Supporting missionaries here and abroad
Marcia Bosscher, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Madison, Wisconsin
Marcia recently stepped down as editor of The Well, InterVarsity’s online publication for women in graduate school and on faculty. She continues to work as an associate with The Well‘s supervising ministry, Women in the Academy & Professions (WAP), focusing on fund development, a writers’ retreat at Cedar Campus this fall, a print version of The Well, and other WAP projects. As you can see, she’s also a grateful grandma, with several grandchildren in Madison and in Anchorage, Alaska.
Faye Yu, World Renew Program Consultant, Malawi
Faye was born in Taiwan and grew up in Milwaukee. Growing up as a bi-cultural kid, she was drawn to traveling and learning about other cultures. She graduated with a marketing degree from UW Madison. While attending school there, she was mentored by Intervarsity staff and the pastor of Geneva Campus Church, Rev. Cliff Bajema. These experiences exposed her to God’s heart for justice and the vulnerable, and led her to work with some of the most vulnerable communities in Sierra Leone, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Myanmar, and India. In between stints abroad, she completed her Masters in International Development with a focus on community development. Currently, she is working in Malawi, one of the world’s poorest and most densely populated countries, plagued by droughts and floods, declining soil fertility, government corruption, and the HIV-AIDS pandemic. World Renew has been working there since 1989, partnering with other agencies to improve agriculture, nutrition, sanitation, economic development, health, and literacy. World Renew is committed to helping local communities and churches find ways to transform their communities and meet needs for the most vulnerable. To learn more about World Renew, go to www.worldrenew.net.
Calvin Chen, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
After eight years serving InterVarsity as campus staff for the Asian American chapter at UW-Madison, and three years as Regional Multi-Ethnic Ministries specialist, Calvin is currently on study sabbatical working toward a Master of Divinity at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Calvin was born in Chicago to Taiwanese parents, and raised in a church planted by Christian Reformed (CRC) Home Missions, targeting ethnically Chinese students and faculty at the University of Chicago. Spending his teens in Taiwan, Calvin attended both a missionary school and a secular school for international business children before moving to Champaign, Illinois, to study history and voice performance at the University of Illinois.
Calvin reflects on his spiritual journey and his years at Geneva: “The process through which God called me back to faith in college, brought me to Madison, and prepared me for college ministry all testify of his goodness and grace. Geneva’s engagement of the campus, multi-generational discipleship and fellowship, and sound doctrine complement InterVarsity’s strengths in evangelism, missions, and Bible study. It was fun and challenging working in a pan-Asian ministry with critical masses of Chinese, Korean, and Hmong American students, yet partnering alongside other InterVarsity ministries on campus and also benefiting from the community and discipleship of Geneva.”
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Adam Jeske, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Madison, WI
After years of service in Nicaragua, China, and South Africa, Adam now serves as one of InterVarsity’s vice presidents, leading Communications and Marketing. Living with friends in hard places overseas has greatly shaped how he understands life, ethics, discipleship, and the Bible. In his current role, Adam leads a team of 25 creative professionals to amplify what God is doing through InterVarsity on over 650 campuses. Together, they produce tools to help colleagues and student leaders reach out, grow deep disciples, and tell stories of what God is doing on campus.
Adam grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and was a first-generation college student, earning honors in Spanish and Religious Studies at UW-Madison. He married Chrissy before his senior year, and after graduation, they headed down to Nicaragua, living in a village of 40 families with no electricity, no well, and no transportation except a 30-year-old tractor, trying to figure out what Jesus meant when he said, “Blessed are the poor.” Then, they taught English in northwest China for two years. And after adding Phoebe and Ezekiel to the family, they followed Jesus’ call to South Africa where they directed a pilot microfinance program and taught in a small local seminary. Phoebe is now 13, Ezekiel’s 11, Chrissy’s a professor of anthropology, and Adam’s stoked about it all.
Adam rides his bike a lot, has solar panels, raises pigs and chickens, and enjoys fermenting things, including bread, beer, and yogurt. Adam and Chrissy together wrote This Ordinary Adventure: Settling Down Without Settling (IVP).
Jim and Mary Beth Lundgren, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Madison, Wisconsin
After stepping down from senior leadership in InterVarsity in August 2016, Jim assumed the role as Executive Coach and Senior Consultant. He meets regularly with several IV staff in Senior Leadership and other Collegiate Ministries directors. With 43 years of experience in campus ministry, Jim’s organizational and personal leadership experience and wisdom is sought after by younger staff who are now leading the movement.
Mary Beth serves as the Midwest Coordinator of Staff Care and Discipleship. She meets regularly with 15-20 IV staff in a ten-state Midwest area from western Pennsylvania to the Dakotas. Her role is to mentor and disciple these campus ministers and staff directors using the Scriptures and other biblical resources, and her focus is always on personal transformation in the staff member’s life for the glory of God. She especially loves working with staff because as they grow in their love for God, His Word and His purposes, they pass on what He is teaching them to students on campus.
Jim and Mary Beth live in Madison, and are very thankful for their Geneva Campus Church family.
To learn more about InterVarsity, go to www.intervarsity.org.
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Nicole Chiu Lwin, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Madison, Wisconsin
Nicole is a Midwest woman through-and-through, born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, attended college at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and ended up in Madison by working at Epic Systems after her undergraduate career.
Nicole now serves as Campus Staff Member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Her primary responsibility is to serve as advisor, discipler, and evangelist to Asian American undergraduate students (AAIV) at the UW. She is glad and grateful to be sent and supported by Geneva as she joyfully witnesses the transformative work of Jesus on campus.
To learn more about AAIV, go to: aaivuw.org.
Amy, Worldwide Student Network / Cru Global Missions, Central Asia
Amy serves with Cru Global Missions in Central Asia and has been on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ International since summer 2009. Global Missions is the international expression of Cru’s U.S. Campus Ministry’s commitment to serve the nations of the world by reaching college students for Christ and working toward a global vision: that every person in the world would have at least one chance to respond to Jesus Christ. Global Missions is committed to building campus movements covering the entire world, movements that are staffed and led by national believers. Their goal is to build up national leaders who will eventually replace U.S. staff as the main working force, not only on college campuses, but also in the community as a whole. In Central Asia, Amy works alongside national staff to help establish self-sustaining movements among Central Asian students. She shares her faith, disciples young believers and helps train them to win others… while dreaming of the day when they will lead the ministry on their own. Amy writes, “It is an incredible blessing to have the opportunity to help fulfill the Great Commission with Campus Crusade for Christ International.”
Gordon and Sara Williams,Wycliffe Bible Translators, Stevens Point, WI
Gordon and Sara serve with a subsidiary of Wycliffe Bible Translators USA, known as The Seed Company. The Seed Company specializes in mobilizing and training national partners in Bible translation. Gordon serves as Vice President of Field Operations, Asia Pacific Eurasia, providing vision and oversight to a team of field coordinators who oversee hundreds of national-led translation projects. Sara works as an ESL teacher at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.
Gordon and Sara both received their MA’s in linguistics from the University of Wisconsin, and attended Geneva Campus Church while they lived in Madison. Their first Wycliffe assignment was in Senegal, West Africa, to the Soninke people of eastern Senegal. Today, literacy materials, plus a number of portions of Scripture, are available to the Soninke. After several subsequent years in Senegal, working in administration and training, directing translation teams, developing strategies to reach remaining languages, teaching linguistic courses to nationals, translating and editing, the Williams took their present Stateside assignment where they are based near family in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Gordon and Sara have three grown children: Samuel, Emma and Ethan.
Gordon and Sara’s motivation for serving with Wycliffe Bible Translators and The Seed Company is to provide access to God’s Word for all people in the language that serves them best. To read stories of those impacted by the translated Word of God, or to learn more about Wycliffe’s and The Seed Company’s work, visit www.wycliffe.org; www.theseedcompany.org.
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Katie Ziegler, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Madison, Wisconsin
Today’s college students are part of a fast-paced, sophisticated, and highly visual media culture. 2100’s mission is to create and use media to influence the hearts and minds of students in the university world with the gospel of Jesus Christ, encouraging them to follow Jesus as Savior and Lord, understand themselves and their culture more clearly, and live responsibly in relation to God, creation and other people. Using video, photography, and graphics, 2100 translates biblical ideas to visual media so that students can receive the good news through contemporary channels in a compelling, credible, and clear voice.
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