Thank you to all who are supporting our Mission Trip to
Haiti on April 20-29th 2012, to be part of American Baptist
Mission work at Cap Haitien, Haiti! Your support of the
Sounds of Evergreen Music Fundraiser-participants, attendees
and offerings, the donation of laptop computers loaded with
system & programs in the French language, and your
unceasing prayers are greatly appreciated. As a result, a
group of 10 will be departing from Seattle to help Nzunga
Mabudiga and his wife Kihomi minister to the poorest country
in our hemisphere.
Kihomi and Nzunga serve as a vital link between International Ministries and the Haitian Baptist Convention. Nzunga teaches theology at the Christian University of Northern Haiti, trains assistant professors in teaching and writing books, administers a scholarship program, and visits and preaches in churches. He also administers the "Kids for Kids" goat project that provides needed school and personal supplies for children and university students. Kihomi works with families in the areas of counseling, family planning, and women's health issues. She also coordinates and advises the women's association of the Haitian Baptist Convention, representing women of all the Baptist denominations of Haiti at international conferences.
"We always appreciate the visits...Once you are in our place, we don't feel lonely and left alone on the island of Haiti." -Nzunga Mabudiga
Susan Blythe-Goodman graduated from the
University of Washington last June with a Masters in Science
Education. She is currently a Companis worker with a
non-profit called SEA. SEA helps homeless and low-income
young adults pursue higher education. She works as a math
tutor to help students get their GED or pass the COMPASS
test. She is currently a member at Seattle First Baptist
Church, where she learned about this trip. She became
interested in the trip because of the focus on women’s work
Rev. Michael R. Booker is an Associate Minister at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Baptist church. He was called to preach at an early age and answered God’s call roughly 20 years ago. Along with the call he was given the gift of encouragement and has ministered to countless people by helping them to see their value and to never lose hope. He often talks about a basket that was given to him by the Lord. It is filled with faith, hope, comfort, encouragement, and love. His prayer is that he will be able to share this basket with the people of Haiti. Rev. Booker is a graduate of Portland State University (Portland OR) and is currently employed at CenturyLink Communications.
Rev. Toni R. Booker is an Associate Minister at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Baptist church. She has a passion for youth and has worked in various capacities serving them, whether it be counting the number of street kids in conjunction with University of Washington’s School of Social Work, or feeding them at the Renton Salvation Army’s Community Supper, or counseling them at the Seattle Juvenile Detention Center. Even when she promises to take a break from this work, she inevitably gets drawn back into it. How appropriate that one of the goals of the mission team is to help build a classroom. As she travels to Haiti her personal mission is to touch as many children as she can and to simply listen. Rev. Toni Booker is a graduate of Portland State University (Portland OR) and is currently employed at the University of Washington.
Mary Cline was raised in Issaquah and was in the US Air Force from July 1974 to September 1977. She has two adult daughters by a previous marriage, and remarried in 1997. Mary has an 18-year old grandson, along with three step-grandchildren. She attended Bellevue Community College and graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a BSN in nursing. She has worked for the VA Puget Sound Health Care System since 1986.
Rev. Dr. Judith Gay has often said that the children’s book “Leo, the Late Bloomer” is an apt description of her life. She is a double graduate from Seattle Pacific University, and holds a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. From that, one might suspect that she was a teacher and perhaps a school administrator, and one would be right on both counts. But after all of that, and after raising four children, she felt called to seminary (a dream she had expressed in her high school yearbook in 1962). And so she enrolled in the Northwest extension program at Fuller Seminary, and received her Masters of Divinity degree in 2001. Since that time she has been Interim Pastor at Good Shepherd Baptist Church, a resident chaplain at Harborview Hospital. Currently she serves as Pastor of Fremont Baptist Church, a position she has held for 8 years. As a late bloomer she began training for and racing in triathlons four summers ago, and now she has signed up to go to Haiti. When the information about the trip came out, she signed on without hesitation. She says, “Thankfully I have a very loving and understanding husband who supports me and my whims. I am looking forward to this trip in April and will continue to look for new ways to continue to grow and learn”.
Pharez Keyes, 19 years old, attends Seattle Pacific University and is pursuing a major in music education. She loves playing music 24/7, and in her spare time she finds time to shop! She attends MLK Baptist Church in Renton, WA. Pharez chose to do this trip because she genuinely finds joy in helping others, and what’s better than helping AND spreading God’s love? So she couldn’t pass up this wonderful opportunity. This will be her first mission trip and hopefully, the first of many to come!
Rev. Ronald D. Kirstein, Ph.D. has been friends with Nzunga Mabudiga since 1977 when they first entered seminary together at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. His primary motivation for this trip is to visit Nzunga and Kihomi in their place of ministry. Since seminary Ron has served professionally as the Associate Pastor at Tacoma First Baptist Church and has worked for the last 18 years as an endorsed ABC Pastoral Counselor with Presbyterian Counseling Service/ Samaritan Center of Puget Sound. He has been on a number of mission/work/educational experiences with various ABC missionaries in his lifetime. Each of these has been life-transforming for him. He currently attends Wedgewood Community Church in Seattle.
Rev. Keith Madsen became Pastor of The Community Church of Issaquah in January of 2011. He has previously served at the First Baptist Church of Bellingham, Washington (1989-1998); the First Baptist Church of Portland, Oregon (1998-2006), and the Oakesdale Baptist Church (1983-1985), as well as at churches in Kansas and New Jersey. He received a B.A. In Psychology from Kansas University, a M.Div. from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Kansas, and a D.Min. with an emphasis on ministry with younger adults, from St. Paul School of Theology (United Methodist) in Kansas City, MO. Keith lives in Sammamish with his wife Cathy (who was going to be part of the trip but had to cancel because of injuries from a fall), and they have an adult son and four adult daughters, as well as nine grandchildren. Keith has previously been on mission trips to Kodiak Island, Alaska, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and to Katrina-ravaged Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.
Angeline C. Schrib was raised in what is now Sammamish, but which at the time was part of Redmond and Issaquah. She graduated from Tiger Mountain Alternative High School. She has a 4-year old son and lives in Shelton.
E. Clem Winbush currently serves as the Minister of Mission Support and Administration for the Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches, and is an associate of the Natural Evangelism Team (NET) for the region. She has found her niche in working with God's people in American Baptist congregations. Clem says she saw God’s grace with certainty while teaching full-time, attending school evenings, weekends, and summers, with a husband and two school-aged children at home; and sees her role at Evergreen as providential – again, God’s grace. She earned a BS degree in English Education from Savannah State University, Savannah GA; a Master of Administration and a Washington State Principal Certificate through Western Washington University, Bellingham. Before being called to Evergreen, Clem served for 21 years as an educator in the public schools of Anne Arundel County Maryland, and Renton and Bellevue WA. She found joy in her career in public school education working mainly in middle schools with 6th - 8th graders. Clem and her husband James are the parents of two adult daughters - Dehlia and Rosalyn, and have three grandchildren - Marionna, Demetri and Nadira. This mission trip to Haiti will be Clem’s first experience in a third world country.