Our story continues to grow and transform through God's leading in our lives and in this ministry. We have now added Vern and Gloria Wagner as a part of our story as they have stepped into full time missionary service alongside of us.
We have been married since 2010 and since being married we have felt a strong call to working in Romania. In 2012 we spent time in Romania with the Hungarian Baptist Convention of Romania (HBC) and the camp board. It was decided at this time that we would work alongside the camp board and HBC in developing the camp property that was purchased in 2000. Together we envisioned a camp that would see effective evangelism, discipleship, youth leadership development, and recreation. However before getting married we also had strong calls to missions in our life leading us to this choice.
Paul was a part of mission teams to Romania from a young age as well as has led his own mission teams to Romania. His first trip was in 2000 when he was in Grade 8. A pastor in Romania spoke into his life at that time and said that one day he would preach in Romania and he was right. Paul continued to go to Romania and begun leading his own mission teams. He also lived in Romania for 3 months in 2008. Throughout all of Paul’s experiences, it was clear to him that God wanted him to do a bigger mission in Romania. After taking Tanya on a couple of trips to Romania, it is clear that the project God has led both of them to is the camp ministry.
Tanya grew up in a missionally focused family who spent every second summer leading youth mission trips to Ensenada, Mexico. She has been a team member, leader and coordinator of over 9 Mexico trips. She also spent some time in Rwanda, Africa leading VBS programs and helping with house building projects. Tanya felt a call to missions and was planning to go on a longer termed mission project on her own but instead God led her to her wonderful husband Paul! On their first trip to Romania in 2011, she felt a strong call to missions there as she witnessed a huge potential for leadership development through leading VBS programs and seeing the camp property.
The Wagner's have been serving in Romania since November '16 specifically working hands on at the camp as we continue to develop the facility. They first visited Romania on Central’s Baptist’s trip last April, which ran VBS programs as well as completed a building project at the camp. They weren’t completely sure of why they needed to join the trip but felt God’s prompting and obeyed. Their skills were put to good use on that team as Vern helped with major renovations at the camp and Gloria assisted with the VBS programs. During their time they felt an incredible connection with the people and ministry. Upon returning to Canada they could not get Romania out of their minds and hearts. We too felt our eyes open to a greater vision when we heard this and thus began our conversations of ways to partner with them.
This is truly another story of God’s faithfulness. Vern and Gloria are huge assets to our team for this purpose. The Wagners worked at Camp Caroline in Alberta a part of the Alberta Baptist Association for 10 years. Vern worked as head of maintenance and Gloria assisted with the kitchen and cleaning operations. They have incredible skills and wisdom in developing, maintaining and running a camp facility as well as a heart to see local workers trained and empowered.
The Wagner’s have beautiful servant hearts to see God’s Kingdom advanced in Romania and specifically through camp ministry. They are skilled, wise and yet humble. They have been an excellent addition to our team! As we have stepped into major development at the camp, the Wagners have been invaluable to the progress. They continue to live in Szentkiraly a few doors down from the Gerickes. They have quickly fitted into the village lifestyle.