Students on this year’s European Mission Fellowship course are predominantly from the UK, with just one each from France, Luxembourg, Poland and the Ukraine, and two from Portugal.
From France, 22-year-old David Jaeg from Morschwiller-le-Bas (Mulhouse), was recommended to the school by his pastor of La maison de l’Evangile, Olivier Favre. The church, which was supported by EMF in the past, has encouraged him to come to the EMF school, because the church is convinced the study of the Bible will develop his knowledge and gifts for God’s service.
Thirty-eight-year-old Tamar Anghi, a Romanian-born German living in Luxembourg, considers it increasingly important to have a firm foundation and be rooted in God’s Word. From Poland, Tomasz Kuzdak, age 50, heard about the school from his pastor Wieslaw Kamyszek who is supported by EMF. As a relatively new Christian, he feels the school will give him more understanding of the Bible and equip him for evangelism and ministry among Polish people, and later to full-time ministry.
The two from Portugal are Paulo Serafim (30), who attends Jose Rodrigues’ church in Alto do Moinho supported by EMF, and Pedro Pereira Aguiar (18), who was recommended by the director of the Portuguese Bible Institute.
There are many from the UK: Matt Ellish (34) from Hope Community Church near Cambridge, with his wife Bethan and two children; Phil and Lydia Evans who are members of Penzance Baptist Church; David Hossack (55), who is from Northern Ireland and became a Christian during a meeting at Liverpool City Mission; James Henderson (56), from SASRA; and Paul and Karen Curd, also from SASRA. Paul (49) didn’t have Christian parents and entered the army at the age of 16.
Lastly, from Kiev in Ukraine is 29-year-old Anna Gnatyshyna, who works for IFES as administrator. She is prayerfully considering full-time ministry with students in Kiev.