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David and Chanelle claim Florida as home. Chanelle was born in the Virgin Islands and lived all over until her family settled for a while in New Hampshire. David was born and grew up in Miami. They met at the University of Florida. After graduating from UF, they married and moved out to Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in San Francisco where they both earned a Masters of Divinity degree. They were following a call to missions that they sensed as teenagers.Their first field of service was on the islands of Trinidad and Tobago where they spent two years planting churches in the coastal towns of Tobago. From there they moved to eastern Germany. They served 11 years planting churches in different cities in the former DDR. Their children still consider this home since it is where they were born and started school. In 2005 they moved to Seville, Spain to begin a new chapter in their lives and ministry. The kids are all as “Spanish” as their school mates (except for the blond hair!) Chanelle stays active with a women’s group, teaching Sunday School, teaching Kids English classes, organizing all kinds of activities and hosting lots of visitors in our home! David stays busy teaching weekly bible studies, a discipleship group, English classes, pastoral duties in the new church plant and is the current Coordinator for about 100 missionaries in our Mission Organization. We love being outside, traveling and getting to know new friends.
Ford's Bio Coming soon!
I'm Christy Mitchell, an Apprentice missionary entering the second year of my first term in Spain. I served a two year term previously in Kampala, Uganda (2004-2006) before coming to join Team Seville in early 2009. I have a BA in Spanish and English and a MA in Administration and Supervision. I was born and raised in Kentucky but after graduating from university, I moved to Knoxville, TN, where I was a Spanish teacher for 12 years.
My current job consists mainly of teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). I spend 4 days a week in 2 local high schools assisting the English teachers in their classes. I practice what the students are learning from their teacher by playing a game or doing other activities that allow them to both practice speaking English themselves and allow them to hear a native speaker. In one school I am in 16 classes in two days while in the other I am with 2 groups 3 hours each during 2 days. In addition to working with the students, I help the teachers with their English as well. Many of the teachers are taking English classes in the evenings so I often help them with their homework or we simply practice speaking and listening by choosing a topic for discussion. And, as if I have not spoken enough English in the schools, I teach private adult English classes in the evenings.
On Fridays I lead a women's Bible study as well as a Bible study with one of our MKs (missionary kids). I currently also teach a Sunday School class in English at the only Baptist church in Seville. It was started for Nigerians who go there and speak English better than Spanish, but it has turned into a very international group. We often have 4 or more nationalities at a time. I like to think of it as a small picture of what it will look like around the throne...every tribe, every tongue, every nation! I'm just glad I won't have to teach English there since God speaks ALL languages!
Hendrik and Maggi are both from Germany and have been married 2 years. They moved here to Sevilla to serve the church in Bormujos and also spend a lot of time working with the University students.
Lauren is from Bimingham, Alabama and recently graduated from Samford University in May 2010. During college she visited Spain two different summers where the Lord gave her a passion for the Spanish people. Through her experiences, she knew she wanted to return after college to share Jesus in the darkness of Spain. She is in the Journeyman program and will be in Sevilla, Spain for 2 years working with the University Students. She connects with people through English Club, meets with students to share Christ, fiestas and retreats on the weekend, Bible discussion group and discipleship group for believers.
Lauren Denton is one half of the Laurens, working here in Sevilla, Spain. She was born and raised in Baton Rouge, La, graduated from LSU in 2007 and then moved to Charleston, SC for 3 years. Eventually, after much prayer and fasting, accompanied with paper work and interviews, the Lord fulfilled a longtime dream had to come live and work in Spain. The main job is to connect with University Students here and relay the Gospel to them in a way they understand. Most of the time, this involves flat out saying the Gospel, plain and simple, which, many have never heard presented in a way they understand.
Our team connects with people under the umbrella of the Connexxion ministry through English Clubs, fiestas on the weekend, occasional retreats and other fun activities. Please pray for our team and the university students here in Sevilla that eyes would be opened and all could see Jesus for who He is.