Paul and Alice are from friendly Manitoba and now have the privilege of serving in their home city of Winnipeg. They joined Wycliffe in 1973 and served as teachers of missionary children in the Philippines from 1976 to 1992.
Being Canada-assigned since then, Paul’s responsibilities have included directing the orientation program, church relations, and partnership development. He has also served for many years on the national leadership team. Presently, Paul serves as the national volunteer co-ordinator, working with a team of two others. In addition to that role, he serves as an engagement adviser in the Manitoba area. This involves recruitment, church relations and mission events.
Both Alice and Paul enjoy close relationships (orientation, debriefing and member care) with the many Wycliffe personnel who have close ties to Manitoba, either in terms of family or supporting churches. Alice finds delight in hosting and entertaining many colleagues, supporters and friends in their home.
The Meisners’ passion to see others have access to Scripture in their language continues to motivate them, knowing that their support roles make a difference to the progress of Bible translation.
Paul and Alice have four adult children and 10 grandchildren. Jonathan, Sarah and their three children live in Australia; Janine teaches missionary kids in the Philippines with Wycliffe; Ryan and Jeralyn and their five children now live in Didsbury, Alta. They served for 12 years with Wycliffe in the Philippines. Tim and Jennifer and their two boys live nearby in Winkler, Man.
“All of our family members bring us much joy,” says Paul, “even though we are living on three continents and don’t get to see each other that often.”