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Derryl and Karen Friesen

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The People Waiting in Darkness Have Seen a Great Light!

(Go to our latest blog just below this summary for our latest stories and incredible answers to your prayers!)



Our ministry Summary:

A milestone has been reached!  For the first time in history, there are now less than 2,000 Bibleless languages waiting for translation work to begin!  Thirteen years ago, upon our return from our service in Kenya, eastern Africa, there were still over 2800!  Great progress is being made, but there are still a quarter billion people still without a single verse of Scripture in their heart language.  They simply cannot know God.  Thousands of new workers are still needed to push beyond complex barriers to the last Bibleless peoples frontiers.  Statistics reveal of 100 students proclaiming their intent to serve the ‘least of the least’ in full-time, cross-cultural ministry, only FOUR ever make it to their first assignment.  But God is doing something about this!

For the past 13 years, Karen and I have had the joy of serving Wycliffe Canada's NextGen Ministries.  Leading an amazing young mobilization team across Canada, we have witnessed hundreds of students respond to God’s clarion call to the nations.  Dozens are now training for and serving in some of the most difficult, isolated places on earth as language surveyors, linguists, Bible translators, literacy and Scripture-use specialists, support personnel and more. 

We praise God, each of the initiatives God enabled us to establish are now being led by passionate young leaders!  Café Wycliffe in six Canadian cities; Race to 2025 events in Canada and across the USA; Campus outreach in four provinces; instiGate missions teams in Africa and Asia; and overseas internships.

Now, God is releasing Karen and I to yet another cutting edge initiative - this time in Southeast Asia.  As of November 2012, we accepted the role of Wycliffe Canada Asia Field Coordinator and will move to Thailand in the fall of 2013.  Our role is to help facilitate andd evelop mutually beneficial, long-term Kingdom Friendships between Canadian churches/colleges and key Bible translation and literacy partners/projects in Southeast Asia. 

Karen and I grew up together in Papua New Guinea as Wycliffe missionary kids and have served together with Wycliffe for over 24 years in Kenya, South Africa, and Canada.  We have also participated and led short term work projects in Russia, Mozambique, Sudan, Romania, Hungary, and Nepal.  We have been married for over 30 years and have three married children, all who love and are serving the Lord - Shane (Christin), Carissa (Kent) and Zachrie (Laura). 

We remain eternally grateful for the tremendous prayer and financial support team God has surrounded us with for the past quarter century!  Together with you, amazing things have been made possible in Christ!  As we transition forward, we covet your continued support, love, and encouragement.  Together we serve!

Derryl and Karen Friesen's Blog


The Miracles Just Do Not Stop!

March 14, 2018

The Miracles Just Don’t Stop! A full decade ago we held our first ever winter Race to 2025 event in the rugged Canadian Rocky Mountains. Our dream was to help foster a mission’s hearted community of y...

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Meet Rudolph (and a very cool little girl)

December 29, 2017

Meet Rudolph (and a very cool little girl)!   “You have to be a little crazy to keep your sanity”. As an 18-year-old teen I coined this silly mantra but in all seriousness this paradoxical maxim has a...

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Karen is sleeping behind the couch. I am in the store room.

August 22, 2017

NOTE: Be sure to check out "your" Summer@CanIL Family Album at the bottom of this blog! "Where is home . . .?"  Mmm . . . a simple question for some. But anyone asking Karen and me this question will ...

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Living on Mission - What is your missional purpose?

March 20, 2017

Missional purpose. What is it anyway? Should living in Thailand be any different than living life in Canada or anywhere else? How did Jesus live? Here is one guy's (uh . . . that would be Derryl’s) pe...

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A Match Made in Heaven

March 13, 2017

Karen and I love the tiny B* church, a mere 13 believers living among 800 people who have all but lost their identity and whose language is at risk. Two B villages lie completely engulfed by much larg...

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