Paul and Chantelle
Paul grew up in a strong Christian home that was very supportive of missions. When he was 13 years old, he committed to serving cross-culturally. He started Bible school, but later realized that his gifts were stronger in trades, so he pursued trades and looked for ways to use his skills and passion for the poor and marginalized cross-culturally.
Chantelle always had a passion to work with the poor, and as she came into relationship with Christ in her teen years, she realized that physical development help for the poor alone was unbalanced and looked to incorporate spiritual growth and everlasting hope. Chantelle has a Master’s in International Development and is passionate about partnering with community champions and holistic development.
In 2008, they went to Niger, Africa with the C&MA and stayed until 2017 as part of the Desert Sand team, running development and education programs while heavily invested in mentoring and advocacy. In 2018 they moved to Southeast Asia to work with refugees who face many difficulties in their daily lives, including heavy layers of trauma, trafficking, abuse and lack of access to services.
Current Priorities The Rohingya focused work has been evolving and growing since 2012. In the past 5 years the team has grown and initiatives have continued to evolve, now branching into the areas of education for refugee children, advocacy, support and programs focused on teen trafficked brides, vocational training for young men and many opportunities for deep relationships whereby we can support, care, pray and share the Love of Christ into the lives of our refugee friends.
Paul and Chantelle send out regular prayer updates via email.