Our Alongsiders

James & Cheryl Cloyd

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Serving in Strasbourg, France

In August of 2016 we moved to a new parish, one which is quite different from our previous home and ministry situation in Waldersbach, where we lived from 2008 to 2016. We are now in a low-income neighborhood, where the church was built at the same time as the large apartment buildings, in the early 1960s. Today, the neighborhood boasts some 50 different nationalities among residents.

Cheryl sometimes ponders the ways of God and His world and blogs about it HERE.

Matt & Lea Edminster

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Serving in Rapla, Estonia

Matt & Lea Edminster met during Matt’s first term in Estonia serving as a youth minister. Matt currently serves as Pastor of the Rapla Church is pursuing part-time PhD studies at the Amsterdam Free University. In addition to teaching English at a local elementary school, Lea continues to volunteer locally and at the denominational level in music and children’s ministry.  The Edminster family profile and blog can be found HERE

Andrew & Amy Funka

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Serving in Prague, Czech Republic

Andrew and Amy have been serving in the Czech Republic since 2013. Andrew currently serves alongside the Czech Evangelical Alliance, assisting their national leadership as their network of strategic partnerships grows (www.ea.cz).  Amy serves alongside the Christian International School of Prague, helping them develop their supplemental education services (www.cisprague.org).  They are kept busy learning the Czech language and getting out of their comfort zone as they engage more and more with the Czech-speaking world around them.  You can find Andrew & Amy on Facebook HERE.

Arjan & Mimoza Larashi

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Serving Freedom in Christ Ministries, International in Albania

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Arjan Larashi has been a Supported Partner and dear friend of Alongside Ministries for many years.  For 23 fruitful years he served the Bilisht church as it’s first pastor, with a strong track record in evangelism, youth ministries, leadership development and church planting in neighboring villages and across the border in Macedonia and Greece.  Arjan is a published author whose books have been widely appreciated in Albania.  One is now being translated into English.  In 2017 Arjan responded to a call from God to change his ministry focus, left the Bilisht church and moved to the city of Korca.  He now works across Albania to offer in-depth training and discipleship to pastors and Christian Leaders in partnership with Freedom In Christ Ministries, International.   Arjan’s wife Mimosa teaches school and the pair continue to make a dynamic ministry team.  The Larashis have two daughters.

Micah Lembke

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Serving in Prague, Czech Republic

Micah lives in Prague, Czech Republic, and energetically serves in ministry with an American-style football club, the Prague Lions. He is passionate about living and being amongst people to share his relationship with Jesus and see how God changes lives.  Committed to the local church, Micah is also active in leadership of TaCesta, a Czech church whose name means “The Way” or “The Journey.”  Micah blogs HERE.

Elidion & Gail Lilo

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Serving in Bilisht, Albania

In May, 2018 Doni and Gail moved their family to Bilisht, where Doni became the pastor of the Bilisht Evangelical Church.  They previously spent 11 years of ministry with the Ersekë Evangelical Church and also served on staff of the Udhëkryq (“Crossroads”) Torchbearers’ Center in translation, Bible school, summer camps, and conference ministries.   Doni continues to serve as an integral part of the team which produces the Global Leadership Summit in Albania and Kosovo each year.  Gail serves in worship and prayer ministry, lactation consulting, and women’s discipleship.  Their four children help to share Jesus’ love with neighbors and friends.

Matt & Katie Riley

Serving in Lorraine, France

The Rileys serve alongside The French Reformed Church at the invitation of l’Eglise Protestante Unie de France.  In September, 2016 they moved to Pontivy, France, to initiate a church-planting project seeking to make disciples and establish churches across Brittany.  This initiative is committed to seeing the kingdom grow by reaching out to the estimated 92% of the French population who do not follow Jesus and raising up leaders for the harvest from that harvest! Check out their website, HERE. 

 

Mike & Katharina Robb

Serving in Munich, Germany

Alongsider bio coming soon!

Maimona Shafir

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Serving in France

Maimona was born and raised in a missionary family in France working among the Muslim community. Her mother is American and her father was Moroccan, so she has been shaped by three cultures, French, North African and American. The family moved to the States in 2005 where she attended High School and College. She double majored in Bible/Theology and Psychology at Multnomah University.  Maimona has now returned to France, where she is immersed in ministry among North Africans and migrants from around the world.  Hospitality and assistance form the basis of culturally relevant evangelism and discipleship.   Maimona anchors administrative leadership and ministry to women and children.

Mark & Ruthie Stoscher

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Serving in Ersekë, Albania

Mark and Ruthie serve the Lord alongside Ersekë, Albania,  a small town in the southeast of Albania. They serve at Udhëkryq (“Crossroads”), Torchbearers Bible School and its summer Christian camps. They are also on the leadership team of the local Evangelical church in Ersekë.

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