portrait Dolores and Sam Wuermli
Recruitment and Receipts

WUERMLI, Sam and Dolores


“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.

In the Calgary office, the work they do is transforming lives and helping minority language groups to hear about God and His love letter for them.

The Wuermlis’ prayer is that the church will rise up and pray, give and go to serve the Lord where He calls them. They are grateful to be involved in this work, and invite you to partner with them as the Lord leads you.

Their family has grown in the past 10 years. Natashia (their daughter living in Airdrie AB) and Josh have a daughter, Adelaide and a son, Oliver.  Josiah (their son living in High Wycombe, UK) and Hannah have three children, Emilia, Georgia and Ruari, along with their dog, Pippa.