The world lives by the blessing of God and thus has a future. Blessing means laying one’s hands on something and saying, Despite everything, you belong to God. This is what we do with the world that inflicts such suffering on us. We do not abandon it; we do not repudiate, despise or condemn it. Instead we call it back to God, we give it hope, we lay our hand on it and say: May God’s blessing come upon you, may God renew you; be blessed, world created by God, you who belong to your Creator and Redeemer. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Dr. Calvin B. DeWitt is a scientist, writer, and conservationist whose work builds bridges among environmental science, ethics and practice. DeWitt is Professor emeritus of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, co-founder of the Evangelical Environmental Network, and Director emeritus of the Au Sable Institute. He serves as president of the Academy of Evangelical Scientists and Ethicists, an organization dedicated to responsible stewardship of creation, and lives at the Waubesa Marsh in Wisconsin, were he has created a sanctuary for animals to travel a glacial drumlin island that emerges from the marsh. Cal is also a founding member of Geneva Campus Church, has served as chair of the Christian Reformed Church's Creation Stewardship Taskforce, and serves Geneva today as an Elder.
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.
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 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.