his wife is due only a matter of weeks before the trip, but he prefers to use the term “adventurously expectant”!
Bill Henneberg, from First Mennonite Brethren Church in Witchita KS, has been leading the Middle School ministry at his church for 22 years. This year, his group will be participating in their 19th 30 Hour Famine!!! (Wow!). Bill has an amazing wife, Donna, who teaches kindergarten, as well as two sons and seven grandchildren. In addition to the church, Bill also works as the Climbing Wall coordinator at the YMCA where he teaches rock climbing, and serves as a camp director every summer. A mix of excitement and apprehension describes Bill’s feelings about heading off to Niger. He’s thrilled at the thought of getting to see his Famine funds at work and being able to share his what he experiences with his students.
Amos Lyso, from Seoul South Korea, works as the Christian Ministries Coordinator at the Seoul Foreign School. The school has been doing the Famine for well over a decade and Amos has been a part of it for the last seven years. Amos spent his middle school years in Niamey, Niger so the painful truths of poverty have always been close to his heart. The Famine allows him to open his student’s minds to the reality of the needs of others around the world and the power to do something about it. He is thrilled to return to Niger and see World Vision’s work firsthand. He’s most excited to return with pictures and personal stories of how his student’ efforts are feeding children, touching lives, and instilling hope for the future.