Darren and Minako
Darren and Minako, part of the Foothills family since 1995, worked in the IT industry. After their first missions trip in 2000, they felt called to serve overseas and in 2004, they moved to Japan where Minako taught at an international school and Darren initiated a shoebox program much like Operation Christmas Child.
In 2015, the Polischuks moved to Cambodia to begin social enterprise organizations that provide opportunities for the poor to learn skills and help them gain hope by learning about Jesus’ love. They work largely with the marginalized poor, and have started up work initiatives through vocational training, leadership development, sustainable resorting and family support through Work of Your Hand (WYH). WYH exists to help create a just world, where the poor have dignified work and whose communities are transformed by the love of Jesus.
In 2019, they started ‘Clothed in Dignity Centre’ business which is a workplace for women to learn to sew and sell the product around the world. Then in 2020 another business, Made For This Fabrication Shop was established to provide work for and training for men in building. Their desire is that they can make a difference in the lives of these people.
They have three adult children: Mike, Sean and their daughter-in-law Christina.