“The Lord says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.’”
Psalm 32:8 (NLT)
Sam was born in Switzerland and is the second oldest of four boys. Their parents worked for Gott hilft (God helps) as houseparents for a home of about 30 children. There was much activity, work in the garden, farm and home, hiking, playing soccer and enjoying just being kids. On a regular basis, missionaries would come and do VBS weeks to instil world mission and needs around the world in the hearts of the children. Sam immigrated to Canada in 1976 as a young man and worked on a dairy farm in Fort St. John, B.C. A few years later he moved to Calgary and worked for Digital Equipment (DEC) in computer hardware.
Dolores was raised in B.C. and she heard about Wycliffe at Bible school (CLBI). She began working in the finance department at the Calgary office in July 1980 as a short-term assistant. She stayed on for five years working in various roles in the department. During this time she met Sam, and they were married in 1982. The Lord blessed them with two children, Natashia and Josiah. In 1987 they moved back to Fort St. John to the same dairy farm. After eight years working in this amazing community, the Lord began to touch their hearts to consider missions once again. In September 1995 they joined Wycliffe as career members.
Sam and Dolores took assignments with the South Asia Group (an SIL entity) based at the Wycliffe UK centre in Horsleys Green, England in 1996. Over their 15 years in England, they filled support roles in computer and finance, maintenance and as house-parents for volunteers. The Lord guided the Wuermlis to return to Canada, orchestrating the plan and preparing them for roles with Wycliffe Canada.
Sam served as the events and Race to 2025 co-ordinator from 2011-2019. He loved being involved with young people and this also fulfilled his passion for being in the mountains and running up and down trails to show youth that there are challenges serving the Lord, but He can use them for His glory. In 2019 the Race to 2025 event was put on hold and Sam began working full-time on the recruitment team as a mission coach. Sam is thankful for the privilege he has to encourage the Canadian church to rise up and pray, give and go to serve the Lord where He calls them.
Dolores has served as the receipts manager since 2011. She enjoys interacting with donors and Wycliffe staff, processing donations, answering emails and praying for various needs. Dolores is thankful for the experience gained in previous financial roles within Wycliffe. The efforts of the receipts department is crucial so that Wycliffe staff at home and abroad can carry on their work, knowing that the finances needed to do the job are being handled with integrity and honesty. This work is helping to transform lives and helping minority language groups to hear about God and His love letter for them.
Natashia and Josh have one daughter, Adelaide and one son, Oliver. Josiah and Hannah have three children, Emilia, Georgia and Ruari and dog Pippa.