Meet The Team

Here are the faces behind the screen, passionate about ministry partner development, working hard to make Network Forum Live a really blessed experience for you. We’ve asked some questions so that you may get to know them already in advance.

Martha & Duane Conrad

Martha & Duane Conrad​

Agape Europe Executive Agents for MPD.
Both were born in the USA, lived in Germany for 43 years, moved back to the USA in 2019.

Share a story about helping your colleagues in MPD.
Recently a colleague whom I had repeatedly encouraged to ask people face-to-face to join her ministry partner team instead of writing letters wrote, “I also contacted two different people to ask if they wanted to support me. One of them said yes! I’m so glad that I finally dared to ask people!” What a joy to see God’s workers take steps of faith and then watch God at work!

What would you like to see happening as a result of the Network Forum in your area of ministry in Europe?
We would like to see God to provide a lot of encouragement through the networking that will take place at the Mission Partners Network Forum. Sometimes working on raising our own support or helping our organisations develop an MPD culture can be a lonely experience. We can learn from one another and be encouraged by others who have similar situations.

Luke Smith

Luke Smith

Fusion Team Leader.
Born in England and serving students and churches in England & Wales.

Share about your personal MPD experience.
I have raised support for the ministry that I am called to for the last 15 years. It is a great joy to do this and help others to do the same. I have always been surprised at how much God loves to provide for his kids! MPD releases blessing, depth and joy.

Why are you part of the NF Guiding Group?
As Fusion, we have received so much from other individuals who have encouraged us on our journey with MPD. I would love to support other people in this way.

Mary Beth Kollert

Mary Beth Kollert

Administration in the operational headquarters of Campus for Christ (Agape) Austria.
Born in the United States, serving since 2010 in Austria.

Share about an experience in helping others in MPD.
My colleague struggled with our organisation’s MPD software and didn’t know how to find what could help her in relating to her partners. By guiding & encouraging her as she made each mouse click, I could see how having the right tools and knowing how to use them lifted a weight from her shoulders.

Why are you motivated to contribute to the Network Forum?
Each Network Forum has encouraged me in the area of MPD from giving me skills I lacked or doubted, learning how to talk naturally with colleagues about our MPD, or relating to others’ similar struggles and joys across various cultures and organisations. Because it has done this for me, I want to help create space for other missionaries to be encouraged.

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Michiel Nap

Funding and MPD trainer and coach.
Serving in the Navigators in the Netherlands.

Michiel has been working for the Navigators in the Netherlands since 2011. They are focused on advancing the gospel of Jesus into the nations through life-on-life mentoring and discipling relationships with people. The first years he led the student ministry in Amsterdam, after having been part of the Navigators as a student since 2004. Since 2016 he is the Funding/MPD coach and he trains, inspires and equips his colleagues in raising personal (financial) support.
He was born in the Netherlands, spent his childhood in Nepal because his parents were missionaries there. Since the age of 11, he has been living in the Netherlands, where he met his wife during studies. He has three kids and lives in Amersfoort.

Share about an experience in helping others in MPD.
I am passionate about helping my colleagues to pray expectantly and work pro-actively to be fully financially funded. I find the text in Romans 10:14-15 inspiring: my colleagues are sent out to spread the good news of Jesus… my addition to the text: how can they be sent out if they are not financially healthy?
The hardest part for me personally in support raising is the fear of rejection and the fear of people not liking me anymore because I ask them something about money.

Leendert de Jong

Leendert de Jong

MPD trainer and coach in Agape Netherlands.
Born and serving in the Netherlands.

Leendert is helping missionaries in Agape and in other partnering organisations to go into the mission field financially healthy. His heart is on fire for seeing people freed up to depend on God for every part of their life, including their finances. He rejoices when MPD trainees discover that they are actually growing a generosity movement through their personal visits and presentations. He has been involved with Agapè Netherlands since 2006 as a student, since 2009 as a student worker and since 2014 in his current role.

What would you like to see happening as a result of the Network Forum in your country and in Europe?

I’d like to see movements of generosity – that the culture of generosity is growing in our countries. It is important to share MPD resources from European organisations because we know it works – even in Europe!

Claire Bain

Claire Bain

Working in Child Evangelism Fellowship.
Born in Northern Ireland, serving in Romania since 1994.

Why are you motivated to contribute to the Network Forum?
I am fascinated by the partnership that exists between those who give, those who pray and those who go. I believe that God equips not just those who go, but also has specially prepared faithful people to pray and give for missions. Many of those who started supporting me in 1994, are still doing it today! God is faithful and He has His people who are faithful in support too!

As one of the few “foreigners” serving in Romania, I found myself in an MPD role unofficially from an early stage in ministry. I don’t think I did it particularly well. I very much thought that the givers could give and the prayers could pray and we would get on with the work! Over recent years, I have valued the idea of partnership and love to see how much joy is shared when we all understand we are serving together.

Rebecca McCaigue

Rebecca McCaigue

Missionary in GoGlobal.
Born in Germany, currently serving in Hungary.

Rebecca has been working for GoGlobal for over 12 years. Among many other ministry activities she is helping her staff members and missionaries from other organisations explore the depths, blessings and opportunities for being fully funded for the mission work. In recent year she has been collaborating with Myles Wilson in serving various organisations.

What would you like to see happening as a result of Network Forum in your area of ministry or in your country or in Europe?

It’s an incredible honour to be able contribute to the forum. Many other organisations invested into my own MPD story over the last 10 years and I always wanted to pass this inheritance on to others.
I would love to see that the Network Forum would be a catalyst into forming a European network of organisations walking alongside, complementing each other to get fully equipped and ultimately to bring glory to God.

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Claire Niclasen

Missionary in Operation Mobilisation.
Serving in UK.

Share about an experience in helping others in MPD.

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Astrid Murfitt

Astrid Murfitt

Communication person for Partner Development team in Agape Europe.
Born in Estonia, currently serving in France.

What would you like to see happening as a result of the Network Forum in Europe?
I’d like to see more organisations working together across countries and beyond organisational borders. We’re called to be a blessing to the nations and by blessing each other we can best work for the advancement of God’s kingdom together.

Stephen Read

Stephen Read

Church relations and MPD-focus in Ambassadors Football UK.
Born and serving in London, UK.

Share about your personal MPD experience.
I had the very first training in MPD in January 2017 even though I had started serving with Ambassadors Football in 2006. God used the training to remove the guilt of asking people to join my team and understand the blessing of the relationship between the giver and the receiver. I have built some amazing friendships, where God has used them to glorify Him through MPD. I am still pursuing my MPD goal and trying to see culture changed within my organisation. There have been some great stories already as people have allowed God to use their MPD relationships.

Why are you part of the NF Guiding Group?
I want to learn more from experienced MPD trainers and give my experience of starting to change culture within an organisation.

Horst Reiser

Horst Reiser

Director of Partner Development in Agape Europe.
Born and serving in Switzerland.

Share about your personal MPD experience.
My introduction to our “circle of friends” was less than a 60-minute “training” telling us to send out two introduction letters to explain the salary system, asking to help fund the salary and get the response with a standard postcard. After two years in ministry our account was in a huge deficit. We had no clue what to do! I was delegated to participate in a training offered by Myles Wilson – and was hit by the “aha”-effect! This was the start of an increasingly positive journey with our mission partners team, more than 34 years ago. Who would I be today without the eye-opening input of Myles?  

Why are you motivated to contribute to the Network Forum?
I have already experienced four of those forum events with an increasingly greater satisfaction. Since we run it in co-responsibility with other Christian organisations, I am even more motivated to support it in my function. Partnering in sharing how to get fully funded with organisations who will ‘fish in the same pool’ or ‘eating from the same cake’ is something that the evil one does not like at all! That is why it gives me satisfying joy! There are always enough fish for God’s prepared deeds and the cake will never be eaten up, because all riches come from God.

Salla Kurppa-Silva

Salla Kurppa-Silva

Missionary in Costa Rica.
Born in Finland, for the past 5 years have served in Finland.

Salla has 21 years of experience of personal support raising, missions, organisational fundraising and communications. She has been a long-term missionary and organisational leader in YWAM Costa Rica. Recently she served 5 years in the Finnish Lutheran Mission as a Fundraising Coordinator and Communications Director. Now she and her husband are back in the mission field in Costa Rica.

Share about your personal MPD experience.
I experienced a breakthrough when I got involved with the European MPD training and network. Since then I have been working to impart this knowledge to other Christian workers and help organisations to build MPD-minded cultures.

Why are you motivated to contribute to the Network Forum?
My heart is on fire for offering others the opportunity to receive the encouragement and the networking opportunities that have been such a help and inspiration to me. I want to see all Christian organisations in Europe understand and live out the spiritual principles and implications of God-intended financial partnerships.

Maria Juan Rubio

Maria Juan Rubio

MPD coordinator and Operations Director in Agape Spain.
Born and seeing in Spain.

She is working in Agape Spain since January 2006, with students ministry for 10 years, during the last 7 years she’s the MPD coordinator for Agape Spain and the last 4 years also leading the operations of the country.

She loves to serve her country through Agape because there is a huge
need in Spain and not many laborers.

Her heart is on fire for seeing people knowing Jesus and everything
God has for them, for advancing the Kingdom of God in Spain.

Why are you motivated to contribute to the Network Forum?

After the Network Forum I hope to see many more missionaries well
equipped and with a more godly perspective of MPD.

 

Caroline Burns

Caroline Burns

Head of Individual Partnerships.
Serving in Stewardship, UK.

Caroline lives in London where she heads up a team in Stewardship who process the financial support of around 3000 Christian workers and provides MPD training and advice to missionaries and mission organisations.
Prior to joining Stewardship Caroline was missions’ pastor in a major London church and before that worked as a missionary in Bolivia for six years. This combination of perspectives makes Caroline uniquely positioned to offer insights into the MPD process.

What would you like to see happening as a result of the Network Forum in Europe?
In my 17 years in these different roles in mission I have consistently seen many who live by the support of others struggle because they haven’t been introduced to the power of gospel partnership or equipped well in MPD. I would like to see organisations come away from Network Forum LIVE knowing the next steps they need to take to build the framework needed to enable their staff to flourish in MPD and see God’s kingdom grow.

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Jing de Vries

MPD Coordinator.
Born in the Philippines, currently serving in the Netherlands.

Why are you motivated to contribute to the Network Forum??

A couple who sporadically were giving for years are now major partners not just financially but in all aspects of partnership. The turning point came when they realised that their giving was just as important to God as our work in the ministry. They had seen themselves as second-hand Christians since they had normal jobs and only gave money.

As a speaker at the Network Forum LIVE, the Lord grants me the privilege to multiply what He has taught and given me through the years to a wider expanse of His family, so that together we can use His resources better to bring His knowledge into the world.
I pray that the Lord will allow me to see His children committing all their resources (head, heart, wallet) for expansion of His Kingdom here in the Netherlands, Europe and the world.

Myles Wilson

Myles Wilson

Founder of Funding the Family Business.
Born in, and currently live in, Northern Ireland, serving globally.

Share about an experience in helping organisations implement MPD.
I work mostly in areas where organisations have relied on external funding but want to move to local support. This isn’t easy and it is special to see people overcome serious giants in their lives that allow real progress towards building movements of local supporters.

Why are you motivated to contribute to the Network Forum?
I am passionate about mission organisations and their staff understanding that personal support is, at its heart, a spiritual ministry not simply a financial activity. The Network Forum is a great way to help people explore this and see how they can influence their organisations.