Short Term Missions Trip

Marty Van driel

I began serving at Compassion in 2010 as part of an on-going life calling to serve the poor. It was while studying abroad in Latin America during college and through many short-term mission trips that Marty was first made aware of the plight of the poor, and was burdened with a desire to understand how the church was to love and serve others in desperate need. Since that time I have been driven to be a part of serving and equipping the church  to live out her God-given calling of bringing about the reconciliation of all things (Col. 1:20), specifically in the realm of poverty alleviation.

I graduated from Colorado Christian University in 1999 having majored in Spanish and Bibical studies, and later earned a Masters Degree in Intercultural Studies and Missions from Hope International University in 2013. After graduating from college, he served with the Council for Christian Colleges in Costa Rica and later as a Spanish interpreter in the Denver area. Prior to joining the team at Compassion, I worked at Food For The Hungry in a variety of capacities beginning as National Teams Coordinator in Peru and later on the Global Human Resources team focusing on staff recruiting and training.

A Colorado native, I reside in Colorado Springs where I and my wife, Tammy, along with their two sons Solomon and Silas enjoy being close to family and the Colorado outdoors. Together they enjoy traveling, camping, board games, reading, exercising, good movies, time with friends, and their church family. Tammy and I serve with Awana at their home church where they also enjoy hosting small group studies in their home.

FUN FACT

I am a sucker for a good cup of coffee, time spent in the Rocky Mountains, his sons’ laughter and my wife’s smile.  I love working on the Compassion Trips & Visits team of the Church Trip Planners in effort to serve the church specifically in cross-cultural contexts to support Compassion’s work of “Releasing Children From Poverty I Jesus’ Name.”

 

 

 

Cheryl Hunnicutt

Hello friends! I live in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. I’m married to my high school sweetheart, Mark, who is the Lead Pastor at Brevard Community Church. Together we have served in various ministry roles since 1994 and we have used those opportunities to share the love of Christ and the hope of the Gospel. In our free time we enjoy time with friends, traveling, boating, fishing, running and reading.

It was on a trip in 2010 that I was introduced to the work of Compassion International in a tangible way. On that trip, God used two children in Uganda to change my life forever. Those children, Peninah and Sharif, had so much hope despite the daily realities of poverty and I was overwhelmed with the impact created through sponsorship. Wow! Since that life changing trip, I’ve been busy as a volunteer with Compassion’s Advocacy Network. This avenue has given me numerous opportunities to introduce individuals and churches to Compassion. I find great joy in helping US church leaders embrace the vision of incorporating Compassion into their church’s outreach programs and I love nothing more than pairing someone with a child to sponsor.

I have prayed Isaiah 6:8 for years and God has certainly sent me many places, but He absolutely fulfilled a dream when I became an International Trip Leader with Compassion in 2014. I’m in awe of His goodness and humbled that He saw me fit to work for such an amazing organization. As a trip leader, I want to be instrumental in Compassion’s ministry of “releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name”.

My life’s verse is Isaiah 58:10 – “and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness and your night will become like the noonday.” It is my desire to spend myself and I’m so excited about what God is doing right now, and l look forward to what He has in store for the future.

 

 

Duncan Sprague

Originally from the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Duncan Sprague grew up in the rugged mountains and river breaks of Northern Idaho. He moved to Portland, OR to complete an undergraduate degree in Bible & Theology at Multnomah University. Throughout the 80s he worked as a youth and college pastor while leading regular summer mission teams to Europe. That’s where he met his wife and found his earliest passions for international ministry.

Duncan & Angie were married in 1990 and spent their early years of marriage on staff at Multnomah before moving to Denver, CO in 1994. Both worked at Colorado Christian University while Duncan completed a Master Degree in Counseling. Colorado has been their home ever since and the birthplace for their four children: Zachary (1995), Joshua (1998), Benjamin (2000), and McKayla (2003).

After completing graduate school, Duncan spent six years as the Creative Director & Producer for a Christian multimedia company. In 2001, he left the technology world to become the Missions & Outreach Pastor for a large church in Golden, CO. There he spent six fruitful years shepherding their local and international ministry efforts and became a champion for Compassion International (CI) within his church.

Since then Duncan has concentrated his ministry efforts overseas through several development and discipleship ministries, including becoming an International Trip Leader with CI in September of 2014 and Temporary Trip Planner in 2017. In addition to leading trips for CI, he regularly travels to Africa to teach, preach and train indigenous pastors and leaders through the discipleship programs of Africa Theological Seminary and produces video podcasts and online curriculum with Dr. Larry Crabb.

Duncan brings his passion for transformational development and years of rich cross-cultural experience to every trip he plans and leads.

 

 

 

Gabriel Hernandez

…has been serving the children of Compassion International for 8 years. During this time, he has blessed to have visited Compassion projects in El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Mexico.

Gabriel is originally from ” The Valley” in Southern California, but was fortunate enough to relocate to Santa Barbara, CA with his family as a baby. He knew the Lord at a young age and grew up attending a small, tight knit Nazarene church.

Gabriel moved to Colorado Springs, CO in August of 1997 for a job opportunity in telecommunications. He then married Cynthia about a year later in August of 1998 at his home church in Santa Barbara.

As young newlyweds, Gabriel and Cynthia experienced extreme heartbreak when their first born daughter, Isabella, was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease that caused her to have seizures at 3 months old. This was a very difficult time for Gabriel and Cynthia, and they relied on their faith knowing God has an amazing plan for their family. In this time, they found comfort in family, friends, and God’s word. They both witnessed God’s unending love and faithfulness n and through their daughter. This experience allowed Gabriel a deep transformation in mind and spirit for the heart of children who are in need of things we all take for granted. Gabriel feels honored and privileged to serve the children of Compassion in releasing them from poverty in Jesus’ name.

Presently, Gabriel is extremely blessed to have celebrated 19 years of marriage to Cynthia alongside both of their children. He is devoted husband and involved father. Isabella is a sophomore in High School and earning good grades. She is happy and healthy. Gabriel and Cynthia also have a son, Cristian. He is in the 5th grade and play flag football for the first time with Gabriel as an assistant spending time together watching sports, going to church and cooking homemade Mexican food.

 

 

 

Keith Thompson

Keith Thompson is a native to Colorado Springs where he has lived for a majority of his life. Keith’s wife, Megan, is a school administrator at the Vanguard School. Together they have two sons, Levi (7) and Graham (5).  Just after college, Keith and Megan served together in the Republic of Macedonia as Peace Corps Volunteers. Keith worked with an organization chartered to help Gypsy (Roma) children move from begging on the streets to classrooms. During those two years, Keith and Megan backpacked throughout Eastern Europe developing a love for culture, language, and travel. Keith combined Peace Corps with further studies in International Development through Colorado State University and gained a Master’s degree upon returning to the USA.  In 2008, Keith and Megan returned to Colorado Springs where Keith began coordinating and leading Mission and Vision Trips for One Child Matters in Colorado Springs. Keith joined Compassion in a similar role in January of 2014.

FUN FACT

I am happiest when I’m behind bars.  Handlebars that is.  I love all things cycling and spend any free time I have mountain biking in Cheyenne Canyon or Red Rocks Open Space near my home in Old Colorado City.

 

 

 

Mark Gehri

To be added soon!

 

 

Kim Ulm

I worked at Vanguard University running their Global and Local Outreach programs for the university students.  Most recently following that, I worked as a flight attendant with United Airlines, while still leading sponsor tours as a part-time trip leader with Compassion. I have four sisters, two nephews, two nieces who live in Denver that I love to spend time with! I plan and lead short-term mission trips for the West Region.  I work with the relationship managers/director to assist churches in the west go on a mission trip to visit Compassion projects all over the world.

FUN FACT

I was at the final taping of the last episode of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air!

 

Megan Jurgensmeyer

I am so humbled and grateful to participate along side of you in the work that the Lord is doing.  I am over whelmed with joy to be part of the AMAZING family that God has created and thankful that we are family together!

Since before I was born, my parents have been Compassion sponsors and the children they sponsored were truly a part of our family. My father was able to visit our sponsor children on my occasions and I grew up respecting and believing in the work that Compassion is doing.  While spending six months in Uganda, I had deep realizations about the complexity of providing aid to those who need it most.  Compassion, I feel has accomplished a beautiful, delicate balance of providing shoulder to shoulder care in their global work.

I am still a newlywed and am not sure if that will ever change. My husband (Austin), and I have been married just over one year and love the adventure of marriage.  Auston is a man of justice and care, if we ever have a good idea it is probably his.  We live with-in an hours’ drive of our families and are so thankful to get to be part of our younger sibling’s lives.  Rock climbing is our hobby and how we spend most of our free time even in the snowy months.

I look forward to meeting each of you and feel so blessed for the opportunity to join lives in new ways.

 

 

 

 

Megan Macgrath

Compassion has been a part of my life for the past 16+ years.  I started back in 2000 and worked with the children’s images as they came in from the field offices.  I left in 2006 to pursue my film career.  When the economy crashed, I started working as a hotel night auditor, where Compassion field members would stay while visiting the GMC.  The Lord opened the door for me return to Compassion in 2015 and currently serves in an administrative role for Church Trips in the Trips and Visits department.   I am a local filmmaker and loves to travel.

 

 

 

 

Rachel Moser

To be added soon!